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Friday, September 4, 2020

ARC Review: The Anti-Boyfriend by Penelope Ward

Penelope Ward is one of my favorite authors, and I am always anxiously awaiting her next book. I was super excited when I first heard about The Anti-Boyfriend as it sounded so good, and it was worth the wait. I really enjoyed reading it and it was one I didn’t want to put down. 

Deacon and Carys were great for one another. I loved their friendship and easy bond that was there from the beginning and seeing how it deepened the more time they spent together. These two had so many things in common that helped them to relate to one another in a way no one else could. The tension and chemistry between them was so strong and I couldn’t help but love seeing them try to fight it knowing that it would explode at some point. 

I also really loved seeing how Sunny fit in with them, and it was so sweet how Deacon cared for her. What kept this one being a five star read for me, was something that I think was just a personal issue. I don’t want to reveal anything and spoil it for other readers. But I just wish that things had gone differently in regards to some outside characters once Deacon and Carys admitted they had feelings for one another. Still a great read that I definitely recommend though, and I can’t wait to see what Penelope writes next!

**ARC Provided by Give Me Books**

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

ARC Review: If I Could by B. Celeste

I love B. Celeste’s books and I could wait to read If I Could after first hearing about it. This is a standalone M/M story featuring two great characters that you might be familiar with if you have read some of her previous books. While it was nice going in knowing these characters a bit, you don’t need to have read either of the books these characters were in before in order to enjoy this story!

Ren and Reece were great! I was hooked from the first page and couldn’t get enough of them. Each of them had vulnerabilities that made them the men they were and without everything they had been through, they might not have been as perfect for one another as they were. But I loved seeing those sides to them, and also how each of them made the other better and loved the other because of everything that they had overcome. They had a great connection right from the start, genuine and undeniable. Their chemistry was off the charts and I couldn’t get enough of them. 

I really enjoyed this story. It was one of those books that just pulls you in and is easy to get lost in. I read it in pretty much one sitting because I didn’t want to put it down. While it does deal with some heavier subjects, it felt light and effortless to me. If you are a M/M reader, I highly recommend this story. I think contemporary fans will really enjoy this one and I know whatever B. Celeste writes next I’ll be reading!

**ARC Provided by Author**

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

ARC Review: The Jezebel by Dylan Allen

I have loved the Rivers Wilde series so far, and that continued here with The Jezebel. Each book is a standalone story, but I love the way they connect and you get to see different sides if you read them all. Though it isn’t necessary to enjoy The Jezebel, I highly recommend reading the previous books if you haven’t already. 

I loved Regan and Stone. Each was both strong and unique, yet had vulnerabilities and fears that made them relatable. I felt for both of them, and yet because of who they each were I knew that they’d find a way through it all. Their chemistry and connection were there from the start, but as is often the way, life had other plans for them. Their journey wasn’t easy, but everything that happened led to who they became and it was impossible to imagine them being any different than they were. I couldn’t get enough of them and honestly felt like they were made for one another. 

The main thing that kept this one from being a five star for me was something personal, and that is that while necessary to tell this story there were several jumps in time. I personally struggle with that in books, with it oftentimes distracting me from the story and becoming cumbersome to try and follow. While I got this story spanned a large stretch of time, I found myself being drawn out of the story at times because of the jumps and that kept me from being as captivated as I might have been. I still loved the story and the characters though, and it was great to see familiar faces again. I highly recommend this book and the entire series and I cannot wait for more from Dylan Allen in the future.

**ARC Provided by Social Butterfly PR**

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Friday, July 17, 2020

ARC Review: Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

I was excited to read this book, often times seeing it compared to Red, White, and Royal Blue (which I really enjoyed and definitely recommend!) Unfortunately, Boyfriend Material just didn't live up to that at all and I have to say that this one wasn't what I had been expecting or hoping for at all. 

Everyone in this story was immature and silly at times, and honestly none of them acted their ages. It drove me nuts most of the time, there were times that I found things funny though. This one was just so over the top at times though that I struggled. That coupled with the fact that the main characters were unlikable for good portions of this book just didn't work for me. I really wanted to love them and see them get on the right track, but it was just setback after setback. I also wasn't totally feeling the romance. They had chemistry and a connection, but they also doubted each other as often as they doubted themselves. While I don't need a book to be super steamy, we saw them be affectionate but everything else was closed door and I really would have liked to see them getting to know one another better both in and out of the bedroom. 

By the time I reached the ending, I was just hoping that we would get a satisfying ending and I felt this one was rushed. I have heard that Alexis Hall has great books, but this was my first read and I'm not sure if i'd give any others a shot or not. I have seen a lot of really positive reviews for this one though, so it might be for you if you like OTT rom-coms and don't mind some immaturity. 

 **ARC Provided by Publisher**

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

ARC Review: The Rivals by Vi Keeland

Vi Keeland is an auto-buy author for me. I honestly don’t even read her blurbs anymore, I just know that I am going to read whatever has her name on it! I went into The Rivals only knowing the name and honestly I really enjoyed this one! The characters were great and I read this in pretty much one sitting. 

I will admit that I was a bit slow to warm up to Weston here, but a lot of that was because at first glance he just seemed to be arrogant without much to redeem him. That quickly changed though as we got to know more of him and I couldn’t help but fall hard once I saw all his vulnerabilities and what made him who he was. I really felt for him, and Sophia was exactly what he needed. I loved seeing her be exactly who she was. She was strong and resilient and had been through a lot as well. These two had so much chemistry right from the start, and sparks seemed to fly whenever they were around one another. But seeing them really get to know one another and turn that into more was what had me unable to put this one down. 

Overall, this was another great read from Vi and I think readers will love it! If you love enemies to lovers romance, this one is not to be missed! Vi Keeland is a talented writer that always delivers, and I cannot recommend her books enough!

**ARC Provided by Give Me Books**

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