BOOK REVIEW: Dating you/ Hating you by Christina Lauren

 

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Title: Dating you Hating you
Author: Christina Lauren
Publication: June 6th 2017
Pages: 350 pages
Synopsis:

All’s fair in love and work. The first standalone romance by New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren (Beautiful Bastard) is a sexy, compulsively readable romantic comedy that dives headlong into the thrill and doubt of modern love.

Despite the odds against them from an embarrassing meet-awkward at a mutual friend’s Halloween party, Carter and Evie immediately hit it off. Even the realization that they’re both high-powered agents at competing firms in Hollywood isn’t enough to squash the fire.

But when their two agencies merge—causing the pair to vie for the same position—all bets are off. What could have been a beautiful, blossoming romance turns into an all-out war of sabotage. Carter and Evie are both thirtysomething professionals—so why can’t they act like it?

Can Carter stop trying to please everyone and see how their mutual boss is really playing the game? Can Evie put aside her competitive nature long enough to figure out what she really wants in life? Can their actor clients just be something close to human? Whether these two Hollywood love/hatebirds get the storybook Hollywood ending or just a dramedy of epic proportions, you will get to enjoy Christina Lauren’s heartfelt, raucous, and hilarious romance style at its finest.

My RATING: 3/5 STARS

I was provided a copy of this book from Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review.

I want to start of this review by stating that I was very conflicted about this book simply because of a few things. First, I am in love with Christina Lauren’s writing style from the beautiful series that swept up our hearts and made us eat out of the palms of their hands. However, I feel that this time around, the writing style is a lot more different. It lacks fluidity. It’s more explaining and telling rather than showing. This makes the story drag on for quite a bit throughout, leaving readers and myself to find it kind of boring. In fact, I actually had to put this book down many times, force myself to read fifty pages, put it down, and then start all over again. It took me a few days to get through this and to me, that’s extremely rare. If I enjoy a book, I’m finishing it in one sitting. I’m not a quitter. LOL

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BOOK REVIEW: The Wrong Kind of Compatible by Kadie Scott

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Title: The Wrong Kind of Compatible
Author: Kadie Scott
Publication: June 12th 2017
Pages: 138 pages
Synopsis:

Data analyst Cassie Howard may be brilliant (and, okay, a little awkward), but she’s worked hard to get where she is. She definitely doesn’t need some sexy new analyst coming in and taking credit for her work. Or the inappropriate thoughts that keep popping out of her mouth she’d rather he not hear.

For undercover FBI agent Drew Kerrigan, computers have always made more sense than people, but he’d better develop some slick social skills in a hurry if he’s going to win over the too-tantalizing-for-his-sanity Cassie. Hacking their systems was easy. Now he’s just got to hack the one person in the company most likely to see through his ruse…

MY RATING: 5/5 STARS!

I knew this was a good read from page one. It was whip smart funny and adorable, filled with lovable characters that aren’t afraid to be quirky.

Drew and Cassie are basically the same person. Both are socially awkward and both love computers, coding, hacking, and building programs from scratch. Their idea of foreplay? Fighting about how to code the next line or which direction their latest computer program should take. Also, computer tech sexual innuendos. I loved it all and it made me smirk because of how clever it was written.

Let’s talk about Cassie. She’s smart in her own fields and excels but it doesn’t stop her from feeling inadequate when compared to her four brothers who are either a brain surgeon, heart surgeon, physicist or whatever. She’s the outside with no Phd to her name and while it doesn’t bother her, her mother is bothered by it.

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Book Review: This Is Dangerous by Kennedy Fox

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Title: This is Dangerous
Author: Kennedy Fox
Publication: July 11th 2017
Pages: 206 pages according to my ereader
Synopsis:

Checkmate: This is Dangerous & Checkmate: This is Beautiful are the final saga in the Checkmate Duet Series featuring Logan & Kayla!
by Kennedy Fox | @kennedyfoxbooks

#Preorder options available here —-> bit.ly/2p6ijsW

Book 1 coming 7.11.17
Book 2 coming 9.12.17

Introducing book 1 in the Logan & Kayla saga of the Checkmate series from a secret duo of romance authors who teamed up under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, @KennedyFox! This second-chance romance will sweep you off your feet from the very first chapter and have you craving donuts by the final chapter! Are you ready to play the final game?

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Logan Knight is a real life knight in shining armor.
A detective godsend in a sleek black suit has me thinking less than secretive thoughts. Brooding and mysterious, he’s the kind of guy every girl instantly notices. Between his seductive smirk and charming good looks, it’s no wonder I can’t help the way he makes me feel whenever I’m near him.
Too bad he’s unavailable—or so he says.

He thinks I’m a do-gooder who shouldn’t get involved with a guy like him. His past is messy and relationships just add to that. He insists the timing is all wrong and he’s devoted to his career, but I don’t buy that excuse for a second. I see the way his body tenses and his jaw ticks every time another guy is around me. He just won’t admit it, but I’m more determined than ever to show him what he’s missing.

I’m a devoted animal rescuer and I’ll risk everything to save them, but when a dramatic turn of events puts both our lives at risk, I’m positive Logan will write me off for good. But when he asks for my help with a personal crisis, I know it’s my last chance to finally show him I can handle anything he throws my way—messy past and all.

He might think he has me all figured out, but I’ll prove him wrong no matter what he thinks. This game of push and pull has me running in circles. One wrong move and we could both lose.

Checkmate, Knight.

