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Rapid Fire Book Tag

I wasn’t feeling the theme for top 5 Saturday so I thought I would do the rapid fire book tag. I’m sure everyone has done it so if you haven’t, I would love to see what you have to say. I stole this tag from Chelsie. The creator of this tag is GirlReading over on booktube and the goal of the tag is to answer the questions as quickly as possible.

E-Book or Physical Book?

E-book. So much easier when I have a baby and am trying to do reading on my iPad or iPhone is so much simpler and I get more reading done.

Paperback or Hardback?

Paperback because I can fit more of them into my bag.

Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

Online. Books at the touch of a button, be it ebook or physical. Thanks Amazon.

Trilogies or Series?

Trilogy. I can get bored of a series when it drags on much too long.

Heroes or Villains?

Villains, just because I like people with depth and darkness.

A book you want everyone to read?

I think everyone should read Every Heart A Doorway by Senan McGuire. I have never loved an entire series so much and never been disappointed by the next installment.

Recommend an underrated book?

Nobody’s Goddess by Amy McNulty. She’s an indie author from Wisconsin, and this is one of my favorite YA series ever.

The last book you finished?

Cowboy Christmas Homecoming. It was a NetGalley I was hoping to love, but it was just okay. I think I had too many cowboy expectations.

The Last Book You Bought? 

I bought some free kindle book about dragons. I also have two Alexa Martin books in my amazon cart for when I actually have the money to order them because I have been hearing about her books and need them in my life immediately.

Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?

I think when I was pregnant, I used food. I’m a bad person.

Used Books: Yes or No?

Yes. I’m poor. I love used books.

Top Three Favorite Genres?

Contemporary, Romance, and Thrillers. Also YA. Oops. That’s four.

Borrow or Buy?

Buy.

Characters or Plot?

Characters. There’s not really a book without those.

Long or Short Books?

Long, usually. I like short novellas to help me out of a reading slump.

Long or Short Chapters?

Short. I can’t do long, especially with long blocks of text. It turns me off the book.

Name The First Three Books You Think Of…

The Hunger Games. Percy Jackson. Kindred.

Books That Makes You Laugh or Cry?

Laugh.

Our World or Fictional Worlds?

Fictional… that’s why I read so much.

Audiobooks: Yes or No?

Yes. I like them when walking. I should get back into them.

Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?

Yes, I’m such a cover art person. That’s why I’m so annoyed by all of the romance covers that look like cartoons lately.

Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations? 

Movie… unless it’s Hulu.

A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book? 

The Hunger Games Trilogy.

Series or Standalone’s? 

It depends on the story. Series are an investment. Stand-alone is good when I just want a quick read.

So, those are my answers. I’d love to see if anyone else is doing this. Comment below if you do.

Until I rant about books again,

My Crazy NetGalley TBR!!

NetGalley is an addicting thing to me lately. Since I’ve been on this romance kick, I’ve been requesting so much romance. Which is good when I get approved. And sad when I don’t. But I requested way too many so I still have 20 books to read, and I have like another 18 pending. So right now my ratio is shot to hell, and I’m doing my best to catch up. I don’t plan on ever asking for so many at one time again. I plan to save it for the ones I really love. I’m hoping my ratio will stay good after the crazy pending requests have cleared since I’m working as fast as I can to get through the ones I do have.

Here are the 20 books I’ve got on my NetGalley TBR at the moment.

They are all romance books. So I’m excited. A few don’t come out til next year so I’ll be just mentioning those in my wrap ups and avoiding any big reviews until closer to their release dates (Tweet Cute and The Neighbours). The rest of these do come out the next few months so be on the look out for either a mini review or larger one depending on my thoughts on a particular book.

Are any of you reading a lot of NetGalley books right now? How do you limit yourself? Also will Berkeley Press ever not reject me? So many questions.

Until I rant about books again,

First Line Fridays [September 27]

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? 

