Tag: contempoary

Aug 09
{Review} Alex, Approximately by @Jenn_Benn ‏ett @SimonTeen @RivetedLit ‏

{Review} Alex, Approximately by @Jenn_Benn ‏ett @SimonTeen @RivetedLit ‏

  Alex, Approximately is a young adult standalone romance by author Jenn Bennett. This book was so stinkin’ cute and amazing, I can’t stand it! In the best way of course. I expected to enjoy Alex, Approximately, but I didn’t expect to fall so completely head over heels in love with it like I did. This is one of my favorite reads of the year! I mean business when I say Alex, Approximately deserves every bit of these five stars. Alex, Approximately is the story of Bailey and  Alex. Bailey, or Mink, and Alex, met online where they instantly bonded over their love of classic movies. Bailey knows that Alex lives in the same town in California as her dad, but she gets gun shy when it comes to telling Alex that she has moved in with her dad. She is nervous about taking her online friendship offline. Bailey is trying to search Alex out with the bits of information she knows about him. At the same time she starts working… Read more »

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Dec 01
{Review} The Boyfriend Whisperer by Linda Budzinski @LindaBudz @SwoonRomance

{Review} The Boyfriend Whisperer by Linda Budzinski @LindaBudz @SwoonRomance

The Boyfriend Whisperer is a young adult contemporary romance by Linda Budzinski. I have never read any of Linda’s previous books, but I will certainly be on the look out for her next one. The Boyfriend Whisperer was a super cute read that was an adorable Cyrano De Bergerac-esque match making romp I loved. I am a big sucker for a cute friends to more story, and I also have a soft spot in my heart for matching romances, so this one was a big win for me! The characters were all age appropriate and well developed, the romance was cute and the overall story was a blast. The Boyfriend Whisperer is one of the better young adult contemporaries I have read this year. The Boyfriend Whisperer is told entirely from Lexi’s point of view. Lexi is a 5 foot 9 inch basketball wizard in her high school. And because of this, she is friends with all of the guys on the basketball team, and she feels like all she… Read more »

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Nov 03
{Mini Review+Interview} We are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen

{Mini Review+Interview} We are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun & Susan Mullen

When and how did you guys decide to work on this book together? What inspired WeAre Still Tornadoes? Michael: Well, I’ve written a couple epistolary novels over the years – The Locklear Letters and Everybody Says Hello. In both of them, the readers only saw one side of the correspondence and had to use their own imaginations to fill in the other side, which I hope was fun for them. I had the idea of writing an epistolary novel where the reader would see both correspondents’ letters, and specifically the idea of having two friends write to each other when one goes off to high school and the other stays home. I wanted one of the friends to be a boy and one to be a girl, but I was worried about the authenticity of the girl’s letters. I’ve read a few novels by male writers where they have tried to write in a woman’s voice, and they didn’t ring true to me. So I just kept that in the back of my… Read more »

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Oct 04
{Release Day Review} GETTING DIRTY WITH THE CEO by Mia Sosa @miasosaromance @ForeverRomance

{Release Day Review} GETTING DIRTY WITH THE CEO by Mia Sosa @miasosaromance @ForeverRomance

Getting Dirty with the CEO is the third book in the adult contemporary romance series, called The Suits Undone series, by author Mia Sosa. This was a fun, quick read. Each of the books works well as a standalone. In fact, I didn’t even know that this book was the third book in the series until I had finished it and was drafting my review post. I had absolutely no issues following the storyline and the character. I am excited, now that I get to read books 1 and 2 because this one was a lot of fun. If you are a fan of some great bickering and resisting, this is going to be a hit with you. Getting Dirty with the CEO is told in dual narrative between the two main characters, Mimi and Daniel. The story starts out at a wedding (which, now that I am thinking about it, was probably the wedding of one of the couples from book 1 or 2.) and Daniel and Mimi have… Read more »

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Sep 08
{Review+Giveaway} FIGHTING TO BE FREE by @KirstyEMoseley @ForeverRomance

