Tag: 4 stars

STEM Girls & The Soft Boys That Love Them

Posted February 19, 2018 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, review / 0 Comments
STEM Girls & The Soft Boys That Love Them

A Princess In Theory (Reluctant Royals #1) by Alyssa Cole Release Date: February 27th 2018 Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance Format: eARC Buy on Amazon | Buy on B&N Source: ARC received for review purposes I’m not a romance reader that veers towards royalty romance. A lot of times, they wind up being cheesy to read. But I took one glance at the cover of A Princess In Theory, and I knew I had to read it. This was my first romance novel by Alyssa Cole, and I’m hitting my head against the wall for not having picked up a book from her before this. But better late than never, right? For me, what takes romance novels to the next level are the characters. In A Princess In Theory, every single character is phenomenal. Alyssa Cole takes her time to not only give each and everyone individual personalities, but she also spends her time fleshing them out. I adored Ledi. She’s mouthy, no-nonsense and absolutely the kind of heroines I gravitate towards. She’s finishing up her graduate program in Epidemiology – heck, yes for a STEM heroine – and is busy also juggling a side-job. I loved what huge parts of Ledi her education and her career were. Alyssa Cole doesn’t just mention that Ledi is an epidemiologist, but she actually has Ledi working for a majority of the book, which […]

This Book Was on Fire: Burn For You by J.T. Geissinger

Posted February 14, 2018 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 0 Comments
This Book Was on Fire: Burn For You by J.T. Geissinger

I’m a sucker for stories of marriage of convenience, which is what attracted me to this book (after Nick told me I should read it, of course). I had added it to my TBR and was planning to read it eventually, but when I found out that this was available on audiobook AND narrated by my favorite, Sebastian York, it moved waaaay up on my TBR list. I wasn’t too sure what to expect because I have a bad habit of either not reading book summaries, or forgetting about them by the time I actually read the book. I actually didn’t even catch the Beauty and the Beast similarities until I had finished the book, which only made me like it more. Although this probably wouldn’t be the case in real life, there’s something about stories with that grumpy asshole that I just can’t help but like. There’s just something about seeing that icy exterior melt away and seeing the real person buried underneath all that surliness. The relationship between Bianca and Jackson does not start off on good terms, and that’s putting it mildly. When Jackson walks into Bianca’s restaurant and is rude to her staff, Bianca wants nothing to do with him. Only one problem, she’s hoping to be able to serve his family’s Bourbon at her restaurant and telling him off probably isn’t the best way to […]

Two Books About Growing Up, Two Different Opinions: Frankie by Shivaun Plozza & American Panda by Gloria Chao

Posted February 13, 2018 by Nick in 2.5 stars, 4 stars, ARC, review / 0 Comments
Two Books About Growing Up, Two Different Opinions: Frankie by Shivaun Plozza & American Panda by Gloria Chao

Frankie by Shivaun Plozza Release Date: November 7th 2018 Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Aussie Format: eARC Buy on Amazon | Buy on B&N Source: ARC received for review purposes I would like to know what the people of Australia are drinking because goddamn can they write. I have yet to read a book by an Aussie author that I’ve disliked. The quality of their writing is so superior to any other writing styles that I’ve encountered. Frankie was no different. It was such a fresh, riveting story with an extremely compelling main character. I loved Frankie. She’s a giant ball of fury and I related quite a bit to her. She’s angry, pissed off and unapologetic about it all. I mean this is a girl who punches a douche-nozzle at school and gets expelled for it, but doesn’t care about it because he deserved it. Her life is thrown upside down when she finds out that she has a half-brother, Xavier, who gets in contact with her. Only a few days later, Xavier goes missing, and Frankie tries to look for him. You get to experience every emotion with Frankie as she navigates finding her brother, new discoveries about her mother, and as she battles real life, in general. Shivaun Plozza writes emotions really well, and I loved that I was so in sync with Frankie. I also liked Xavier a […]

When Waiting For A Book Pays Off : Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen & One and Only by Jenny Holiday

Posted February 12, 2018 by Nick in 4 stars, 4.5 stars, ARC, review / 11 Comments
When Waiting For A Book Pays Off : Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen & One and Only by Jenny Holiday

