Tag: contemporary romance

Jan 13
{ARC Review} New Year in Manhattan by Louise Bay @LouisesBay

{ARC Review} New Year in Manhattan by Louise Bay @LouisesBay

Please Note: there will be slight spoilers in this review. I tried really hard to not include them but because it is the final book in a trilogy the content depends slightly on events that have happened previously. Nothing shocking, but I still felt the need to warn you. New Year in Manhattan is the final installment in the New Adult Serial Contemporary Romance, the Empire State Trilogy. I am so sad to see this trilogy end, but it was such a perfect ending to Anna and Ethan’s story. Now that is not to say that I wouldn’t be thrilled to see another novella or two with them pop up again. I think there is still a lot of fun these two can have. 😉 But I think Louise Bay did an excellent job or wrapping everything up nicely. The story starts out where the previous installment left off, with Anna and Ethan going back to their own cities and trying to make things work between them. I felt like… Read more »

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Jan 08
{Review+Giveaway} Make it Last by @MeganErickson_ @WmMorrowBks

{Review+Giveaway} Make it Last by @MeganErickson_ @WmMorrowBks

Make it Last is the third book in the Bowler University series by Megan Erickson. Each book can be read as a standalone, but I really enjoyed reading them together. This is a great group of friends, and it helps to read their stories in order. Cam was always kind of the quiet pensive one in the group. He was never too rambunctious, he was never a womanizer. And because of that he faded a little into the background of his louder, more in your face friends. To me, that made him all the more mysterious. I was really excited to get to see his story. I love this series so much, so I was sure that Megan Erickson would make me fall in love with Cam. And she completely did with Make it Last. Make it Last is a second chance love story for Cam and his high school sweetheart, Tate. Tate is new to the series, and her and Cam did not end on good terms at all…. Read more »

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Jan 07
{ARC #Review } With a Twist by Sawyer Bennett @bennettbooks

{ARC #Review } With a Twist by Sawyer Bennett @bennettbooks

With a Twist is the fourth book in the Last Call Series by Sawyer Bennett. Each book can be read as a standalone, but the series follows a group of friends so it is always nice to be able to read them all. I didn’t read the first 2 books in the series, but I started with the 3rd book- Sugar on the Edge and I fell in love with Gavin, so I knew I would have to continue on to see more of their stories. And I think I liked Wyatt’s story, With a Twist, even more! Sawyer Bennett just knows how to write really good contemporary romances. I go into her books confident that I will enjoy the characters and the story.  I know this sounds really strange, but even though the book dealt with some super scummy people and some horrible crimes, the romance between Wyatt and Andrea was a fluffy feel good romance- at least to me. These two seemed so solid when they were together…. Read more »

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Dec 23
{Review+Giveaway} One Song Away by Molli Moran @MissMolliWrites

{Review+Giveaway} One Song Away by Molli Moran @MissMolliWrites

One Song Away is a standalone new adult romance novel that is perfect for people looking for a really sweet friends to lovers/second chance at love type of read. I loved it for all of those reasons. I had a few minor issues with the book, but the overall feel of the story made me happy- which is kind of the whole point. I loved Jake most of all. This guy is a teddy bear if I ever did see one. It was so clear to me from the start that he had real serious feelings for Sophie-Claire. (who I only saw as Claire because that’s what Jake called her.) The book is told entirely from Sophie- Claire’s point of view. I found myself wishing for some Jake POV thrown in, but it was easy enough to figure out what he was thinking and feeling, so it never really detracted from the story. I mostly wanted some of his point of view because I liked him more than I liked… Read more »

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Dec 19
{ARC #Review} Best Man For Hire by @TawnaFenske @LovestruckEP

{ARC #Review} Best Man For Hire by @TawnaFenske @LovestruckEP

Best Man For Hire is the third book in the Front and Center series, but each book is a complete standalone. I still haven’t read the first book, Marine for Hire yet, but I have read the second book, Fiancee for Hire. I loved Mac’s story and I was really glad to see him pop up again throughout the book. I am obsessed with the Patton brothers. I really love that each of the brothers are named after US generals. Even the sister! My history nerd side geeked out a bit over that. And then there is Grant himself. Is he for real?? I mean, seriously, how could he ever possibly be hard on himself? He is so unbelievably good to the core. He is a boyscout personified. It was so easy for me to see that he is a way better person than he gives himself credit for. Both Grant and Anna think that if you have made any mistakes at all in your life, then you are not… Read more »

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Dec 17
{Review+Giveaway} Books, Blogs and Reality by @RyanRingbloom

