Blog Tour: Being Brooke Review

December 16, 2016 Blog Tours, Reviews 0

 

 

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My name is Brooke Barker…

And I’m a freaking disaster.

No, seriously. I’m a college drop-out working a dead-end job, my best friend Carly’s dog gets more action than I do, and I have more bad dates in my diary than there are movie remakes.

Not to mention I’m completely and utterly in love with Cain Elliott.

The problem? He’s in a relationship. With a girl who’s so plastic she makes Barbie cry herself to sleep with jealousy.

The second problem? He’s my best friend.

My shut-up-and-put-harry-potter, yes-this-is-your-shirt, help-I-have-no-power, crap-I’m-out-of-tampon, kinda best friend.

And that’s all he can be, right?

Right.

Being Brooke is a standalone romantic comedy. Hilarious, super-sexy, and possibly highly inappropriate at times, this is the perfect feel-good read!

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Excerpt:

Cain’s phone begins to buzz on the table. The screen lights up, and the short name on the screen makes me have to fight a frown.
I know it’s Nina. It always is. It’s like she has a Brooke-dar. She can sense whenever Cain and I are alone and hanging out.
My heart sinks, slowly but heavily, and I school my expression into one of not caring. I refuse to look away from the TV now.
Cain hands me his pizza box, which I take, begrudgingly, then he leans forward and grabs his phone. He waits for the buzzing to stop, then unlocks it and turns it off vibrate.
Then? Then he shoves it under the table, screen down.
Ho. Lee. Shit.
I gape at him. I can’t help it.
A piece of pepperoni drops off the slice of pizza in my hand—the same one that’s frozen halfway to my mouth as I stare at him in total disbelief. Did he really just do it?
“What?” Cain shrugs and takes his box back, grabbing a piece of half-eaten, meaty pizza and shoving the end in his mouth. The crust crunches as he bites down.
I swallow and glance at the coffee table. “I don’t think you’ve ever not taken a call from her.” I can’t help the derogatory way I say ’her’. It’s not intentional—honest. It’s ingrained in me to be vicious to other women. I think it’s a female thing. Self-preservation and all that.
“I don’t think I ever haven’t either.” Cain tilts his head to the side and meets my gaze, a suspicious glint in his green eyes. “But the point is, we haven’t done this in weeks, and I’m having too much fun to leave. Besides, we have all this junk food. If I don’t help you eat it, you’ll eat it all, then it’ll be my fault when your pants don’t fit.”
Oh my god.
“Does she know you’re here?” I smirk slyly and raise my eyebrows.
He shifts uncomfortably. With a cough, he puts his pizza down and grabs his beer bottle to swig from it.
Oh. My. Shitty. Life.
“She doesn’t, does she?” I sit up straight, throwing my half-slice back into my box and shoving his shoulder. “Cain!”
“No,” he mumbles, scratching the back of his ear. “She doesn’t know.”
I laugh. I can’t help it. It’s totally immature of me to delight in the fact he hasn’t told the Prissy Princess where is he and he’s ignoring her calls, but I do. It’s hilarious.
And, okay. I’m smug. Totally smug. There’s only one reason he hasn’t told her, and that’s because she hates me too.
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“And tell me.” I snicker, just about holding back the volcano of laughter threatening to erupt. “Where does Nina think you are?”
“She thinks I’m at Mom’s.” He looks at me, his lips flattening into a thin line. “Stop laughing, B. No, don’t shake your damn head. I fucking mean it. She’s a little insecure over my friendship with you and Carly, that’s all. Sometimes it’s easier to just tell a… little white lie.”
“A little white lie? She thinks you’re at your mom’s!” I laugh harder and wipe at my eyes because they feel a little too wet.
“I just want the best of both worlds right now, all right?”
“What is the best of both worlds? Pizza with me and blow jobs from her?”
“She chooses not to eat gluten. Until she finds a gluten-free recipe she likes, I can’t eat pizza when she’s around.”
Which is a lot.
I raise my eyebrows again. “Your girlfriend won’t eat gluten but she’ll happily put your dick in her mouth?”
“Brooke. Don’t be a bitch.” He chucks a piece of chicken from his pizza at me, his eyes narrowing.
I’m dying. I think this is it—this is how I die, laughing at Cain’s lame excuses for lying to his girlfriend about spending time with me.
“Oh my fuck. This is hilarious. Seriously. Someone call Comedy Central.”
“Brooke.” He says my name again, this time quieter.
I stop laughing. Just about.
“I’m sorry. I just think it’s funny. You want me to be nice to her but you lie to her about spending time with me.” I shrug a shoulder and peel a piece of pepperoni off my pizza. I’m not even that hungry anymore.
He sighs, putting the top down on his box, and sits back. “She thinks there’s something going on between us.”
I laugh even harder because I might cry if I don’t.
Hi, breaking heart. Grab the tissues, yo.
There’s an awkward silence hanging between us now. It’s not the first time someone has thought that, but given that the more time I spend with Cain, the more I seem to fall for him, it’s awkward. Especially since he’s lying to her just to hang out with me.
I clear my throat and look up at him. “That’s ridiculous. You’re my best friend. Like anything would ever happen between us. I can’t put up with your shit taste in music, for a start.”
“Exactly,” he replies in a quieter voice, scratching behind his ear again. “It’s fucking stupid. I can’t stand your taste in music either. Who the fuck likes Justin Bieber?”
“People who think Kanye West should retire.”

My thoughts:

Emma Hart is easily one of my favorite contemporary romance authors. She always writes such hilarious and witty stories. The heroines and heroes are both always so quirky and relatable. I honestly have yet to read a book by her that I haven’t absolutely adored! They are such light and fun reads. I highly recommend reading her works if you’re looking for a good romantic comedy author. Anyway, Being Brooke might just be her funniest book yet! Brooke is honestly all of us. She’s awkward, weird, and imperfect but she’s so funny to read. You should totally read Being Brooke, especially since it’s on sale for only .99 cents right now! I’m not sure how long that’s going to last so be sure to take advantage of it while you can.

As I already said, my girl Brooke is just seriously the best. She likes calling herself a hot mess, which she clearly is. She doesn’t have her life together to say the least. She dropped out of college because she had no idea what she was doing, which is something that I can personally relate to since I’m in college right now in the same situation. I absolutely loved seeing all of the crazy situations that Brooke somehow found herself in. Seriously, there’s all kind of hilarious and awkward situations that go down that will easily make you laugh out loud. I have to say that Brooke has to be one of the best and most memorable protagonists that I’ve read in a long time!

So I’m a fan of friends to lovers which is the case with this romance. I’m not going to lie to you guys, I liked Brooke a lot better than Cain personally. But I could definitely relate to Brooke being in love with Cain all of these years but being afraid to say something for fear of losing his friendship. I thought the friendship and relationship that they had was awesome and also hilarious. However, I’m not sure the chemistry was totally there and I got the feeling that they were probably better off being best friends. I still thought that it was well written and fun as a whole.