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Here’s the first few lines:

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I mogen AlbrIght gAve the perfectly made bed one more completely unnecessary swipe with her hand. The Egyptian cotton sheets, with their one thousand thread count, were soft beneath her fingertips, and a light, deliciously clean fragrance tickled her nostrils. A little nervously, Imogen tucked a honeyblond strand of her shoulder-length hair behind her ear and glanced around the room.

What is the book?

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I just recently finished this sweet Christmas romance. It comes out October 1st so please preorder it if this sounded good to you. I know the beginning seems a little strange, but it’s such a good book. If you’re doing First Line Friday, I would love to see your post so comment below if you’re doing it so I can add some more books to my TBR (not that I need to.)

Until I rant about books again,

Romance Mash Up [Mini Review]

I’ve been reading a lot of romance lately. So I decided to just do a mini review mash up thing. Here are three recent romances I’ve read along with my mini reviews.

Genre: Romance

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Format: Read via NetGalley

Thank you Netgalley and Source Books Casablanca for the advanced review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

So this is book number nine in a series which means there are a lot of people to keep up with. I’m not really a fan of series which stretch out this long but I was able to keep up mostly fine. You can read this book on its own but it’s part of a larger verse. I read this book because I liked the cover when I requested it, but I had not read anything by the author before.

In A Dash of Christmas, Emery is dealing with a scandal about her ex fiancé and so she’s trying to escape the media and her horrible parents. Carter is about to open a new restaurant. Emery is staying at Carter’s family condo when he shows up and is surprised to see her. They have been rivals since childhood and do not get along. Emery just wants to eat junk food in peace while Carter wants to eat home cooking with a variety of ingredients. They start butting heads at first but grow closer as they spend more time together.

This book is cute. I like the romance but neither character was very appealing to me. Carter just seems too obsessed with fancy cooking and Emery isn’t dealing with her ex fiancé and other issues well. I think another problem is they are supposed to be rivals and have this past but it’s not really established well. The dynamic I expected for rivals to lovers was weak. It’s more just like saying they had issues and suddenly they kiss and it’s all good. Building up a stronger foundation to believe the rivalry would have made this story much better. The story isn’t bad. I just had a hard time keeping up with all the characters and really caring about the plot.

Starting at book nine is never a good idea so that’s probably what my issue is. Still I did like the Christmas and family aspects included. A Dash of Christmas is a good read. I suggest reading the other eight first though. There are so many people to remember, it probably makes more sense when read sequentially. I did like the book, but I don’t think I’m going to read the other installments. This is a good book for someone wanting a long series to read. I may try the novellas this author has.

Genre: Thriller, Romance

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Format: Read via NetGalley

Thank you NetGalley and Harlequin for the advanced review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Book three in the series. How do I not pay attention and end up in the middle of a series all the darn time? Who knows? I think I just get too excited for the romance and intrigue I just can’t help myself when it comes to requesting these books on NetGalley. Seriously, someone needs to stop me. Jamie works as a sheriff deputy and Nate just moved back to work as a wildlife officer. When she finds another victim of the killer the sheriffs department has been searching for, the two are forced back together to work on the case.

Jamie is focused on caring for her sister Donna and had no need for Nate. He left her seven years ago, and she has no desire in dealing with yet another broken heart. The killer is still on the loose and she wants the case solved before there’s another victim. Nate wants them to be friends and Jamie doesn’t want to be at first. She’s closed off from pain after losing her parents and having to take care of her sister. Her life is just fine the way it is. But the pressure of trying to catch the killer is a lot for the town to deal with so Jamie and Nate keep growing closer.

I like how they don’t just get back together… it takes a little time because of what happened in the past. This is the third book in the series so I would say start at the beginning to unravel the full mystery of the killer and to get the other romances. This was a pretty decent read, and I wanted to know who the killer was. I can see myself reading more from Myers in the future.

