Book Review: Million Dollar Devil by Katy Evans

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Title: Million Dollar Devil
Author: Katy Evans
Publication: May 28th 2019
Synopsis:

Big-city sophistication meets carnal hunger in this devilish contemporary romance from New York Times and USA Todaybestselling author Katy Evans.

Heir apparent to her father’s company, Lizzy Banks needs a man. The perfect man. But when the rich “fundbabies” she usually rubs shoulders with prove impossible to hire, she takes a chance on a raw beast of a man salvaged from the wreckage of a bar brawl.

James Rowan earns a modest income as a YouTube daredevil, but he can’t refuse Lizzy’s million dollar deal. As she polishes his rough edges, creating a sophisticated gentleman fit for the highest circles of society, not only does she bring out the perfect man—it’s like she’s making the man of her dreams. How can she resist?

Though Lizzy loves seeing James in his clothes—and out of them—he isn’t the kind of man you bring home to Daddy. Her father’s disapproval and the pressure of the campaign have her eyeing the straight and narrow, but Lizzy’s finding it awfully hard to resist the devil on her shoulder…

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MY RATING: 3/5 Stars

I received a copy from Thomas Allen & Sons in exchange for a honest review.

I’m not sure but I think this is my first Katy Evans novel and while I enjoyed the majority of the book, it’s always disappointing when you know it could have been wrapped up faster than the execution. For example, our heroine, Lizzy needs a model fast for her father’s billionaire dollar suit business so when she spots the hottest man alive, she goes in for the kill. James, a man who does stupid stunts on Youtube for chump change, doesn’t know what he’s in for when Lizzy drags him out of a bar fight and into her apartment. They both had too much too drink so they knock out, wake up, and they fight their mutual attraction for each other. But wait. Wasn’t I just talking about how Lizzy was going to propose the idea that James should be her model? Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about.

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Book Review: Happy Messy Scary Love by Leah Konen

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Title: Happy, Messy Scary Love
Author: Leah Konen
Publication: May 14th 2019
Synopsis:

As everyone at her Brooklyn high school announces their summer adventures, Olivia harbors a dirty secret: Her plan is to binge-watch horror movies and chat with her online friend, Elm. Olivia and Elm have never shared personal details, apart from their ages and the fact that Elm’s aunt is a low-budget horror filmmaker. Then Elm pushes Olivia to share her identity and sends her a selfie of his own. Olivia is shocked by how cute he is! In a moment of panic, assuming she and Elm will never meet in real life, she sends a photo of her gorgeous friend Katie. But things are about to get even more complicated when Olivia’s parents send her to the Catskills, and she runs into the one person she never thought she would see. This sweet and funny summertime romance is perfect for fans of Love and Gelato and The Unexpected Everything.

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My Rating: 2/5

I received a copy from Raincoast Books in exchange for a honest review.

To be honest, I’m quite over ‘catfishing’ plot line because it’s morally wrong and I can’t get over that. I just think characters are too despicable once they commit that wrong of lying to people about their appearances and their identities.

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Book Review: Going Off Script by Jen Wilde

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Title: Going Off Script
Author: Jen Wilde
Publication: May 21st 2019
Synopsis:

A TV writer’s room intern must join forces with her crush to keep her boss from ruining a lesbian character in this diverse contemporary YA romance from the author of Queens of Geek.

Seventeen-year-old Bex is thrilled when she gets an internship on her favorite tv show, Silver Falls. Unfortunately, the internship isn’t quite what she expected… instead of sitting in a crowded writer’s room volleying ideas back and forth, Production Interns are stuck picking up the coffee.

Determined to prove her worth as a writer, Bex drafts her own script and shares it with the head writer―who promptly reworks it and passes it off as his own! Bex is understandably furious, yet…maybe this is just how the industry works? But when they rewrite her proudly lesbian character as straight, that’s the last straw! It’s time for Bex and her crush to fight back.

Jen Wilde’s newest novel is both a fun, diverse love story and a very relevant, modern take on the portrayal of LGBT characters in media.

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My Rating: 3.5/5 stars

I received a copy from Raincoast books in exchange for a honest review.

GUYS! Everyone was super jealous of me when I received this ARC and I have to be honest. I didn’t get the hype. But the only reason is because I never read a Jen Wilde book before but her Queens of Geeks book that BLEW UP on instagram last year. Now that I read a book from Jen, I get it. I get why people love her books because her writing is so easy to sink your teeth into. I flew by this book because the pacing was so fast in an ‘this is okay’ way and not a ‘whoa, too fast’ way.