The main thing to takeaway from Being Brooke is that it’s hilarious. Be prepared to laugh throughout pretty much the entire book. It’s such a quick and fun read that I highly think that you’ll enjoy it as well. Brooke and Cain were solid and well developed characters that I liked reading about. Not to mention that the fact that the supporting characters were also great as well. My favorite though was probably Brooke’s hilarious and horny Grandpa. Seriously, he loved making inappropriate sexual comments frequently and it was pretty great. You should pick this up if you’re looking for something light!

Rating: 3.5/5

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Blog Tour: Jaded Hearts Review

December 15, 2016 Blog Tours, Reviews 0

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Signing with Brighthouse Records was supposed to be everything we ever wanted—our better life. Our chance at everything we never had but always wanted. All our dreams would finally come true and we were on top of the world. It was our chance at the happiness we never had in life.

Our every desire was at our fingertips and the power of that feeling was all consuming. But then it took every dream we thought would come true and it slapped us in the face with the cold hard reality.

Dreams were just that…something that floated on the cusp of untouchable, taunting you with every graze of your fingertips before slipping even further away.

Happiness…that feeling is a joke.

In the end it became painfully obvious that each of us would always have each other, but we would forever be alone.

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My Thoughts:

I thought this was a sweet and sexy read. I’ve been a fan of Harper Sloan’s books for awhile now, and I’ve been looking forward to Chance’s story ever since I read Unexpected Fate. I couldn’t imagine him getting his happily ever after when anyone besides the feisty Wren. She’s such a force to be reckoned with and I absolutely adored her character. Chance and Wren made such a beautiful couple, and I loved both of their stories so much. This is a great first book to a new series about a very popular band, and I can’t wait to read the next book!

As I already said, Wren was just such a great character. She was so comfortable in her own skin, yet she also had some serious insecurities that came from awful previous relationships and her parents. Luckily though, she has her twin brother and their two childhood friends who make up the band Loaded Replay. She still feels like something in her life is missing, which is when Chance steps in. I thought it was great how Wren was the one who was so confident about being with Chance. I’ve read a lot of romance books recently where the boy was the more adamant one, so this was a nice change. I’m always a fan of books that involve music, and this one didn’t disappoint. Wren reminded me a lot of Hayley Williams from Paramore, badass and also someone who is extremely passionate about music.

Chance was a fabulous and fierce book boyfriend. My heart broke for him as he struggled with some of his biggest regrets. Chance is a former Marine who works for Corps Security, but is now taking the job to be Wren’s personal bodyguard. As mentioned, he has a past that makes him very closed off and reluctant to get involved with anyone. However, he quickly finds Wren basically impossible to resist. He’s a great book boyfriend because he’s obviously protective, but at the same time, he’s not suffocating to Wren. He’s just a solid and swoony guy and I really enjoyed his story.

The romance between Chance and Wren is pretty steamy from the start. Yes, he comes to work for the band to be her personal bodyguard, but due to some weirdness with the record label that the band is with, he has to pretend to be her boyfriend to the public. From the first day that they pretend to be together, the chemistry is evident between them. It’s a little on the insta-love side of things, but I think that it worked since the romance still had a lot of time to build. It moved extremely quickly, like they fell in love in like a week. But it didn’t bother me too much for whatever reason. Chance and Wren were a fantastic couple to say the least.

Jaded Hearts was a great rock star romance that I seriously enjoyed. Harper Sloan is an author that never disappoints. She writes such beautiful romances filled with flawed yet fierce characters. It’s not a perfect book, but it’s an honest and real one. This was also a really fast paced read. I was able to devour it all in just a few hours. I highly recommend it if you’re a fan of rock star romances or of Harper Sloan or if you enjoy both. It’s also great if you’re simply searching for a book that isn’t extremely heavy.
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What Light Review

December 15, 2016 Reviews, Young Adult 0 ★★★

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Published by Razorbill on October 18th 2016
Pages: 251
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From Jay Asher, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Thirteen Reasons Why, comes a romance that will break your heart, but soon have you believing again. . . . Sierra's family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it's a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. 
Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.
By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb's past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.
What Light is a love story that's moving and life-affirming and completely unforgettable.

Surprisingly, I honestly don’t have all that many thoughts about What Light. I’ve previously read one Jay Asher book, Thirteen Reasons Why, and that quickly became one of my favorite books after I first read it. This book simply isn’t one of my favorites. I believe that it’s a cute, light, and short contemporary read, but it’s truthfully not anything all that special. If you’re looking for a sweet contemporary and not something that will make you think deeply about the world like Thirteen Reasons Why, then I think that you’ll likely enjoy Jay Asher’s latest.

To tell you guys the truth, I didn’t feel like Sierra was that memorable of a protagonist. I actually had to look at the synopsis just to remember her name. She was a sweet teenage girl who I was able to relate to on some levels, but not enough that her character actually stuck with me long after I finished reading the book. I did respect that she was so sure about what she wanted and wasn’t afraid to fight for it, even with the people closest to her didn’t approve of it.

The love interest, Caleb, wasn’t particularly memorable or unique either. Though I will admit that I did remember his name without looking it up. Sierra has heard some pretty vicious rumors about Caleb’s past that continues to haunt him today. I was expecting it to be a lot worse than it actually was. Yes, it was sort of serious, but not really once you knew all of the context surrounding the incident. And once you also take into consideration the fact that the person involved in the incident has no bitterness towards him at all. I just felt like it was a little dramatic and unrealistic how the rumor would get blown out of proportion and continually change how people see him. My favorite part about Caleb was definitely how he bought Christmas trees to give to people in need. I thought that this was such a selfless and swoony thing to do and I really liked him for it.

So the romance between them was basically insta-love. The relationship just in general moved at a ridiculously fast pace since they only have a bit less than a month to get to know each other. As you can probably already tell, it wasn’t my favorite. I did think that it did portray some aspects of what it means to fall in love for the first time in an accurate way. Although I’m being pretty critical about it, I will say that I still found the romance to be rather adorable. I especially loved how they bonded over delivering the trees that Caleb buys for families who need it together. It was a sweet bonding moment that helped the relationship progress and grow in a realistic way.

Although I’ve been pretty open about the things that I wasn’t a fan of, there was certainly just as many things that I enjoyed. I loved that it took place on a Christmas tree farm. I thought that was a unique and cool setting, making this the perfect read around the Holiday’s. Though I thought that the book probably could have been a little longer for more character and plot development, I still liked that the length made it so you could devour it in a short amount of time. This was the lighthearted contemporary read that I really needed right now and I’m happy that I read it!

