Sutphin Boulevard Review

October 21, 2016 Reviews 0 ★★★½

Sutphin Boulevard ReviewSutphin Boulevard (Five Boroughs, #1) by Santino Hassell
Published by Dreamspinner Press on July 31st 2015
Pages: 264
Source: Purchased
Also by this author: Strong Signal (Cyberlove, #1), Fast Connection (Cyberlove #2)
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Michael Rodriguez and Nunzio Medici have been friends for two decades. From escaping their dysfunctional families in the working-class neighborhood of South Jamaica, Queens to teaching in one of the city’s most queer friendly schools in Brooklyn, the two men have shared everything. Or so they thought until a sweltering night of dancing leads to an unexpected encounter that forever changes their friendship.
Now, casual touches and lingering looks are packed with sexual tension, and Michael can’t forget the feel of his best friend’s hands on him. Once problems rear up at work and home, Michael finds himself seeking constant escape in the effortless intimacy and mind-blowing sex he has with Nunzio. But things don’t stay easy for long.
When Michael’s world begins to crumble in a sea of tragedy and complications, he knows he has to make a choice: find solace in a path of self-destruction or accept the love of the man who has been by his side for twenty years. 

So I read the first three books in the Five Boroughs series earlier this year and really enjoyed them. For some reason, I haven’t reviewed any of them. I thought that it might be a good idea to dedicate the next three days to this awesome series, considering the fact that the fourth book is coming out on Monday. Then I’m going to share my thoughts on that book, Interborough, which I highly recommend! Without further ado, I hope you enjoy my thoughts on Michael and Nunzio’s love story.

This is probably the most difficult book in the series for me to rate. Sutphin Boulevard is extremely hot, but it’s also downright depressing at times. I had heard that Santino Hassell writes really gritty and complicated love stories going into this, it just turned out to be even more than I was initially expecting. If you don’t like a whole lot of angst and heavy real world problems, you might not enjoy this. But I do recommend it if you want to read something realistic and fascinating. Hassell doesn’t sugarcoat anything, and that’s what I most enjoyed and found difficult about his writing. If you want a unique M/M story that is far from fluffy and romantic, check this one out.

Michael was the character that I personally had a tough time with. He was pretty ignorant when it comes to Nunzio’s feelings for him, and my heart hurt for Nunzio at certain times in the story. Michael wasn’t a bad character by any means, I think the reason why I had issues with him was due to how downright real Hassell made him. He’s an imperfect person who has some really awful things happen to him, and this also leads to him discovering his addictions and deeper problems. A lot of this story deals with that awful down spiral and how he comes back from that. It was hard to read his voice during those times, but I do like that it was raw and real.

Nunzio is a character that I absolutely love. Hassell actually wrote the first chapter in the POV of Nunzio for Sinfully. It was just as amazing as I hoped that it would be. Anyway, Nunzio has been Michael’s best friend since they were young kids. The sexual tension between them has been there for a LONG time, but both of them (mostly Michael) have just ignored it completely. The reason why I like Nunzio is because he was such a wonderful friend and eventually boyfriend to Michael. He stood by him through absolutely everything that Michael went through. He was also a funny and charming character. It’s safe to say that I loved him and wanted more of his voice in this story!

The romance in this book was definitely complicated. Meaning, the romance side of Michael and Nunzio’s relationship actually isn’t the focus. It’s more about them being these close friends who end up discovering that they have chemistry. In other words, it takes them forever to realize that what’s between them is actually love. So the focus is on the friendship, but it’s also about Michael’s breakdown and how he gets better. That being said, there’s still some hot scenes. For example, the first chapter of the books is a threesome between Nunzio, Michael, and David (remember that name for my review tomorrow) and it’s easily one of the hottest sex scenes I’ve ever read. It still would have been nice to see actual romance happen between them.

This was a book that was hard to read for me personally. At times, I found myself flipping through some of the pages when things got especially gritty and angsty. I just wanted something positive to happen to Nunzio and Michael. I did end up enjoying it because I feel like the story is very realistic. This author is absolutely amazing, and I now read everything that he writes. If you’ve never explored the M/M genre, I think that you should start with this series. It has excellent writing, serious romance, real plots, and fascinating characters. What more could you possibly want in a book?



ARC Review: Unsportsmanlike Conduct

October 20, 2016 Reviews 0 ★★★

ARC Review: Unsportsmanlike ConductUnsportsmanlike Conduct (Pilots Hockey, #4) by Sophia Henry
Published by Flirt on October 18th 2016
Pages: 266
Source: Netgalley
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It’s really no secret that I’m a huge fan of sports romances. My favorite sports to read about are easily baseball and football, but I do enjoy a solid hockey romance every now and then. Though this series does center around hockey players, I do need to make it clear that there’s hardly any hockey at all in this particular book. So yeah, there wasn’t much sports in this one at all, but I did enjoy it. I thought that it was a very entertaining and fast paced read. I wouldn’t say that it was my favorite, I did have some issues with connecting with the characters and with the plot itself, but it was still a decent story.

