Book Review: Ain’t She A Peach? by Molly Harper

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Title: Ain’t She a Peach?
Author: Molly Harper
Publication: June 12th 2018
Pages: 304
Synopsis:

An Atlanta ex-cop comes to sleepy Lake Sackett, Georgia, seeking peace and quiet—but he hasn’t bargained on falling for Frankie, the cutest coroner he’s ever met.

Frankie McCready talks to dead people. Not like a ghost whisperer or anything—but it seems rude to embalm them and not at least say hello.

Fortunately, at the McCready Family Funeral Home & Bait Shop, Frankie’s eccentricities fit right in. Lake Sackett’s embalmer and county coroner, Frankie’s goth styling and passion for nerd culture mean she’s not your typical Southern girl, but the McCreadys are hardly your typical Southern family. Led by Great-Aunt Tootie, the gambling, boozing, dog-collecting matriarch of the family, everyone looks out for one another—which usually means getting up in everyone else’s business.

Maybe that’s why Frankie is so fascinated by new sheriff Eric Linden…a recent transplant from Atlanta, he sees a homicide in every hunting accident or boat crash, which seems a little paranoid for this sleepy tourist town. What’s he so worried about? And what kind of cop can get a job with the Atlanta PD but can’t stand to look at a dead body?

Frankie has other questions that need answering first—namely, who’s behind the recent break-in attempts at the funeral home, and how can she stop them? This one really does seem like a job for the sheriff—and as Frankie and Eric do their best Scooby-Doo impressions to catch their man, they get closer to spilling some secrets they thought were buried forever.

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MY RATING: 4/5 STARS

I received a copy from Simon Schuster Canada in exchange for a honest review.

Ain’t She a Peach is the second book in the Southern Eclectic series by Molly Harper and after reading the first small town story, Sweet Tea & Sympathy, featuring an abundance of wacky characters that require an actual character map for readers to keep track of, I knew I had to read the second one. Ain’t She a Peach follows our favourite punk cousin, Frankie, who just so happens to be the town’s embalmer. She had brightly dyed highlights of colours featuring blue and purple, wears platform shoes, and cute clothes that don’t scream sophistication but more of punk rock variety. Frankie was quirky cool, polar opposite to our heroine from the first novel, Margot. When her one-night stand comes back to town as the newly appointed Sheriff, Frankie’s not pleased at all.

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Book Review: The Rancher’s Secret Son by Barbara Dunlop

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Title: The Rancher’s Secret Son
Author: Barbara Dunlop
Publication: April 5th 2018
Pages: 180
Synopsis:

Rancher Eli Merrick has discovered a secret. It’s a sixteen-year-old secret, one with Merrick eyes, a Merrick chin and a stubborn Merrick attitude.

Piper Beauregard knows that she was wrong to keep Tristen from his father. But her son had the power to hurt the Merrick brothers and split their family apart forever.

Now the secret is out, and Eli is angrier than she could have imagined. After claiming his son, Eli takes him straight to Marietta, Montana to raise him on the old Douglas Ranch. Guilt-ridden at keeping the two apart, Piper knows she has to follow them. She’s still drawn to Eli’s protectiveness, even after so many years, but will he ever be able to look past their history?

The Montana Merricks
Book 1: The Bull Rider’s Redemption
Book 2: The Rancher’s Secret Son

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MY RATING: 4/5 STARS

I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

I’m not a big fan of cowboys. So when I was sent a copy of The Rancher’s Secret Son by Barbara Dunlop, I was a bit hesitant to start. There is just something about Cowboys that don’t do it for me but fortunately, I enjoyed this book thoroughly! I found the relationship between Eli and Piper to be more of a slow burn romance. After all, it’s been sixteen years since they last saw each other and the last time they’ve been together which led to Piper getting pregnant with their son, Tristen.

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Book Review: Then There Was You by Miranda Liasson

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Title: Then There Was You
Author: Miranda Liasson
Publication: May 29th 2018
Pages: 360
Synopsis:

Fresh from her residency, Serafina Langdon returns to her hometown to join her father’s general medical practice a year after her fiancé jilted her. More than anything, Sara just wants to move on, but that becomes impossible once she discovers that the man who was responsible for her broken engagement, and who is also her ex-fiance’s best friend, is now the Angel Falls chief of police.

As police chief, Colton Walker is devoted to his small town, and he’s equally determined to avoid its newest resident. He and Sara have always gotten along like oil and water, and since the bachelor party incident, he’s her Enemy #1. But after sharing an unexpected–and unexpectedly hot–kiss, avoiding Sara becomes the last thing he wants to do. She’s not the woman he used to know, and he’s falling for her. But when her ex-fiancé returns to Angel Falls, Colton will have to decide if the woman he’s always fighting with is also worth fighting for.