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Blog Tour: The Only One Review

December 12, 2016 Blog Tours, Reviews 1

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From New York Times Bestselling author Lauren Blakely, comes THE ONLY ONE, a sexy new standalone novella in her One Love Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure you grab your copy today!

 

 

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Lauren Blakely’s THE ONLY ONE – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule

December 7th

Hart’s Romance Pulse – Review

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As You Wish Reviews – Review & Excerpt

BFD Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

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BookSmacked – Review & Excerpt

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I’m A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore – Review & Excerpt

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Stephanie’s Sexy Reads (soon to be Naughty Girls and Their Books) – Review & Excerpt

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Jackie’s Book World – Review

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About THE ONLY ONE:

From the New York Times bestselling author of THE SEXY ONE comes a romance about fate and second chances.

Let’s say there was this guy. And he gave you the most mind-blowing night of sex in your life. And you never saw him again.

Until ten years later.

Now, it turns out he’s the ONLY ONE in all of Manhattan whose restaurant is available for my charity’s event.

The trouble is, he doesn’t recognize me.

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This woman I’m working with is so damn alluring. The first time I set eyes on her, I’m captivated and I can’t get her out of my mind. Even if it’s risky to tango with someone I’m working with, she’s a risk I’m willing to take.

The trouble is, she won’t give me the time of day.

But I’m determined to change that.

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My Thoughts:

So I was instantly intrigued about Gabriel and Penny when we were introduced to both of these characters in some of Lauren Blakely’s previous works. Gabriel seemed like this mysterious and sexy playboy and I was so ready for him to find someone to settle down with. I honestly didn’t really remember Penny, but she’s also an interesting and sweet character. I’m glad that she was able to find someone for herself. I’m a huge fan of second chance romances so this was just the story that I needed in my life! I highly recommend this one if you’re a fan of Blakely or just any kind of second chance romance with a lot of steam and sweetness.

Penny is now an accomplished woman who runs a non-profit shelter for homeless animals. She’s such a sweet and rather confident woman now. However, she’s always remembered the hot man she spent three incredible days with back in Spain when she was just 21. She also has a lot of hurt and bitterness towards him because he never showed up the day they were meant to meet up in New York. Now, so many years later, she has to turn to Gabriel for help with catering a charity event for her business. She definitely wasn’t expecting him not to remember her, and she is also surprised by how much she still wants him all these years later.

Gabriel is now an accomplished chef who has opened several restaurants around the U.S. When he met Penny or rather Penelope, he was a struggling chef who was just trying to get by. But then he went onto a television show which he eventually won, and gradually became more and more successful. Now, he comes across this beautiful and fierce woman who goes by the name of Penny. She reminds him so much of his beautiful, young Penelope that he had so many years ago back in Spain. But he isn’t totally sure if that’s her or not. Regardless, all he knows is that he can’t resist this woman and he wants her in anyway that he can have her.

So as mentioned, I enjoy this romance because it’s a second chance romance, which is easily one of my favorite tropes. Penny and Gabriel might have only spent three days together, but they still left an incredible impact on both of them. I think the romance is great because it might be short, but it’s still incredibly steamy. Penny and Gabriel definitely have some hot sex! Since this is only a novella, obviously there’s not as many as usual, but it’s still sexy nonetheless.

The Only One was the first 1,001 Dark Night short story that I have read, but it was still a very powerful and great one. Penny and Gabriel were two beautiful characters who were both very much deserving of a happy ending and I’m glad that they were able to receive one. Lauren Blakely has written yet another fabulous book. Seriously though, there’s nothing that this author writes that I’m not going to read and completely fall in love with. I can’t recommend The Only One enough!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

 

 

Praise for Lauren Blakely and THE ONLY ONE:

“An extraordinarily dreamy love story that will melt your heart!”

~Beneath The Covers Book Blog

“This is an epic second chance romance that filled my heart with love, hope and longing.”

~5-Stars! Two Book Pushers

“Lauren has knocked this one out of the park and down the street into the kitchen of Rocco DiSpirito. This book is smart, sexy, and full of surprises with characters you can’t help but fall in love with. I want to find my very own Gabriel now. A sexy man with an accent who can cook for me. Who could ask for anything more?”

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“Insanely romantic and so genuinely charming…”

~Fresh Fiction Reviewer

 

 

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Since self-publishing her debut romance novel CAUGHT UP IN US over three years ago, Lauren Blakely has sold more than 1.5 million books. She is known for her sexy contemporary romance style that’s full of heat, heart and humor. A devout fan of cake and canines, Lauren has plotted entire novels while walking her four-legged friends. She lives in California with her family. With thirteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than seventy times. Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love, and Fighting Fire as well as standalone hit romances like BIG ROCK, MISTER O, WELL HUNG, and THE SEXY ONE which were all instant New York Times Bestsellers. In January she’ll release FULL PACKAGE, a standalone romantic comedy. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter.

 

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Blog Tour: Wound Tight Review

December 12, 2016 Blog Tours, Reviews 0

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Today is our stop on the blog tour for Wound Tight by Tessa Bailey! Check out this fantastic new release and grab this sexy new contemporary fiction today!

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About Wound Tight:

A sexy new M/M romance from New York Times Bestselling author Tessa Bailey

 

When CEO Renner Bastion walks into a room, everyone keeps their distance. Well, everyone but the sarcastic, tattooed, Boston-bred security guard whose presence has kept Renner in New Jersey longer than intended. As if the unwanted attraction isn’t unsettling enough, Renner finds out his protector isn’t as unavailable as originally thought.

 

Milo Bautista just came out to his wealthy, ultra-confident boss, a man he secretly respects and admires…in more ways than he’ll admit. Worldly, experienced Renner would never look in his direction, let alone share some of that confidence he wears like a cloak, so Milo has set his sights on someone else to be his first.

 

Until Renner offers him private lessons in seduction…

 

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My Thoughts:

So surprisingly, I’ve never read a Tessa Bailey book before. I’ve honestly meant to, I just haven’t really gotten around to it. This one appealed to me because it’s her first M/M book. After reading Wound Tight, I’m definitely intrigued and want to read the previous books in this series. You can just jump right into this book without reading the others, though previous characters do show up. I found myself wanting to read the others in order to just get more time with these hilarious characters and learn more about their histories. I thought this was a fun and light read that I really enjoyed.

Renner is definitely a little bit of an intimidating character at first. He’s very serious, dark, and on the closed off side of things. However, it was still evident that the guy had a huge heart underneath it all. He cares extremely deeply for his family and a select few people that he lets into his life. So yeah, Renner is a tough guy to crack. He keeps a facade up that usually keeps people far away from him. He can’t deny that he is very intrigued by the younger security guard. Another thing that I liked about Renner is he knows who he is and what he wants out of life. He’s a mature guy and he really doesn’t want to be anyone’s experiment, but at the same time, he wants Milo in any way that he can have him.

