May 21, 2020

BOOK REVIEW: The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary


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BOOK SYNOPSIS


Tiffy and Leon share a flat
Tiffy and Leon share a bed
Tiffy and Leon have never met…


Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…
 


THIS BOOK IS ADORABLE!

It's such a feelgood novel and the perfect beach read.


MY SYNOPSIS


When Tiffy's (short for Tiffany) ex-boyfriend moves on to another girl, he understandably encourages her to find a place of her own but her choices are limited. Tiffy earns diddlysquat working for the publisher of a craft magazine, and she owes her ex a bit of back pay on rent. She loves her job and can't bear to quit, but she can't afford her own flat in London either. Luckily, she comes across Leon's advert.

Leon works as a palliative care nurse at a hospice facility and makes enough money to cover the rent on his place. However, he needs extra income to hire a good attorney. His brother has been wrongfully convicted of a crime and desperately needs someone to represent him in appellate court. A second job isn't really feasible for Leon because he mostly works overnight to make more money. After brainstorming various ways to make money, he ultimately decides to procure a flatmate. This seems like the perfect solution because they will occupy the flat at opposite times of the day. (Tiffy also has custody of the flat over the weekend because he already stays with his girlfriend anyway).

"I have a feeling Tiffy becomes 'our girl' easily--she's the sort of person distant relatives and absent neighbors still like to claim some credit for."
   
Leon's new flatmate is friendly, and loquacious, and goofy, and fun. Her bubbly personality, tall stature (six feet!), and funky outfits grab the attention of everyone around her. Leon -- on the other hand -- is kind, and stoic, and likes to keep to himself. He's not a many of many words, he often settles for the status quo to avoid change, and he shies away from anything that might attract attention. In other words... Tiffy and Leon are polar opposites.

But, that's okay! Because they'll never see each other anyway.

Instead, they communicate by leaving Post It notes all over the apartment. The notes are innocuous at first -- and merely involve general house upkeep or other trivial matters -- but become more personal over time. When they realize they've found an ally in this unexpected place, a relationship begins to bloom. 

"Feels so different now that I've met her. Can't believe I wasted all that time--not just those months, but the time before that, the years of dawdling, settling, waiting."

MY TAKE


"There's more emotion here than at an airport arrivals lounge. Love Actually was missing a trick."

Leon and Tiffy are utterly charming, adorable, and unique. In fact, unique is the perfect word to describe this book.

The PLOT is unique.
The characters and their JOBS are unique.
The WRITING FORMAT is unique.

That's what really tips the scales and makes this book a winner in my eyes. It is so very difficult to find books that are unique. Every theme has been done a million times over (especially in romance novels), so it's exciting to read a book with a fresh storyline. 


MY RATING


OVERALL: 4 STARS
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: 5 STARS
STORYLINE: 5 STARS


THE FLATSHARE is a heartwarming and feelgood novel that is well worth the read.    

May 13, 2020

BLOG TOUR: The Hunter by L.J. Shen

THE HUNTER really surprised me.
While Shen's writing is as clever and addictive as ever, it took a while for me to warm up to Hunter. Initially, I was not a fan.

"He was fearless, and a rebel, and a sinner, and a saint. 

A prince who'd never wanted his title.

A pure-hearted rake."


The story begins with Hunter knee deep in debauchery from the jump. And, it's shockingly gross debauchery at that. I'll just say that it involves a sex tape of a very public orgy and keep it at that.


Hunter is completely different from the heros I'm used to seeing from Shen.
He's a manwhore with a potty mouth and can turn anything into a sexual innuendo. He has zero shame and gives zero f*cks.

But... he does have his moments.
He's funny and flirtatious. He's kind and charismatic. He can be completely charming when he wants to be. And, let us not forget that he is f-i-n-e, finnnneeee.

He is Sebastian from Cruel Intentions (minus the stoicism).
He is Chuck Bass from Gossip Girl (but without all the snobbery).   
He is Wade from Hart of Dixie (if you replace the southern accent with one from Boston).
He is John Tucker from John Tucker Must Die (but a hundred times filthier). 


Despite Hunter's arrogance and gross sexual habits at the beginning, he eventually grew on me and I had fun watching his character development. 

The one thing I really love about L.J. Shen is the way that she intertwines her series and connects the lives of her characters.

Boston Belles is about the Fitzpatrick family.
Hunter Fitzpatrick is friends with the guys featured in All Saints High.
All Saints High is centered around the children of the characters from Sinners of Saint.
The cherry on top with THE HUNTER is that Sailor is the daughter of the couple featured in Shen's standalone novel, SPARROW.