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Book Review: Just My Luck by Jennifer Honeybourn

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Title: Just My Luck
Author: Jennifer Honeybourn
Publication: July 16th 2019
Synopsis:

Marty has terrible luck and she knows exactly why. While working as a housekeeper at the ritzy Grand Palms hotel in Maui, Marty made it a habit to steal small items from the guests. What better way to stick it to the rich snobs they have to clean up after? Marty knows how to turn her luck around — she just has to return all of the items she stole.

When Marty meets Will, a new guest who is staying for the summer, she does the one thing she always promised herself she’d never do — fall for an out-of-towner. But Will’s special, different from the other guests at the hotel. Maybe Marty’s luck is finally turning around.

After a string of misunderstandings and accidents threaten Will and Marty’s relationship, Marty has to find a way to fix her luck for good — or say goodbye to Will forever.

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MY RATING: 4.5/5 stars

I received an ARC from Raincoast Books in exchange for a honest review.

My gosh, guys. This book is short,simple, and sweet. I was so happy to read this book during my vacation because it felt like a perfect compliment to the sunny days off. It takes place in Hawaii first of all, so you’re not going wrong with picking this book up for a summer read. And it has this really pure and fluffy romance blossoming between a rich boy who is the sweetest thing ever and a girl who washes toilets in the hotel he’s currently staying in.

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Book Review: The Takeover Effect by Nisha Sharma

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Title: The Takeover Effect
Author: Nisha Sharma
Publication: April 2nd 2019
Synopsis:

Hemdeep Singh knows exactly what he wants. With his intelligence and determination, he has what it takes to build his own legacy away from Bharat, Inc. and the empire his father created. But when his brother calls him home, Hem puts his dreams on hold once again to help save the company he walked away from. That’s when he encounters the devastating Mina Kohli in the Bharat boardroom, and he realizes he’s in for more than he had bargained.

Mina will do whatever it takes to regain control of her mother’s law firm, even if it means agreeing to an arranged marriage. Her newest case assignment is to assist Bharat in the midst of a potential takeover. It could be the key to finally achieving her goal while preventing her marriage to a man she doesn’t love—as long as her explosive attraction to Hem doesn’t get in the way.

As Mina and Hem work to save Bharat, they not only uncover secrets that could threaten the existence of the company, but they also learn that in a winner-takes-all game, love always comes out on top.

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My Rating: 2.5/5 stars

I jumped at the chance when Nisha Sharma came into my email and asked if I wanted to review her first adult romance novel. I read one of Nisha’s books before (My So-Called Bollywood Life) and enjoyed it enough to trust that Nisha can write a decent book. And The Takeover Effect hit the mark, met all my standards of a good romance, but it ultimately fizzled/sizzled for me. I was waiting for the heat, the intrigue, the build-up but it was an overall average book to me.

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Book Review: The Chai Factor by Farah Hero

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Title: The Chai Factor
Author: Farah Heron
Publication: June 11th 2019
Synopsis:

Thirty-year-old engineer Amira Khan has set one rule for herself: no dating until her grad-school thesis is done. Nothing can distract her from completing a paper that is so good her boss will give her the promotion she deserves when she returns to work in the city. Amira leaves campus early, planning to work in the quiet basement apartment of her family’s house. But she arrives home to find that her grandmother has rented the basement to . . . a barbershop quartet. Seriously? The living situation is awkward: Amira needs silence; the quartet needs to rehearse for a competition; and Duncan, the small-town baritone with the flannel shirts, is driving her up the wall.

As Amira and Duncan clash, she is surprised to feel a simmering attraction for him. How can she be interested in someone who doesn’t get her, or her family’s culture? This is not a complication she needs when her future is at stake. But when intolerance rears its ugly head and people who are close to Amira get hurt, she learns that there is more to Duncan than meets the eye. Now she must decide what she is willing to fight for. In the end, it may be that this small-town singer is the only person who sees her at all.

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MY RATING: 3/5 STARS

I received a copy from Harper Collins Canada in exchange for a honest review.

Oh boy, I read this after Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Devi so it’s hard to live up to it. I mean, they’re two completely different books. The Chai Factor follows Amira who is finishing up her super impressive Masters degree in engineering. She’s already a bad-ass for being a female of visible minority and working a male-dominated industry. I appreciate Amira and all that she stands for including raising her voice over ongoing prejudice and racism to people of her culture. Amira isn’t afraid to educate the ignorant people of clear race issues happening in society today which is fantastic but…

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Book Review: Meet Cute by Helena Hunting

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Title: Meet Cute
Author: Helena Hunting
Publication: April 9th 2019
Synopsis:

Talk about an embarrassing introduction. On her first day of law school, Kailyn ran – quite literally – into the actor she crushed on as a teenager, ending with him sprawled on top of her. Mortified to discover the Daxton Hughes was also a student in her class, her embarrassment over their meet-cute quickly turned into a friendship she never expected. Of course, she never saw his betrayal coming either…

Now, eight years later, Dax is in her office asking for legal advice. Despite her anger, Kailyn can’t help feeling sorry for the devastated man who just became sole guardian to his thirteen-year-old sister. But when her boss gets wind of Kailyn’s new celebrity client, there’s even more at stake than Dax’s custody issues: if she gets Dax to work at their firm, she’ll be promoted to partner.

