Genre: Romance

Fall In Love In 36 Questions – A Love Experiment

Posted October 11, 2017 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, review / 28 Comments
Fall In Love In 36 Questions – A Love Experiment

I heard about this book from Lucy Parker when she retweeted a link to it. I read the summary and was immediately intrigued. As much as I adore romance, there’s no denying that there’s sometimes a lack of creativity in the genre. So, the concept of The Love Experiment was a breath of fresh air. I just loved the idea of two people who would otherwise never connect falling in love through a proven survey experiment, and I thought Ainslie Paton  worked with the concept beautifully. One of the reasons why this book stands out is because of how well-developed the characters are. When authors take their time to build up their characters and flesh them out slowly over the course of the book, it makes any book a 1000 times more enjoyable. I loved what Ainslie Paton did here with our two protagonists, Derelie and Jack. Both could not be different from each other in terms of personalities, but we get to see growth and progression in both their […]

Romance, Wine & A+ Female Friendships: Legs by Kelly Siskind

Posted October 4, 2017 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, Blog Tour, review / 16 Comments
Romance, Wine & A+ Female Friendships: Legs by Kelly Siskind

I knew I loved Kelly Siskind’s writing and books, but I didn’t realize just how much until I had the opportunity to read Legs. This is the sort of romance that I love to devour. It’s got so many great elements that make it pure fun to read from start to finish. I mean I was already a fan of Kelly’s, but after this, I’m pretty much a super fan! 🙂 Rachel, the heroine, is a blast! I loved being inside of her head. She’s going through a bit of a tough time not knowing exactly what she wants to do with her life – she waffled between multiple career paths, not quite happy with any of her options. I connected with that aspect of her personality as I too went through something similar a couple of years back. She’s very genuine as a person, and witty and simply just personable. So, it’s easy to root for Rachel and her happiness. Jimmy is the perfect companion for someone like Rachel. […]

A Story of Love, Passion & Hope: Completely by Ruthie Knox

Posted September 27, 2017 by Nick in 4.5 stars, ARC, review / 10 Comments
A Story of Love, Passion & Hope: Completely by Ruthie Knox

If you’ve read my review for Truly and Madly, then you already know how deep my love for this author’s writing runs. Ruthie Knox writes stories about love, family and finding yourself, that may not be unique themes, but they will touch every fiber of your being. Completely was no different. Yet again, Ruthie Knox has expertly crafted a story full of love, passion and hope, one that will speak to many romance readers. Rosemary Chamberlain is the heroine of Completely. We know her as Winston, hero of Madly‘s, ex-wife. I initially wasn’t sure how to feel about her because from the snippets we got of her in the previous book, we know that she left her relationship with her daughter fractured and ran off on an adventure. But Ruthie Knox does a beautiful job here at building up Rosemary’s character with layers and layers of complexity. She makes you understand her thought process and her motivations. All her life, Rosemary has felt like she was in the background, and […]

I Was In A Bubble of Happiness: The Corner of Forever and Always by Lia Riley

Posted September 25, 2017 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, review / 19 Comments
I Was In A Bubble of Happiness: The Corner of Forever and Always by Lia Riley

Lia Riley’s small-town romances are so heart-warming. I loved loved loved the glimpse we got of Tuesday and Beau in the previous book, and waiting for The Corner of Forever and Always was torture, even though it was only a few months wait! I started this book one evening with a giant smile on my face, and excitement buzzing in my veins, and I finished the book with those same feelings, only heightened. I truly think this is one of Lia Riley’s most memorable book to date, and it’s safe to say, it’s all because of the characters. Heroines like Tuesday can be very frustrating for readers. She is flighty, a little bit all over the place, and happy-go-lucky ALL THE TIME. But the author writes her here with so much personality here, that it’s easy to fall for her character and root for her happiness. Tuesday is all sunshine and rainbows, and she brings a lightness to the story that kept me in the clouds at all times. I […]