There are a few brief cameos of Knight, Vaughn, and Luna, but don't expect to see a lot of them. Vaughn's only appearance is in the very first chapter. Although, Troy and Sparrow have a solid showing and I was happy to get a glimpse of the Brennan family dynamic.

Ultimately...
I love this book because it was written by L.J. Shen. She's one of my favorite authors (she's in my top three, at least), so you'll be hard pressed to hear me utter a negative word about her.

THE HUNTER is an extremely well-written, funny, and delightful read... but there's very little romance and it wasn't my favorite.


MY RATING


OVERALL: 4 STARS
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: 4 STARS
STORYLINE: 4 STARS
STEAM FACTOR: 🔥🔥


May 11, 2020

RELEASE BLITZ: The Hunter by L.J. Shen

"This is L.J. Shen at her wittiest, steamiest, heart-aching best!"
- Kennedy Ryan, Wall Street Journal bestselling author

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The Hunter, an all-new scorching hot contemporary romance from USA Today bestselling author L.J. Shen is AVAILABLE NOW!


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Boston's debauched elite is going up in flames, and it's the Fitzpatrick family that set it on fire.



HUNTER

I didn't mean to star in a sex tape, okay?
It was just one of those unexplainable things. Like Stonehenge, Police Academy 2, and morning glory clouds. 
It just happened.
Now my ball-busting father is sentencing me to six months of celibacy, sobriety, and morbid boredom under the roof of Boston's nerdiest girl alive, Sailor Brennan. 
The virginal archer is supposed to babysit my ass while I learn to take my place in Royal Pipelines, my family's oil company. 
Little does she know, that's not the only pipe I'll be laying...


SAILOR

I didn't want this gig, okay?
But the deal was too sweet to walk away from.
I needed the public endorsement; Hunter needed a nanny.
Besides, what's six months in the grand scheme of things?
It's not like I'm in danger of falling in love with the appallingly gorgeous, charismatic gazillionaire who happens to be one of Boston's most eligible bachelors.
No. I will remain immune to Hunter Fitzpatrick's charm.
Even at the cost of losing everything I have.
Even at the cost of burning down his kingdom.


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Download your copy today or read FREE on Kindle Unlimited!
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About L.J. Shen

L.J. Shen is a USA Today, Washington Post, and Amazon #1 bestselling author of contemporary, new adult, and YA romance. Her books have been sold to twenty different countries.

She lives in California with her husband, son, cat and eccentric fashion choices, and enjoys good wine, bad reality TV shows, and catching sun rays with her lazy cat.

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April 24, 2020

COVER REVEAL: The Hunter by L.J. Shen

Boston's debauched elite is going up in flames, and it's the Fitzpatrick family that set it on fire. 


The Hunter, an all-new dazzling and delicious contemporary romance from USA Today bestselling author L.J. Shen is coming May 11th and I have the stunning cover!



HUNTER


I didn't mean to star in a sex tape, okay? 
It was just one of those unexplainable things.
Like Stonehenge, Police Academy 2, and morning glory clouds. 
It just happened.

Now my ball-busting father is sentencing me to six months of celibacy, sobriety, and morbid boredom under the roof of Boston's nerdiest girl alive, Sailor Brennan.
The virginal archer is supposed to babysit my ass while I learn to take my place in Royal Pipelines, my family's oil company.
Little does she know, that's not the only pipe I'll be laying...

SAILOR


I didn't want this gig, okay?
But the deal was too sweet to walk away from.
I needed the public endorsement; Hunter needed a nanny.
Besides, what's six months in the grand scheme of things?
It's not like I'm in danger of falling in love with the appallingly gorgeous, charismatic gazillionaire who happens to be one of Boston's most eligible bachelors.
No. I will remain immune to Hunter Fitzpatrick's charm.
Even at the cost of losing everything I have.
Even at the cost of burning down his kingdom.


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Be notified FIRST when The Hunter is live >>> http://bit.ly/36MnmAQ


Cover Designer: Lori Jackson
Photographer: Michelle Lancaster
Cover Model: Chase Chase Mattson

About L.J. Shen

L.J. Shen is a USA Today, Washington Post, and Amazon #1 best-selling author of contemporary, New Adult, and YA romance. Her books have been sold in twenty different countries. She lives in California with her husband, son, cat and eccentric fashion choices, and enjoys good wine, bad reality TV shows and catching sun rays with her lazy cat.