On the other hand, Milo seems to be a lot more open and fun than Renner. Milo is younger than the seasoned and accomplished businessman. Milo has always considered himself to be straight and generally enjoys the company of women. Except he became intrigued with men when he met a secure gay man when he was acting as a security guard to a famous singer. Now, he’s asking Renner for advice on how to approach and be with men so he can prepare for this intriguing chef he met on tour. Renner has mixed feelings about being his teacher for another man, as you might expect. Anyway, Milo realizes that maybe the person that he really wants is the guarded guy that he is currently doing his best to protect.

The romance between Milo and Renner is nothing short of total steam. Seriously though, there’s this really hot scene that happens in a dressing room at a department store. The sex is really hot and passionate from the start. As already mentioned, Milo initially comes to Renner for advice so he can get ready to be with the man who first made him realize his true sexuality. However, Renner isn’t sure if he’ll be able to let Milo go once he finally has him. The romance here was absolutely awesome. Renner was very dominant and not afraid to put Milo in his place when he felt it was necessary.

All in all, Wound Tight was a short and sweet M/M contemporary romance that I truly enjoyed reading. I certainly plan on reading the other stories in this series and in her other books as well now. I think she’s a great author who’s written a very intriguing and steamy romance between two passionate and complicated men. Milo and Renner are both great characters with two totally different personalities who somehow make sense together. I definitely recommend picking this one up if you’re looking for a short and light read!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Author Bio: Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.

 

Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

 

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of nine years and four-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

 

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Beauty and the Mustache Review

December 6, 2016 Reviews 0 ★★★

Beauty and the Mustache ReviewBeauty and the Mustache (Knitting in the City, #4; Winston Brothers, #0.5) by Penny Reid
Published by Cipher-Naught on August 24th 2014
Pages: 376
Source: Library
Also by this author: Beard Science (Winston Brothers, #3)
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There are three things you need to know about Ashley Winston: 1) She has six brothers and they all have beards, 2) She is a reader, and 3) She knows how to knit.
Former beauty queen, Ashley Winston’s preferred coping strategy is escapism. She escaped her Tennessee small town, loathsome father, and six brothers eight years ago. Now she escapes life daily via her Amazon kindle one-click addiction. However, when a family tragedy forces her to return home, Ashley can’t escape the notice of Drew Runous— local Game Warden, reclusive mountain man, bear wrestler, philosopher, and everyone’s favorite guy. Drew’s irksome philosophizing in particular makes Ashley want to run for the skyscrapers, especially since he can’t seem to keep his exasperating opinions— or his soulful poetry, steadfast support, and delightful hands— to himself. Pretty soon the girl who wanted nothing more than the escape of the big city finds she’s lost her heart in small town Tennessee.
This is a full-length novel, can be read as a standalone, and is the fourth book in the 'Knitting in the City' series.

So I’ve never read a book by Penny Reid before, but I’ve heard that her books are seriously hilarious and charming. I wasn’t quite sure where to start, but I decided to start with this one since it sets up the Winston Brothers series. I discovered that this was a fascinating story filled with fantastic and memorable supporting characters. I also thought the romance was really well done. I now definitely understand why Penny Reid is one of the first names people bring up when they mention authors of romantic comedy stories. Though this probably wasn’t my personal favorite in this genre, but I can still understand why people enjoy this author so much and I look forward to reading her other books in the future.

Ashley Winston is a hilarious and fabulous heroine. From the first page, she was just full of personality. She was ridiculously witty with pretty much every comment that she made, and I loved that about her. Ashley is a fun and generally lighthearted character. Though I will admit that I felt like she was a bit on the stuck up side when it comes to her brothers. In the end though, this didn’t end up bothering me too much because her attitude thankfully wasn’t like this throughout the entire story. She was also a strong character and we got to see a more serious side to her as we watched her accept the fact that her beloved mother is dying. I thought she was a great and compelling heroine as a whole.

So our hero is Drew. I thought Drew was extremely amazing and all kinds of swoony. From his first appearance, he continued to shake up Ashley’s world entirely. He was constantly surprising and complicated, which I really enjoyed seeing. He wasn’t a simple character, there were still so many layers to him that Ashley slowly began to uncover. I think one of my favorite things about Drew was how much he obviously cared about Ashley’s brothers and her mom. He was so supportive and comforting to each of them and I loved learning more about his compassion and kindness. Though I thought his character was absolutely awesome, I honestly longed for even more details about his history. I know that the author wanted to focus more on Ashley’s family, but it would been nice to see more of the specifics details about his family and past instead of a basic overview. I just wanted to see even more depth to his character.

Drew and Ashley made a good couple, though they definitely took awhile to get to that place. I thought that Reid was right to make the relationship between them to develop at a reasonably slow pace. They were both dealing with their grief and so neither of them wanted to push anything, though the tension was clear from basically their first interaction. I’m always a fan of the couple forming sort of a friendship or bond before they get into a serious relationship. I think it ultimately makes things more realistic when it’s written this way. So there actually weren’t many sex scenes between them and the ones they did had were rather on the short side. I was honestly expecting it be a bit steamier than it was.

Beauty and the Mustache was a funny and sweet romantic comedy that I’m happy that I read. I honestly adored all six of Ashley’s brothers and I can’t wait to read their stories in the spin-off series that revolves around each of them. Though I thought the characters were very endearing, funny, and filled with charm, there still seemed to be something missing for me. I felt like the plot was very interesting and I related a lot to the grief and loss that the characters felt. I guess maybe my standards in general for romantic comedies might still be set a little too high thanks to Emma Chase’s Sustained, but I just wasn’t completely feeling this one.

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It’s release day for Wound Tight by Tessa Bailey! Check out this fantastic new release and grab this sexy new contemporary m/m romance today!

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About Wound Tight:

A sexy new M/M romance from New York Times Bestselling author Tessa Bailey

 

When CEO Renner Bastion walks into a room, everyone keeps their distance. Well, everyone but the sarcastic, tattooed, Boston-bred security guard whose presence has kept Renner in New Jersey longer than intended. As if the unwanted attraction isn’t unsettling enough, Renner finds out his protector isn’t as unavailable as originally thought.

 

Milo Bautista just came out to his wealthy, ultra-confident boss, a man he secretly respects and admires…in more ways than he’ll admit. Worldly, experienced Renner would never look in his direction, let alone share some of that confidence he wears like a cloak, so Milo has set his sights on someone else to be his first.

 

Until Renner offers him private lessons in seduction…

 

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Chapter One.

Would you rather was Renner Bastion’s least favorite game.

Scratch that. All games were his least favorite.