Kristen was an interesting protagonist for the most part. She has cystic fibrosis, which is something that isn’t discussed nearly enough in romance books. I felt like the author did a fantastic job at describing everything about this, and how it affects so much of your life. Anyway, I thought she was a strong and fierce character. I like how she didn’t back down for the most part when it comes to certain things. Her personality itself wasn’t extremely memorable, but she was still fascinating and I cared a lot about her future.

Pavel was an alpha male hockey player who had a lot of positive qualities to him, despite his less than stellar reputation. He had a really challenging and tragic past, and I truly sympathized with everything that he had to go through. There was quite a bit of drama that he apparently caused in the first book, but I haven’t read the other books in this series. I still liked getting to know more about him and his past. My favorite thing about him was easily how understanding he is when it comes to Kristen having cystic fibrosis. She expected him to immediately run when he found out about it, but he surprised her by accepting it without any questions. Though I wasn’t a fan of some of the choices he made, like how he chose to tell her about his true identity, but he wasn’t terrible overall. I think that he actually made a pretty great book boyfriend, just not an amazing one to me.

The romance between them was another big issue for me. I get that the author wanted it to move fast since they had a limited time together on the cruise, but it was still insta-love, which I can’t stand. On top of that, the relationship was already being deemed as serious after just a few days, which was absolutely mind blowing to me. Another pet peeve of mine is when the couple has major communication issues, and this was completely the case here. Some of the ridiculous drama could have been easily solved if they were just open and honest with one another. Despite all the bad that I’ve talked about, they actually didn’t make a terrible couple, I still thought that they were cute together and truly balanced each other out. I just wanted them to get it together A LOT sooner than they actually did.

Unsportsmanlike Conduct was the fast paced romance that I was looking for. Yes, it could have used more scenes dedicated to hockey, but I guess that I can mostly overlook that. I will admit that it was kind of confusing jumping into this standalone series when it’s already on the fourth book, but the author did clue us in on most of the drama that went on between those characters. I probably won’t go back and read the other two, though I definitely plan on reading any future books in this series. It wasn’t my favorite, but it was still entertaining nonetheless.



Sustained Review

October 17, 2016 Reviews 0 ★★★★★

Sustained ReviewSustained (The Legal Briefs, #2) by Emma Chase
Published by Gallery Books on August 25th 2015
Pages: 267
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A knight in tarnished armor is still a knight.
When you’re a defense attorney in Washington, DC, you see firsthand how hard life can be, and that sometimes the only way to survive is to be harder. I, Jake Becker, have a reputation for being cold, callous, and intimidating—and that suits me just fine. In fact, it’s necessary when I’m breaking down a witness on the stand.
Complications don’t work for me—I’m a “need-to-know” type of man. If you’re my client, tell me the basic facts. If you’re my date, stick to what will turn you on. I’m not a therapist or Prince Charming—and I don’t pretend to be.
Then Chelsea McQuaid and her six orphaned nieces and nephews came along and complicated the ever-loving hell out of my life. Now I'm going to Mommy & Me classes, One Direction concerts, the emergency room, and arguing cases in the principal's office.
Chelsea’s too sweet, too innocent, and too gorgeous for her own good. She tries to be tough, but she’s not. She needs someone to help her, defend her…and the kids.
And that — that, I know how to do.

I actually can’t believe that I’ve never read a book by Emma Chase before. I tried reading Tangled, but I just didn’t get into it. I definitely plan on going back and trying it again. This book was amazing! I think Chase has a tremendous gift for writing male POV’s. I adored getting to know Jake: he’s hilarious, blunt, and pretty ruthless. Though I’m beyond late to the party, I now consider myself a fan of this author. I highly recommend this if you’re looking for a book that will make you feel everything. One second you’ll want to cry because it’s just so sweet and heartfelt, and the next page you’ll just laugh out loud. I really connected with this book and I’m so glad that I gave it a shot!

I’ve been reading more and more books that are narrated from only the male perspective, and I continue to only love them more. Jake Becker is a defense attorney in D.C. and he defends a lot of rich guys who honestly don’t deserve to get off for whatever they did. Jake tells it like it is, he doesn’t pretend to be anyone else, what you see is exactly what you get from him. However, we slowly but surely see the more sensitive and understanding side to Jake. His development throughout the story is pretty impressive and I loved seeing him grow and mature as a man. Your heart will most definitely melt over his interactions with Chelsea’s six nieces and nephews that she now has sole custody of. He finds himself getting caught up in their lives to the point where he would do anything to protect those kids. As I mentioned in the review I posted yesterday of Lauren Blakely’s latest novel The Sexy One, a guy who is good with kids makes him even hotter than he already is. He cares and loves those kids as if they were his own, and considering the pretty selfish guy he was at the start of the novel, that’s a huge accomplishment.