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April 6, 2020

BOOK REVIEW: Admission by Julie Buxbaum

ADMISSION is a fictional story about the very real college admissions scandal that sparked outrage and passionate debate across the country. With sensitivity and grace, Julie Buxbaum has woven a tale about the forces that perpetuate elitism and white privilege and the destruction those forces leave in their wake. 




Chloe Berringer is living the good life in sunny, southern California. Well... she was before the FBI showed up on her doorstep with their guns drawn and a warrant for her mother's arrest. 

Before the FBI came knocking on her door, Chloe lived the most uneventful life that ever existed. Nothing bad ever happened to her, and her senior year was quickly becoming the best one yet. Not only was she recently accepted into the college of her dreams, despite her mediocre grade point average and the school's highly competitive acceptance policy, but her lifelong crush has also just invited her to Prom. However, Chloe's life dramatically changes after her mother's arrest. She can't go back to school, her best friend is MIA, and she's forced to ask herself some really tough questions.


MY TAKE


I was truly captivated by Chloe's story. Indeed, I read ADMISSION from start to finish without putting the book down. There are a few minor plot holes that involve secondary characters, but I thoroughly enjoyed the book overall. I also think it's an important and relevant story worth telling.  Ignorance may be bliss, but it can be irresponsible and dangerous too. 

OVERALL STARS: 4 STARS
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: 5 STARS
STORY LINE: 4 STARS

Scheduled Publish Date: December 1, 2020
*A big thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for my honest review.

February 28, 2020

COVER REVEAL: The Pool Boy by Nikki Sloane

From USA Today bestselling author Nikki Sloane comes a sexy, edgy new standalone in the Nashville Neighborhood series.

An all-new standalone erotic romance by Nikki Sloane is coming July 14, 2020!

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Cover Designer: Shady Creek Designs

THE POOL BOY


Nothing says happy birthday like catching your husband in a compromising position with his boss. 

His male boss.

Why, hello, midlife crisis. I'm starting over, but this time I'm doing it right.
Or at least I'm doing what I want.

Taking the day off from work to hang out poolside? Yup.
Do I leave the swimsuit in my house? Sure.

Does my very hot, twenty-something pool boy happen to catch me naked? Oh, yeah, he does.
And he likes what he sees... a lot.

My best friend keeps telling me to have a fling and get back out there.
But I'm not so sure she meant for me to do it with her son.


PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY!





ABOUT NIKKI


USA Today bestselling author Nikki Sloane landed in graphic design after her careers' as a waitress, a screenwriter, and a ballroom dance instructor fell through. For eight years she worked for a design firm in that extremely tall, black, and tiered building in Chicago that went through an unfortunate name change during her time there.

Now she lives in Kentucky, is married and has two sons. She is a three-time Romance Writers of America RITA© Finalist, a Passionate Plume winner, a HOLT Medallion finalist, and couldn't be happier that people enjoy reading her sexy words.


CONNECT WITH NIKKI


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January 24, 2020

BOOK REVIEW: Twisted Twosome by Meghan Quinn


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Racer is a total man's man.

He builds houses.
He works hard for his money.
And he has a hot body to show for it.

(If you've read My Best Friend's Ex, you might remember Racer as Tucker's friend with the Little Debbie snacks obsession.)

While Racer is rough around the edges, Georgiana is the opposite. She's polished and refined like fine china (but delicate she is not). Despite living a life of wealth and privilege, G has dreams of finding her own way by owning her own bridal boutique. Armed with a business degree from Columbia and a solid business plan, the only thing standing in G's way is Daddy Dearest. He has other ideas about the role a woman should play in a "man's world" and is willing to do whatever it takes to thwart her dream.


After Georgiana's father uses his clout in the construction industry to blackball his own daughter, G desperately needs help from Racer to complete the remodel on her storefront. As for Racer, he risks losing the house he built with his deceased father if he refuses G's job offer. The partnership seems like a no-brainer because it's mutually beneficial to both parties. However, a previous encounter that ended in a shouting match left them both with a negative impression of the other. Forced into a volatile situation out of sheer desperation, Racer & Georgiana must learn how to work together without killing each other or, something equally stupid, falling in love.

As always, the shenanigans Quinn dreams up will have you laughing out loud. The crazy pranks Racer and G pull on one another are hilarious, and my heart melted into goo at Racer's sweetness.


"He believes in you, G. Straight-up, that man is a keeper. I know you're guarded, and you have every reason to be. But Racer? Even though you've never looked for or needed a knight in shining armor, that is what he is. Not as a rescuer, but as a believer. In you. He is completely and unashamedly there for and with you." 