He couldn’t help playing one, however, as he stared down at his factory floor. Security guard Milo Bautista flirted with one of the older female assembly line workers, twirling her by the hand as if they were on a cruise ship dancing to bongo music. Renner stood in an air-conditioned office, surrounded by silence. So. Would he rather be upstairs in his impeccably clean suit, or downstairs, covered by factory grease that seemed to ooze from every corner of his New Jersey manufacturing plant? Considering that Milo and the woman looked joyful while Renner was in a shitty mood, he didn’t have an answer.

How you like them apples?

Jesus. Thanks to Milo, he was even starting to think in a Boston accent. The man who’d ordained himself Renner’s personal one-man security detail without permission was more Boston than Mark Wahlberg at a fucking Red Sox game. Wearing Paul Revere’s hat.

And yet here Renner was, kind of wishing the jerk would come upstairs where he belonged, instead of making the female population of Hook swoon.

“There’s a good sign it’s time to go home,” Renner muttered, his breath creating condensation on the glass. He’d been saying the same thing for weeks now. It’s time to go home. Not to his two-bedroom in Hook, though. His apartment in Manhattan. Or his flat in China. Or any one of the homes he’d rented to keep an eye on his other ventures.

The damage sustained by the factory explosion in Hook had been repaired weeks ago, the construction no longer requiring his daily supervision. God knew his employees were sick to death of his presence, turning their backs whenever he passed through their midst. Yet here he remained, in this town full of nosy people constantly wanting to grill meat and drink beer from cans, watching everyone else live from the other side of the glass.

“What a cliché you’ve become.” Renner reached to his left, pouring whiskey from a glass decanter into a tumbler and lifting it to his lips for a long sip. “Resented boss. Spoiler of fun.” The liquor lit a path of fire on its way down. “The one who gets shit done and signs everyone’s paychecks. Don’t forget that part.”

As if Renner had spoken into the intercom instead of to himself, Milo’s smooth movements snagged while dipping the enamored worker. His dark-haired head came up, his gaze finding Renner upstairs, that eyebrow tilting as if to say, want to take a picture, boss man?

That was their relationship, if you could refer to it as such. Renner gave Milo orders, as he did to all of his employees, and Milo told him to shove it, going about following instructions in his own way. His signature loose-limbed, ready to rumble, swaggering way. Sometimes he even winked at Renner while following through, which in itself should have been grounds for firing. Even if winking didn’t break any codes of conduct per se, it certainly violated Renner’s own unwritten rule book. As did Milo’s walking into his office without knocking and throwing sarcasm Renner’s way at every available opportunity.

Apparently Milo fell into some kind of gray area that allowed him to disrespect Renner’s authority and retain his job. The rugged Bostonian may have been hired several months ago by Vaughn, the head of factory security and an old army buddy of Milo’s, but Renner had the ultimate power to hire and fire. Putting up with the subtle jabs and sarcasm had nothing to do with Renner’s reluctant fascination with the security guard. Or the way a flame lit under his blood every time the man was close by. Nothing whatsoever. He had a strict set of rules when it came to other men, and Milo violated them all by being his employee. Not to mention being too young…and too straight. Like, chest bumps and beer koozies straight. In other words, Renner was doing his best to ignore how Milo’s security shirt had come unbuttoned halfway to his belt and sweat was beginning to catch the bright factory lights—

“Right.”

Renner swallowed the remaining inch of whiskey and turned away from the window. He needed to get some sleep. He’d been working on a new contract pitch for three days, and his common sense was beginning to blur. The account he was trying to land didn’t want to use their facilities, anyway. Despite Bastion Enterprises’ pristine track record, the rejections continued. Why was he trying so hard?

Because that’s what Renner did. He worked until he collapsed. Late hours, red-eye flights, exhaustion, coffee, whiskey. Repeat. After being doubted by countless associates on his rise to the top, a fire burned in his gut, daring him to prove himself. It never, ever went away.

Yes, work was his cruelest vice, and it kept him moving. Never settling. He certainly didn’t make habits of outstaying his welcome in one town. A place where he didn’t warrant so much as a wave when walking down the street. It was absurd that Milo, an employee who had about as much respect for Renner as a delinquent child for a school principal, should make him feel…welcome. For the love of God, he’d greeted Renner with a middle finger this morning and yet somehow, Renner had been looking forward to it. At least it was an acknowledgment.

Time to go home. Seriously.

Back to the city. Back to sanity. Back to dating men who were available to him.

Why was there so little appeal to the latter?

With an irritated curse, Renner went to his desk and began shoving files into his leather briefcase. If he went out the back door, he wouldn’t have to ruin everyone’s fun downstairs. His Mercedes was parked a few blocks over, despite Milo’s insistence that he “pahk in the freakin’ laht,” so he would avoid that argument as well.

That was not a disappointed tug in his stomach; he’d just skipped dinner.

Milo watched the light go out in Renner’s office and knew the stubborn prick was going to try to sneak out without him. The guy really thought he was untouchable, didn’t he? But in a town full of people who disliked him—especially after firing their beloved mechanic, Duke, and the explosion that followed—Renner didn’t get to waltz around in the dark in his five-thousand-dollar suit. Maybe Hook was slightly safer than Milo’s old Boston neighborhood, but at age twenty-six, caution still ran in his blood.

He’d been hired to keep the factory safe, and that duty extended to Renner, the factory’s owner, whether the dude liked it or not. The army had taught Milo to take his responsibilities seriously, and after a disorganized, all-around backward youth, he’d learned there was satisfaction in being thorough. To be proud of a job.

Responsibility. Yeah. That was so why he was so protective over Renner.

Milo snorted to himself and gave a sweeping bow to the woman in front of him. She was sweet, this lady. Kind of reminded him of the librarian who’d kept a forty-ounce in her desk back in middle school. Quick with a joke and loved anyone who noticed she still had a little fire in her. “All right, pretty lady. I have to take off.” Milo took her hand, giving her one final spin. “You go easy on the boys at the Third Shift tonight. Just remember who got you warmed up.”

She doubled over and laughed along with her friends, who’d stayed behind to watch. “Why don’t you come out and give me a spin yourself?”

“Ah, you know how it is.” He winked at them as he re-buttoned his shirt. “Hot date.”

Milo left them laughing on the factory floor as he jogged toward the back exit. Wondering how far Renner had gotten without him, his smile dimmed. Bet he hadn’t even parked that Mercedes in the gated lot, like he was supposed to. Maybe the guy liked being reminded. Good. That’s exactly what was going to happen.

Crisp, fall coolness slithered inside Milo’s shirt when he slammed out of the factory, the metal door booming shut behind him. He took a right and hit the sidewalk, knowing Renner liked to park near the coffee shop so he could feed his caffeine addiction immediately after stepping out of his shiny black ride in the mornings.