A Gorgeous & Memorable Book Every Teen Should Read: Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Posted September 18, 2017 by Nick in 5 stars, ARC, review / 23 Comments
A Gorgeous & Memorable Book Every Teen Should Read: Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Trigger warnings: Poignant and heart-breaking, Akemi Dawn Bowman’s winning debut novel tells the story of a half-Japanese half-white teen girl struggling with her identity, anxiety, art and family. It’s a story that shines from every page and stands out among other YA contemporaries. The book world is in for some spectacular books if Starfish is just a glimpse at Akemi Dawn Bowman’s elegant writing. Social anxiety-ridden Kiko has one dream – to attend the prestigious art institute, Prism, to pursue her dream career. Bonus, it will also help her escape her narcissistic mother, whose only impact has been to embed a deep lack of self-confidence in her daughter. Starfish is the emotional journey she goes on as she experiences rejection from her dream school, and decides to get out of her toxic home life with the aid of a friend. It’s a journey that is necessary for her growth, and one that helps her understand her self-value. Kiko is a protagonist who will speak to many teen girls, especially mixed-raced […]

When An American & An Aussie Fall In Love: Temporary by Sarina Bowen & Sarah Mayberry

Posted September 13, 2017 by Nick in 3.5 stars, Author Interview, review / 15 Comments
When An American & An Aussie Fall In Love: Temporary by Sarina Bowen & Sarah Mayberry

Sarina Bowen has quickly become a favorite author for me. Though I have never read anything by Sarah Mayberry, I have heard really great things about her writing and romances. So I was keen to pick up Temporary, even more so when I learned that we would be getting a hot Aussie as the lead. Temporary turned out to be a fun read for me, and despite the book feeling just a little long at times, I found myself enjoying the book and the characters. Though I was most eager to meet Callan, the hero, it was Grace who completely stole the show here. She is a great heroine, selfless, hardworking and fiercely determined. Life constantly handed her lemons, but even so, she rose up from every obstacle stronger and more tenacious than before. Taking care of her sister is not an easy task, but she does everything possible to make life easier for Olivia. I love how much love Grace has for Olivia and Olivia is her priority all […]

The Most Creative 2017 Debut: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

Posted September 11, 2017 by Nick in 4.5 stars, ARC, review / 25 Comments
The Most Creative 2017 Debut: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

An Enchantment of Ravens is a stunning debut novel that will lure readers in with the gorgeous prose, and keep them glued to the pages of the book with its vibrant characters. It might be Margaret Rogerson’s debut novel, but she pens An Enchantment of Ravens like a pro and will leave you in awe. This is a YA fantasy novel that will stick with me for a long time. The book shines for its unique take on magic. In Rogerson’s world, humans have the ability to Craft, basically they all have a talent that the Fair Folk are able to purchase. It was refreshing to see this different sort of power dynamics. Margaret Rogerson takes common themes and elements from fae mythology and puts her own twist on them. The magical world was beautifully and subtly built throughout An Enchantment of Ravens, and most importantly, it was easy to envision. Rogerson’s writing is lush, gorgeous, and vivid, especially when it comes to the protagonist, Isobel’s artistic skills. This is […]

An Emotional Whirlwind: Play On by Samantha Young

Posted September 7, 2017 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, Blog Tour, review / 29 Comments
An Emotional Whirlwind: Play On by Samantha Young

Anytime Samantha Young announces a new book, I’m ready to pounce on it. With Play On the author takes readers back to Scotland with another intense and passionate romance that sizzles the pages, but it’s also a story that’s got a lot more depth than that. First things first, I really think that the blurb for Play On gives too much away. I know it’s a romance novel, so the endings tend to be predictable, but the events described in the summary do not take place for a while, so I’d recommend not focusing too much on it. Play On is really more than a romance. It’s the tale of the strength and resilience of a young woman who is on a journey to find herself. The book begins with Nora O’Brien, right out of high school, working minimum wage, and taking care of her disabled father along with her mother. Nora dreams of something bigger, but her circumstances force her to remain in Indiana. That is, until Jim. Sweet, […]

Oh, My Heart! : Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Posted September 4, 2017 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, review / 31 Comments
Oh, My Heart! : Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Christina Lauren are a wildly popular duo in the romance community, and with Autoboyography, no doubt the YA community will also go wild for this talented pair. Autoboyography is a lovely, heart-felt book about sexual identity, religion, love and family that teens and adults alike will fall in love with. Tanner and Sebastian could not be more different from each other, but somehow the two meet, and fall in love with each other. The book is predominantly told through the voice of Tanner, a proud bisexual boy who is only out to his family in his new Utah town. He is a total sweetheart, who captured my heart with his easy-going personality and kind soul. He is outgoing, smart, level-headed, and loves like nobody’s business. Sebastian on the other hand is more quiet, and very devoted to his Mormon religion. Tanner and Sebastian meet in Tanner’s seminar class where Sebastian is the teaching assistant. Somehow the book that they have to write in the class turns out to be an […]

