Tag: Book Review

STEM Girls & The Soft Boys That Love Them

Posted February 19, 2018 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, review
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 […]

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
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
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, […]

The Redemption of An Anti-Hero & The Rise of a Queen: The Bastard’s Bargain by Katee Robert

Posted February 7, 2018 by Nick in ARC, Blog Tour, GIVEAWAY, review
The Redemption of An Anti-Hero & The Rise of a Queen: The Bastard’s Bargain by Katee Robert

To say that I was excited for this book would be a complete understatement. I have loved each and every book in this series, and I count it as one of my favorite romantic series of all time. I went into this book with towering expectations, but I was also incredibly sad thinking about the fact that once I was done with The Bastard’s Bargain, this would be it for me and these characters. But what a book this was! I loved every book in this series, sure, but I firmly believe that Katee Robert has left the best for the last. It’s emotional, tender, sexy and just absolutely a book that I could not stop reading. When we first met Dmitri several books ago, I despised him. He was manipulative, cocky and absolutely a villain, but even going into this book, he was exactly that same person, and entirely unapologetic at that. So the author had an incredibly daunting task ahead of her when she turned him into a romantic love interest for the youngest O’Malley, Kiera. Let me tell you folks, his redemption arc was bloody brilliant. I just loved everything about Dmitri here. Yes, he is absolutely still ruthless, but we get to see the layers to his character in The Bastard’s Bargain. It was all glorious. He was the perfect man for Kiera. After the events […]

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

Posted January 31, 2018 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, review
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
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 […]

A Book That Slayed Me & Another That Entertained Me

Posted January 24, 2018 by Nick in 3 stars, 4 stars, ARC, Book Review, review
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 […]

A Stunning & Heart-Wringing Tale: Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

Posted January 22, 2018 by Nick in 4.5 stars, ARC, review
A Stunning & Heart-Wringing Tale: Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

Well, this book just about destroyed me, folks. I wasn’t sure if Next Year in Havana would be my kind of book, but when a friend recommended it, I had to see what all the fuss was about. It’s safe to say, this friend definitely has incredible tastes, and I’m so grateful that she got me to pick this book up because it’s one that will stay with me forever and also one I will eagerly revisit in the future. Next Year in Havana is told in two POVs that cover two different timelines. The first timeline tells the story of Elisa in 1958 Havana, Cuba, and the second timeline follows Elisa’s granddaughter, Marisol, as she travels back to Havana to scatter her grandmother’s ashes. I’m always wary of books that tackle dual timelines, but I had nothing to worry about here because Chanel Cleeton weaves the two of them beautifully. I think why it worked brilliantly here for me was because of the equal attention she gives the two characters. I had no favorites when it came to the characters. I found both to be equally powerful, and equally enticing. Elisa’s story is perhaps more heartbreaking, and more infused in danger, given the political climate of Cuba during her years of growth. I loved Elisa’s story. It’s just full of emotions and it’s so poignant. She grows up part […]

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
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
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
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
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 […]

A Love Story & A Survival Story: The Ones Who Got Away by Roni Loren

Posted January 3, 2018 by Nick in 4.5 stars, ARC, review
A Love Story & A Survival Story: The Ones Who Got Away by Roni Loren

Roni Loren’s The Ones Who Got Away was an emotional and riveting love story between two people connected by a shattered past. What could have easily turned into an angst-filled novel full of dramatic moments was in fact a sweet, but hot story about two people trying to move forward from a harrowing experience that has changed their lives forever. The Ones Who Got Away is a book that will grab readers’ attention from the first scene during which Olivia, our protagonist, has returned to her high-school for an interview about the shooting massacre that left many of her classmates dead, and others wounded, physically and emotionally. While this start was certainly shocking and heartbreaking, Roni Loren manages to make the book hopeful and inspiring. She doesn’t ignore the shooting – in fact, it’s always looming over the characters throughout the whole book and it has shaped a large portion of their lives – but she executed the story in a way that makes you believe that these characters will find their happily every afters. The characters themselves were flawlessly fleshed-out. These were characters with a lot of depth and emotions, something that readers who enjoy character-driven stories will undeniably appreciate. Both Liv and Finn were complex and multi-layered, making them stand-out. Liv is a reformed bad-girl, who is now working as a successful website designer. In the process, she […]

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
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’s Time For Me To Let Go Of This Author’s Books: Love, Life and the List by Kasie West

Posted December 18, 2017 by Nick in 3 stars, ARC, review
It’s Time For Me To Let Go Of This Author’s Books: Love, Life and the List by Kasie West

As much as it pains me to say this, Kasie West’s contemporaries just aren’t as alluring as they used to be for me. Her past few books have been fails for me, but I keep picking up her newer stuff in the hopes that it will live up to some of her old stories. I think it’s time for me to break up with the author. Love, Life, and the List wasn’t all bad – it had some qualities to it that reminded me of the old Kasie West YA contemporaries, but there was still the magic from missing. This is the story of Abby, a teen artist, who hopes to have her art featured at the museum she works at. Only issue? The director doesn’t think her work has pizzazz, or heart if you will. So she goes on a journey, which includes a list, in the hopes of adding more emotions to her art. I liked Abby for the most part. She’s a go-getter when it comes to her goals and inspirations, and you can tell that she’s absolutely passionate about her artwork. The only thing about her I didn’t care for was how hung up she was on her best friend, Cooper. Abby’s dynamic with the secondary cast was what I enjoyed the best in Love, Life and the List. I especially enjoyed her bond with her […]

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

Posted December 13, 2017 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, review
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 […]

The Contemporary YA I Love: Breaking the Ice by Julie Cross & Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

Posted December 11, 2017 by Nick in 4.5 stars, ARC, review
The Contemporary YA I Love: Breaking the Ice by Julie Cross & Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

Breaking the Ice was so good, you guys. I’ve loved every book that I’ve read from Julie Cross, and going into this second book in the Juniper Falls series, I had high expectations. I’m a sucker for a good opposites attract story, and I knew that Julie Cross would do the book justice since she’s fantastic at writing scorching chemistry between her couples. Breaking the Ice is definitely at the top of my favorite YA contemporary romances, and favorite Julie Cross books. I knew from the very first page that I would be hooked, line and sinker into this story. Breaking the Ice is told through the compelling voices of Haley and Fletcher, two people who could not be more different from each other. They both find themselves in summer school, and these two kids who’ve never really interacted before are forced to be around each other. I’m sure you can already imagine what ensues! 😉 I loved both Hayley and Fletcher’s characters. They were different, but equally likable. Haley is the popular girl at her school, a cheerleader, and known as the town princess. Fletcher, on the other hand, is the quiet, smart kid who seems to have layers and layers to his character. As a result of his deadly food allergies, he’s been forced to live somewhat of a sheltered life. He also has a secret job that […]

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
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 […]