Yeah, he’d been observing his boss somewhat…closely. But not only for the reason Renner assumed. Also known as the same justification Milo gave himself—that he wanted to excel at his job. It was more than that, though. Maybe his careful following of Renner’s movements had begun as a way to keep the factory owner safe, but it had developed into something else entirely. Curiosity. Even…awe on occasion. What would it be like to be so comfortable, so sure of himself, the way Renner was? Being that the guy was private as hell, Milo had a feeling his boss wouldn’t like it one bit if he knew Milo was following him…hoping to learn.

The possibility of Renner’s being pissed wasn’t stopping Milo from going after him, though. Honestly, he wasn’t sure if there was anything that could. Which was pretty fucking confusing. Considering Milo was carrying a torch for someone else.

That troubling thought was still weighing Milo down when he turned the corner and finally heard footsteps. Heavy, purposeful ones that belonged to Renner. Up ahead, the lights of his boss’s Mercedes flashed, signaling that he’d unlocked the car with the key chain remote. Any second, he would be safe inside the vehicle and Milo could go back to his apartment. For now, he would just hang back in the shadows and watch—

Three men converged on Renner from all sides.

Milo was already running, cursing under his breath about stubborn city people and gated parking lots. He was still a full block behind Renner, so he was forced to watch some punches being exchanged…and not surprisingly, some of them were being thrown by Renner. Built like a hockey goaltender, the man was intimidating. He just was. That was half the problem with him walking the dark streets of Hook. There were a lot of good people in this town, but there were also men who wanted very badly to put rich, arrogant Renner in his place, and maybe get a packed wallet in the process.

Yeah, Renner was holding his own, but the odds were against him. He delivered a right cross to one of the hooded attackers’ faces, but two of the men grabbed him from behind, allowing the punch recipient to get his revenge. Renner’s head snapped back, and that’s when Milo reached the group, drawing his Colt in one smooth motion.

“Told you to park in the lot, boss man.”

“Now really isn’t the time, Bautista.”

Milo’s smile was tight as he leveled the gun beyond Renner’s shoulder. “You’re going to want to step away from him. I’ve got aim for days.”

“Aw, look at that,” said the man who wasn’t holding back Renner. “His boyfriend came to rescue him.”

“Oh, come on,” Renner said, looking almost relaxed. “He’s really not my type.”

Milo ignored the weird discomfort in his chest. “Yeah. I won’t lose any sleep over that black eye he’s going to have, but I would over losing my job.” He strode forward and grabbed a hold of Renner’s thick biceps, pulling him out of the men’s hold. Backing both of them up so he could have a clear angle on all three perpetrators, Milo jerked his head in the direction of the nearby alleyway. “Are you sticking around so I can call the cops, or what? Get the hell out of here.”

Milo and Renner were silent as the men took off into the darkness, kicking trash can lids as they went. Only then did Milo let out the breath he’d been holding, his arms lowering in degrees. If even two of the attackers had been carrying weapons, things could have turned out way worse. Thank God they appeared to be nothing more than some misguided kids. In a close-knit place like Hook, sometimes judgment calls had to made about what represented actual danger and what actions could go a long way toward keeping the respect and admiration of people in town. Still, looking the other way bothered Milo. Especially when someone could have been hurt. Renner, specifically.

“Next time you might not be so lucky, you know,” Milo said, turning toward Renner. His usual lecture was poised right on the tip of his tongue, but he couldn’t bring himself to utter a single word of it when faced with the swelling of Renner’s right eye. “Shit.” A lump grew in his throat. “Sorry I didn’t come sooner.”

Renner scoffed and ducked past a cringing Milo. Why had he apologized like that? The guy was open to sympathy like the military was open to accepting poodles as recruits. As in, not open to it. That wasn’t how he and Renner worked. Milo had learned to navigate his boss by giving as good as he got.

Letting on that he secretly respected and admired the man was out of the question.

Milo swallowed and tried again, catching Renner just before he could climb into the Mercedes. “You going to say thank you or anything, you ungrateful dick?”

Renner had already opened the driver’s side door, but he slammed it closed now, striding back toward Milo with a curious look on his face. “Actually, I have a question.” He seesawed his hand between their chests. “What are you doing? Why do you insist on following me? I’m a grown man, Milo. I have the right to get mugged in peace.”

“Wow. You just said that out loud.” The back of Milo’s neck pulled taut at the line of questioning, but he forced a belligerent expression. “I’ve told you before, this is my job—”

“No.” Renner shook his head. “No. You’re not assigned to me. I didn’t ask you to be my watchdog. This is all of your own free will.”

Damn. Milo hadn’t expected this. At least, he hadn’t expected Renner to get in his face like this. So…close. Like the way he got close with other men? What did he think about Milo’s face from such a scant distance? “I…uh.” Milo stepped back, replacing the gun in its holster on his belt. “Like I said, you’re welcome. I’ll see you tomorrow.”

“I’m going back to the city in the morning.” That statement hung in the air between them like low fog. Or was Milo only imagining it? Just like he was imagining the hard drumming inside his rib cage? “Before I go, Bautista, I want you to tell me what all this is about. We don’t even like each other, right? And yet here you are. You’re constantly around, worrying about my safety. I…” He loosened his tie with rash movements. “Perhaps the differences in my…biology make me seem different from someone like you, but I’m the furthest thing from weak—”

“That’s what it is,” Milo blurted, shocking himself. What was the point in keeping the truth to himself anymore, though, if Renner was leaving in the morning? “Not the part about you being weak. I don’t think that. The opposite, actually. You’ve got a pretty nice right hook there, boss man.”

Renner raised an eyebrow.

“Okay.” Christ. His blood was flowing in seventeen directions, his tongue weighing as much as a horse in his mouth. This was real. This was happening. “Okay, I’ve been watching you. All right?”

A heavy beat passed. “Why?”

See, that’s where things got murky. It had started as a way to study Renner’s confidence, hoping to build his own. Along the way, though, Milo had gotten…off track. By more than a few degrees. Instead of learning how to be comfortable in his own skin by following the lead of a man who epitomized confidence, Milo had developed something of a crush. Who wouldn’t? Renner was concise, demanding and intelligent, and he didn’t give a fuck who disapproved of him. A badass who could raise an eyebrow and have employees running for cover.

Not to worry, though. Milo had righted the wayward course. He was charted in the right direction once again. In no world did Milo and Renner make sense. Nor did his boss ever look at him with anything other than vexation. It was a dumb infatuation on Milo’s end and nothing would ever come out of it. He actually had a chance with someone else. Someone he genuinely liked. The man who’d stirred his first attraction to the same sex. Maybe his ill-advised interest in Renner had been taking a front seat lately, but that was a proximity issue. Things would change.