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MY RATING: 4/5 STARS

I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

MIranda Liasson is a new author for me and since I was recommended to try her as an author because she had a new book coming out (this one) by the publisher, I decided to give it a go. And I don’t regret it.

Then There Was You follows Sara Langdon, a doctor, who returns back to her hometown of Angel Falls after her grandmother grows more and more confused due to her dementia. Sara was seen as someone who was better than Angel Falls to a lot of people considering she was brilliant at what she did and studied medical practice in the most prestigious schools in America. Her father and her worst enemy have already put a clock on Sara, counting down to the time she would live her much more deserved life in the glamorous life of bigger cities. However, Sara didn’t come off as pretentious. She was sweet, caring, and a wonderful doctor who wanted to help her patients. Her worst enemy, Colton Walker, Angel Fall’s police chief, always had an opinion of Sara. He thought she was cold from her type A personality. At least that’s what readers are thought to believe until we realize Colton had a secret crush on his best friend’s girlfriend ever since high school. Both of them dislike each other for their own reasons. The biggest reason of it all being that Sara believes Colton ruined her engagement with her fiance due to a bachelor party gone wrong that led her fiance having sex with a model.

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Book Review: Meant for You by Michelle Major

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Title: Meant for You
Author: Michelle Major
Publication: March 28th 2018
Pages: 267
Synopsis:

Single mom Jenny Castelli has a temper to match her red hair. When the former mean girls of her high school insult her son, Jenny fires off a big lie—that she’s engaged to a rich, handsome guy and is bringing him to their ten-year reunion. Now she needs to find the perfect fake fiancé for one night. And only one man fits the bill.

Geek turned tech entrepreneur Owen Dalton already had his heart broken by Jenny Castelli. Still, he finds himself agreeing to her proposition—even as he struggles to remember that the chemistry sparking between them isn’t real. But when Jenny’s ex makes a play for custody and Owen is forced to deal with the family who always treated him as “second best,” their arrangement suddenly becomes very personal. And that lie they’ve been telling everyone? It isn’t nearly as big as the one they’ve been telling themselves.

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MY RATING: 3/5 STARS

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

Meant for You is the forth book in the Colorado Hearts series and having read the first one, Kissing Mr. Right, I have to be honest and let you guys know I didn’t finish it. I couldn’t bring myself to care about this story because the way it was written was very bland or boring or just so structural that I lost interest in our characters. And my god, did I want to enjoy this story but I couldn’t push myself to finish.

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Book Review: Josh + Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

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Title: Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating
Author: Christina Lauren
Publication: September 4th 2018
Pages: 320
Synopsis:

Most men can’t handle Hazel. With the energy of a toddler and the mouth of a sailor, they’re often too timid to recognize her heart of gold. New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren (Roomies, Beautiful Bastard) tells the story of two people who are definitely not dating, no matter how often they end up in bed together.

Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun.

Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.

Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them…right?

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MY RATING: 3/5 STARS

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Warning: Despite what I say, I just want to be clear that I am a minority. I know this. I will be in the minority because this book follows the formula everyone loves and for me, the formula was applied but because of rounding errors, it didn’t work for me–if that made sense. Do not read my review and decide whether you should read this book or not. Read my review, then read the book, and then decide for yourself whether if we felt similar emotions.

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Spilling the Tea: I Don’t Care for To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Movie

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, chances are you’ve probably heard about the highly anticipated Netflix Original film, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before based on the wildly successful YA trilogy written by Jenny Han. While everyone on every social media outlet seems to be raving about the film after the full length trailer was released, I have been the one sitting in the corner sipping on my piping hot bitter tea.

If you haven’t watched the trailer before, here it is.

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To be honest, I didn’t even watch the trailer before I started writing this blog post but I have read the whole trilogy and actually own the stack. Considering the fact that this post is about the movie, I pushed myself to watch it even though I kind of resented it.

Once upon a time when Jenny Han released a teaser trailer on her Instagram, I was actually pretty excited about the movie. I’ve heard about the book being turned into the movie but never followed up with the post-production of it and have only been kept in the known from what I could gather from others as they reposted news. Even at that time, I was hesitant about the book turning into a movie and here are some of the reasons.

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Losing Momentum & Other Horrible Things.

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A short blog post/rant about my current reading life.

I feel like every month, I would make a post dedicated to my reading slump or a reading slump since I never had a reading slump continue from month to month. A typical month in terms of reading will look like this: I start off reading easily a book a day or even more so, slowly wind down to maybe one book every two days, feel a little bad, and then suddenly, losing momentum and not wanting to read at all.