The more time Kailyn spends with Dax and his sister, the more she starts to feel like a family, and the more she realizes the chemistry they had all those years ago is as fresh as ever. But will they be able to forgive the mistakes of the past, or will one betrayal lead to another?

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My rating: 3/5 stars

I received an ARC from Forever Romance in exchange for a honest review.
This is my first Helena Hunting novel and while I tried to really get myself into the novel, I found myself pulling back. A lot. I think a lot of other reviewers have an issue with this one because the cover is very misleading. It appears to be a light book with fluffy emotions but instead, tragedy happens (a bit dramatic for shock factor), and it deals with an emotional preteen and an older brother who has to deal with the loss of their parents.

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Book Review: Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev

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Title: Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors
Author: Sonali Dev
Publication: May 7th 2019
Synopsis:

Award-winning author Sonali Dev launches a new series about the Rajes, an immigrant Indian family descended from royalty, who have built their lives in San Francisco…

It is a truth universally acknowledged that only in an overachieving Indian American family can a genius daughter be considered a black sheep.

Dr. Trisha Raje is San Francisco’s most acclaimed neurosurgeon. But that’s not enough for the Rajes, her influential immigrant family who’s achieved power by making its own non-negotiable rules:

·       Never trust an outsider

·       Never do anything to jeopardize your brother’s political aspirations

·       And never, ever, defy your family

Trisha is guilty of breaking all three rules. But now she has a chance to redeem herself. So long as she doesn’t repeat old mistakes.

Up-and-coming chef DJ Caine has known people like Trisha before, people who judge him by his rough beginnings and place pedigree above character. He needs the lucrative job the Rajes offer, but he values his pride too much to indulge Trisha’s arrogance. And then he discovers that she’s the only surgeon who can save his sister’s life.

As the two clash, their assumptions crumble like the spun sugar on one of DJ’s stunning desserts. But before a future can be savored there’s a past to be reckoned with…

A family trying to build home in a new land.

A man who has never felt at home anywhere.

And a choice to be made between the two.

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MY RATING: 5/5 STARS

I received a copy from Harper Collins Canada in exchange for a honest review.

BUT GUYS this might be my favourite read of 2019 so far. Okay, not my most favourite book of 2019 but Top 10 and it’s pretty high up on the list. If you’re a fan of retellings, then you need to read this one because instead of it being completely by the book, this is a fresh twist on Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I’m not educated enough to tell you point by point differences but Sonali Dev played around with the characters from both the Bennet and Darcy family.

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Book Review: Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey

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Title: Waiting for Tom Hanks
Author: Kerry Winfrey
Publication: June 11th 2019
Synopsis:

Can a romcom-obssessed romantic finally experience the meet-cute she always dreamed of or will reality never compare to fiction, in this charming debut adult novel from Kerry Winfrey.

Annie is twenty-seven years old, single, and obsessed with romantic comedies (she and her mother watched them religiously, before her mom died). Her dating life is limited by the expectations she’s formed from these movies. She is not as open to new experiences as she might be, because she’s waiting for her Tom Hanks–i.e., a guy she’ll find in the perfect, meet-cute romantic comedy way. When Annie does finally meet her perfect match, it’s not quite in the way she expected, and she’s forced to reckon with the walls she’s built around herself over the years.

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MY RATING: 4/5 STARS

I received an arc from Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for a honest review.

I wanted to give a fair warning to those who are interested in this novel to not really take this one seriously. What I mean by this is that there are two ways to interpret this one and if you interpret one way or the other, your rating can range from a 2 to a solid 4. My interpretation is that this book is loosely based on the formula of a romantic comedy. Therefore, we see themes of prejudice, miscommunication, and a female lead who isn’t so confident in herself so there’s a lot of self-doubt which can be annoying.

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Book Review: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

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Title: The Bride Test
Author: Helen Hoang
Publication: May 7th 2019
Synopsis:

Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.

As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.

With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.

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MY RATING: 4/5 STARS

I received an ARC from Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for a honest review.

You guys! If you’re new, I’m a fan of Helen Hoang ever since the coveted The Kiss Quotient released last year. I sound so annoying because literally everyone is a fan of Helen’s writing especially since she’s a writer of own voices and all the jazz. And like her dirty scenes are always so steamy that I need to not read it in public. I’m so happy for Helen’s success this past year with her debut so when I had the opportunity to read The Bride Test, I was ready to go.

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