Tag: 4.5/5 gavels

Nov 17
{Review+Giveaway} Licked by Brooke Blaine @brookeblaine1

{Review+Giveaway} Licked by Brooke Blaine @brookeblaine1

Licked is the first book in the romantic comedy series, the L.A. Liaisons series by Brooke Blaine. I freakin’ loved this series. Licked is one of those books that had me laughing out loud the whole time. It blew all of my expectations out of the water. Before we go any further, and I am sure that you can tell this from the summary, but Licked does have a bit of a love triangle. BUT WAIT! Before you immediately say pass, let me explain. It is a love triangle, but it is so not a typical one. I can say with confidence that while the love triangle, that is so not the point or the beauty of Licked. The main character, Ryleigh picks between the guys rather quickly, and Licked is their story. Ryleigh is the owner of an ice creamery and booziery. Yes you heard that right- ice cream and a bar! what a concept. And I loved that her concept was just as eclectic as she was. She… Read more »

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Sep 14
{Review+Giveaway} Frost by E. Latimer @ELatimerWrites @Patchwork_Press

{Review+Giveaway} Frost by E. Latimer @ELatimerWrites @Patchwork_Press

Frost is a young adult norse mythology book, which kicks off a new series by E. Latimer. (I believe the series will be the same name as the title but I haven’t found confirmation of that yet.) You all know how much I love mythology books, and frost is a great take on the Norse tales. I absolutely loved that author E. Latimer took a unique spin on the frost giants, and made them the rulers of the realm. Frost offers wonderfully imaginative writing, solid friendships, great characters, and a refreshing take with a main heroine that has her head and her intuition completely on point. This may sound a bit strange but one of the things that I appreciated most about Frost was that both the frost and fire sides seemed to realize that they were asking a lot for a normal 17 year old girl to believe- not only that she was part frost giant, but also that their side was the side to be trusted. Loki and… Read more »

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Sep 02
{Mini Review+Giveaway} INDECISION by Elisabeth Grace @1elisabethgrace

{Mini Review+Giveaway} INDECISION by Elisabeth Grace @1elisabethgrace

Oh Elisabeth Grace how I love you and your books! Let me count the ways. Actually that is kind of what I am going to do. This is going to be a mini review because I have read and COMPLETELY LOVED so many of Elisabeth’s new adult and adult romances that I am afraid I will get too gushy here. So I am just going to quickly run down the reasons why you need Jamie McTavish and this book in your life. ASAP. First, I’m going to let this graphic speak for itself: Done! Jamie McTavish is hot and swoon worthy and I would like a moment or two alone with him. Seriously, that alone is enough of a reason to make me want to read Indecision. (Not to be confused by the similarly titled and similarly covered series, Indiscretion series.) Second, Elisabeth writes not only great romance but she writes great characters, and great plots. Great everything. Period. Her books are so engaging, and well written, you will not… Read more »

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Aug 11
{ARC Review+Giveaway} Playing the Player by Lisa Brown Roberts @LBrownRoberts @EntangledTeen

{ARC Review+Giveaway} Playing the Player by Lisa Brown Roberts @LBrownRoberts @EntangledTeen

Playing the Player is a young adult contemporary romance that totally made me smile. I think it is safe to say that I am a huge fan of new adult contemporary romances, but young adult contemporaries are tougher for me to fall in love with. I feel like they have realistic and age appropriate for them to be well done, and for some reason I think that is harder in the young adult arena. I think Lisa Brown Roberts did a fantastic job keeping these high schoolers true to themselves and true to actual high school students in Playing the Player. That does not mean that they were perfect. Not by a long shot, but they were just like so many high schoolers that I knew growing up. Playing the Player takes an age old concept- the good girl reforming the player, and breathes new life into it. It is not that Lisa Brown Roberts did something totally different with the cliche, but she executed the story so so well…. Read more »

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Aug 03
{Review+Giveaway} Truth or Beard by Penny Reid @ReidRomance

{Review+Giveaway} Truth or Beard by Penny Reid @ReidRomance

As soon as I read Beauty and the Mustache by Penny Reid, and I was introduced to the 6 Winston Brothers, I was hooked. I knew that I wanted to read their stories. And of course Penny answered. Penny Reid is incredible at listening to her fans and giving them exactly what they want. I love that about her. And what I love even more is her writing. No one writes romance like Penny Reid. Her books are always witty, gripping and so, so, much fun to read. Truth or Beard is the first book in the Winston Brothers series. It features Duane, one of the two twins. I could not get enough of Duane and Jessica. I loved their back and forth bickering, almost as much as they seemed to love it. I really really want to see more of them, because as much as I absolutely loved this story, it didn’t seem finished to me. I felt like the last 1/4th of the book was more focused on… Read more »