Brooklynaire (Brooklyn Bruisers #4) by Sarina Bowen Release Date: February 12th 2018 Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance Format: eARC Buy on Amazon | Buy on B&N Source: ARC received for review purposes I’m so so happy that Sarina Bowen decided to write a Nate and Becca book. I have loved the hidden chemistry and underlying tension that existed between them since the first book in the Brooklyn Bruisers series. Going into the book, I had a lot of expectations, and Sarina just about slayed all of them. Brooklynaire was honestly the book of my dreams. There’s so much I loved about Brooklynaire, but perhaps the best part was Nate. He is one of the dreamiest romance heroes to ever have been written. I love how most of Sarina Bowen’s heroes tend to be these guys who are kind, patient, generous and just incredibly sexy. They make me laugh, they make me swoon – there’s nothing more I can ask from my romance heroes. Nate is such a great guy. He may be smart as hell, and filthy rich, but this is a guy who is also humble. Where do I find myself a Nate? *sigh* Becca was a fantastic heroine too. Her life takes a step back in Brooklynaire when she finds herself injured and on bed rest. She’s a hard worker, she’s feisty and an equally kind human being. Honestly, […]

A Laugh-Out-Loud Romantic Comedy: Stud by Kelly Siskind

Posted January 31, 2018 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, review / 25 Comments
A Laugh-Out-Loud Romantic Comedy: Stud by Kelly Siskind

Well, wasn’t this a fun read! Kelly Siskind consistently writes sexy and laugh-out-loud rom-coms that I can’t stop devouring. When the opportunity to read and review Stud arose, I couldn’t say no, especially after having a blast with the first book in the series, Legs. Yet again, Kelly has written an entertaining and swoony tale! Ainsley and Owen are two of the most fun characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about. Ainsley, especially, was a hoot. Her broken gay-dar and her lack of filter had me in hysterics. I love a female character who is sassy, snarky and unapologetic about herself, so I had no trouble falling for her character. In an attempt to fulfill a birthday resolution before the year is up, she decides to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, which is where she meets Owen. Only, after seeing him with his gay brother, who she also happens to have had a crush on after ogling him at their gym, she mistakes him for gay as well! Talk about a misunderstanding. I liked Owen a lot too. He is dealing with an annoying ex and a divorce that seems never-ending. The guy has a good heart though because I would have thrown that ex off of a cliff for being so irritating. But Owen is a sweetheart, and such a softie on the inside. I loved watching […]

A Diverse Romance That’s Sure To Charm: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Posted January 29, 2018 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, review / 37 Comments
A Diverse Romance That’s Sure To Charm: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

I almost didn’t pick this book up, but then Ari came screaming into my DMs about how wonderful this book was. She is annoyingly bossy but, I guess I have Ari to thank for for picking up The Wedding Date. This book was just absolutely precious, and I had a lovely time reading it. If you like fake-dating, diversity and all things swoony romance, then The Wedding Date definitely needs to be on your TBRs. For me, what takes a romance novel to the next level are the characters. I connected so much with the characters in this book. I was enamored by both Alexa and Drew. They are both very admirable, passionate and hardworking, so it was easy for me to see how the two easily clicked together as a couple. I was particularly a huge fan of Alexa. She works at the mayor’s office as his chief of staff and is so passionate about her job and her projects. I loved that she was someone who put 100% into the things that she loved. Drew was also equally lovable. He is a pediatric doctor who was, for the most part, an adorable dork. He’s been burned in the past with relationships, so he doesn’t always fully involve himself emotionally, but the guy has such a good heart. His kindness and respect for Alexa were especially qualities I loved […]

Fall In Love With Jill Shalvis’ Latest, About That Kiss

Posted January 26, 2018 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, Blog Tour, review / 12 Comments
Fall In Love With Jill Shalvis’ Latest, About That Kiss

Hi friends! I’m excited to share with you all an excerpt for the wonderful, About That Kiss by Jill Shalvis. If you have not read The Heartbreaker Bay series yet, you absolutely must. It’s full of swoony romances, banterific friendships and the cutest furry side-characters. This is a series I 100% recommend to everyone who loves their romances to be uncomplicated. Anyways, that’s enough rambling from me! Let’s get to the excerpt! Excerpt Aren’t they just previous? You must read more of this book ASAP! In case you missed it, I also posted my review a couple weeks ago. I’ve posted it below for those who may not have seen it! Review I swear Jill Shalvis can do no wrong with the Heartbreaker Bay series. I’ve loved every book to date, and About That Kiss was no different. Once again, Jill Shalvis has written a sweet and swoony story that left me smiling for hours after I was done reading the book. Kylie and Joe are so damn adorable together. Seriously, these two are precious. Not only that, these two also had super sexy chemistry between them. I love that Jill Shalvis writes these couple that you can’t help but ship with all your heart. Both of them are initially wary of any kind of relationship, especially after that steamy kiss they share, but fate has other things in store for them. They are […]