Genre: Thriller, Romance

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Format: Read via NetGalley

Thank you to netgalley and harlequin for the advanced review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Fourth book in a series. And so confusing when you have not read the others. I need to read what books are about instead of just asking for them on impulse. It’s going to save me a lot of confusion in the long run. I say this now but I’ll probably be doing it again because I can’t say no to a Harlequin Intrigue book no matter what.

Bree and Tanner are getting married. This book literally picks up right after the other one so it’s like imperative you read the others first. They are getting married in like two weeks and Bree is losing her stuff over all the things she needs to do in order to get ready for the wedding. So Bree is freaking out about the wedding. Tanner is excited because they are going to be married and he’s so in love with her. It’s going to be amazing. Then something comes up and maybe they will end up at death til us part sooner than even getting married!

There’s a fire that happens at the shelter Bree works at and they think it’s targeting a specific woman. So tanner and Bree are trying to find out who did this and make sure the woman and her family are safe. So they end up going on a camping trip. This is where all of the intrigue and such in the story plays out. I was invested the whole time and could not stop reading.

This is a great intrigue story, but it would have been better had I read the others. Of course there’s a HEA. It’s so cute. I would definitely read the other books to see how the couple got to this point. There’s also mentions of other stories the author has done in this book so I would be keen to check those out as well. Bree and Tanner have been through a lot it seems, they definitely deserved the wedding and happiness they got.


Whew. So those are three more romances I’ve gotten done this week. I’ll probably be doing a lot of mash up reviews for my NetGalley books because I have so many of the darned things to get through. It’s a good problem to have, I’m not complaining.

Until I rant about books again,

The Saturday Supper Club by Amy Miller [Review]

Genre: Romance

My rating: 3/5 stars

Format: Read via NetGalley

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the advanced review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Eve and Ethan were soul mates. Until Ethan left her without any warning, and Eve is left to pick up all of the pieces. It’s been three years since she’s seen Ethan. Then he shows up at her door for the Supper Club. Eve has moved on with her life though… she’s going to be opening a cafe and is in love with her boyfriend, Joe. Ethan doesn’t matter to her anymore. Yet, she can’t stop thinking about him now that he’s back in London. Ethan claims it’s destiny, but Eve isn’t quite sure.

I liked the first Amy Miller book I read recently, but this one doesn’t hold the same appeal for some reason. Perhaps I’m comparing the books too closely since I read them so close together. Miller writes contemporary well. I enjoy how she has the element of domesticity woven in as well. It’s important to respect women who work and also prefer to bake and such. I think Miller excels at showing women can still be awesome no matter what they decide to pursue.

Eve is a good character. Ethan is kind of annoying. The way Eve views Ethan is kind of obsessive and all consuming, like he’s the best thing that happened to her despite how he treated her by leaving. So it’s just hard for me to want to root for a couple who was torn apart by his actions and her having a boyfriend. I can’t explain why it bothers me so much. I don’t really like either character in regard to how they see their relationship. Then being thrown together for this Supper Club for the newspaper just seems like it’s going to implode.

Eve and Ethan have a lot of unresolved issues, and they have to work them out or just finally let go. Eve claims she’s happy with Joe, but she can’t stop thinking about Ethan. He says he’s come back to make his life right and to be with Eve because they are destined to be. Eve is trying to open a cafe and dealing with her best friend moving away. But most importantly, she loves Joe so much. Even though she doesn’t want to marry him…

The issues I had with this book weren’t major, but it didn’t make me like this one as much as The Girls Guide to Homemaking. Miller follows the same story arc for both books. A happy couple is destroyed by an action taken by the male partner. I know this is a popular trope, but the author didn’t have to use it for both of her books. There are so many other tropes the author can use. I would even be willing to suggest some. Seriously, I read a lot and would love to help.

