Tag: ARC review

May 07
{ARC Review} The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang @HHoangWrites @BerkleyRomance

{ARC Review} The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang @HHoangWrites @BerkleyRomance

  The Kiss Quotient  is the first book in a new series by the same name by author Helen Hoang. The Kiss Quotient is a romantic comedy about two characters that will make you fall head over heels in love with them. The Kiss Quotient was like a breath of fresh air for me. I absolutely adored getting to know Stella and Michael, and I am beyond happy that this is going to be a series. Helen Hoang is an author that I need to keep my eye on, because this book was easily one of my favorite reads of 2018 in the contemporary romance category. It was just so cute and romantic! Stella is a numbers gal. She is super analytical, and she also happens to be on the spectrum, so when she has a problem in the love department, she turns to the one thing she feels comfortable with…math and numbers. She thinks she can quantify love and come up with a formula for a winning relationship. I loved Stella… Read more »

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Jan 22
{ARC Review} Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare @gwendoclare @FierceReads @ImprintReads

{ARC Review} Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare @gwendoclare @FierceReads @ImprintReads

Ink, Iron, and Glass is the first book in a new duology by the same name from debut novelist Gwendolyn Clare. Ink, Iron, and Glass is a steampunk fantasy duology about a world where a type of science called scriptology exists. Scriptology is a science magic hybrid where the “scientist” can actually create a new world by scripting or writing it into existence. This concept gripped me right from the start. How awesome and complex it would be. And I was immediately intrigued to see how Gwendolyn Clare would handle such a big idea. And I have to say, she handled it really well. I loved that she didn’t water the idea of writing a world into existence. She embraced how complicated and complex it would be. You have to make it livable world. If you create a world that does not support air, then everyone in that world would die. Same with gravity, warmth, food. Creating a world was not just about writing flowery descriptions of the rolling hills and… Read more »

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Jul 24
{ARC Review} Need You by Stacy Finz @sfinz @KensingtonBooks ‏

{ARC Review} Need You by Stacy Finz @sfinz @KensingtonBooks ‏

Need You by Stacy Finz is the first book in the Garner Brothers series. The Garner Brothers series will be a series of interconnected standalone romances, set in a small mountain town on the west coast. I enjoyed Need You by Stacy Finz. I thought it was an enjoyable story and I loved getting to know the people in the town. I think this is a series I will look forward to continuing. In the end, this book didn’t blow me away, but it was a good read. Here is what I liked about Need You: I loved the small town setting. I thought the town sounded beautiful. I loved that it was surrounded by mountains and lakes. And I really love that in a small town book you really get to know a wide group of secondary characters. Especially when the series is going to be set up to be a group of interconnected standalones. Now all of the secondary characters can really come to life throughout the books…. Read more »

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May 01
{ARC Review} Sex in the Sticks by Sawyer Bennett @BennettBooks

{ARC Review} Sex in the Sticks by Sawyer Bennett @BennettBooks

Sex in the Sticks is the first book in a new series from Sawyer Bennett. If you didn’t know by now, I absolutely love Mrs. Bennett’s books. They are always well written, with excellent characters and they are always satisfying reads with an awesome romance. When I am in the mood for a go to contemporary romance author, Sawyer Bennett is pretty high up my list on authors I turn to. Sex in the Sticks is the first book in the Love Hurts series. I loved this book. I loved the Alaskan setting. I want to see more small town romances set in Alaska. Sex in the Sticks is the story of Val and Logan. Val is more than a little self centered, and was maybe a little conceited for my tastes, but I liked that she was who she was. She didn’t put on airs around anyone. She was just herself. Take her or leave her. Ultimately, I liked her. I liked her even more once Logan was in… Read more »

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Nov 04
{Review+Giveaway} Illusion by @MartinaABoone @simonteen @rivetedlit

{Review+Giveaway} Illusion by @MartinaABoone @simonteen @rivetedlit

Ahh, I can’t believe the Heirs of Watson Island Trilogy is done. I loved Illusion, it might be my favorite book out of all of them, and this was one heck of an ending. The hard part about this trilogy is that with each of the books it is getting harder and harder to write spoiler free reviews. Martina Boone has created such a detail rich world that is so woven is layers and layers of secrets and mysteries that it is almost impossible to say something about book 3 without giving something away. Needless to say, you need to read this series in order. So if you have not read Compulsion or Persuasion yet, stop reading this review right now and go start reading this series. You will love it! I can see this trilogy, appealing to so many different kinds of readers. It will appeal to fans of romance, mystery, as well as fans of creepy/dark books. It is labeled as a southern gothic. I can’t say that… Read more »