A Book That Slayed Me & Another That Entertained Me

Posted January 24, 2018 by Nick in 3 stars, 4 stars, ARC, Book Review, review / 12 Comments
A Book That Slayed Me & Another That Entertained Me

You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon Goodreads – Amazon – Barnes & Noble Wow! Just wow! Can I leave my review at that? Because honestly, I don’t feel like any review I write for You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone is going to do the book any justice. It’s such a breath-taking story, and it’s one that made me feel all the emotions. This might only be Rachel Lynn Solomon’s debut, but judging from this piece of work, she’s here to slay. This was such an emotional story, and not one that was easy to get through. I knew I had to mentally prepare myself for the waterworks that was obviously going to erupt as soon as I picked this book up, and I’m glad I did. This is a story of twin sisters, Adina and Tovah, who are about to take a test to determine if either carries the gene for Huntington’s disease. What ends up happening is, one sister tests positive, while the other tests negative. Talk about a heart-breaking premise. Both of these girls get their own POVs in the book, and they will both tug at your heartstrings. Rachel Lynn Solomon did a fantastic job at not only giving the two of them very differing personalities, but she made sure that both are given equal importance to the story. I found bits and pieces of myself […]

Hackers, The Bachelor & Love : Zero Hour by Megan Erickson & Runaway Groom by Lauren Layne

Posted January 17, 2018 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, review / 24 Comments
Hackers, The Bachelor & Love : Zero Hour by Megan Erickson & Runaway Groom by Lauren Layne

Zero Hour by Megan Erickson Goodreads – Amazon – Barnes & Noble Is there a more perfect combination than hackers, romance, suspense and Megan Erickson? I don’t think so. I’ll admit, I was teensy bit nervous going into Zero Hour, and that’s mostly because even though I love romantic suspense, I haven’t had the best luck with the books that I have tried. I had nothing to worry about though because Megan Erickson is good at what she does, and I can trust her to write anything at this point. I love books and series that have a solid team and in Zero Hour, we get a pretty badass team of hackers. The main characters here are Roarke and Wren. Roarke is on a mission of revenge for his brother’s death and he bands together a team that will help him take his enemy done. Then comes along our heroine, Wren, who also wants revenge on said enemy, but for her own reasons. But Roarke is protective of her and doesn’t want her anywhere near this mission. I liked both Roarke and Wren a lot. Roarke was dark, broody and very very private, so I was really glad we got to be inside his head too throughout Zero Hour. He is completely devastated after the loss of his brother and he channels his grief into making sure no one else […]

Lots of Stabbing & Brutality: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black & Blood & Sand by C.V Wyck

Posted January 15, 2018 by Nick in 3.5 stars, 4 stars, ARC, review / 56 Comments
Lots of Stabbing & Brutality: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black & Blood & Sand by C.V Wyck

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black Goodreads – Amazon – Barnes & Noble I wasn’t planning on reading The Cruel Prince, but then Becky had to come in with her raving review and praise, and I knew I had to see what all the fuss was about. I bought a copy and immediately started reading, and it was pretty much love at first sight. The Cruel Prince was only my first book by Holly Black, and obviously something is wrong with me, because what an incredible book this was! I loved how ruthless this book was. It’s even better because I don’t think I quite expected the book to go so far. It’s bloody, gruesome, and so so twisty! I honestly didn’t see a lot of those twists coming, which is something I love in books. I love being surprised when reading a book and The Cruel Prince did a good job at that. I also found the world building to be absolutely impressive. There’s a lot of underlying politics and hierarchy going on in this world of cunning fae, so you can imagine the corruption, the power imbalance and all the backstabbing that exists in this world. Holly Black did a fabulous job at introducing readers to the world. I was seriously in awe. The pacing of the plot sneaked up on me too – it had somewhat of […]

A Rakish Duke, Greek Gods & A Missing Penguin

Posted January 10, 2018 by Nick in 3 stars, 4 stars, ARC, review / 23 Comments
A Rakish Duke, Greek Gods & A Missing Penguin

A Duke In Shining Armor by Loretta Chase I have read several books by Loretta Chase in the past, and have enjoyed them quite a bit. I was quite excited to read A Duke In Shining Armor as a result. I found this new start to a historical romance series to be delightful! I always love an unconventional romance and this was certainly that. On the day of her wedding, Lady Olympia is caught buzzed, crying and running away from the venue in her wedding dress, by the hero, Ripley, best friend of the groom. He attempts to convince her to return back to her wedding, but to no avail, so he somehow finds himself escorting Olympia to her destination. A Duke In Shining Armor is an absolute adventure of a book. It can be tricky to get the romance between a man and his best friend’s fiancee, but it’s done brilliantly here. Ripley and Olympia are complete opposites in personalities, and they clash quite a bit on their journey to Olympia’s aunt’s home, but you know underneath all those quips and fights is an underlying attraction to each other. Olympia herself was a clever young woman, who was very spirited, determined and fiery as a character. Ripley, as expected, is a complete scoundrel, but he is a good-hearted scoundrel. I adored the dynamics between the two, especially all the […]