Chelsea is a fabulous character in her own right. It would have been nice to see her point of view, but I do like that it was strictly coming from Jake. She’s a very smart and responsible college graduate who faces unimaginable grief when her brother and his wife are killed in a car accident. I personally couldn’t imagine having to be in charge of six children with a partner, let alone by myself, and the fact that she’s still young is just the cheery on top. I had a lot of respect for Chelsea and all she was able to do for these kids. She was able to make the best out of this horrible situation and provide love and stability to these hurting children. On top of all that, she still manages to be fierce and not take crap from anyone. Chelsea is seriously the bomb, I really enjoyed her character.

Chelsea and Jake make an incredible couple. The attraction that they both have for one another is so clear from the first time that they meet. Yes, it could be interpreted as being a little insta-love like, but Chase avoided this by creating a strong build-up between them. It takes awhile for them to finally get their stuff together and hookup. As there always seems to be, there is that inevitable drama that threatens to tear them apart, but even that felt realistic enough that it didn’t bother me. Despite the six cockblockers that live with them, Chelsea and Jake actually get super steamy! There’s literally like three steaming hot sex scenes in a row. This is a hot book, almost to the point where I thought it was too much, but it didn’t take away from how much I loved the plot, romance, and characters as a whole.

Now let’s talk about these unbelievably adorable children who are more than a handful. I couldn’t tell you which one was my favorite, I felt like each child had their own unique little personality and I loved how Jake described them. Meaning, he’s totally overwhelmed by how obnoxious and insane they are when he first meets them, but they quickly grow on him. He forms a strong bond with each child, he clearly doesn’t favor any of them, he loves them all equally. One scene that made me laugh and swoon at the same time involved seven-year-old Rosaleen and her piano lessons. Jake takes her and the teacher, who is very prestigious, hits her knuckles with a ruler when she messes up. Jake then goes out to his car and comes back with a baseball bat and says that if he hits her again, he’ll hit him with a baseball bat, and they naturally get kicked out. It’s a hilarious and adorable story that sums up Jake and his love for these kids.

This was an amazing book that left a strong impact on me. I have no idea why I waited so long to read this one. It’s actually being just sitting there on my Kindle for months now. Nevertheless, I’m glad that I finally made the right choice to read it. It made me feel basically every emotion possible. If you want some major feels, this is the book for you. It’s also important that you like romance books that include children. This was such a memorable book that made me so happy and light once I finished reading it. There are some books that are just so entertaining and make you feel good, this is certainly one of those stories.



ARC Review: The Sexy One

October 16, 2016 Reviews 0 ★★★★★

ARC Review: The Sexy OneThe Sexy One by Lauren Blakely
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on October 17th 2016
Source: InkSlinger PR
Also by this author: Mister O, The Sapphire Affair (Jewel, #1), Well Hung
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From the NYT Bestselling author of MISTER O, comes a sexy new standalone romance...
Let me count the ways why falling into forbidden love is not my wisest move...1. She works with me every single day.Did I mention she's gorgeous, sweet, kind and smart?2. She works in my home.Playing with my five-year-old daughter. Teaching my little girl. Cooking for my princess. Which means...3. She's the nanny.And that makes her completely off-limits...But it doesn't stop me from wanting her. All of her.
The other nannies in this city don't call him the Sexy One for nothing. My boss, the amazingly wonderful single father to the girl I take care of every day is ridiculously hot, like movie star levels with those arms,and those eyes, and that body. Not to mention, the way he dotes on his little girl melts me all over. But what really makes my knees weak are the times when his gaze lingers on me. In secret. When no one else is around.
I can't risk my job for a chance at something more...can I? But I don't know how to resist him much longer either...

Lauren Blakely has quickly became one of my absolute favorite contemporary romance authors. She has this unbelievable talent of getting inside the minds and hearts of these fabulous heroes. The Sexy One is a book that I’ve been looking forward to since we were introduced to Simon and Abby back in Mister O. This book has everything that I want in a quality romance: two likable characters, swoon, a relatively slow build-up, sexy times, and no unnecessary drama to speak of. My only complaint at all is that I wanted more! It was less than 200 pages and I could have used a bit more Abby, Simon, and his sweet daughter Hayden. Otherwise, this was a book that gave me so many wonderful feels.