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Book Review + Blog Tour: Sanctuary by Caryn Lix

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Title: Sanctuary
Author: Caryn Lix
Publication: July 24th 2018
Pages: 480
Synopsis:

Kenzie holds one truth above all: the company is everything.

As a citizen of Omnistellar Concepts, the most powerful corporation in the solar system, Kenzie has trained her entire life for one goal: to become an elite guard on Sanctuary, Omnistellar’s space prison for superpowered teens too dangerous for Earth. As a junior guard, she’s excited to prove herself to her company—and that means sacrificing anything that won’t propel her forward.

But then a routine drill goes sideways and Kenzie is taken hostage by rioting prisoners.

At first, she’s confident her commanding officer—who also happens to be her mother—will stop at nothing to secure her freedom. Yet it soon becomes clear that her mother is more concerned with sticking to Omnistellar protocol than she is with getting Kenzie out safely.

As Kenzie forms her own plan to escape, she doesn’t realize there’s a more sinister threat looming, something ancient and evil that has clawed its way into Sanctuary from the vacuum of space. And Kenzie might have to team up with her captors to survive—all while beginning to suspect there’s a darker side to the Omnistellar she knows.

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MY RATING: 3.5/5 STARS

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and for this blog tour.

If Goodreads is correct, Sanctuary may be Caryn Lix’s debut novel and what a novel it is. Before I start this review, I must admit that I’m not the biggest sci-fi reader. Heck, I think the only time I ever dabbled into the genre was because of Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings and that was this year! In reference, I enjoyed Zenith despite a lot of readers disliking it but that’s another story and another review. Needless to say, Sanctuary could have easily been not my cup of tea and I could have dragged my feet to finish it BUT and a HUGE BUT I found it harder to stop reading.

And here’s why.

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Book Review: Nailed by Cora Brent

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Title: Nailed
Author: Cora Brent
Publication: March 13th 2018
Pages: 253
Synopsis:

A scorching ‘enemies to lovers’ office romance proves hazardous in this new stand-alone from NYT and USA Today bestselling author Cora Brent.

The good news: Audrey Gordon has just received a dream assignment managing one of the city’s largest construction projects.
The bad news: She’ll be teamed up with cocky office rival and former lover Jason Roma.
Audrey’s got a lot to prove to herself and to her overachieving family. She’s certainly not going to let arrogant Jason Roma get in the way of her success, despite the fact that he never passes up an opportunity to get under her skin. Audrey swears she’ll keep Jason at arm’s length no matter how fast her pulse races whenever he walks into the room.
However, Jason seems to have his own ideas about what Audrey needs. He’s determined to win another chance with her and prove that he’s not the callous jerk she thinks he is.
But when a personal tragedy shakes Audrey to her core, will she push Jason away forever?
Or will she learn a few lessons about love and finally let him into her heart?

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MY RATING: 4.5/5 STARS

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

Nailed was the first book I’ve read by Cora Brent and it was like a breath of fresh air in a city I’ve never visited before. The writing was unique in way because it was written very well, first of all. But then the dialogues felt like I was reading something a spunkier indie author would write for their characters. Does this make any sense? Does anyone know what I’m talking about? I feel like when I read traditionally published reads, the writing never strays from being ‘normal.’ On the other hand, indie published authors are not afraid of using unique cursing or are not afraid of acting out on ridiculous fantasies. Nailed was exactly a mix between these two styles and for that, I loved it.

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Book Review: Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton

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Title: Heart of Thorns
Author: Bree Barton
Publication: July 31st 2018
Pages: 464
Synopsis:

In the ancient river kingdom, touch is a battlefield, bodies the instruments of war. Seventeen-year-old Mia Rose has pledged her life to hunting Gwyrach: women who can manipulate flesh, bones, breath, and blood.

Not women. Demons. The same demons who killed her mother without a single scratch.

But when Mia’s father suddenly announces her marriage to the prince, she is forced to trade in her knives and trousers for a sumptuous silk gown. Only after the wedding goes disastrously wrong does she discover she has dark, forbidden magic—the very magic she has sworn to destroy.

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MY RATING: 4.5/5 STARS

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Heart of Thorns. Where do I start with this book? This book was just everything I wanted in a fantasy and I’ve read many fantasies this year ever since Everless by Sara Holland turned me into a fantasy reader this year. It had a really unique magic system, the world was built vividly through Barton’s talented writing style, and the plot twists were never seen before. I have to admit that for fantasies, I’m harder on them simply because I feel like a lot of ideas are always being recycled and reused. However, Heart of Thorns was something fresh and exciting.

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