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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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Sunday, July 12, 2020

ARC Review: Color Me Pretty by B. Celeste

I have read a few books by B. Celeste now and I love her forbidden stories! Color Me Pretty was another great read from her, and I knew I had to read it when I found out it was a daddy's best friend book. While I did really enjoy it, this one won't be for everyone. I think if you are open to a beautiful story and connection though, this one is worth the read. 

Theo and Della were great! They had such a strong connection and it was so clear that they were made for one another. Their connection and relationship morphed over several years and grew as they did. They were genuine and vulnerable, and I loved getting to know each of them. 

What kept this one from being a five star read for me were just a few small personal things. I felt like I would have liked a bit more about Theo and Della as this one was a lot about Della and all she had been through. While I liked seeing some of it, it was a lot of personal growth and I felt the romance suffered a bit for how focused on her it was. I also felt like for how much this was supposed to be forbidden and how it was brought up so many times, that things were resolved easily and it just felt like a lot of build up for something that was just basically accepted. I was expecting a bit more fallout. I still really enjoyed the book, and these things might not even matter to someone else but for me it was the difference between a 4 and 5 star read. I can't wait to see what B. Celeste writes in the future though. I really hope she continues to give us these great forbidden stories! 

 **ARC Provided by Give Me Books**

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Feature: A Royal Second Chance Summer by Viv Royce

Prince Nicolas is looking for a priceless royal heirloom. Trying to stay under the radar, he keeps that he’s a prince secret—especially from the cute antiques dealer he asks to help him. The longer it takes, the more time they get to spend together, though no matter how attracted he is to Lizzie, love is certainly not an option for the heir to the crown of Belfort.

Lizzie Cates fled her family’s new-found fame and fortune because life in the spotlight wasn’t for her. She loves her small town, where the most exciting thing on the schedule is the car parade for the Fourth of July. That’s just how she likes it, until Nicolas comes along. Lizzie finds herself falling for the caring man who craves the country and small-town life as much as she does.

Except Nicolas has a secret that will shatter both their dreams...

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Monday, June 1, 2020

ARC Review: Queen Move by Kennedy Ryan

I love Kennedy Ryan! She is an amazing human and her books are fantastic. Each new book of hers I go in with such high expectations because of all she has written but telling myself that it’s okay if it isn’t as good as her previous ones, and yet she always delivers something beyond my expectations. Queen Move proved this yet again, and I honestly think her talent just continues to grow. 

My favorite thing about Kennedy Ryan’s books is her ability to create unique and relevant characters that are so realistic, while also delivering a powerful story full of subjects that are meaningful. I love that her books make you think and want to constantly be a better person while growing as a reader and as a human. Ezra and Kimba definitely fit this, and I just loved them so much! Their story was one that had me from page one, and I loved getting to know them and what made each of them who they were. Their journey wasn’t easy, but it was exactly what it should have been. 

Overall, this was another amazing book from Kennedy and I cannot recommend it enough. My all time favorite Kennedy Ryan man is Grip, but Ezra gave him a run for his money for sure! He was just the kind of hero that makes me keep reading romance. Kimba was fantastic as well, and I loved her even more than I did after reading the All the King’s Men duet. If you haven’t read those books, I highly recommend them! They are so good, and that is where you get to meet Kimba. I can’t wait to see what Kennedy Ryan writes next, I know it will be another must read just like this and all her other books!

**ARC Provided by Social Butterfly PR**

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

ARC Review: The Hunter by LJ Shen

I love LJ Shen’s books so much, and I definitely couldn’t wait to get my hands on Hunter’s book after seeing him in the All Saints High series books. This book is a standalone, so you don’t need to have read anything before starting here, though I highly recommend reading Shen’s ASH series because it is fantastic! 

Hunter and Sailor had me from the very first page! They are both so different, and yet you could tell that they were exactly what the other needed! Sailor was so goal oriented and I loved that she was driven, yet still had time for her friends. She also had so much sass and knew how to put Hunter in his place! Hunter was the fun loving playboy that didn’t seem to take life too seriously, yet he also had this vulnerable side that drew me in and had me falling for him so hard! These two had sparks right away, and I loved seeing them as they got to know one another better and really open themselves up. 

