Tag: contemporary

May 18
{Review} Kill All Happies by @RachelCohn @HyperionTeens

{Review} Kill All Happies by @RachelCohn @HyperionTeens

Kill all Happies is a standalone young adult contemporary novel by Rachel Cohn. I know this is going to sound crazy, but this is the first book I have read by Rachel. Kill All Happies is a story of a senior class’ last hurrah. And boy oh boy is it one heck of a night for them. I really enjoyed this crazy over the top story. It was a lot of fun to read. It was certainly not like any graduation party I have seen in real life, but I am sure graduation parties like this have taken place many times. Rachel Cohn has a very snappy and funny writing style. It was one of the things I enjoyed most about the story. The first page of the book had me laughing out loud, which I knew was going to a sign of great things to come. Happies is a local restaurant, that also has an amusement park?! What? How could something that sounds that cool, close down? Victoria, or… Read more »

Divider

May 04
{Review+Giveaway} Groupie by @susanmdaugherty

{Review+Giveaway} Groupie by @susanmdaugherty

Groupie is the first book in the series of the same name by Susan Daugherty. Groupie is a new adult/adult rock star romance. I enjoyed Groupie. I had a few character issues that kept me from falling head over heels in love with it, but I ended up liking the story quite a bit. Groupie is rock star romance between a country music artist and his PT. This is part one in this couple’s story, so it does end things a little unfinished. Overall, Groupie was a good read. Groupie is the story of Lexie and Jack. My main issue with this story was Lexie, I am sorry to say. She irked me. I didn’t totally hate her. I actually really liked most of her genuine interactions with Jack, but she is so judgey. Judgey to the point that it felt like overkill to me. But I suppose you can also say that she is honest with her opinions of people and of groupies. I really liked Jack. I thought he… Read more »

Divider

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 »

Divider

Apr 25
{Release Day Review+Giveaway} Checkmate: This is Effortless by @KennedyFoxBooks

{Release Day Review+Giveaway} Checkmate: This is Effortless by @KennedyFoxBooks

Checkmate: This is Reckless is the fourth book in the Checkmate series and the second book in the duet about drew & Courtney. The checkmate series is by the fantastic writing duo known as Kennedy Fox. No one seems to know the identity of this mysterious author duo, but I am offering a reward of endless cookies if someone can tell me who they are. I promise, I am very good at keeping a secret. 😉 😉 I read, and totally LOVED loved loved  Checkmate: This is War, book one in the series. Books 1 and 2 are Viola and Travis’ story, and books 3 and 4 are Drew and Courtney’s story. You can read either one of the duets first, but they are all so wonderful, you are going to want to read them all! So if you are new to the series, I recommend reading them all in order. But you must read book 3, This is Reckless before you read book 4. This is Effortless is the… Read more »

Divider

Apr 24
{Review} Checkmate: This is Reckless by @KennedyFoxBooks

{Review} Checkmate: This is Reckless by @KennedyFoxBooks

Checkmate: This is Reckless is the third book in the Checkmate series and the first book in the duet about drew & Courtney. The checkmate series is by the fantastic writing duo known as Kennedy Fox. No one seems to know the identity of this mysterious author duo, but I am offering a reward of endless cookies if someone can tell me who they are. I promise, I am very good at keeping a secret. 😉 😉 I read, and totally LOVED loved loved  Checkmate: This is War, book one in the series. Books 1 and 2 are Viola and Travis’ story, and books 3 and 4 are Drew and Courtney’s story. You can read either one of the duets first, but they are all so wonderful, you are going to want to read them all! Checkmate: This is Reckless is the start of Drew and Courtney’s story. If you read the first books, you have already met Drew and Courtney. Drew is Travis’ best friend and Viola’s brother. And… Read more »

Divider

Apr 20
{Review+Giveaway} The Takedown by Corrie Wang @CorrieWangBooks

{Review+Giveaway} The Takedown by Corrie Wang @CorrieWangBooks

The Takedown is the debut novel of author Corrie Wang. The Takedown is a young adult contemporary novel that had kind of a Pretty Little Liars/mean girls vibe to it. I really enjoyed this book. I love that FreeForm now has a line of young adult titles. The books are a lot like their tv shows- fast paced, addictive, dramatic, and totally engaging. The Takedown feels like something that could happen in real life, as scary as that is. The book takes place in the not so distant future and it asks the question, “who would you rely on if your tech turned against you?” And honestly, I have no idea. The idea kind of terrifies me. Either way, I was totally hooked on this book. Once I picked it up, I couldn’t stop reading. The thing that I found the most fascinating about The Takedown was actually the characters. The characters in this book are not your typical characters. At least, they didn’t feel like that to me. Some… Read more »