Abby is an awesome main character. She’s such a sweet and caring woman, and it’s obvious that she loves the little girl that she is a nanny for, despite her undeniable attraction to her father. Though she’s been taking care of Hayden for months now, she finds it more and more difficult to be around him constantly and not want to make a move on him. I can’t say that I blame her, Simon is clearly a hot guy and basically everything he says and does is totally swoony. Anyway, I found Abby to be nice and extremely smart. I really enjoyed how independent and just generally cool she is from the beginning to the end.

Simon is someone that I could talk about for days! Who doesn’t love a hot single man who has a daughter that is his whole world? I loved all the scenes that showcased him interacting with Hayden in such a gentle and loving manner. Everything about Simon screamed perfect to me. He had such strong feelings for his nanny from the start, but he also didn’t want to risk losing a great sitter for his little girl. It speaks volumes about what kind of man he is that he easily puts his daughter’s happiness well above his own. Once he’s finally able to actually be with Abby, he becomes even more swoony, which I honestly didn’t think was possible. He says some unbelievably perfect things to Abby that are able to completely melt your heart. Here’s one example:

“I’ve been falling in love with you since the day we met.”

I love how he finally puts it all out on the line and tells Abby how he truly feels. And yet another example of his lovely way with words:

“If loving that amazing, vibrant, talented, brilliant woman is a cliché, then I’ll gladly slap the sign on my chest. I’m a cliché, and I’m okay with it.”

He says pretty much everything that so many girls dream of hearing. I loved being inside his head and learning directly about what he was thinking and feeling since Abby began working for him.

I have to say that the romance is easily my favorite part, as you can probably already tell. As mentioned, she starts off as being someone who he is physically attracted to from the moment that they first meet. However, he slowly falls in love with her once he gets to know her personality even more. I LOVED all of the random and slightly nerdy texts that they exchange from the start. It really highlighted how they started this friendship that gradually developed into more. Abby also begins tutoring him so he can learn a little bit of French. My point is, I liked seeing them bond over different things that leads to them spending even more time together besides her watching Hayden. Though the sex scenes come pretty late in the book, that doesn’t make them any less steamy. The steam is real towards the end! Another thing that I loved about them taking awhile to get together meant that there was no time for any drama. That’s something that I love seeing since drama is something can really break a romance novel for me.

The Sexy One was a short and fast paced novel that I absolutely adored. This is one of my favorite Lauren Blakely novels to date! I loved basically everything about this book. I don’t think that the relationship between Simon and Abby could have been any better. Lauren Blakely has created two memorable and beautiful characters. Yes, that might be a little two perfect, but I can’t help but love them anyways. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for a guy as hot and good with kids as Simon is! If you have yet to read a Blakely novel, you need to pick one up right away.



Managed Cover Reveal

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We are very excited to bring you the next stand-alone book in the VIP Series from Kristen Callihan! MANAGED will release on NOVEMBER 14. And this one is guaranteed to be legendary!





managed-amazonIt started off as a battle of wits. Me: the ordinary girl with a big mouth against Him: the sexy bastard with a big…ego.

I thought I’d hit the jackpot when I was upgraded to first class on my flight to London.

That is until HE sat down next to me. Gabriel Scott: handsome as sin, cold as ice. Nothing and no one gets to him. Ever. He’s a legend in his own right, the manager of the biggest rock band in the world, and an arrogant ass who looks down his nose at me.

I thought I’d give him hell for one, long flight. I didn’t expect to like him. I didn’t expect to want him. But the biggest surprise? He wants me too. Only in a way I didn’t see coming.

If I accept his proposal, I leave myself open to falling for the one man I can’t manage. But I’m tempted to say yes. Because the real man beneath those perfect suits and that cool façade just might be the best thing that’s ever happened to me. And I just might be the only one who can melt the ice around his heart.


Let the battle begin…



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Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer’s Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal , best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.



ARC Review: My Unscripted Life

October 12, 2016 Reviews 0 ★★★

ARC Review: My Unscripted LifeMy Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill
Published by Delacorte on October 11th 2016
Pages: 288
Source: Netgalley
Also by this author: The Trouble with Destiny, Being Sloane Jacobs
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Perfect for fans of Jennifer E. Smith and Huntley Fitzpatrick, you'll love this funny and sweet contemporary romance about a Southern girl ready for a ho-hum summer until she meets the boy of her dreams who happens to be an international pop star.
Sometimes love stories go off script.
Another sultry Georgia summer is about to get a lot hotter. Dee Wilkie is still licking her wounds after getting rejected by the precollege fine arts program of her dreams. But if she'd gone away, she wouldn't have been around to say yes to an unbelievable opportunity: working on the set of a movie filming in her small Southern town that just happens to be starring Milo Ritter, the famous pop star Dee (along with the rest of the world) has had a crush since eighth grade.
It's not like Dee will be sharing any screen time with Milo—she's just a lowly PA. And Milo is so disappointingly rude that Dee is eager to stay far away from him. Except after a few chance meetings, she begins to wonder if just maybe there's a reason for his offensive attitude, and if there's more to Milo than his good looks and above-it-all Hollywood pedigree. Can a relationship with a guy like Milo ever work out for a girl like Dee? Never say never. . .