My other issue is… the family secret in this book is huge. I don’t want to spoil it, but I was off put when it was revealed. I was hoping the book would take a different turn because I didn’t want Eve to choose Ethan after the truth comes out. It’s just a personal preference for me. If I was in her shoes, I would have walked away because it’s kind of gross and weird. It made me immediately hate them as a couple and stop caring about the rest of the book. I even skipped ahead hoping for a different ending and was left disappointed.

I don’t see this as a heartwarming story or romantic. Eve should have been with Joe. I don’t care about the rest of the book or how Miller wrote it. So don’t be misled by the headline. The story doesn’t fit the criteria at all. Ethan is annoying. Eve isn’t the best. They aren’t a good couple. Then Eve has a sister who adds in more drama, and I was rolling my eyes the entire time. I was also grossed out. Just no… nothing about this whole situation is less than a what the heck. This book wasn’t for me. I enjoy how Miller writes, no doubt. I’m hoping her other book I have left to read isn’t a disappointment.

Until I rant about books again,

Top Ten Tuesday- Books on my Fall TBR [September 24]

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Here are 10 books on my fall TBR. These are all NetGalley books since I have so many to get through. I’m not going to be talking too much about them since some aren’t published yet, and there will be reviews for them. Either long or mini reviews.

This was a cover pick. I’m also excited because of the title. I have a good feeling about this.

I’ve been hearing awesome things about Talia Hibbert for years. So I’m so thrilled to have her first major romance title from Avon to read. It does have a warning for domestic violence so just keep that in mind if that’s a sensitive issue for you.

I think this is a sapphic Pride and Prejudice retelling so that’s awesome.

This was a cover pick and because of the blurb. I think it’s going to be an emotional read. I haven’t cried from a book in a long time, maybe this will be the one.

Yet another Amy Miller. I like her books. I think she’s becoming a new favorite contemporary author. Definitely check her out.

I’ve loved the purple harlequin books a loooong time. My grandma has been reading them for ages. It’s awesome finally see not just white people on the cover too.

Look at the cover. How could I say no? Also a prince and Christmas? It’s like a hallmark movie in a book. Yes please.

Christmas werewolf romance. What more need I say?

I just love all of the harlequin purple books. The end.

See my love for the purple books above. Just all of these books for me please.

So these are all the books I’m hoping to read for fall. I’m very excited and grateful to NetGalley and all of the publishers.

Until I rant about books again,

The Girl’s Guide To Homemaking by Amy Miller [Mini Review]

Genre: Romance

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Format: Ebook via NetGalley

Thank you to the publisher, Bookouture and NetGalley for the advanced review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Juliet wants the perfect life, and she thinks she’s found it with Simon. They are living together and now all of the unhappiness of her childhood can be erased. Until they are lying in bed and Simon calls her by their previous roommate’s name. Juliet has found her life is now falling apart, and she has no clue what she is going to do.

I liked this book a lot because it’s so sweet. Juliet is an awesome narrator who made me want to keep reading. The story is also more than just romance. It has layers, which makes me even more invested in a book. There’s the story of Juliet and her broken family and its impact on her. The relationship she had with her grandmother. Juliet has a best friend and they have an amazing friendship. The story is multifaceted, and I longed to keep reading because I cared. When a book causes me to care, this is when I know it’s worth my time. I became invested in Juliet dealing with her breakup, navigating a life without Simon, a letter where she finds out her mother had a secret, and so much more.

Amy Miller has a talent for writing a book the reader can get lost in. I’m so glad I picked up this book, and I highly look forward reading more of her work in the near future.

Until I rant about books again,

Privileged by Carrie Aarons [Review]

Privileged by Carrie Andrews Genre: Romance, Young Adult Rating: 3/5 Stars Format: Read on Kindle Unlimited. Synopsis: In a world of wealth and power, the rules of love and war are nothing as they seem.

