Tag: Book Review

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

Posted December 13, 2017 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, review / 2 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 […]

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 / 10 Comments
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 […]

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 […]

The YA Fantasy I’ve Been Waiting For: Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne

Posted December 5, 2017 by Nick in 4.5 stars, ARC, review / 24 Comments
The YA Fantasy I’ve Been Waiting For: Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne

I’ve been craving a sweeping YA fantasy story since the beginning of the year, and sadly before I read Rosemarked, I could not find it. Then came this brilliant book, which completely swept me off my feet and took me on an amazing journey. Engrossing stories like this are why I simply adore reading. By the end of Rosemarked, I was desperate for the sequel – I mean, isn’t that just a sign as to how amazing this book was? In YA fantasy, I’ve always loved side-characters that are healers. It’s such an intriguing element, especially with the mirroring of reality, but healers are hardly ever the center of a fantasy series, so it was refreshing to see that here in Rosemarked. There’s a lot of rich history, world-building and politics in this book. The author does a stunning job at making her world come to life here with her prose. I sometimes find YA fantasy tedious to read because it can get very entangled quickly, but here everything flows […]

All The Freaking Stars To These Two Books: Wrong To Need You by Alisha Rai & Roomies by Christina Lauren

Posted December 4, 2017 by Nick in 5 stars, ARC, review / 25 Comments
All The Freaking Stars To These Two Books: Wrong To Need You by Alisha Rai & Roomies by Christina Lauren

Words can’t describe how much Alisha Rai’s Forbidden Hearts series means to me. I fell in love with her writing and her characters in Hate to Want You, and in Wrong To Need You, that love just amplified. I could tell that this was just the beginning of my obsession with everything and anything Alisha Rai books. Of course, going into Wrong to Need You after LOVING Hate to Want You was a bit daunting. There’s always the chance that the sequel doesn’t hold the same magic as its predecessor, but there was no reasoning for my concerns here. Wrong to Need You is an absolutely breath-taking slow-burn romance between two people who fit together like a lock and key. It’s passionate, luscious and sexy as hell. Alisha writes heroines that are simultaneously strong and vulnerable, a combination that you can find in any woman. I loved Livvy in Hate to Want You, but Sadia Ahmed absolutely 100% rules my heart. What a beautiful character she was! A young widowed […]

I Have A Kink And It’s Grumpy Heroes

Posted November 13, 2017 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, review / 18 Comments
I Have A Kink And It’s Grumpy Heroes

Head Coach by Lia Riley Lia Riley is a very dependable author for me. She writes romances that can only described as “feel-good” as they leave me feeling light and happy. Having thoroughly enjoyed her foray into hockey romance with Mister Hockey, I was excited to see what she would come up with in Head Coach. I loved loved loved the glimpses we got into the interactions between Neve, a sports journalist and Tor, head coach of the Denver Hellions. You all know I’m a big sucker for a good hate-to-love and Head Coach promised exactly that. I was glued to the pages of this book from the very start, and it’s mostly because Lia Riley writes wonderful characters that you want to root for. Neve was relatable in many many ways. She’s a hardworking reporter, who unfortunately hasn’t had much luck in the love department. I think a lot of women will relate to Neve, especially to some of her body image issues that she expresses throughout the book. […]

Come For The Wild West Setting, Stay For The Brilliant Characters: Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman

Posted November 9, 2017 by Nick in 5 stars, ARC, review / 9 Comments
Come For The Wild West Setting, Stay For The Brilliant Characters: Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman

Retribution Rails is a testament to how brilliant Erin Bowman is at crafting these YA Westerns. She pens a harsh, gritty world, but with sympathetic characters, so deftly. Her stories are easy to sink it, and she keeps you glued to the pages until you turn the last page. If you enjoyed Vengeance Road, then this half-companion half-sequel will absolutely wow you. Though the landscape is a historical one, Bowman finds a way to make readers feel like you are part of the story through her characters. These are characters that brave and flawed, and beautifully realistic. I had high hopes going into Retribution Rails, especially after loving Kate and Jesse from Vengeance Road, and Erin Bowman does not disappoint. Both Charlotte and Reece are complex and layered characters who easily find a way to settle in your heart. Charlotte, with her aspirations to become a journalist, her love for her mother, and her desire to save her father’s legacy, was a fantastic character to become acquainted with. She’s a […]

A Hero You’ll Want Santa To Bring You: An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne

Posted November 6, 2017 by Nick in 4 stars, ARC, Blog Tour, review / 19 Comments
A Hero You’ll Want Santa To Bring You: An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne

When Lauren Layne charms, she sure does charm. An Ex for Christmas is just the perfect romantic book to spend a cold winter night with, especially if you’re in need of a “lift-me-up”. It’s delightful, and just oozes joy from every page. No doubt, lovers of all things holidays and romance will devour this magical read. On her way back home from work one evening before the holidays, Kelly meets a psychic who tells her that she’s already met the love of her life. Being the romantic and superstitious girl that she is, Kelly is convinced that one of her exes is her true love, so she goes on a mission trying to reconnect with all of them by Christmas. Watching her on the sidelines? Her best friend, Mark, who has always been there for her! I adored the setup for this book. It was so warm and lovely, and Lauren Layne does a beautiful job with it. It could easily have gotten tangled as Kelly goes through her list, […]

The Rarity of Platonic Boy-Girl Relationships in YA : Top Ten by Katie Cotugno

Posted November 2, 2017 by Nick in 3.5 stars, ARC, review / 15 Comments
The Rarity of Platonic Boy-Girl Relationships in YA : Top Ten by Katie Cotugno

I have such conflicting feelings about Top Ten by Katie Cotugno. On the one hand, I absolutely loved that we got the story between two friends, one with a bisexual character too. And I was hoping that this would  be like what Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg was for me. While there are some very strong elements to Top Ten, I do think the way the book is organized led to some confusion on my part. The book is told in the dual voices of Ryan and Gabby, two unlikely people who unexpectedly forge a friendship that has a lot of ups and downs throughout its progression. I enjoyed both Ryan and Gabby’s voices and I thought Cotugno was very adept at giving the two unique personalities. Gabby is the quieter of the two, the sort of girl who turns out has a very bold and vivacious personality once you get to know her. Gabby also struggles with severe anxiety, that’s explored realistically throughout Top Ten. Ryan is the […]

Bikers, Magic & Romantic Drama: Devils & Thieves by Jennifer Rush

Posted October 30, 2017 by Nick in 3 stars, ARC, review / 13 Comments
Bikers, Magic & Romantic Drama: Devils & Thieves by Jennifer Rush

Devils & Thieves gave me old-school YA vibes, which I’ve been craving lately. I loved the idea of bikers and magic, and was curious to see how Jennifer Rush would weave them together. Though the book wasn’t without its flaws, I found to be quite enjoyable, and by the end, I was definitely invested enough to want to continue on with the series. The magic system in Devils & Thieves was quite interesting and was was what predominantly got me going through the book. It’s a world in which some people have magic and some don’t. Jemmie, the protagonist, has magic, but hasn’t been able to use it for a while now because it makes her grotesquely sick. This leads her to feeling isolated among her friends in the biker gang, and the story goes deeper into her struggles with this. Her relationship with her father is also a highlight of Devils & Thieves. It’s a contentious relationship as Jemmie is still hurting and angry that her father left her […]

Is There Such A Thing As Too Many Sex Scenes?

Posted October 25, 2017 by Nick in ARC, review / 19 Comments
Is There Such A Thing As Too Many Sex Scenes?

Hooking Up by Helena Hunting Shacking Up was a pleasant surprise for me. It was funny, witty and had a really sweet slow-burn romance. I was excited to find out that Amie, bff of the previous heroine, was getting her own book as her fiance was a dipshit. Hooking Up opens up at Amie’s wedding during which her dipshit of a husband gets a blow-job, that gets broadcast over the loud-speaker. Hurt, and angry, Amie throws herself at Lexington, who proceeds to reject her … but for gentlemanly reasons. Fast forward a few days, and Amie decides to go on her honeymoon solo and surprise surprise, guess who she finds out is also on his way to Bora Bora? Though I liked both Amie and Lexington quite a bit in Hooking Up, I wanted to love them more as a couple as I did Bane and Ruby in the previous book. The two have PLENTY of sexual chemistry together – seriously, so much so that they nearly burned up my […]