More Than Just A Bad Boy/Good Girl Romance: Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry

Posted January 8, 2018 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, review / 27 Comments
More Than Just A Bad Boy/Good Girl Romance: Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry

There’s just something about Katie McGarry’s books that continue to attract me to them. I don’t think I’ve read one book from her that I have disliked. With Say You’ll Remember Me by good-luck streak with her book continues. Once again, she has written an addicting story with a wonderful cast of characters. Like with most other Katie McGarry books, Say You’ll Remember Me is told in the dual POVs of two characters who come from different worlds. Hendrix and Ellison could not be more different from each other, but they are both lovely characters who are easy to sympathize with. Out of the two, I do have to admit that I had a soft spot for Drix. His situation is very heartbreaking – he’s been to juvie for a crime he did not commit, and is forced to be the face of the governor’s new Second Chance Program aimed at helping juvenile delinquents. At the beginning of the book, Drix is reserved and quiet, understably so because of his entire situation, but there’s a strength and bravery to him that shined through from the very start. He’s a boy who is loyal to his very broken, but loving family, and would do anything to protect them. Even though he is thrust into the media spotlight, he takes on the Second Chance Program because he knows that it will be […]

One Letdown, One Redemption: Sacked & Jockblocked by Jen Frederick

Posted January 5, 2018 by Nereyda in Uncategorized / 10 Comments
One Letdown, One Redemption: Sacked & Jockblocked by Jen Frederick

Sacked by Jen Frederick I seem to have a bit of a hit or miss relationship with Jen Frederick’s books. There are some that I really love (like Undeclared) and some that I think or so ridiculous over the top in terms of sex scenes. Sacked was like a mix of both, there were parts I really liked, but there were also some parts that just felt so hard to believe for me which took away some of my enjoyment of the book overall. Sacked is a book that I’ve wanted to read for a while now but I’m always wary about books with male virgins.  Depending on the situation, most of the time I just find it… not realistic? I’m not saying I think every guy is a man whore, although it is nice to have that change.  Unfortunately, in this case I did find the situation hard to believe that a super popular football player was a virgin. But whatever, I went along with it and that wasn’t even really what bothered me about the book. What I struggled with the most was Knox’s character. He was just so intense, and not always in a good way. The whole ‘everyone does what he says’ situation got on my nerves. I don’t have a brother, but if I did and he told me I HAD to go to dinner […]

A Celebrity Romance Done Well & An Author Who Does Not Use Her Full Potential

Posted December 20, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda in 3 stars, 4 stars, ARC, review / 9 Comments
A Celebrity Romance Done Well & An Author Who Does Not Use Her Full Potential

Acting on Impulse by Mia Sosa I feel like a terrible blogger because I read Acting on Impulse at the end of my summer break, but never reviewed it. I was writing a list of book recs for Nereyda when I realized it! Oof! Acting on Impulse was such a fabulous book! It had everything that I enjoy in a good romance – it was honestly a pure joy to read this book, and I’ll certainly be re-reading it when I’m in a book funk. I’m not usually one for celebrity romances, because I feel like a lot of the drama in the book comes from the celebrity status, but I still couldn’t wait to try this one because of that adorable cover. As I said, I adored every moment of this book. It had some fabulous characters, a swoony romance, and a very fun writing style from Mia Sosa. Tori, the heroine, was a breath of fresh air! She’s sassy, confident,but also has her vulnerabilities. She is absolutely a character with a giant heart, and I loved how kind and humble she was. As much as I loved Tori, for me it was Carter who stole the show. What a fantastic love interest he was! I’m such a sucker for a down-to-earth, genuine beta male in romance books – they are WAY WAY WAY more swoony than alpha males. […]

It Felt Like a Real Life Fairytale: The Corner of Forever and Always by Lia Riley

Posted December 19, 2017 by Nereyda in ARC, review / 11 Comments
It Felt Like a Real Life Fairytale: The Corner of Forever and Always by Lia Riley