Nora Randolph never wanted a life of luxury. But when her mother falls in love with the heir to the British throne, their small-town lives are uprooted and every little girl’s fantasy becomes her reality. All too quickly, she learns the dangers of running in circles with the world’s elite, especially when she attracts the attention of Winston Academy’s resident golden boy.

Asher Frederick has known nothing but favor and fortune. The son of London’s most influential family, his future has been written in stone since infancy. But a tragic childhood loss redirects his course, and revenge has been boiling in his blood for years. When innocent and unaware Nora lands in his path, it’s as if the universe hands him the ammunition to finally drag his enemy through the mud.

But as his plan for vengeance gets more twisted, so do his feelings for Nora. And as her immersion into the upper crust dives deeper, she struggles to keep the secret she’s been guarding for eighteen years.

Heavy lies the crown, and when the ultimate betrayal blindsides her, will either of them survive the consequences that come crashing down on their heads?
This was a suggestion from Stephanie from Steph’s Romance Book Talk. Check her out on YouTube. She makes great videos! I love books about the rich and elite. Gossip Girl was one of my favorite book series when I was a teen. I also went through a phase where I was obsessed with British culture. Bearing these things in my mind, I expected to love this book. This didn’t happen, and I’m disappointed because I placed high expectations on the book which fell really flat.

There’s a book which takes place in the same universe, and I’m hoping I do enjoy it more. I even picked up a different book by Carrie Aarons because I believe I will like her other writing. Aarons can write romance well. Nora and Asher have this chemistry between them right from the start. Even though Asher wants to destroy Nora, he also seems to have a genuine curiosity in getting to know her much better. Nora is adjusting from being the daughter of a single mother to becoming royalty. Asher wants to ruin Nora because her step dad is the reason his mother is dead. There’s already a lot of tension between the pair. Nora is suddenly attending this fancy private school and living the jet set life. Asher has been privileged all his life so he plans to have fun with Nora before he crushes her heart and gets the revenge he wants so badly. Asher has a group of friends who he hangs out with, constantly getting into trouble and being teenagers. Nora is welcomed into this group, but she also knows they look down on her. There’s also Nora’s mother and stepfather who are planning a wedding while Asher’s father wants the family destroyed. Many events are happening to the pair, and it’s clear someone is going to get hurt no matter what.

Nora and Asher grow closer, but he’s only doing it because his father wants him to destroy Nora. Of course, he has feelings for her but doesn’t want to think about those when he wants the revenge for his mother even more than he craves Nora. She is happy getting close to him because she believes this will be a chance for her to fall in love, shedding her innocence and becoming a new person. Their friends know they are involved, but they both deny being a couple in the beginning because Asher is too much of a player to settle down.

Nora and Asher are spending more time together. Nora has feelings for him, but Asher convinces himself he doesn’t really feel the same for her. Asher is focused on wanting the chance to confront Nora’s step dad to share how he ruined a family.

So there’s a few issues I had with this book. It’s written in present tense, but it would switch to past tense in the same sentence. This got on my nerves so badly because I want to know why the author could not make the effort to double check her work and make sure the tenses match. It really threw me off because it doesn’t sound right when reading, and I hope someone tells Aarons she should fix this issue because it made the book harder for me to enjoy. This is literally the main reason I didn’t like the book as much.

My other issue… Nora keeps talking about how she was looked at weird in her hometown and people saw her different because of her ability. Since this was referred to in such a vague way, I kind of expected her to have a superpower. I thought she was going to be a witch or something. Turns out, she’s just a genius. And part of Mensa. Honestly, it’s just mentioned like hey I’m a genius. It’s a personality trait for her, and it didn’t really add anything to the story so I’m wondering why it was needed. Maybe the author was trying to show Nora is special, but I just see it as the character is a genius and it adds nothing to the plot. Okay then.

It’s kind of meant to be enemies to lovers. But it’s just Asher wanting revenge and Nora thinking Asher is amazing. I didn’t really buy the royal family aspect because I thought they had rigid rules, and it seems like Nora has a lot of freedom to do what she wants. I may be wrong, but I was pretty sure its inaccurate.

