Tag: contemporary romance

Jun 13
{Review} Schooled by Piper Lawson @piperjlawson @BookBaby

{Review} Schooled by Piper Lawson @piperjlawson @BookBaby

Schooled is the first book in a new adult contemporary romance series called Travesty. Travesty is the name of a fashion brand created by two college best friends. The first book in the series is Lex, or Alexis’, story. And the second book is Ava’s story. I am not sure how many books there are going to be, or if after these first two is subsequent books will continue to follow new couples or will shift back to Lex and Ava. That is my preference, but I have a feeling the series will also follow some of their other friends like Jane. Either way, the book was told entirely from Lex’s point of view. I do wish that we had a smattering of chapters from Dylan because I love dual narrative in new adult contemporary romance, but it worked out ok with just Lex. I had a love hate relationship with Lex. I really liked her, but then sometimes she would just be so bull headed that I wanted to… Read more »

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Jun 06
{Review} All the Right Places by Jenna Sutton @jsuttonauthor @BerkleyRomance

{Review} All the Right Places by Jenna Sutton @jsuttonauthor @BerkleyRomance

All the Right Places is the first book in a new contemporary romance series, called Riley O’Brien & Co. I loved this book. I don’t want to call it a book slump, but I have been reading a lot of 3 star books lately. Books that are fine and good reads and all that, but I just didn’t love them. All the Right Places was the first book that I have read in a week or two that made me feel the tingles of excitement while reading. And not just because the romance was great- which it was!, but because the overall story was great. The Riley O’Brien & Co. series is one that I will definitely be continuing! The romance between Amelia and Quinn is so rockin’. It is one of instant attraction and lots of slow and torturous unresolved sexual tension. It was just so much fun watching Jenna Sutton draw out the URST scenes between these two. And the story is told in their alternating points of… Read more »

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Jun 04
{Review} The Fill-in Boyfriend by @KasieWest @HarperTeen

{Review} The Fill-in Boyfriend by @KasieWest @HarperTeen

The Fill-in Boyfriend is Kasie West’s latest young adult contemporary romance. I loved her last book, On the Fence, so I was super excited to read The Fill-in Boyfriend. And I thought it was really cute. It dealt with some deeper friendship and self identity issues that were unexpected for me. I really liked the growth that Gia went through. She was a real winner in my book. That paired with the cute romance, made the Fill-in Boyfriend a hit for me. I ran into a couple of bumps with her friends, but I think they were intentionally pretty awful. Gia is a popular girl in her senior year. She is going to UCLA in the fall with  scholarship and a best friend as her roommate. Life seems pretty sweet, right? Well the book opens with Gia getting dumped in the parking lot before prom. So maybe not so sweet. But luckily for Gia, she meets Hayden- her fill-in boyfriend. I thought it was super cute how he wouldn’t tell… Read more »

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Jun 03
{Review} Two of Hearts by @Christina_Lee04 @SignetEclipse

{Review} Two of Hearts by @Christina_Lee04 @SignetEclipse

Two of Hearts is a standalone new adult romance by Christina Lee. I have read, and totally loved, a handful of books in Christina Lee’s new adult Between Breaths series. This book had a different vibe to it. It works great as a standalone as well. I really enjoyed this second chance romance between Shane and Dakota, and I loved the insight it gave me into the Native American and reservation culture. That is not a culture that I have explored much before, and it was cool to see it incorporated in this new adult contemporary. Dakota’s father ran a successful casino in her community, so when he died the casino fell to her and her mother. The problem is that her mother is 100% dutch and Dakota is 50% dutch. Some members of the Native American community saw this as a betrayal of sorts and had an issue with “an outsider” running such a profitable community business. I thought this was an interesting point of drama and strife in… Read more »

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May 27
{ARC Review+Giveaway} Nowhere but Here by @katiemcgarry @HarlequinTeen @InkSlingerPR

{ARC Review+Giveaway} Nowhere but Here by @katiemcgarry @HarlequinTeen @InkSlingerPR

Nowhere But Here is the first book in a new young adult contemporary series by Katie McGarry, called Thunder Road. 2015 is the year where I finally start to read some new- but-insanely-popular-YA-authors. Because guess what? I haven’t read a Katie McGarry book yet. Craziness! I know. But when I saw that she had a new series coming out, I thought this was the perfect time for me to jump on the bandwagon and experience what all the ya romance hype is about. And I get it, people. I really do. I have never been one for motorcycle books. I know it is a huge trope out there, but I could never really get into it. Until now. I absolutely loved the family and brother ship that Katie McGarry painted with the Reign of Terror. Trust me, their name is way meaner than they actually are. Nowhere But Here is told in dual narrative between Emily and Oz. Oz is the son of one of the big ups in the… Read more »