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Oct 24
{Release Day Review} #Hades by Elda Lore @lbdunbarwrites

{Release Day Review} #Hades by Elda Lore @lbdunbarwrites

Hades is the first book in the new adult paranormal romance series, called the Modern Descendants, by author Elda Lore. Elda Lore is the alter ego of author L.B. Dunbar, and she writes mythology based romances. Which happen to be a personal favorite of mine. I really enjoyed Hades, and I can’t wait to see what Elda Lore has in store for us next. I love all greek and roman mythology, but if I had to pick one story as my favorite, especially if we are talking about a story that can be turned into a romance, Hades and Persephone take the cake for me, hands down. I just love everything that comes along with their story. I love the underworld, I love the dynamics between the two of them, and I love that there are a million different characterizations each of the characters can take. Hades does a great job at both staying true to the legends but making everything feel modern and fresh, with a big twist. What… Read more »

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Sep 13
{Review+Series Giveaway} Fan the Flames by @KatieRuggle @SourcebooksCasa

{Review+Series Giveaway} Fan the Flames by @KatieRuggle @SourcebooksCasa

Note: This is the second book in a series that must be read in order. This review might contain spoilers from book one. If you are new to the series, please check out my review of Hold Your Breath for more information. Fan the Flames is the second book in the adult romance series, called Search and Rescue, by Katie Ruggle. Oooeee, do I love this series. I had so much love for the first book, Hold your Breath. I loved the concept of a series centered around various responder units (Hold your Breath is about a search and rescue dive team, and Fan the Flames is about the firefights in the town), and I love that throughout the series there is an over-arching plot line mystery to solve. Fan the Flames is told in dual narrative between Ian and Rory. We got a little sneak peak of Ian in the first book. You will remember him as the firefighter, but in Fan the Flames we also learn that Ian… Read more »

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Aug 17
{ARC Review} Looking for Trouble by @StaceyMosteller @SwoonRomance

{ARC Review} Looking for Trouble by @StaceyMosteller @SwoonRomance

Looking for Trouble is the first in a new adult contemporary romance series, called Nashville U, by Stacey Mosteller. This is the first book I have had the pleasure of reading by author Stacey Mosteller. I really enjoyed Looking for Trouble. it is what I would consider a classic new adult tale of falling for the wrong brother, but with a twist. Stacey kind of takes the idea and spins it on its’ head, making it feel fresh. I really enjoyed it. even though I knew which brother was going to be the love interest, I expected the book to take a few different twists and turns, and I was pleasantly surprised when they didn’t happen. Looking for Trouble is told in dual narrative between Kat and Clay. Kat has had a crush on her best friend, Max for as long as she can remember. Max just happens to be Clay’s brother- who is a huge pain in Kat’s side. You know where this is going. Except…maybe you don’t. I… Read more »

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Jun 06
{ARC Review+Giveaway} The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone @CLLFirestone @littlebrown

{ARC Review+Giveaway} The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone @CLLFirestone @littlebrown

The Loose Ends List is a young adult standalone contemporary by Carrie Firestone. This one was both a tough read for me, and also held a special place in my heart because it deals with death and dying. I enjoyed The Loose Ends List. I thought it was a nice look at how death and dying affects us all differently, and it was a really nice family story. I liked the characters. I think overall it will appeal to fans of younger YA as well as YA. In The Loose Ends List the main characters grandmother is diagnosed with late stage pancreatic cancer, and she decides to surprise her family not only with that news, but also that she has decided to take them all on a worldwide cruise to see her off. This is no ordinary cruise. No, no on the Wishwell cruise line, it caters specifically to terminal individuals that would like a death-with-dignity option. Meaning that at some point during the cruise, they are going to choose… Read more »

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Jun 04
{ARC Review} Working It by @LeahMarieBrown @lyricalpress @KensingtonBooks

{ARC Review} Working It by @LeahMarieBrown @lyricalpress @KensingtonBooks

Working It is the third book in the It Girl series by by Leah Marie Brown. The It Girl Series are all adult romantic comedies, and each one can be read as a standalone. Working It is the first book that I have had the opportunity to read, but now that I have seen Vivia so much from this book, I am dying to read her story. She seems awesome! I enjoyed how witty and fun Working It was. It was the perfect mix of humor, chick lit, friendship and romance. Fanny is a very posh, and some might say a bit of a B, lady who loses her job at a top fashion house and finds herself a little lost. She ends up at a non-profit in the middle of Alaska teaching a class. Working It is really a journey of self discovery for Fanny. I loved that she has such great friends. The friendships in this book made me smile almost as much as the romance did. I… Read more »

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