Asher ends up trying to get his revenge, but it just seems so rushed. He goes from I hate Nora to maybe I like her to let’s ruin her whole family. Then after he tells her step father what’s going on, the step father is just sad and is like your mother would not want you to be like this… so it’s not even dramatic. Just a life lesson where Asher and Nora fall apart.

So, I guess my takeaway is Nora is a genius and Asher is a broken man who needs to fix himself. The tension between them is great. I love how they interact and are written. I just hated how it seemed so rushed.

Nora and Asher do get their happy ending. Of course. It’s just weird the epilogue was after the book ended? I’m going to read the standalone novel in the same universe, and I’m hoping I like it more than this one.

I would say if you like books like Gossip Girl, try this one out. But beware of how annoying the tense changes are. I couldn’t get over them, and I still can’t. It’s definitely a YA read, but the author does write well. I’m planning to read Aarons other works, and I’ll make a better informed decision about my thoughts on the author.

Until I rant about books again,

2019 DNFs [So Far]

I know book reviews and wrap ups are great. But I’m also trying to write other posts which could be interesting. I used to not be someone who DNFs books, but I have too many books to read at this point. Not to mention, I have a five and a half month old so my reading time is precious to me. I DNFd 15 (!!) Books this year. So far.

I used to push through books but now I just DNF them. That’s easier. Sometimes I just remove them completely and don’t even count them to DNF if I just read a short bit. It’s how I make my reading system work for me.

I got this book from booksirens. It was much too sci-fi for me, I just couldn’t get into the premise. I would say it would be great for YA sci-fi fans. Just not for me.

Another book from booksirens. The problem with this book is I did not enjoy the romance. I was like three chapters in and the main character was being asked by her potential love interest to show him her goodies. This was so he would agree to fake marry her. I couldn’t stop rolling my eyes so I decided no.

The dialogue in this YA book was too simplistic. It seems like it was meant more for tweens. I liked the message of being eco conscious with clothes and such. I also didn’t love the gay best friend being a stereotype.

Just another new adult romance I couldn’t get into. I think my issue was yet another cliche romance I wasn’t feeling. This seems to happen a lot with the office romance books to me.

This is about two people who meet after bad relationships and fall in love. It just was not interesting. I felt like nothing was going to happen so I just ended up being unable to finish the book at 75%.

The narrator was a mess in this book. And I just was so upset when I read reviews to see if other people shared my thoughts. I want to avoid spoilers, but I don’t understand the appeal of this book.Didn’t like the language and structure of the book. I only made it ten pages in before I gave up.

I thought this was going to be an adorable romance. It was a Christian romance though so it wasn’t for me. The story had cute aspects, but I’m not religious so the book wasn’t the right fit for me.

I read this while I was being induced and dealing with a newborn. I wasn’t about a really long book regarding dragons I found super boring so I just put it down. I am not a huge adult fantasy fan. I do love Samantha Shannon’s other series though… I can’t wait for the last book. It’s been so long…

This book was too dry for me. I also think I had issues reading it because I was pregnant with a boy at the time. Not that I’m worried about Ever becoming like the child in the book, but I just couldn’t deal with the narrator incessantly going on and on. I plan to try again in the future with this one since I have heard it’s worth the time. I will probably do it on audio.

I only tried up to page 50, but I didn’t feel any desire to read this book. I thought the forensics and setting could keep me going, but I did not care. Also, the spoilers I read about annoyed me. Maybe I’ll try this again someday, but I have other books to read so this will be a did not finish for now.

This book was annoying at the start when the main character went on and on about being a social media influencer. Then it got worse when the love interest when mmm juicy ass and she walked in on the guy just grabbing his balls while he was naked.it was supposed to be like some cute story, but I was super turned off so no thanks.

