Thursday, April 6, 2023

ARC Review: The Rules of Dating My Best Friend's Sister by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward


I couldn’t wait to get Holden’s story after reading The Rules of Dating by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward. You do not need to read The Rules of Dating to understand this story, but I do think that you get a great experience and some background on the characters if you do read it before reading The Rules of Dating My Best Friend’s Sister. This one was really enjoyable, and I already can’t wait to get more of these guys!

Holden and Lala had known each other for so long as Holden was best friends with Lala’s brother Ryan. They had a connection that went beyond that though and it was there from the start. These two had a ton of chemistry between them, but I loved that it was so much deeper than that. At first glance, these two didn’t have a lot in common. Holden was a musician that had a past full of girls, while Lala was smart and more focused on her future and career and had only been with a few guys. But even though it didn’t appear to make much sense, these two complimented each other so well and I loved seeing them circle one another. 

The one thing that kept this book from being a five star read for me though was Lala. I struggled a bit with her at times. She made a lot of judgments about Holden that I wasn’t quite sure where they came from if she truly knew him. Luckily, things didn’t drag though and these two were able to communicate in a way that I liked. The one thing I absolutely love about these books besides the couples is the fact that the friend group is so strong. They would do literally anything for one another and I just love them all. I can’t wait for the next book, and I recommend reading both this and Colby’s book before as they are great stories! Holden and Lala’s book was enjoyable and a great addition to this world. Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward are some of my favorite authors, and you can’t go wrong with anything they write!

**ARC Provided by Give Me Books**

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ARC Review: The Summer We Fell by Elizabeth O'Roard


The Summer We Fell is the first book I’ve read by Elizabeth O’Roark, but it definitely won’t be the last! This one was so good and I couldn’t put it down. I read it basically in one sitting because I just didn’t want to leave these characters. I had to know how things would turn out and I couldn’t have loved them more.

Luke and Juliet always had something between them. It was obvious from their first meeting, but things between them were far from easy. Juliet being with Luke’s best friend forced them to be around each other, but it grew into so much more the more they were around each other. There was so much that happened that shaped each of them into who they were, and I loved seeing how each of them grew and changed over the course of this book. Their pull was undeniable, and I found myself feeling all the emotions while I read their story. 

This book was one of the best books I’ve read this year, and I can honestly say I just felt so connected to Luke and Juliet. This one had my heart breaking at times, but the journey was absolutely worth it. I was so invested right from the start and I can’t recommend this one enough. Looking forward to reading more from Elizabeth O’Roark in the future!

**ARC Provided by Valentine PR**

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ARC Review: If This Is Love by Jewel E Ann


If This Is Love by Jewel E Ann had me hooked from page one, and I could not put this book down! This book was so heartbreaking yet beautiful and I can’t recall a time recently that I was as emotional while reading as I was here. This book is definitely one of hte best I’ve read this year, and I just know that it will be on my mind for the foreseeable future. 

Indie and Milo’s story is not an easy read by any means, and it felt at times that my heart was literally breaking alongside theirs. But the one thing I knew was that if anyone was meant for someone else, that was absolutely the case for these two. I loved their connection and chemistry, and every moment they shared. I couldn’t get enough of their burnt grilled cheese sandwiches with figs, and their pond races. I just kept hoping that through it all, their love would find a way. 

Both of these characters had so much in their pasts that they had to overcome and I just felt so much for both of them. I won’t give anything away, but these two were made for one another. Jewel E Ann had me hooked the whole way through, and I definitely shed some tears along the way. This one was a journey, and I am so glad I was able to go on it with Milo and Indie. I can’t recommend this one enough. Milo and Indie are everything and I know this is one book I’ll never forget.

**ARC Provided by Valentine PR**

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