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Jul 06
{Release Day Review+Giveaway} Checkmate: This is Dangerous by @KennedyFoxBooks

{Release Day Review+Giveaway} Checkmate: This is Dangerous by @KennedyFoxBooks

Checkmate: This is Dangerous is the fifth book in the Checkmate series and the first book in the duet about Logan and Kayla. The checkmate series is by the fantastic writing duo known as Kennedy Fox. No one seems to know the identity of this mysterious author duo, but I am offering a reward of endless sprinkle donuts if someone can tell me who they are. I promise, I am very good at keeping a secret. 😉 😉 I read, and totally LOVED loved loved all of the Checkmate stories. Books 1 and 2 are Viola and Travis’ story, and books 3 and 4 are Drew and Courtney‘s story, and books 5 and 6 are Logan and Kayla’s story. You can read any one of the duets first, but they are all so wonderful, you are going to want to read them all! So if you are new to the series, I recommend reading them all in order. This is Dangerous was a fantastic read, but it will leave you right on the… Read more »

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Jul 03
{Release Day Review+Giveaway} Falling for Forever by @MelChambersAuth @EntangledTeen

{Release Day Review+Giveaway} Falling for Forever by @MelChambersAuth @EntangledTeen

Happy monday everyone! Today is the release day of Falling For Forever and I enjoyed this book (and series) so much that I wanted to plan something special to celebrate it. Today I have a review of Falling For Forever, but come back throughout the week and I will have intrviews with the author Melissa, giveaways and reviews of the other books, along with some instagram fun and lots of other fun things. Let’s kick today off with a review and giveaway of Falling for Forever! Falling for Forever is the second book in the before forever series by author Melissa Chambers. The books are all interconnected standalones. I have read and really enjoyed both of the books in the series, but I will be reviewing them out of order because I wanted this review to go up on release day. You don’t need to read these books in order to be able to understand and enjoy them. Fans of the Creative HeARTs series, like myself, will really enjoy the… Read more »

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Jun 27
{Review} The Right Ranger by Donna Michaels

{Review} The Right Ranger by Donna Michaels

The Right Ranger is the third book in the Men of At Ease Ranch series by Donna Michaels. I have  not read either of the first two books, but we did get to see glimpses of the two couples from those books, and I really liked them, so I might eventually go back and read their stories. As for Haley and Cord’s story. I liked it. It was a super quick read for me. Easy to digest in one short sitting, but I didn’t love it if I am honest with myself. It was a good read, but not much more than that. Cord is Haley’s deceased husband’s best friend. But the whole book Haley is carrying this burden of her husband’s secrets. Honestly, it was really intriguing for me. I knew some of what he did, but the way Haley spoke about it, I felt like there was way more than we were being kept in the dark about. I was super interested to find out what all of the… Read more »

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Jun 26
{Review} TALK BRITISH TO ME by @RobinBielman @EntangledPub

{Review} TALK BRITISH TO ME by @RobinBielman @EntangledPub

  Talk British to Me is the first book in the Wherever you Go series by author Robin Bielman. I have really enjoyed a lot of Robin’s other books, so I was pretty set on reading this one when it came out. But then I read the summary for it and I was totally hooked. An American man that poses as a British dating guy to stay anonymous for his popular dating talk show. And a young lady who has a huge crush on said british talk show host, but meets the american version in real life and non-dating hijinks ensue. Umm, yes please! Talk British to Me is told in dual narrative between Teague and Mateo. I really liked both of the main characters a lot. We got to know them each really well and I loved the slow burn of their relationship. They are great friends first and foremost, even if Mateo wanted to date her pretty much from day one. Well, maybe date is not the right word…… Read more »

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Jun 22
{Review} Finding You by Jo Watson @Jowatsonwrites @ForeverRomance ‏

{Review} Finding You by Jo Watson @Jowatsonwrites @ForeverRomance ‏

Finding You by Jo Watson is the third book in the Destination Love series. I have not read any of the previous novels in this series, but Finding You was so much fun that now I want to. Each of the novels in the Destination Love series can be read as total standalones. I don’t even think there is any character overlap, which is nice because they are true standalones that way. Finding You is the story of Jane, who goes to Greece in search of her birth father. Jane basically has a name and an occupation, and nothing else to go on. She even picks the part of Greece randomly and sets off. Which is crazy, in my opinion and totally unlike the character of the Jane I got to know. (Which she readily admits is true.) Jane was a hoot and a half. I loved her and all of her quirks! She is a successful dentist and she knows trivia about all sorts of topics, and she can’t… Read more »