I had just finished the worst book I’d ever read and after that mess I needed something sweet and happy to mentally rid of of my last read. Nick recommended this one as my next read and it was exactly what I was looking for! There just something magical about books set in a charming small town and this one had a great one. It also had such a whimsical feel to it that reminded me of a real life fairy tale, and not just because the heroine works as a princess in the town’s historical amusement park. Tuesday never quite made it to her dreams of being an actress, but for now, she’s stuck working in Everland as a princess. Despite the fact that she could be wallowing in self pity and loathing for her failed career, Tuesday actually loves her job, the people in Everland and she’s also a damn good princess. One person is particular who hasn’t fallen for her charm yet is the town mayor. Beau is a surly and serious guy, he’s nice and friendly with everyone, but also keeps them at a distance. But Tuesday gets under his skin and the chemistry and tension between them was hot. The one minute they are fighting, the next they are making out kind of hot. Meanwhile, Everland has other problems on hand. Their small town is struggling […]

Why Are Hockey Romances So Addictive?: So Over You by Kate Meader

Posted December 13, 2017 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, review / 12 Comments
Why Are Hockey Romances So Addictive?: So Over You by Kate Meader

Kate Meader never disappoints with her romantic, sexy and absolutely entertaining books. So Over You was no exception. As always, the author delivers a fun book that’s hard to put down. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Irresistible You, but I was particularly looking forward to So Over You because of the second chance trope. I had an absolute blast reading this one, and omg did I ship the couple! The basic premise of this series is three sister’s suddenly inheriting their father’s hockey team, and the challenges that they force as they become burdened with this responsibility. In the first book we got big sister Harper’s story, and this time it’s Isobel’s turn to tell her tale. I enjoyed her character a lot. It was interesting to see a female hockey player as I don’t think I’ve ever read about one in any contemporary romance. Though an injury had forced Isobel to turn to coaching itself, she still had hopes and dreams and a deep passion for the sport. It was sad to hear her backstory of how her father manipulated her love for hockey and put immense pressure on her. Isobel didn’t let that put her down though, and she rose above it all to become a role model. Vadim was also a pretty great hero. He’s this gruff, sexy Russian, who is known for […]

A Road-Tripping Foodie Romance, A Wild Princess Gone Good & A Diabetic Paparazzo

Posted December 9, 2017 by Nick in 3.5 stars, 4 stars, ARC, review / 5 Comments
A Road-Tripping Foodie Romance, A Wild Princess Gone Good & A Diabetic Paparazzo

West Coast Love by Tif Marcelo Tif Marcelo has to be one of my favorite 2017 debut authors. The Journey to the Heart series has been a delightful ride, and I’m absolutely enamored by her writing style and the heartwarming cast. I’m sad that the series has ended with West Coast Love, but no doubt, I will be revisiting them in the future. This book tells the story of Victoria and Joel, two people with a connection who unbeknownst to each other end up auditioning for the same spot as a host on a show that takes them on a road trip across California to a BBQ festival. Only catch? Victoria wins the spot of the host, while Joel is hired as a cameraman. I enjoyed both Joel and Victoria’s character in the book. I love that we get both their POVs here, especially since both are very sympathetic characters with a giant hearts. Victoria has dreams and aspirations, but also falters a lot along the way. She works hard to get where she wants in life, and though that sometimes leads her to being closed off emotionally, she’s a character that we see a lot of growth from. Joel and his kindness also made me swoon hard throughout West Coast Love. I love sweet heroes like him far more than the alpha-male type, so it didn’t take much for […]

Rachel Gibson Does It Again: The Art of Running in Heels

Posted December 6, 2017 by Nereyda in ARC, review / 11 Comments
Rachel Gibson Does It Again: The Art of Running in Heels

In case you don’t already know, Rachel Gibson is one of my all time favorite authors. Although there have been a few misses in the past 10+ years I’ve been reading her books, they are a minority compared to the books that I love by her. A few of them I’ve re-read over 5 times and I love them just as much every single time. Unfortunately, Gibson’s last book was not a favorite of mine at all so I was nervous about The Art of Running in High Heels suffering not being the same level that I expect from her books, especially since the release date was pushed back. Luckily, this book felt more like the classic Gibson books that I love and I think this is just what I needed to get me out of my dreaded book slump. This book is a kind of sequel to Rachel Gibson’s first book, Simply Irresistible (published in 1997, I believe) since this now follows Lexie, daughter of the main characters of that book; Georgianne and John.  Lexie was just a child in Simply Irresistible so it was very nostalgic (I won’t even mention how this makes me feel old) to not only be able to see what this couple is up to even after all these years but to see one of their kids all grown up and falling in love. […]