My Rating



OVERALL: 4 STARS
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: 4 STARS
STORY LINE: 5 STARS
STEAM FACTOR: 🔥🔥🔥🔥

November 15, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: Violent Triumphs by Jessica Hawkins

Violent Triumphs by Jessica Hawkins

(Book 3 of the White Monarch Series)


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MY REVIEW


Violent Triumphs is an action-packed, evocative, gripping, heart-wrenching, tragic, beautifully written, and highly original piece of work. 

You should all be well-aware of my love for Jessica Hawkins and the White Monarch series by now. I am utterly obsessed and there's never been another book I've been more impatient to read than I was this one. (For the record--it was worth the wait.) 

"Sometimes, if you want to learn to be ruthless, you have to start by ripping out your own heart."

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The White Monarch is an three-part series about the daughter of one of the most powerful cartel kingpins in all of Mexico.You can read my review for the first two books in this series here and here.

"I wouldn't be allowed in Heaven, but I swear on all that's holy--I'd rattle the gates until they let me have you."

The thing I love most about this series is that it's unique. The story hasn't already been done a million times--which makes it interesting, and powerful, and suspenseful, and thrilling. 

Violent Triumphs is about ---
Love and war.
Betrayal and sacrifice.  
Triumph and defeat. 
Death and rebirth.
A metamorphosis. 

It's impossible for me to share more about this story without spoiling it for you. So, you'll just have to trust me when I say this entire series is truly superb and you need to read it...
LIKE NOW.


Learn more >>> author's website

"Bienvenido al inferno.
Welcome to Hell, my friends.
It happens to look and feel quite a lot like heaven." 

FINAL RATING: 5 STARS

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My self-curated White Monarch Playlist
Unfoolish - Ashanti
Poison & Wine - The Civil Wars
Tragic Endings - Eminem (feat. Skylar Grey)
Let Me (Acoustic) - Belle Mt
Electric - Alina Baraz (feat. Khalid)
Hate to Love You - The Revivalists
Never Let Me Go - Florence + the Machine
Sail - AWOLNATION
Live or Die - Noah Cyrus & Lil Xan
Hold On - Chord Overstreet
Judas - Cage the Elephant
I Know Places - Taylor Swift
Wreak Havoc - Skylar Grey
Take Me to Church - Hozier
Ember - Katherine McNamara
Heathens - Twenty One Pilots
Bad Girls - M.I.A.
Santeria - Sublime
Glycerine - Bush
I Have Questions - Camila Cabello


 *An ARC of this book was provided to me by the author. The thoughts and opinions expressed on this blog are solely those of the blog owner (me) and have been written in my own words.


November 12, 2019

RELEASE BLITZ - Violent Triumphs by Jessica Hawkins

THE WAIT IS FINALLY OVER!


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VIOLENT TRIUMPHS

WHITE MONARCH SERIES - Book #3

BY JESSICA HAWKINS


Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 12, 2019


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The highly anticipated conclusion to the “emotional, steamy, and dangerous” USA Today bestselling White Monarch series.

I’ve become a queen to the forsaken, a leader to thieves, and the wife of a man who instills fear in all who cross his path. He was the husband I didn’t want. Now, I can’t fathom life without my king.

I should’ve been ready for anything. Like the caterpillar that feeds on poison during metamorphosis, I was raised in the dangerous world of cartel crime. But nothing could’ve prepared me for Cristiano de la Rosa, his brother’s poison, or the Calavera cartel.

This is still a story about a love strong enough to topple households, unite enemies, and divide brothers. Resilient enough to bring down those who would try to destroy it . . . and selfless enough to make the ultimate sacrifice.

But I was warned, and so were you. Death’s day always comes. This time, it will find what was once a caterpillar is now a butterfly—and hell hath no fury like the White Monarch. 

Violent Triumphs is not a standalone and must be read after Violent Ends and Violent Delights.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR



about the author jessica hawkins

Jessica Hawkins is a USA Today bestselling author known for her "emotionally gripping" and "off-the-charts hot" romance. Dubbed "queen of angst" by both peers and readers for her smart and provocative work, she's garnered a cult-like following of fans who love to be torn apart...and put back together.

She writes romance both at home in New York and around the world, a coffee shop traveler who bounces from café to café with just a laptop, headphones, and coffee cup. She loves to keep in close touch with her readers, mostly via Facebook, Instagram, and her mailing list.