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Jul 31
{Review+Giveaway} Confessions of a Queen B* by @Crista_McHugh

{Review+Giveaway} Confessions of a Queen B* by @Crista_McHugh

Confessions of a Queen B* is the first book in the young adult Queen B* series by Crista McHugh. I loved this book so much!I found it to be a breath of fresh air. The mean girl cliche has seemed overdone and tired to me lately, but Crista McHugh breathes new life and heart into this story of self professed Queen B* blogger, Alexis. Her blog is like a mixture of gossip girl and Harriet the Spy. And what I loved was that each chapter started off with a mini excerpt from her blog, the Eastline Spy. (Eastline is the high school name by the way.) While the blog and Alexis’ status as Queen B* of the high school is a central theme of the story, it almost felt secondary to the wonderful friendship that was forming between Lexie (as he calls her) and Brent. Brent is uber popular, and is paired up with Lexie for a very high tech baby project. Together they are responsible for raising a baby…. Read more »

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Jul 17
{Review+Giveaway} Dark Embrace by @AngieSandro @ForeverRomance

{Review+Giveaway} Dark Embrace by @AngieSandro @ForeverRomance

Dark Embrace is actually the 4th book in the Dark Paradise series by Angie Sandro. I actually had no idea because the cover looks totally different than the previous three covers (which I like a lot better than this one) and the first three books features a character named Mala. All of them featured Mala to my knowledge and Dark Embrace features her cousin Dena. I have not read the first three books in this series, and I was fine reading this one. There were a few moments where I wish I had a little more back story, but Dark Embrace can stand on its’ own. It felt more like a companion series rather than a continuation to the Dark Paradise series. But either way, I absolutely loved Dark Embrace! Dena is a great character. She is stubborn as a mule, but she is caring, compassionate and determined. And I appreciated how skeptical and distrustful she was of people. because holy cow, everyone in this book should not be trusted…. Read more »

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Jul 16
{Release Day Review+Giveaway} Lust by @alyssaroseivy @InkSlingerPR

{Release Day Review+Giveaway} Lust by @alyssaroseivy @InkSlingerPR

Lust is the second novel in the Allure Chronicles, a new adult paranormal romance series. Lust picks up right after Lure left off, with Daisy and Owen having just found each other and the bomb of what Daisy having allure essence in her really means. It was one doozy of an ending, but then again the end of Lust was also pretty gut wrenching. Alyssa why do you do this to me?? Ugh I just love her books so much. And the Allure Chronicles has to be one of my favorite series of hers. I love all of the characters, not only just Daisy and Owen, but Violet and Roland have special places in my heart as well. I was kind of hoping that we would see more of Roland in this book. Not because I dislike Owen. I really love him, I am just also intrigued by Owen and his connection with Daisy. Luckily, I have a feeling that I will be seeing a lot more of him in… Read more »

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Jul 14
{Review} The Dreamer by @EJ_Mellow

{Review} The Dreamer by @EJ_Mellow

The Dreamer is the first book in a new, New Adult fantasy series, called the Dreamland Series. I loved this book. I found it to be well written, fresh, engaging and really creative. I loved the world within a world that Author E.J. Mellow created. The book starts out by Molly getting struck by lightening and ending up in the hospital. I thought it was funny that the doctor made an offhand comment that she might experience some weird dreams, which then sets off the whole rest of the story. Because Molly does experience some weird dreams. Dreams that have her questioning what is real and what isn’t. Molly gets transported to the same, very strange looking world in each of her dreams. A world where she is a special person called a dreamer, and that she might just play a pivotal role in their society and survival. I don’t want to tell you much more than that because I loved the way E.J. Mellow painted the picture. She did… Read more »

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Jul 10
{Review+Giveaway} #ForeverForAYear by @CrazyGottfred @HenryHolt

{Review+Giveaway} #ForeverForAYear by @CrazyGottfred @HenryHolt

There needs to be more books like Forever For a Year. This book is so good, that I am sure my review will not do it justice. It is a story of first love, and the realization that even if we really want it to, that it may not last forever. I heart the heck out of this book. It made me feel every range of emotion, and I had to put it down multiple times just because I didn’t want to finish it. I wanted to savor Forever for a Year. Forever For a Year is told in dual perspective between Trevor and Carolina. It starts off right at the tender age of 14, where everything changes because they are starting high school. But Trevor and Carolina each approach the new school year with their own set of baggage and their own unique perspective to things and to life. I love Trevor and Carolina. My very favorite part of the book was their oh so unique voices. The writing… Read more »

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