I just saw this as a bad rip off of The Kiss Quotient, but just bad. It was so dry and uninteresting. The reviews also aren’t great.

I just was not in a good mindset to read this book… it’s about homelessness and mental illness. I know it’s going to be a good book, but I have been reading a lot of romance so it just doesn’t work currently. I will probably pick up a copy from Amazon soon though.

And those are all-of the books I have put on my DNF list for now. I’m hoping the rest of 2019 is just filled with good reads but I’m currently in a reading slump so guess I shall see what the rest of the month will bring…

Until I rant about books again,

Weekly Wrap-Up #2 [September 8-14]

I didn’t read a lot this past week. I still need to catch up on some eARCs on NetGalley. I did get all of the ones I needed done on time though. It’s nice way to watch my percentage go up instead of fall though. I did kind of make a poor choice, and I requested 26 romance books on NetGalley. I was approved for three. Guess we’ll see what happens with the others.

Here are all the books I read this week, complete with what Ethan thinks each of them are about.

What Ethan thinks this book is about: Groupie chick falls in love with rockstar. He dumps her and she gets mad.

My rating and thoughts: 3 stars.

It’s been done before. The trope of bad boy and good girl. I don’t mind the brothers best friend trope, that’s one of my favorite ones. I’m just tired of smart girl suddenly becomes enamored with the hot dude who is right down the hall from her. That’s exactly what this story is.

Haley moves in with her brother and his best friend. The best friend is named Cade and he is a man whore. He sleeps with a lot of women. Of course, he’s mean at first to Haley but eventually gets attached to her. However, Haley has a boyfriend named Adam. He is the nice guy, but he wears a lot of cologne.

But of course Adam is a bad dude and Cade saves the day so Haley is like, I’m going to fall in love with Cade. Of course, there’s more to the story but I don’t want to discuss spoilers.

The parts of the story I highlighted were about how perfect Cade was and how sexy. There was a lot about smells. I’m not sure if Haley is just like a blood hound but she was so obsessed with Adams cologne and then how Cade smelled. One specific line was, I can smell that fresh scent. I would be happy if this is the only scent I ever smell again. I’m not sure why it bothered me so much, but there was way too much about olfactory references.

The smut aspect of the book wasn’t bad, but it didn’t appeal to me too much in this story.

This author just wasn’t for me. This would work well for someone just starting out reading new adult or doesn’t mind the same old tropes overly done. I did enjoy how Cade was written. The ending just seemed rushed. Also, do not read the synopsis of the second book unless you want spoilers.

What Ethan thinks this book is about: Two really depressed drug addicts in recovery meet in halfway house and they relapse at the end and die. My rating and thoughts: 4 stars.

Jess and Alex have a fair amount of parallels in their lives. Both are dealing with the loss of loved ones, career changes, and living in London. It’s a new start for each. Both are determined to lead their own lives and avoid relationships since they both had prior ones end poorly. So they resolve to be friends. They are also living in a shared house with a no couples rule… of course they aren’t going to fall in love, right?

This book contains a lot of cute elements. Jess loves romantic movies and has this sweet relationship with her grandmother. Jess was raised by her grandmother and even posts on Instagram so she can see her granddaughters life in London. It’s a cute story, but it’s more of a friendship between Jess and Alex most of the time. It’s a really slow burn Christmas romance, I suppose.

Overall, a super cute story. I really like how it describes London so well. I would recommend this for anyone who wants a quick, sweet romance with a little bit of holiday. I would read more from this author.

What Ethan thinks the book is about: Story about the Dalmatian and how he likes winter and snow.

My rating: 3 stars. You can find my full review here.


Well. This was my week in reading. Feels good to have some of my NetGalley books caught up. I’m feeling good with my September Swoons Reads. I’m so excited to share those with you at the end of the month. How’s your wrap up for the week looking? Or how about just your Reads so far since September is halfway over ? (!!!)

Until I rant about books again,