I Expected More: Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh

Posted August 28, 2017 by Nick in 2.5 stars, ARC, review / 18 Comments
I Expected More: Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh

When a book is described as “Pacific Rim meets Korean action dramas”, it’s hard for a fan of both of those things to ignore. Rebel Seoul comes highly recommended from fellow bloggers, which just added to my excitement of reading the book. Perhaps it was my high expectations, but Rebel Seoul wasn’t the book I was led to believe it would be. The premise of the book is certainly interesting. The futuristic/dystopian South Korean setting is fresh and unique, but only bare bones of the world are explored here, which makes it hard to become invested in the story. A lot of the world building, and the history of the war that led to this new Korean society feels like info-dumping, which means the book is peppered with these dense chunky paragraphs explaining the world. It’s not how I personally enjoy reading the world building of a book, and it led to moments of boredom for me. The plot is also slow-paced, which didn’t enhance my enjoyment of the story. […]

Simply One Of The Most Romantic Books Of The Year: The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

Posted August 21, 2017 by Nick in 5 stars, ARC, review / 30 Comments
Simply One Of The Most Romantic Books Of The Year: The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

Tessa Dare is an absolute master at what she does. Of course there are hundreds of historical romance authors out there, but no one quite does it like Tessa Dare. Her books are priceless gems. each one better than the previous one. The Duchess Deal was no exception. Telling the story of two unlikely personalities in a marriage of convenience falling slowly but hardly for each other,  The Duchess Deal is Tessa Dare’s most magical, most romantic, and sexiest novel to date. As always Dare writes characters that are full of heart and soul. Emma, darling darling Emma, is a witty seamstress who has made a life for herself after she’s ousted and disowned by her vicar father. She is a woman with a lot of strength, self-possession, kindness and compassion. Life may have dealt her a bad hand, but she moves on from that and instead channels her grief and disappointment into her passion of making dresses. In many ways, she is the complete opposite of the brutally scarred […]

I Was In Food And Romance Heaven: North To You by Tif Marcelo

Posted August 3, 2017 by Nick in 4 stars, review / 35 Comments
I Was In Food And Romance Heaven: North To You by Tif Marcelo

Well, this book was charming, and sweet and so very endearing! I owe Ari big time for introducing me to North To You, a foodie romance debut that swept me off my feet. It’s not always that I encounter a debut novel that immediately makes me fall in love with the author’s writing, and turn me into a life-long fan, but Tif Marcelo’s North To You did exactly that for me. This is a book that has a lot of heart to it, and it’s all thanks to the lovable characters. These are characters that are built up so solidly throughout the book that you grow to know every aspect of their personalities intimately. And what great personalities they had! I immediately clicked with the heroine, Camille, a passionate food truck owner,  because of how resilient she was. She has had many obstacles thrown her way, but she continued to rise up from every difficult situation she has faced. Camille was hardworking, and very devoted to her sister’s success and […]

I Laughed Until My Belly Hurt: The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C Yee

Posted July 31, 2017 by Nick in ARC, review / 28 Comments
I Laughed Until My Belly Hurt: The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C Yee

Bravo, F.C Yee! You’ve managed to make me laugh with a book until my stomach hurts. The Epic Crush of Genie Lo wasn’t exactly on my radar until some of my close bookish friends (shoutout to Eri, Aila & Aentee), wouldn’t stop raving about it. These ladies hardly ever lead me astray, so I decided that I was going to give it a shot and surprise, surprise – I had so much fun with it, by the end, I was just dying to have the sequel in my hands. Books like The Epic Crush of Genie Lo remind me why I love reading so much. They are temporarily able to whisk me away to a different world. Sure, I’d probably be the first to flop dead in Genie’s newfound world of demons, but it’s still fun to imagine myself in her shoes. It helps that Genie is a super relatable character. I think a lot of readers are going to love her. She’s just pure fun, but also smart, studious […]

A Twisty New YA Fantasy Debut: Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta

Posted July 27, 2017 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, review / 29 Comments
A Twisty New YA Fantasy Debut: Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta

YA fantasy used to be one of my favorite genres in the past, but lately, I haven’t been meshing well with it. But still every time that I hear about a new fantasy book releasing, my interests piques. Shimmer and Burn was one of those books that tickled my fancy. Then I took a closer look at the book summary, and the minute I found out the plot was centered around the relationship between two sisters, I was more than in. I’m thrilled that my gut feelings about this book was right. The main element that kept me glued to Shimmer and Burn was the impressive world building. Mary Taranta builds up the world, foundation by foundation, in a spellbinding fashion. The Kingdom, riddled with corrupt dark magic that was literally killing people, was written so intricately, I was able to picture every aspect of it. I was equally fascinated by the background here, which much like the world building, builds up piece by piece, as the author reveals more and […]

It’s Not You, It’s Me: The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

Posted July 22, 2017 by Nick in 2 stars, ARC, review / 17 Comments
It’s Not You, It’s Me: The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

The Last Magician was a book I was more than excited to read. It has a heist, magic and a historical setting, all elements that made it seem like a book I would love. Unfortunately, the book let me down. However, I don’t think that should stop anyone from picking this one up, because I really think a lot of my lack of enjoyment of the book had to do with my personal preferences when it comes to book lengths. You see, The Last Magician is close to 500+ pages long, and while normally that would have taken me 2-3 days to read, I struggled through this one for about 6 days. I was reading about 2-3 hours daily, and every time I checked my progressed, I would get annoyed that I had only made it through 20%. Additionally, I just didn’t feel like the book warranted that many pages, because there’s a huge chunk in the middle when the story in The Last Magician remained stagnant. I feel like […]

One Of The Best Romances Of The Year: Hate To Want You by Alisha Rai

Posted July 20, 2017 by Nick in 4.5 stars, ARC, Blog Tour, GIVEAWAY, review / 34 Comments
One Of The Best Romances Of The Year: Hate To Want You by Alisha Rai

Alisha Rai’s Hate To Want You was everything that I wanted it to be and more, beautifully melding together some of my favorite romance tropes: forbidden love, second chance romance and hate to love. Could there be a more perfect combination? I don’t think so. I’ve been wanting to read this book ever since I read the PW sales deal alert, and you bet that I picked it up mere minutes after it went up on Edelweiss. This may only be my first book by Alisha Rai, but I’m down for more sexy books by her. First things first, there is a lot of angst in Hate To Want You and normally, I’m one to shy away from that, but it’s written in a very addicting way here. Rai makes you feel all the pain that Livvy and Nicholas have gone through and I could not get enough. Both of them were terrific as characters. Livvy is sexy, feisty and one kickass lady. I had a serious crush on her. Nicholas […]

The Eerie And Creative Story of A Girl With No Eyes: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

Posted July 17, 2017 by Nick in 3.5 stars, ARC, review / 36 Comments
The Eerie And Creative Story of A Girl With No Eyes: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

I’ve been so excited to read Daughter of the Burning City. I loved the idea of a circus setting, and with that gorgeous cover, there was no holding me back from this book. This may only be a debut, but it was sweeping, magical and very atmospheric. I’m looking forward to seeing what else Amanda Foody comes up with in the future, because she is brimming with creativity and talent. There was an almost ethereal quality to the writing in Daughter of the Burning City. It’s not the fastest paced book, but I never found a dull moment in the book. I was absorbed by the magic, the eerie atmosphere and the strange characters. The world building, while I thought could have been expanded a little bit further – it felt like an info-dump at times, was still satisfying enough to be able to envision Gommorah, a traveling festival. It was quirky, but I also found myself wanting to transport myself into this world. It’s very unique! I will admit that the […]

Sparks Fly Between A Librarian & A Hockey Player: Mister Hockey by Lia Riley

Posted July 12, 2017 by Nick in 3.5 stars, ARC, Blog Tour, review / 15 Comments
Sparks Fly Between A Librarian & A Hockey Player: Mister Hockey by Lia Riley

I don’t even need to know what a book is about if it has Lia Riley’s name on the cover – I will pick it up no matter what. You can’t imagine how excited I was to learn that she was writing a sports romance, and a hockey one at that! Mister Hockey was a fast read, and it was every bit entertaining. I love that I can always count on the author to deliver an enjoyable romance. I really liked that the heroine was a librarian here. I know there’s quite a few librarian romances out there, but I haven’t entirely ventured into them. Breezy was a great girl, a bit awkward, but she was very easy to relate to, what with her being a book nerd. She was also super passionate about hockey, which I couldn’t relate to because I hate sports in real life, but I loved how excited she got about her favorite team, and her favorite player, Jed. So imagine how thrilled she was when her […]