Lauren Morrill is an author that I just really enjoy. I can always count on her for sweet, quirky, and mostly lighthearted romances. My Unscripted Life wasn’t quite what I was expecting, it had a lot more drama and it was rather predictable. I still thought the plot was a creative one that I truly enjoyed reading about. I want more YA romances between a famous actor and an average girl! Yes, I am well aware that there are already some out there, though how they meet differs, but there can never be too many. However, it was still yet another sweet romance that I’m happy that I read. Lauren Morrill is such a good author, and I can’t wait to read what she writes next.

Dee was an interesting protagonist. I wouldn’t say that she’s my favorite of Lauren Morrill’s, but she’s still solid. I liked watching Dee grow as a character as the summer progressed and she learned more about what it’s like to make a movie. The most problematic thing about Dee is how delusional she is when it comes to Milo. Like girl, he’s not your boyfriend when you went on literally one date. I get that she’s had a crush on him since middle school, but she still needed to come to terms with who he actually is and not who she’s fantasized about all these years. I know that a lot of teens fangirl in this way, so maybe it’s just my issue, but it stuck out to me.

Milo was a character that I didn’t like at all for the majority of the book. I don’t know exactly what it was about him that bothered me so much because he honestly wasn’t such a diva once Dee got to know him, but I didn’t find him swoony. He needed a bit more development going on, in my opinion. It felt like his character wasn’t as fully explored as it could have been. It makes me sad because I usually love Lauren Morrill’s love interests, this one simply fell somewhat short for me.

The romance moved WAY too fast. Like I said, Dee was delusional and automatically assumed that Milo was her boyfriend after one date. Really? You need to chill sister. The romance in general was very juvenile. Milo didn’t even give her his cell phone number until towards the end of the book, let alone did they actually define the relationship. It got to a point where I was honestly rooting for Dee to end up with Benny, a boy who was friend’s with her best friend’s older brother who also works on the movie. She ends up striking up a friendship with him, but I wanted more for them! I honestly didn’t feel the chemistry between Milo and Dee. I was more interested in the plot itself than all that drama going on with them.

My favorite part was definitely that Dee worked on the set of a movie. I thought it was really interesting to explore how production works. In my opinion, not enough of the romances between celebrity and an average person explore that side of things, so I felt like it was significant. The detail was awesome, and I enjoyed it so much. All of the other drama I could have done without, but the whole backstage thing that went down was beneficial to the plot and caused me to like this book a lot more than I probably would have otherwise.

Some of these YA books make me feel like I’m getting way too old for all of the drama that goes down. My Unscripted Life was definitely one of those at times, like some of the predictable drama that occurred between Dee and Milo. I feel like the book would have been much stronger without it. All in all, this was still an entertaining and fast paced read. I wasn’t able to put it down once I started reading it! I recommend it if this kind of romance interests you and you don’t mind a lot of high school drama.



Good Girl Review

October 11, 2016 Reviews 0 ★★★

Good Girl ReviewGood Girl (Love Unexpectedly, #2) by Lauren Layne
Published by Loveswept on May 17th 2016
Pages: 220
Source: Purchased
Also by this author: To Have and to Hold (The Wedding Belles, #1)
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Lauren Layne brings all the unpredictable heat of her USA Today bestseller Blurred Lines to an all-new cast of characters! Country music’s favorite good girl is hiding away from the world—only to find herself bunking with a guy who makes her want to be a little bad.   Jenny Dawson moved to Nashville to write music, not get famous. But when her latest record goes double platinum, Jenny’s suddenly one of the town’s biggest stars—and the center of a tabloid scandal connecting her with a pop star she’s barely even met. With paparazzi tracking her every move, Jenny flees to a remote mansion in Louisiana to write her next album. The only hiccup is the unexpected presence of a brooding young caretaker named Noah, whose foul mouth and snap judgments lead to constant bickering—and serious heat.   Noah really should tell Jenny that he’s Preston Noah Maxwell Walcott, the owner of the estate where the feisty country singer has made her spoiled self at home. But the charade gives Noah a much-needed break from his own troubles, and before long, their verbal sparring is indistinguishable from foreplay. But as sizzling nights give way to quiet pillow talk, Noah begins to realize that Jenny’s almost as complicated as he is. To fit into each other’s lives, they’ll need the courage to face their problems together—before the outside world catches up to them.