{Review+Giveaway} Books, Blogs and Reality by @RyanRingbloom

Books, Blogs and Reality follows four romance book bloggers. It was an interesting setup for a book. It was like reading a high school diary or watching a reality show about my contemporaries. Being a book blogger myself, a lot of the stuff were things and situations that I could directly relate with, but there were also parts of the book that made me want that kind of friendship with fellow bloggers. The four ladies became friends through their similar reading tastes. They commented on the same reviews and started up discussions, which led to a group chat. And they get online and talk to each other every night, about everything. I want that. I have always been a little jealous of the bloggers that make insta friends with other bloggers and become so close and talk all the time. So while I was reading Books, Blogs and Reality, it was really easy to imagine that these were a group of four real bloggers just chatting about books and their… Read more »

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Dec 13
{Review+Giveaway} Tess in Boots by Courtney Rice Gager @CourtneyRGager

{Review+Giveaway} Tess in Boots by Courtney Rice Gager @CourtneyRGager

Tess in Boots is a clean new adult contemporary romance. It is a starting over story, where the main character needs to get away from her current life. Tess lost her job right before she was supposed to get a big promotion and her boyfriend was being all “dud-like”.  Not wanting to move forward or do much of anything after being together seven years. So when her brother calls her up out of the blue and tells her he needs her help with a vineyard in North Carolina, she figures it will be a bit of a much needed vacation for her. What it ended up being was a fresh start. I love these kinds of books. Where the main character does something completely different with their life. Those are the books that are completely about them finding themselves, or reinventing themselves into the versions they wanted to be in the first place. Tess in Boots was a really cute read. It has a nice romance in it, even if… Read more »

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Dec 10
{Review+Giveaway} Taken by Storm by Tamara Mataya @FeakySnucker @SwoonRomance

{Review+Giveaway} Taken by Storm by Tamara Mataya @FeakySnucker @SwoonRomance

Taken by Storm is a standalone new adult book by Tamara Mataya. I have read another two of Tamara’s books, The Best Laid Plans and Just Breathe and I loved both of them. They were hot and steamy and really well developed and everything that I look for in my romance books. I liked Taken by Storm as well, but I didn’t love it as much as I loved the other books. It didn’t feel as full as they did. That may sound weird, but once I was done, I sat back and thought about what it was that made me feel like this one left me wanting a bit more compared to her other two books. The romance was great. I really liked the characters and the natural disaster element was one that I have not encountered in a lot of books. I came away with the realization that I just wanted more book. It wasn’t long enough for me. Now it may be possible  that I am holding… Read more »

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Dec 03
{Review+Giveaway} Life in the No Dating Zone by @PatriciaBTighe @swoonromance

{Review+Giveaway} Life in the No Dating Zone by @PatriciaBTighe @swoonromance

Life in the No Dating Zone was like a comedy of errors. It was a matchmaking mishap game, a little like the play that they describe in the book- cyrano de bergerac. I thought it was a really cute take on the you start out liking one person and end up with someone else. (i’m sure there is a name for that romance trope, but I don’t know what it is.) I really liked the main guy Gray. The main character, Claire, grated on my nerves a bit, but we eventually worked things out.  Life in the No Dating Zone is told in dual narrative between Claire and Gray. Gray really liked Claire’s popular friend Lindsey since forever, and he turns to Claire for help. Which Claire is more than happy to do because she doesn’t date (because of a pact) and she feels left out by her friends that each have boyfriends. She wants to break Lindsey and her current beau up. This was my problem with Claire. She… Read more »

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Dec 03
{Excerpt+Giveaway} The Shape of My Heart by @MsAnnAguirre @InkSlingerPR

{Excerpt+Giveaway} The Shape of My Heart by @MsAnnAguirre @InkSlingerPR

If you are new to this awesome series, then you need to start reading it! What are you waiting for? My review of Shape of My Heart is coming soon, but if you haven’t yet, you can check out my review of the first two books before reading this sweet excerpt from the third book below. My review of I want it That Way My review of As Long As You Love Me He didn’t speak until I was strapping on the helmet. “It’s weird how nervous I am. I was going for original but I hope I didn’t cross into cheesy.” “I love cheese,” I told him. “That makes me feel marginally better.” Max got on the bike and I climbed on behind him, wrapping my arms around his waist. The motorcycle zoomed off, warm wind rushing against my skin. At first I wasn’t sure where we were going, but then I started recognizing landmarks. Each turn brought us closer to the private place Max had shared with me… Read more »

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