{Review+Giveaway} FIGHTING TO BE FREE by @KirstyEMoseley @ForeverRomance

Fighting to be Free is the first book in the Fighting to Be Free series by wattpad author sensation Kirsty Moseley. Fighting to be Free got over 6 million reads on Wattpad, so I just had to read it for myself. I mean, that is a lot of reads! I really enjoyed Fighting to Be Free. I am not totally sure if I will be continuing the series, but I did enjoy the story, and I am curious to see what is going to happen next. The book leaves off at kind of the step before a potentially pivotal part in Jamie and Ellie’s story. I would classify Fighting to be Free as dark contemporary romance. It is certainly new adult in content, but the characters are still young adult age. Both of the main characters start out as 17, so it is a cross over novel, but if you are basing on content, it is in the new adult category for sure. Fighting to be Free is told in… Read more »

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Aug 11
{Review+Giveaway} Playing by Her Rules by @AmyAndrewsbooks @BrazenBooks

{Review+Giveaway} Playing by Her Rules by @AmyAndrewsbooks @BrazenBooks

Playing by Her Rules is the first book in a new contemporary romance series, called the Sydney Smoke Rugby series, by Amy Andrews. I suppose you could call this a second chance at love novel, but it is like an ex novel. I really liked the story line in this one, because surprisingly it is one that I have not seen done much. Matilda is a writer, and she gets assigned to cover one of her ex-boyfriend’s rugby team- sparks fly. And I don’t necessarily mean positive sparks. I loved how feisty Playing by Her Rules was. It was so much fun to read! I have to say, the whole cover makes Tanner seem all kinds of devilish. And at first glance, I can’t say that description is too far off. But make no mistake, Matilda can more than hold her own. She is not letting go of the past, even though Tanner is determined to get her to change her mind. It was a battle of wills between these… Read more »

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Jun 16
{Review+Excerpt+Giveaway} One Lucky Hero by @CodiGary @AvonImpulse

{Review+Excerpt+Giveaway} One Lucky Hero by @CodiGary @AvonImpulse

One Lucky Hero is the first in a new, adult contemporary romance series, called the Men in Uniform series, by Codi Gary. I loved this book! plain and simple. I really loved it. I thought it was an awesome romance full of wit, sass and good times. If you are looking for a feel good romance, this is it. Violet and Dean (and Dilbert the dog!) totally won me over. They each have their own demons, but what I loved about them is that when they are around each other they seem to be so full of life. They can push each others demons away. They felt lighter when they were together, and that just made me smile. Plus I loved their back and forth banter. I have been really into books featuring military men in some way (I think I can blame it on watching American Grit…) and One Lucky Hero has to be one of my favorites. Dean can brood with the best of them. So if that… Read more »

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Feb 19
{Review} A Friendly Flirtation by Christine Warner @ChristinesWords @EntangledPub

{Review} A Friendly Flirtation by Christine Warner @ChristinesWords @EntangledPub

A Friendly Flirtation is the third book in Friends First series by Christine Warner. I had no idea even while I was reading A Friendly Flirtation that it was the third book in a series, so I am can confidently say that each book reads 100% as a standalone. I really enjoyed A Friendly Flirtation; it was well written, had great characters and was a trope that I have really been enjoying lately. In fact, I want to read more best friend’s sister stories. (so leave me recommendations of your favorites in the comments below.) The first two books in the series are about Jared’s brothers. They each do make a guest appearance in the story in one scene, but other than that they don’t really play any type of role. A Friendly Flirtation is told in dual narrative between Alison and Jared, although there were more chapters from Allison’s point of view. I really enjoyed that this story didn’t start off on a completely predictable foot. We start the… Read more »

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Feb 12
{ARC Review+Giveaway} French Kiss For Hire by Assorted Authors

{ARC Review+Giveaway} French Kiss For Hire by Assorted Authors

French Kiss for Hire is a new kind of series. One that I have never seen before, and seems like a very cool idea. Each installment, or serial for this series is written by a different author. But when you put all of the serial installments together it forms a complete story. I have only read the first episode, and they are not divulging yet which author wrote it, so it will be interesting to see if there are big writing style differences between the episodes. I can’t wait to see what the finished product will look like. I am really not sure who the first episode was written by but it was a cute start to a promising series. I really liked how adorably head over heels Luc is for Serena. The jury is still out on her, by the way. I actually like the girl that finds Luc through Serena more than Serena herself. But what I like most is that he seems to be the main character… Read more »

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