Lauren Layne is an author who I’ve only started reading recently, but I think her books are very entertaining and enjoyable. Good Girl continued that trend with being fast paced and entertaining. It wasn’t my favorite, there were some troubling things that prevented me from falling in love with this. But I still thought it was good, not great though. I do plan on reading the next book in this series, though it’s a little confusing to me that none of the characters are connected in any way. I recommend this to those who are a fan of this author or who are looking for a NA with quite a bit of angst going on.

I thought Jenny was a well written character. She had some Taylor Swift to her personality for sure, but I think she also managed to be her own person at the same time. I really think it’s awful how the press was able to make something completely false pretty much ruin or at least taint her image. Layne did a nice job at exploring how damage the media can be when it comes to scandals. It also showcased how far social media can take and twist things as well. Jenny was a passionate and determined girl who didn’t let anything knock her down. She was able to bounce right back from the hit, and I respected that so much. I thought she was a strong and beautiful character who managed to leave a serious impression on me.

Honestly, it took me awhile to warm up to Noah, and even then he still managed to rub me the wrong way at times. I felt like he was such a jerk to Jenny from the start, and she didn’t deserve any of his attitude. It surprised me that she put up with his behavior without more of a fight, considering the fact that she seems like such a firecracker. I also didn’t really like the whole identity thing that was going on. In my opinion, that plot seemed kind of unnecessary. For whatever reason, it just didn’t work for me all around. I generally like the whole broody and quiet love interest, but in this case Noah crossed that line and was more of a douchebag than anything else. I definitely needed swoon from him, and I ended up getting basically nothing at all.

As already mentioned, I had some issues with how Noah treated Jenny. He kept doing and saying these horrible things, and she just continued tolerating and running back to him. It just didn’t match up with her personality that she would allow that. I get that Noah was struggling with who he was and his fairly recent love life, but that’s not a good enough excuse. It also bothered me that he wouldn’t kiss her on the mouth, like who actually does it? I love that Jenny pointed out that was like Pretty Woman level right there. Aside from these problems, I suppose they weren’t such a bad couple. Though Noah’s poor treatment of her shouldn’t be forgotten just because I found the rest of the romance to be okay!

I loved that Jenny was a country star who was struggling with fame and how the media was portraying her in such a negative and false manner. Layne did an awesome job writing this character and I sympathized and identified with her from the beginning. Good Girl was a decent book, I just feel like the hero was strongly lacking. And with that being said, I was unable to fully love the romance because of his broody and generally awful behavior. This wasn’t a bad book by any means, it still had a unique concept and was fast paced. I’m glad that I read it and I hope that I like Lauren Layne’s next book more than this one!



Act Like It Review

October 10, 2016 Reviews 1 ★★★★

Act Like It ReviewAct Like It by Lucy Parker
Published by Carina Press on November 30th 2015
Pages: 199
Source: Purchased
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This just in: romance takes center stage as West End theatre's Richard Troy steps out with none other than castmate Elaine Graham
Richard Troy used to be the hottest actor in London, but the only thing firing up lately is his temper. We all love to love a bad boy, but Richard's antics have made him Enemy Number One, breaking the hearts of fans across the city.
Have the tides turned? Has English rose Lainie Graham made him into a new man?
Sources say the mismatched pair has been spotted at multiple events, arm in arm and hip to hip. From fits of jealousy to longing looks and heated whispers, onlookers are stunned by this blooming romance.
Could the rumors be right? Could this unlikely romance be the real thing? Or are these gifted stage actors playing us all?

This was such a cute and amazing book! I don’t think that I’ve read anything quite like it. It focuses on two actors in the West End who are forced to appear like a couple to the public, but in reality they can’t stand each other. I’ve always been a fan of hate to love stories, but I feel like no book has yet to hit that as hard as this one did. I love that there is absolutely no insta-love going on, there’s barely any attraction to one another at all. Act Like It is a rare and exciting book that I highly recommend. More people should definitely read this! It’s also on the short side, so you can read it in just a day or two.

Lainie is a hilarious character. She’s forced to do love scenes with her ex-boyfriend who recently (and publicly) cheated on her every night in the play that they star in together. The PR team at the theater force her into another relationship with a co-star, except this time there is obviously nothing real about it. Lainie was totally fierce from start to finish. I loved how loving and caring she was when it comes to her family. She’s just an all around firecracker who doesn’t put up with any of Richard’s diva like behavior. I also sympathized with her when it comes to the loss of her sister. Her sister died of cancer and I thought it was impressive how she was able to make something productive out of her death, though she is still understandably heartbroken over her untimely death. She has a charity specifically for young people with cancer like her sister, and she attends and contributes to a lot of different events for it. She’s a memorable character because of her spirit and general personality.