A lot of things. Starting now.

“I just…I have a thing for someone. And I don’t know how to approach him about it.” The drumming in his ears beat louder. “You’re the only guy I know who—”

“I’m sorry.” Renner held up a finger. “Did you just say you have a thing for a him?”

 

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Author Bio: Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.

 

Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

 

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of nine years and four-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

 

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Do You Want to Start a Scandal Review

December 5, 2016 Reviews 0 ★★★★

Do You Want to Start a Scandal ReviewDo You Want to Start a Scandal (Spindle Cove, #5) by Tessa Dare
Published by Avon on September 27th 2016
Pages: 272
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On the night of the Parkhurst ball, someone had a scandalous tryst in the library.•Was it Lord Canby, with the maid, on the divan?•Or Miss Fairchild, with a rake, against the wall?•Perhaps the butler did it.
All Charlotte Highwood knows is this: it wasn’t her. But rumors to the contrary are buzzing. Unless she can discover the lovers’ true identity, she’ll be forced to marry Piers Brandon, Lord Granville—the coldest, most arrogantly handsome gentleman she’s ever had the misfortune to embrace. When it comes to emotion, the man hasn’t got a clue.
But as they set about finding the mystery lovers, Piers reveals a few secrets of his own. The oh-so-proper marquess can pick locks, land punches, tease with sly wit … and melt a woman’s knees with a single kiss. The only thing he guards more fiercely than Charlotte’s safety is the truth about his dark past.
Their passion is intense. The danger is real. Soon Charlotte’s feeling torn. Will she risk all to prove her innocence? Or surrender it to a man who’s sworn to never love?

So I’ve never read a historical romance before. I’ve tried reading a few of them, but I just haven’t been able to get into them for whatever reason. I’m a fan of basically all types of romances, so it’s weird that historical hasn’t seemed to be my thing. I decided to give Tessa Dare a shot since she’s one of the most popular authors in the genre. I started with the fifth book in the series, which may have not been smart since characters from previous books appear in this one, but I was able to catch up for the most part. I settled on this one just because it’s her most recent book and the concept seemed like my cup of tea. Anyway, I’m happy that I read this one because it actually worked for me! I’m still not sure if I’m going to love ALL books in this genre, but this is definitely a good start.

One of the best parts of the story was easily the MC Charlotte. She was just full of sass and didn’t take crap from anybody. She reminds me a lot of Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. She’s not the type of person to simply sit on the sidelines and watch the men do all the work. She’s the girl who gets right in there and does whatever she can. I loved her attitude and her personality in general. It was all extremely refreshing to see and I certainly won’t mind this genre if more heroines have this kind of spirit. She’s also very perceptive from the start. Her romance with Piers begins due to both of them being in the library when two lovers come in and so the pair is forced to hide together. After the lovers leave, a little boy declares to everybody that he heard noises coming from there and everyone assumes it was Piers and Charlotte. So Charlotte does a little Nancy Drew work to get to the bottom of who it actually was so she won’t be forced to marry Piers. This wasn’t a huge part of the plot, but I liked it because it showed us yet another endearing and awesome side to our heroine.

Piers is definitely one swoony dude. I was afraid that he might be too possessive and typical alpha male. However, he wasn’t exactly that. He had a cold and closed off way about him, but he was much more than just that. Once Charlotte got him to open up, she realized that he was quite the kind and caring man. Yes, he’s serious about his work and doesn’t want any distractions from it, but he also can’t help falling for Charlotte from the first time he meets her. He also had such a romantic and sweet side to him which his girl easily brought out of him. He said some ridiculously hot things at times that sort of bordered on being corny, but were still meaningful coming from him.

Piers and Charlotte made a beautiful and strong couple. As mentioned, they are basically forced into marriage when they are caught together since this is obviously a huge scandal since they aren’t married. Piers surprisingly wants to marry Charlotte for reasons that are completely unknown to her at the time. She’s very much concerned about taking extraordinary spy measures to finding out who the lovers are, but Piers could really care less about discovering who it is. The real focus is on their relationship and not the mystery part, though I liked that as well. In the end, Piers and Charlotte made a good team because Piers allowed them to be one. What I mean by that is they are partners, he doesn’t have total control over everything. The romance was also steamier than I was expecting it to be.

This was a refreshing and surprising read for me. If you aren’t sure what to make of historical romances, you should definitely read this book. In my opinion, it represents pretty much the opposite of what I was expecting a historical romance novel to represent. It was truly a beautiful and compelling love story that managed to hold my attention from the first page. I certainly plan on reading more books by Tessa Dare as soon as possible!

four-stars

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ARC Review: Girls in the Moon

December 4, 2016 Reviews 0 ★★★

ARC Review: Girls in the MoonGirls in the Moon by Janet McNally
Published by HarperTeen on November 29th 2016
Pages: 352
Source: Edelweiss
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three-stars

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.

An exquisitely told, authentic YA debut about family secrets, the shadow of fame, and finding your own way.
Everyone in Phoebe Ferris’s life tells a different version of the truth. Her mother, Meg, ex–rock star and professional question evader, shares only the end of the story—the post-fame calm that Phoebe’s always known. Her sister, Luna, indie-rock darling of Brooklyn, preaches a stormy truth of her own making, selectively ignoring the facts she doesn’t like. And her father, Kieran, the cofounder of Meg’s beloved band, hasn’t said anything at all since he stopped calling three years ago.
But Phoebe, a budding poet in search of an identity to call her own, is tired of half-truths and vague explanations. When she visits Luna in New York, she’s determined to find out how she fits in to this family of storytellers, and to maybe even continue her own tale—the one with the musician boy she’s been secretly writing for months. Told in alternating chapters, Phoebe’s first adventure flows as the story of Meg and Kieran’s romance ebbs, leaving behind only a time-worn, precious pearl of truth about her family’s past—and leaving Phoebe to take a leap into her own unknown future.

So I’ve seen a lot of people compare this book to a Sarah Dessen story, which is what initially made me pick this one up. Maybe my expectations were set too high, but I feel like this didn’t compare to any of her books in my mind. I’ll admit that this is definitely a unique kind of YA book, so I do recommend it if you’re looking for something different. I think that the author has quite a bit of potential, and I plan on reading whatever she writes next. However, this wasn’t entirely my cup of tea and it wasn’t all that memorable to me as a whole.

This book follows teenage girl Phoebe, who is the child of two famous musicians. Her parents ended up divorcing when Phoebe and her sister were young. Her mom ended up stepping out of the spotlight to raise the girls, while her dad ended up staying in the city and continuing his career. Now, Phoebe’s sister Luna has a band of her own and wants to become famous as well. Her mom wants Phoebe to convince Luna to give up touring and go back to college, but Phoebe isn’t sure what the right thing for Luna to do actually is. I thought that Phoebe was a pretty interesting character as a whole. I liked seeing her character development as the book progressed. I found the romance that she had to be charming and adorable. It was easily one of my favorite parts of the book.