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Jun 19
{Review+Giveaway} Why I Loathe Sterling Lane by @IngridEPaulson @EntangledTeen

{Review+Giveaway} Why I Loathe Sterling Lane by @IngridEPaulson @EntangledTeen

Why I Loathe Sterling Lane is a young adult contemporary romance by Ingrid Paulson. Why I Loathe Sterling Lane felt kind of like 10 Things I hate about you, which is a movie that I love. It was a really fun read, and I would love to see more from these characters. Why I Loathe Sterling Lane is a standalone novel, but I really want to see a second book, maybe when Harper and Sterling are in college. That would be a lot of fun. Why I Loathe Sterling Lane is the story of Harper and Sterling. It is told from Harper’s point of view. Harper lives her life by a crazy, and rigid set of rules. Sterling Lane comes blowing into her life and throws all of her rules into chaos. I got a total kick out of Harper and Sterling. They were so similar it was kind of scary. I liked that they recognized that in one another as well. One of my favorite parts of the book was when Sterling… Read more »

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Jun 09
{Review} Dating-Ish by Penny Reid @ReidRomance

{Review} Dating-Ish by Penny Reid @ReidRomance

‘Dating-ish’ can be read as a standalone, is a full length 100k word novel, and is book #6 in the Knitting in the City Series. Dating-ish is a romantic comedy from the fabulous Penny Reid. By now, I think you all know that Penny is one of my all time favorite authors. I absolutely love everything she writes. Seriously, everything. I can count the amount of authors that is true of on my hands, so it is a big deal to me. I have not read all of the Knitting in the City books, which I need to rectify immediately because they are so excellent. I have read a couple of them. Each of the novels works as a standalone, but they are about a group of friends, so reading them all does give you some nice character and couple overlap. Dating-ish follows Marie and Matt. I absolutely loved the two of them. I want another book written from Matt’s point of view, or some deleted scenes or something because… Read more »

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Jun 08
{Review+Giveaway} What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard @alexandraballar @FierceReads

{Review+Giveaway} What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard @alexandraballar @FierceReads

What I Lost is a young adult contemporary by Alexandra Ballard. What I Lost is so unlike anything I have read before in young adult, and that was what I loved most about it. I know that there are other books that take place in a rehabilitation/therapy center, and books that center around the issue of anorexia and eating disorders, but I haven’t really read any. I found the whole thing to be super, super interesting. What I Lost follows our main character, Elizabeth as she checks into the facility and through her treatment, as well as a group of other young women being treated at the same place. I loved the raw look we got at each of the characters. I felt like we got to know not only Elizabeth, but also her roommate and some of the other girls. They are also so different and multifaceted. I just love reading books about well crafted flawed characters. This book hit me right in my feelers. I honestly had no idea… Read more »

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Jun 08
{Review+Giveaway} One Of Us is Lying by Karen McManus @writerkmc @DelacortePress

{Review+Giveaway} One Of Us is Lying by Karen McManus @writerkmc @DelacortePress

One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus is a young adult thriller. It is blurbed as being a mixture of “Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars”, and let’s be honest- that was more than enough to sell me on this book. Seriously, that was all it took for me to be super super excited to read this one. And I have to say, I really loved One of us is Lying! It was a whirlwind ride that kept me on the edge of my seat basically from the first page. One of Us is Lying is a very breakfast club set up. Five teenagers start out in detention, but here is where the pretty little liars comes in because only four of the five teens walk out of detention alive. There was also a gossip girl type element, with the whole secret gossip app, that discussed the latest school gossip. And that was just extra icing on the cake for me. One of Us is Lying is a book that… Read more »

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Jun 07
{Review} Train Wreck by Elise Faber @faberelise

{Review} Train Wreck by Elise Faber @faberelise

Train Wreck is a standalone romantic comedy by Elise Faber. It is also the first standalone novel in the Life Sucks series. I’m not sure if the series is all going to be set in the same town or not. We might get to see totally new couples in each book that are not connected. Either way, I can’t wait for the next book in the series to find out, because Train Wreck was a lot of fun. Train Wreck follow Pepper O’Brien, who life is a total train wreck. She is basically the running joke for her family. I felt kind of bad for her. On one hand, she comes from a big Hollywood family and grew up very privileged, but on the other hand, she just faced one back thing after another. I kept saying to myself, “when is this girl going to catch a break.” Sure, some of the situations were a bit over the top, but in my opinion that just added to the hilarity and… Read more »

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