Richard starts out as being not such a great guy. In the media, he’s portrayed as being a total diva who throws fits and tantrums at restaurants and other public places. In other words, his reputation isn’t a solid one and his PR team believes that he needs something positive to help him out. Once we get to know Richard more, we learn that what the media says about him isn’t entirely true, as you might imagine. For one, all of his so called temper tantrums weren’t half as bad as they made them out to be. Yes, he still comes across as being cold and he’s definitely pretentious when it comes to theater over TV or movies. However, he’s a very decent and even kind guy once you get past all that other stuff. No, he’s not the most affectionate book boyfriend out there, but it’s obvious that he cares deeply for Lainie.

Not going to lie, the concept sounded a lot like something out of a fan fiction story to me at first, so that’s partially why I took so long to read this. It’s weird to think that actors and actresses relationships could be a complete media stunt, but this is what this book explores. I’m also not sure how realistic it is that Lainie would change Richard’s reputation that he’s maintained for such a long time, but I appreciate this is something that Lainie verbally questions. Anyway, I enjoyed that this was a great portrayal of hate to love. Richard barely paid Lainie any attention, and she was more worried about Will to focus on someone that she viewed as being a diva. The sex scenes are kind of fade to black, but you can still feel the sexual tension between them. So I really enjoyed the chemistry that was so real between them.

Act Like It was a story that honestly surprised me. I figured that I’d like it, but I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I actually did. Richard and Lainie were both fabulous and flawed characters. I loved watching the relationship between them grow and grow as the book progressed. This certainly had a slow burn to it, and I adored that. I need more books from Lucy Parker right away! I think she’s really got something going here with romances between those involved in theater. Apparently the next book is going to focus on a theater director and a bombshell. I’m thinking it must be between the director of Lainie’s play and potentially mean but pretty girl Sadie? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.



Four Letter Word Review

October 9, 2016 Reviews 0 ★★★

Four Letter Word ReviewFour Letter Word (Dirty Deeds, #1) by J. Daniels
Published by Forever on October 4th 2016
Pages: 417
Source: Purchased
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Fate. Hate. Love. Lies.Which four letter word will change their lives forever?
Sydney Paige was never so mortified to hear the words "wrong number" in her life. She meant to tell off the guy who broke her best friend's heart, but unleashed her anger on a perfect stranger instead. And now her world is turned upside down by the captivating man who wants to keep her on the line.
Brian Savage is living a life he's quickly come to hate-until Sydney's wild rant has him hooked and hungry for more. Soon the sexy woman on the phone becomes the lover in his bed. But Brian has secrets, and the closer he lets Syd get, the harder it is to shield her from the devastating mistakes of his past . . .

So the summary of this book was instantly compelling to me. A girl ends up dialing the wrong number and cussing out the guy, she starts texting and calling this guy and they quickly fall in love with each other, though they’ve never met face to face. I thought it was a little convenient how they ended up randomly running into each other at various places in the story. Anyway, I still thought that it was a fascinating and well written book. Some minor details and just my personal preferences prevented me from loving the story, but I did like it. The lack of communication drove me nuts at times, and I feel like the relationship moved WAY too fast, but it was decent overall. I’m pretty glad that I read this one and I recommend it to lovers of alpha guys and unique love stories.

Sydney was an intriguing from the start. I really had a lot of respect for her considering the new start she had to make for herself after her husband abruptly informed her that he was no longer in love with her. Though after the fact she felt like she should have been more aware of the signs that something wasn’t right between them anymore, but that doesn’t make it any less devastating to her. That being said, I felt like Sydney was a pretty great protagonist. Although I have to admit that I didn’t always agree with some of the choices she made. Like she was fighting with Brian but as soon as she meets him for the first time in person, she forgets all about the argument. I just don’t see her letting something that bothered her so much go that easily. It didn’t seem realistic to me.

Brian was a rather mysterious and sympathetic character from page one. We know in the beginning that something major has happened to Brian, but we aren’t sure exactly what it is. Slowly but surely, we learn more and more about the situation until the full story is finally revealed to us. Trust me, the story turns out to be just as heartbreaking as you might expect. I really felt bad for him and wanted to give him a huge hug. But at the same time, it was hard to wrap my mind around his reaction to the big secret in a realistic manner. Meaning, I could never see that scenario actually happening in a million years. Brian is a little too alpha for my tastes at times, but he still has his sweet and swoony moments that make me happy.