This was such a great book, I didn’t want to put it down for anything! I loved seeing familiar faces while getting to know new ones too! Shen always creates such fun and sexy books that pack so much depth and feeling in them as well. She has become one of my favorite authors, and she has yet to disappoint. It seems like each book just gets better and her talent continues to grow. The Hunter is definitely one of my favorite books from her, and the perfect start to her new Boston Belles series. I can’t wait for more and think that this is a must read for fans of Shen as well as anyone who hasn’t read anything from her yet. It won’t let you down!

**ARC Provided by Social Butterfly PR**

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Friday, May 1, 2020

ARC Review: My Favorite Souvenir by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland

Penelope and Vi are two of my favorite authors and they did it again with My Favorite Souvenir! I couldn’t put this one down. I loved it so much!! The characters and the story captivated me from the very first page and I read it in one sitting. This book was everything I have come to know and expect from these two and I can’t recommend it enough! 

Hazel and Matteo were perfect for one another and so much fun to read about! Their adventure was exactly what they both needed, and I loved seeing them get to know each other and themselves along the way. Each of them had been through a lot, but it wasn’t until they met each other that they really began to live. The chemistry was hot and the connection strong, these two are everything I look for in a great read. 

I honestly loved this book so much and couldn’t get enough of Hazel and Matteo. The way they met and how things transpired was just such a fun and unique read. This is one I won’t forget any time soon, and I already am looking forward to a reread. If you are looking for a read that will capture your attention and have you laughing and swooning the whole way through, My Favorite Souvenir is a must read! Can’t wait for more from these two!

**ARC Provided by Authors**

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Feature and Giveaway: One-of-a-Kind Bride by Charlene Sands

It's a promise she plans to keep at all costs.

Taylor Preston never breaks a promise, especially to her dying mother about following her dreams to become a successful New York bridal gown designer. But when Taylor unexpectedly loses her high-profile job, she returns early to Last Stand, Texas where she happily spent childhood summers, to help with her cousin’s wedding. On Taylor’s first day back, the boy she left behind twelve years ago comes to her rescue and her sleeping heart inconveniently reawakens.

All during their youth, Ryan “Coop” Cooper played Taylor’s “promise game,” and they never once broke a promise to each other, but that was years ago, and Coop, now an established contractor, isn’t the same person. Building a wedding gift she-shed brings Coop closer to Taylor. They recall their promises – silly and solemn – and realize the spark could easily once again flame.

But Taylor’s life is in New York, and Coop, a single father, won’t risk his heart or his daughter’s again…

Thursday, March 19, 2020

ARC Review: Take Two by Heather M. Orgeron

I was really excited to read Take Two by Heather M. Orgeron when I first read the blurb. I love second chance romances, especially ones with couples who have been divorced and find their way back to one another. This one was cute and I enjoyed it, but I didn’t love it. 

Nya and Liam were great together and it was clear that love wasn’t ever the problem. I especially loved how supportive and generous Liam was. He was such a great father and husband. I hated that because of one poor decision he made when he was young, Nya did what she did. Especially because Nya was short sighted and immature about how she handled a lot. She was very reactive and hard to connect to for me. I kept waiting for her to figure things out and realize how great Liam really was and thankfully she did. 

I think readers will enjoy this one like I did, but I have to say that Nya was ultimately what kept me from loving this book. I still think it was worth reading, but I just wish that we had been given a heroine I felt really deserved Liam because he was one of a kind and such a great character! Liam is what heroes are made of and I couldn’t get enough of him!

**ARC Provided by Give Me Books**

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Monday, February 24, 2020

ARC Review: Just One Year by Penelope Ward

I am a huge fan of Penelope Ward. I love her books and her characters and read anything with her name on it. So I couldn’t wait for her newest standalone Just One Year. I enjoyed this book, but at the same time it wasn’t my favorite of hers. For some reason, it felt different than what I have come to know and expect from her. 

While I liked the characters, I didn’t love them or connect with them as much as I would have liked. Their story was good, but it wasn’t one that had me staying up late to finish it and it was easy for me to put down and come back to later. 

I think for me, something was missing here and I’m not really able to put my finger on it or say what it was but i’m sure it was me personally rather than the story itself. There were times that the dialogue felt a bit on the cheesy side and there wasn’t as much angst or urgency like I normally feel in her books. While this one might not have been all that I had hoped for, it was still a good read and I think readers will enjoy it. Penelope Ward is still one of my favorite authors and I am looking forward to her next solo book as well as her co-authored book. You can’t go wrong with any of her books, so I recommend giving this one a shot.

**ARC Provided by Author**

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