Divider

Apr 20
{Review+Excerpt} Mixed up by @EmmaHartAuthor

{Review+Excerpt} Mixed up by @EmmaHartAuthor

Mixed Up is a standalone contemporary romance by Emma Hart. I read, and really enjoyed Being Brooke, another one of Emma’s contemporary romances. I thought Being Brooke was hilarious and I was really looking forward to seeing if Mixed Up was as sassy and fun as Being Brooke. Sometimes for me, the true test of an author is to read two or three different standalones or series, and see if I enjoy all of them. If I do, the author beings part of my auto buy or auto interest. And I am very happy to say, that I really enjoyed Mixed Up. Even more than I enjoyed Being Brooke, in fact. Mixed Up is an enemies to more trope, and I loved it. I noticed something very interesting after reading Mixed Up. I think I have a new found thing for books featuring chefs. My last 5 star read was The Opposite of You by Rachel Higginson, and that book was also an enemies to more read featuring two chefs…. Read more »

Divider

Apr 18
{Review} The House Mate by @KendallRyan1

{Review} The House Mate by @KendallRyan1

The House Mate is the third book in the roommates series by Kendall Ryan. The roommates series are each standalone contemporary romances. I loved book one, the Room Mate, and book two, The Play Mate. I liked the third book, but maybe not every bit as much as books 1 and 2. It was a pretty close call though. I’ll explain why, but overall this was still a really good read, and I can see people falling in love with this story the most! The House Mate is the story of Max and Addison. Max is a businessman and bachelor, until his ex from years ago shows up and drops off a baby girl with a note that it is his and she can’t take care of her anymore. Umm, what?? Does that kind of thing happen in real life? Max puts in an ad for a live in Nanny for his newfound baby Dylan (named after Bob Dylan) and he meets Addison. I’m sure you can see where this story is… Read more »

Divider

Apr 17
{Review+Giveaway} Don’t Kiss the Messenger by Katie Ray @TheWeirdists @EntangledTeen

{Review+Giveaway} Don’t Kiss the Messenger by Katie Ray @TheWeirdists @EntangledTeen

Don’t Kiss the Messenger is a the first book in the young adult contemporary series, called Edgelake High School by Katie Ray. Katie Ray is actually a new name for YA author Katie Kacvinsky (who wrote the books- First Comes Love, Second Chance, Finally Forever, Awaken, Middle Ground, and Still Point). I have never read any of Katie’s books, but I have to say I absolutely LOVED Don’t Kiss the Messenger. I can’t wait for the next book in the Edgelake High series. Don’t Kiss the Messenger is a retelling of the classic tale of Cyrano de Bergerac. I can’t even tell you how much I loved this version of the story. Our main character, and this tale’s Cyrano is a young lady named CeCe. Cece was in a very bad car accident and has really significant facial scarring from reconstructive surgeries. CeCe is a school superstar student. She is brilliant but she is also a really excellent student athlete. I loved how well rounded CeCe is. She is a really hard worker… Read more »

Divider

Apr 17
{Review} Kissing in Cars by @SaraNey

{Review} Kissing in Cars by @SaraNey

Kissing in Cars is the first book in the YA contemporary romance series, Kiss & make Up by Sara Ney. Each of the books in the series can be read as a standalone, but the entire series has just gotten a cover makeover and has recently been re-released, so now is the perfect time to binge read them. I love the new covers for the series. Kissing in Cars was great for a quick, cute YA read. It was pretty light. I enjoyed this one, and I will be reading book 2 shortly. Kissing in Cars is told in dual narrative between Molly and Weston. I ended up really liking both of the main characters. I liked Weston right from the start, but it took me a little bit of time to warm up to Molly. But in the end, I liked her more than Weston. Funny how that sometimes works out. At first glance, Molly seems to be stuck up and superficial. She has no problem describing how pretty… Read more »

Divider