Brian and Sydney make an amazing couple. I love that the relationship started through phone calls and then gradually became a real and physical one. It was really nice and sweet to witness that development happening. I especially love the banter that went down in the early texts and phone calls between them. I did find it off putting that Sydney was sharing everything about herself while he was clearly holding back from the start, but he does have a pretty valid reason to do this. It was just unsettling to see as a reader since you know that the lack of communication and honesty is going to come back later as a real issue between them. The relationship did get extremely steamy rather quickly! I try not to complain about steam (though I do pretty frequently honestly) but just that part bothered me, the rest of the sex scenes were well done and I loved the connection between them as well.

Four Letter Words was a book that I was really looking forward to reading, and it definitely delivered. The plot was a unique one, and it turned out to be enjoyable and well written. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series, it’s going to be a good one! J. Daniels is an author that I’ve never read before, but I’ll certainly be checking out more of her stories in the future. I recommend this to contemporary romance lovers who don’t mind communication issues and drama, and also love alpha males.



ARC Review: Bedmates

October 5, 2016 Reviews 0 ★★★

ARC Review: BedmatesBedmates (American Royalty, #1) by Nichole Chase
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on October 4th 2016
Pages: 384
Source: Edelweiss
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I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

From the bestselling author of Suddenly Royal comes the first in a sparkling new series about America’s favorite royal—the First Daughter.
Everyone makes mistakes, especially in college. But when you’re the daughter of the President of the United States, any little slip up is a huge embarrassment. Maddie McGuire’s latest error in judgment lands her in police custody, giving the press a field day. Agreeing to do community service as penance and to restore her tattered reputation, Maddie never dreams incredibly good looking but extremely annoying vice president’s son, Jake Simmon, will be along for the ride.
Recently returning from Afghanistan with a life-altering injury, Jake is wrestling with his own demons. He doesn’t have the time or patience to deal with the likes of Maddie. They’re like oil and water and every time they’re together, it’s combustible. But there’s a thin line between love and hate, and it’s not long before their fiery arguments give way to infinitely sexier encounters.
When Jake receives devastating news about the last remaining member of his unit, the darkness he’s resisted for so long begins to overwhelm him. Scared to let anyone close, he pushes Maddie away. But she isn’t about to give up on Jake that easily. Maddie’s fallen for him, and she’ll do anything to keep him from the edge as they both discover that love is a battlefield and there are some fights you just can’t lose.

I surprisingly didn’t read the Suddenly Royal series by this author, but I thought that I’d give her new series a try because the concept appeals to me. A romance between the President’s daughter and the Vice President’s son? Yes, please! This was a really cute and steamy book that was also very serious and deep at times. I really enjoyed Maddie and Jake’s distinctive personalities and I loved seeing their romance progress as the book went on. This is a great book, and I recommend it to any contemporary romance fans who are intrigued by this pairing like I was.

Maddie has an awesome personality to say the least. At the beginning of the book, she ends up getting arrested trying to free animals who are being tested in a lab. As a punishment, she’s being paired up with her enemy, the VP’s son, who has just gotten back from fighting in Afghanistan. For her community service, she has to build homes for veterans with Jake. I really respected Maddie’s attitude. She was truly a spitfire who wasn’t afraid of doing what she believed to be right. She was extremely supportive and understanding of Jake as he went through terrible guilt as a result of being one of the only survivors from his unit. Anyway, I thought her character development was super well written.

Jake was a great character as well. He starts out being this guy who basically does anything that his mom tells him to, but he slowly develops more of a backbone and we watch him grow as a person. I felt like Chase handled his PTSD in such a real and heartbreaking manner. All of the guilt and feelings that he felt were very detailed and apparent in the novel. Like I said, I appreciated that Chase didn’t sugarcoat this in any way, she made it as close to reality as possible.

Jake and Maddie already had some history at the start of Bedmates, as you may imagine since her dad and his mom have been President and VP for nearly eight years now. Maddie is blunt about the fact that she doesn’t like him at all. She thinks that he’s such a suck up who does everything that his mom tells him, and she’s still bitter about a time when he snitched on her to her father. So yeah, there’s a bit of hate to love here, which is something that I always love to see. Though she doesn’t like him, she can’t deny the attraction obviously between them. The chemistry between them is pretty great, I’m not going to lie. Once it gets going, things naturally get rather steamy. However, there’s some issues that come when Jake is forced to confront the terrible demons that have been haunting him since he got back from Afghanistan seriously injured and full of emotions.

All in all, I really liked this book! I had some problems with a few minor things, but I did find it enjoyable as a whole. I’ll definitely be checking out Chase’s beloved Royal series now since there’s appearances from the main characters in that book. I’m now intrigued by their story and how they came to be a serious couple. As mentioned, I recommend this for contemporary romance fans who like steam but don’t mind serious issues either. I can’t wait to read what Nichole Chase writes next!