Absolutely Revolutionary: Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Posted October 23, 2017 by Nick in 4.5 stars, ARC, review / 12 Comments
Absolutely Revolutionary: Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Dear Martin was one of my most anticipated books of the year. I was nervous to pick it up because there was a lot of hype surrounding it, but also my expectations were ridiculous. I had nothing to worry about because Nic Stone has written what has got to be one of the most brilliant YA books of 2017. I can’t wait for this book to revolutionize YA as I know it will. This book is short at around 220 pages, but it packs such an emotional punch. Dear Martin is a book that’s powerful in its subtlety. I adored the protagonist, Justyce. His voice was just completely captivating from the very start. His thoughts, his struggles, his emotions, were described so deftly. As the book progresses, you get to know Justyce intimately. Nic Stone does a fabulous job at not only building up his character, but also developing him. Even though at first glance, I had nothing in common with him, I grew a very strong connection to him. […]

A Favorite Series Ends

Posted October 18, 2017 by Nick in 4 stars, review / 14 Comments
A Favorite Series Ends

Finishing a series is always such a bittersweet experience. I have loved The Gold Seer trilogy since the first book, so I went into this finale with a lot of expectations, but also a bit of hesitancy as I didn’t want to say goodbye to these characters. Into the Bright Unknown wraps up Lee and her friends’ story brilliantly, and I know for sure that this is one series I will be revisiting over and over again. Without a doubt, this book and this series’ stars are the characters. Lee, in particular, is a terrific protagonist. She has come a very long way since the first book when she lost her parents, went on a long trek and faced danger after danger. She has learned a lot from her experiences, and has become a strong, bright and tenacious young woman. I didn’t just love Lee for her strengths – I admired her even more for how kind and selfless she was. Every action of hers was driven by her love […]

What Is Family, Really? Read This Beautiful Story To Find Out

Posted October 16, 2017 by Nick in 4.5 stars, ARC, review / 16 Comments
What Is Family, Really? Read This Beautiful Story To Find Out

Quite frankly, I’m of the opinion that Robin Benway can do no wrong. Far From The Tree just went ahead and proved me right in that regards. It’s a poignant and powerful tale of love and family that struck deep with me, and is one of my favorite reads of the year. This is a book of three teens who are each at different points in their lives, but who are linked to each other through their birth mother. Far From The Tree is told in the compelling voices of Grace, Maya and Joaquin, who have grown up in very different homes. Grace has just given birth and has given her baby, who she lovingly names Peach, up for adoption. Though she knows that Peach is growing up in a good home, she’s still struggling with regaining normalcy in her life. Her grief and guilt are palpable throughout the book. My heart would ache with her. Robin Benway did such a lovely job with her characters. She made me feel […]

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 […]

Girl Power, Girl Power & More Girl Power: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Posted October 9, 2017 by Nick in 4 stars, review / 26 Comments
Girl Power, Girl Power & More Girl Power: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Can Leigh Bardugo write a bad book? I think not! Once again, she’s written a novel that’s a complete blast to read from start to finish. Though I’m not as excited about this new YA superhero series as a whole, I was itching to get to Wonder Woman for two reasons. Firstly, it’s Leigh’s first full-length book outside of the Grishaverse. Secondly, after that amazing WW movie, I was ready to devour everything and anything Wonder Woman. Thankfully, I was entirely satisfied by this book, and I’m hoping that we’ll get to see Leigh write more books for teen Diana! There are innumerable reasons why this book and I clicked, but mostly, I just loved all the girl power. I have been loving this trend of female empowerment in YA lately, and Leigh Bardugo takes it to a whole other level. It’s a book that focuses 100% of femininity, the power of female friendship and the absolute strength that women wield. Diana, our beloved Amazon princess, is just the perfect […]

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. […]

Time-Traveling Thieves, Soulmates & Books With Cool Concepts

Posted October 2, 2017 by Nick in ARC, review / 33 Comments
Time-Traveling Thieves, Soulmates & Books With Cool Concepts

I read Julie Halpern’s The F-It List a couple of years ago and adored it. I haven’t picked up anything else by her since, but when I came across Meant To Be, I got curious. Unfortunately, for me, this was one of those books that has an interesting concept that’s just not executed to its full potential. In Halpern’s world, on your 18th birthday, your soulmate’s name becomes etched onto your skin, a phenomenon that’s gone unexplained. Isn’t that such an interesting story line to explore? Anyways, our protagonist, Agatha, wants nothing to do with this soulmate. She wants to make her own choice on her own terms. Agatha wasn’t the easiest character for me to get behind. She has a very dry sense of humor, and is also very sarcastic. Typically, I enjoy these sorts of heroines, but I don’t know, Agatha rubbed me the wrong way. Maybe, because I felt like she tried too hard at times? She mentioned her farts, her giant breasts frequently throughout the story, […]