The unique part of Girls in the Moon comes from the POV’s alternating between Phoebe and Meg (their mom) at different periods in her life. The first chapter from Meg picks up when the girls are just babies and she’s separating from her husband. Then the remaining chapters go back in time and reveal more about her relationship with Kieran (her now ex-husband) and how the band formed and became famous. While it was definitely different, I felt like some of the chapters were extremely random. I get that knowing more about Meg and Kieran is essential to the story, but sometimes it felt like it took us out of what was happening to Phoebe in the present. I just felt like maybe it could have been organized in a better way.

Though I thought the romance between Phoebe and one specific character was super adorable and fascinating to read about, that honestly was only a little portion of the main story. The main point of the story is the relationship between Phoebe, Meg, and Luna. Though the three all love one another, they each have complicated relationships. I really did enjoy learning more about each of them along with the similarities and differences between them. There was also a lot of complications and mysteries surrounding the girls and Kieran. I think that all of these dynamics made this book stand out in a very real way. Unfortunately, this didn’t totally work for me on a personal level. Though I do believe that it will likely work perfectly for other readers.

Girls in the Moon was an interesting book and I’m glad I decided to pick it up. I’ll admit that I didn’t think it was anything like a Sarah Dessen novel except for maybe the music part of it, but it was still a good story all on its own. This author has beautiful and poetic writing that instantly drew me in. I just felt like some of the narration and the story simply wasn’t for me. I recommend it for readers who are looking for something unique and fun.

three-stars

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Fire in You Review

November 30, 2016 Reviews 1 ★★★

Fire in You ReviewFire in You (Wait for You, #6) by J. Lynn, Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published by Jennifer L. Armentrout on November 28th 2016
Source: Purchased
Also by this author: Forever with You (Wait for You #5), The Problem with Forever
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three-stars
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From the # 1 New York Times and International bestselling author, Jennifer L. Armentrout writing as J.Lynn, comes a richly moving story about heartbreak and guilt, second chances and hope. Full of familiar, fan-favorite characters and no two people more deserving of a happy ending, Fire In You will burn bright beyond the last page…
Jillian Lima’s whole world was destroyed in a span of a few hours. The same night her childhood love, Brock ‘the Beast’ Mitchell, broke her heart, her life was irrevocably altered by the hand of a stranger with a gun. It takes six years to slowly glue together the shattered pieces of her life, but Jillian is finally ready to stop existing in a past full of pain and regret. She takes a job at her father’s martial arts Academy and she’s going out on her first date since a failed relationship that was more yuck than yum. Jillian is determined to start living.
She just never expected Brock to be a part of her life again. But he’s firmly back in her life before she knows it, and not only is he older, he’s impossibly more handsome, more teasing and more everything. And when he sees Jillian, he’s no longer capable of thinking of her as the little girl who was his shadow growing up or the daughter of the man who gave him a second chance at life. He sees the woman who’d always been there for him, the one person who believed in him no matter what.
Brock knows she’s the one he should’ve made his, and what begins as a tentative friendship quickly turns to red-hot chemistry that sparks a flame that burns brighter than lust. Falling for Brock again risks more than her heart, because when the past sorrow-filled and guilt-ridden past resurfaces, and a web of lies threatens to rip them apart, the fallout could lay waste to everything they’ve fought to build together, and destroy the dreams of those they care most about.

I’ve been a huge fan of J. Lynn’s Wait for You series for a long time now. I’ve found each book to be extremely fascinating and to contain swoony boys and complex heroines. Wait for You was the first NA book that I ever read, and it’ll always have a special place in my heart. I’m sad to say that Fire in You was my least favorite book in the series. It was still good, but it just didn’t measure up with the others in my opinion. To be honest, I actually forgot that we were introduced to Jillian back in Forever with You. I’d been anticipating Brock’s story for what feels like forever, so I’m happy he finally got one. However, I really wanted him to end up with Katie, or for her to get a story of her own in general. Though I’m somewhat disappointed, I’m still glad that I read this one.

I felt for Jillian instantly due to the unrequited love that she had for Brock for all of those years when she was a kid. As someone who has an older brother who had a few friends that I was absolutely in love with as a kid, I can totally understand what she went through. I felt like Jillian was a strong character who I had a lot of respect for. She’s been through a lot of terrible things in her life, but she’s a survivor and she keeps pushing on. To an extent, I definitely understood the insecurities that she had, but at times it became ridiculously repetitive and it started to just drag on honestly. Maybe that’s insensitive of me to say, but I felt like at a certain point, she should have been giving Brock more credit than she actually was.

As mentioned earlier, I’ve been waiting for Brock’s story since he was first introduced to us. He seemed like such a fun and swoony guy and I couldn’t wait to see him settle down with someone. Though I was hoping his story would be with Katie, Jillian was still a solid match for him because of the history that they already shared. I feel disappointed in his character because I was just expecting more. Maybe my standards are too high, but he wasn’t even close to being as swoony as the guys from the previous books. I obviously want him to be his own person and not just a carbon copy of Cam or Jax, but it was still surprising to me. View Spoiler » Yes, he had some redeeming swoony moments at the end but that’s about it. He also called Jillian beautiful a ridiculous amount of times, which was cute the first couple of times since it started to help build her confidence at times, but it became repetitive quickly.

Second chance romances have became sort of a hit or miss for me. I think that sometimes they can be cliche or just flat out not my cup of tea personally. This one did work to an extent, but it was by no means my favorite romance in the series. I found it unusual that they don’t have sex until around the 86% mark, though that’s probably about the time it happened in Wait for You, I can’t totally remember. But I felt like that worked because they were working on building up a strong foundation before starting anything completely physical. Despite this, the book was still pretty steamy. As a whole though, I honestly can’t say that Jillian and Brock stand out to me as being a power couple when put up against the others from the previous stories.

Fire in You was an entertaining novel that I really enjoyed. Though it wasn’t my favorite, it was still a pretty story nonetheless. Yes, I’m disappointed that this book didn’t stand out more to me, but it was still decent. There’s also a lot of angst in this one, which might be why I wasn’t crazy about it. I was also confused about the timeline and think that maybe a novella before Fire in You would have been more effective in filling in the gaps of the past six years instead of having random flashbacks. I also wish that there could have been an epilogue for not only Jillian and Brock, but one where we see all (or at least most) of the couples. Yes, we do get to see the couples frequently throughout the story but it would have been nice to wrap it all up if this is indeed the last book in the series. I still have my fingers crossed for a Katie book because her story is far from finished after that huge bomb that she ended up dropping on everyone!

three-stars

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