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Wednesday, December 6, 2023

ARC Review: The Lovely Return by Carian Cole

The Lovely Return is one of the best books I've read this year. This book was truly unique and different from anything I've ever read before. I always love everything that Carian Cole writes, but this book was very special. From the very first page, I knew that this book was going to be one I'd fall in love with. 

Alex and Penny's story is one that spans years and goes beyond what we know of time. These two are drawn to one another in a way that they cannot fight or explain. Penny is thought to be an odd child, often times having unexplainable dreams and memories that no one can explain. Despite the age difference between them, Alex and Penny continue to grow closer over time, forming a friendship that feels right to both of them. 

I won't ruin the story here, but this one was such a joy to read. The Lovely Return was beautiful from start to finish, filled with words that only Carian could put together in such a heartbreaking and heartwarming manner. This story is not only beautiful, but one that is emotional and captivating. I didn't want to put this one down, anxious for these characters that I was falling in love with throughout this entire story. If you are a fan of romance and don't mind a bit of reimagining what we all think to be true of time and death, this book is an absolute must read. Trust me and go in blind with this one as this book is one that should just be experienced with no spoilers if possible. Carian Cole never disappoints and this book is one I know I'll never forget. 

**ARC Provided by Give Me Books**

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Tuesday, December 5, 2023

ARC Review: Fake-Ish by Winter Renshaw

I loved Dorion so much! Him and Briar were so good together. They had such a strong connection from the very start and their chemistry was off the charts. These two had it all and my heart felt for both of them in the situation they were in. I'm so glad that they were able to figure things out in the end. They were so real and genuine and I'm glad they remained that way at the end. 

Winter Renshaw never disappoints, and this was no exception. She just knocks it out of the park each and every time! I always look forward to her stories and can't wait for what is next! Winter Renshaw is one of my favorite authors and I can't recommend her books enough. Fake-Ish is one of my new faves, this one is a must read!

**ARC Provided by Publisher/Author**

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Sunday, November 19, 2023

ARC Review: Worth the Shots by Heather M. Orgeron

Everything I’ve read from Heather M Orgeron, i’ve really enjoyed and I was excited to read this one. Unfortunately this book didn’t work for me at all, and I probably should have thrown in the towel instead of forcing myself to continue.

I really struggled to connect with either character here and they weren’t particularly likable. Aidan was too much of a manwhore but also came off as far too entitled/spoiled, which didn’t fit with his background at all. Ronnie was too meek and innocent, often turning into a stuttering mess for little to no reason. Everything was just so over the top and I couldn’t relate at all. 

I usually find the humor in Heather’s books to be fun and light, but in this case, it just rubbed me wrong from the start. It felt so forced and disingenuous, and that really distracted me from the story. It also felt like for a country star/band, the actions and happenings just didn’t fit. I don’t know why, but the whole story just didn’t seem real or believable. For me, this was a miss. I have seen a lot of very positive reviews though and would advise readers to read the blurb and a few reviews to see if this might be one that you enjoy.

**ARC Provided by Give Me Books**

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Friday, November 17, 2023

ARC Review: The Rules of Dating My One-Night Stand by Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland

The Rules of Dating My One-Night Stand is the third standalone story in the Laws of Opposites Attract series by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward. Each book features different characters from a group of friends that co-own a building together and I honestly cannot recommend this series enough! Each book is fantastic and the characters are all so easy to love.

This book features Devyn and Owen. I could not get enough of these two! They were perfect for one another and I loved how even though they did things backwards most of the time, it was exactly right for them! They had chemistry right from the start, but seeing their connection grow as they got to know one another was what kept me flipping pages! 

It was also great to see familiar faces have a role here as well. Don’t worry if you haven’t read previous books, it isn’t necessary to understand this book. I do recommend reading them though as they are great reads. You can never go wrong with anything written by Vi and Penelope, but I love this series so much. The Rule of Dating My One-Night Stand has everything I look for in a great story and I think readers are going to love this one as much as I do. The characters are genuine and likable, being so easy to relate to. This one is a must read!

**ARC Provided by Give Me Books**

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Tuesday, November 14, 2023

ARC Review: Does He Know? by Kaylee Ryan


When I read the blurb of Does He Know? by Kaylee Ryan, I couldn’t wait to read it! This book has everything going for it that I love in romance books…brother’s best friend, age-gap and five best friends (her brother and MMC among them) running a tattoo shop together? SIGN ME UP! This book absolutely delivered on everything I hoped it would! It was such a great read, and I didn’t want to put it down!

Emerson and Roman have always had a pull between them, despite the circumstances against them. Not only is there the difference in ages, but Emerson’s brother and Roman’s best friend will never accept them together. But these two can only fight what is between them for so long. Each of them struggle with what it means for them going forward, but once they finally give in, they both know that their futures are forever changed. 

These two were so hot together! They had so much chemistry between them, and you could tell things would explode at some point! But I loved seeing their connection grow and strengthen. These two were so good for one another and I loved their bond. Roman was so sweet with Emerson, and it was so genuine. He felt so much for her and you could just see that he would burn the world down for her. Emerson might have been younger than Rome, but she was so strong and confident. I loved that she knew what she wanted and wasn’t some immature girl waffling on things. Both of these characters were so likable and easy to relate to!

Besides Rome and Em, the rest of the Everlasting Ink family were fantastic! This was such a great cast of characters and I honestly cannot wait for more in this series! Each character had such a distinct and unique personality and I loved them all! Reading this book made me long to be a part of their crew, and I just couldn’t get enough of them. I highly recommend this book and will be anxiously awaiting the next book of the series!

**ARC Provided by Give Me Books**

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