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May 25
{Review} The Last One by Tawdra Kandle @tawdra

{Review} The Last One by Tawdra Kandle @tawdra

  The Last One by Tawdra Kandle is the first book in a contemporary romance series, called the One Series. It is told in dual narrative between Sam and Meghan, and I absolutely loved it. It is technically adult contemporary romance but I think it will appeal to fans of new adult and adult romances alike. The Last One allowed me to totally tune out the world. I could not put this book down, for anything or anyone. I was so engrossed with their story. I loved the dynamic between the two of them. They started out on the total wrong foot and became bicker buddies for a long time after that. Sam had the wrong first impression of Meghan, but I loved the happenstance that brought them into each others lives for longer than their first meeting. Let me back up and explain. Meghan is a junior in college that has been having a rough time with some family stuff. So her and her best friend go out one… Read more »

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May 22
{Review+Giveaway} Center Ice by Cate Cameron @CCameron_author @crushcraveep

{Review+Giveaway} Center Ice by Cate Cameron @CCameron_author @crushcraveep

Center Ice is the first book in the Corrigan Falls Raiders series, a new young adult (possibly new adult in future books) contemporary romance series about a Major-minor league hockey team. It is told in dual narrative between Tyler and Karen. I really enjoyed that because I have been reading more paranormal books lately and I have to say I have missed my dual narrative contemporary romances. And I didn’t even realize that I missed them until I started reading Center Ice. One of the great things about Center Ice…other than the Hockey players…is that the characters are so completely read. You are going to see the good, the bad and the ugly from Karen and even Tyler. They are both great, but Karen especially found herself in a less than desirable situation, and she is a 16 year old girl. So she sometimes had a tendency to let her snarky and bratty side show. Not that I really blamed her though. I think having to go live with the… Read more »

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May 19
{Review+Giveaway} Elements of Chemistry: Capture by Penny Reid @reidromance @indiesagepromo

{Review+Giveaway} Elements of Chemistry: Capture by Penny Reid @reidromance @indiesagepromo

Capture by Penny Reid Hypothesis #3 Publication Date: May 16, 2015 Genres: Contemporary, Humor, New Adult, Romance One week. Manhattan apartment. Super-hot ex-boyfriend. …What’s the worst that could happen? It’s been nine months since Kaitlyn Parker has seen or heard from Martin Sandeke—nine months and five stages of matter. She’s lived through the worst of first-love heartbreak, and is most certainly stronger (and less likely to hide in science cabinets) than ever before. But now Martin is back. And he wants to be friends. But he’s sending mixed signals to the Bunsen burner in Kaitlyn’s pants. Will Martin re-capture Kaitlyn’s heart? Can Kaitlyn and Martin ever be just friends? Or, despite an abundance of chemistry, are some bonds just too unstable to endure?   By now it is no secret that I am absolutely IN LOVE with Penny Reid and this series. It is just wonderful. I think all fans of new adult and romantic comedies should read it. But instead of a normal review I am just going to… Read more »

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May 13
{Review} Imperfections by Shaniel Watson

{Review} Imperfections by Shaniel Watson

I knew when got this book for review that there would be some drama because one sister has been in love with a guy her whole life and when she comes home she finds out he is with her sister. But that is ok because I can stand for some tasteful fell in love with the wrong guy romance. But the summary didn’t even begin to describe the level of messed up stuff this book gets into. Holy cow, Imperfections is so drama filled. And this is coming from me- a self professed Reality TV show junkie. I love me some drama. And I was really liking Imperfections, but the further I read, the more messed up it got and then I started to not feel ok with what the characters were doing. But I still really liked Cat and Nick and I really liked them together, so I tried to put them in their own little romance bubble and ignore all the crazy stuff going on with the family… Read more »

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May 12
{Release Day Review+Giveaway} Fair Game by Monica Murphy @MsMonicaMurphy

{Release Day Review+Giveaway} Fair Game by Monica Murphy @MsMonicaMurphy

Fair Game is the first book in a new, new adult contemporary romance series from Monica Murphy. It’s called the Rules Series and it is off to a very strong start. I thought one thing from reading the summary of the book, and thought it had potential to be interesting and funny. And it was all of those things, but in a different way than I was expecting. Shep “wins” Jade in a poker game in one of the first scenes of the book, so I thought she was going to be stuck running errands and completing tasks for him, but what actually happened was so much better. Jade is too spunky to let anyone win her, and I loved that! She took the book in a whole new direction, and it was great. Shep comes from old money. So much old money that no one for generations has to work in his family if they don’t want to. That kind of money can be a great thing, or it… Read more »

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