*Recommend for ages 18+ due to sexual content and adult language.*
**This is book 1 in the Logan & Kayla Saga–a second-chance romance. You don’t need to read any of the other Checkmate series to enjoy this one, but is always recommended as they are both introduced in the earlier books.**

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MY RATING: 3/5 STARS

I received an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review.

This is my first Kennedy Fox book ever. After seeing post after post from instagram bookstagrammers posting pictures of the duet series that Kennedy Fox writes, I was intrigued. I love romance so naturally, I wanted to see if the hype was worth it all in the end.

While, I never read the first two duet series by this author, it did not have that big of an impact on my opinion of the book, the characters, the writing and etc.

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FLASH BOOK REVIEW: Under Pressure by Aria Cole

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Title: Under Pressure
Author: Aria Cole
Publication: March 24th 2017
Pages: 80
Synopsis:

Jean-Luc Martel knows good taste. As the award-winning celebrity chef of éloïse, he’s amassed a high-end clientele and hordes of dedicated foodie fans. But while he’s a master in the kitchen, his reputation for being a nightmare to work with precedes him. Known for his rapid-fire temper, chiseled good looks, and a dash of tattooed, bad boy edge, Jean-Luc doesn’t take shit from anyone. Until he meets Delaney Thomas. She’s talented, sassy, entirely too sexy for her own good, and the niece of his best friend and sous chef.

Every bone in his body is telling him to take what’s his, but outside forces soon conspire to pull them apart, and Jean-Luc finds himself more torn and tortured than he’s ever been. As his bad boy reputation threatens to rattle the very foundations of the forever he’s trying to build with Delaney, they’ll both be forced to decide if love really can exist under the most intense pressure.

Warning: Jean-Luc is a sex-on-a-stick, walking, talking, blue-blooded alpha male. The only thing that melts this man’s frozen heart is the woman of his dreams, and something tells him nothing would taste sweeter than Delaney on his tongue. If you can’t handle the heat, stay out of Jean-Luc’s kitchen!

 

MY RATING: 3/5 STARS

REVIEW:

This is a new segment on my blog called “Flash Reviews.” I will be providing short reviews to short books, giving my thoughts on characters and plot.

I’m going to be really honest with this review because I just binge read two stories from Aria Cole and she really satisfied my cravings with those stories but this one…

Well, this one fell a little bit short. It just didn’t have the same crazy sexual attraction between our two characters and the way it was set up and written felt off from the books I’ve read by Aria that made me give it the 4+ star rating.

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Book Review: Score by Victoria Denault

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Title: Score
Author: Victoria Denault
Publication: May 9th 2017
Pages: 368
Synopsis: He’s used to winning, but now he’s playing with his heart.
Jude Braddock. Hockey god. That’s how everyone sees him now. But when they were teenagers, Zoey knew him as the kid who didn’t have enough nerve to make a move on their one and only disastrous date. Seems he doesn’t have that problem anymore, though. According to the rumors, he’s with a different woman every night. After a rough divorce, the last thing Zoey needs is more heartbreak. But Jude’s cocky, playful attitude is mighty hard to resist.
Jude knows he isn’t built for long-term relationships. But he’s getting sick of women pounding on his door in the middle of the night looking for a rematch. When Zoey comes back into his life, it’s like fate has given him a second chance. He’ll do anything to make her happy again. Is this what love looks like? He has no idea. All he knows for sure is that this time, he’s playing for keeps.

MY RATING: 2/5 STARS

REVIEW:

I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book by Forever Romance in exchange for an honest review.

I have to be really honest with myself when I requested this book from Forever Romance. I actually felt indifferent by the story line and I felt indifferent by the cover of the novel. I know. I know. I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but really I feel like I can sense out the type of style a book is going based on the cover. With that being said, let’s jump into the review and you can understand why I’m giving this book a 2/5 stars.

To begin, we have our main “hockey god”, Jude Braddock who is the definition of a playboy. Here’s this thing that I have with playboys. Yes, I get they have a lot of sex with many different girls. It’s basically the definition and I’m cool with it to a certain extent in a book but oh my god. Victoria Denault really emphasizes that Jude fucks a lot of girls. And it’s just frustrating because we can’t get over it with a chapter of describing his sexual history but it has to drag on for over 5 chapters. It’s also so annoying that all these girls remember where he lives and they keep showing up on his doorstep, begging him to have one more night of fun.

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Book Review: It Happened on Love Street by Lia Riley

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Title: It Happened on Love Street
Author: Lia Riley
Publication: April 25th 2017
Pages: 368
Synopsis: The most romantic place she never wanted to be . . .

Pepper Knight moved to Everland, Georgia, as step one in her plan for a successful legal career. But after this big-city gal’s plans go awry, going home with her tail between her legs isn’t an option. So when the town vet-and her sexy new neighbor-offers Pepper a temporary dog-walking job, she jumps at the chance. No one needs to know that man’s best friend is her worst nightmare . . . or that Everland’s hot animal whisperer leaves her panting.

The last thing Rhett Valentine wants is to be the center of small-town gossip. After his first love left him at the altar, he’s been there, done that. These days, life is simple, just the way he likes it. But sultry southern nights get complicated once sparks fly between him and the knockout next door. When she proposes a sexy, secret fling-all the deliciousness and none of the prying neighbors-it seems too good to be true. And it is. Because Pepper’s determined to leave Love Street, and when she goes, she just might take his heart with her . . .

My Rating: 3/5 stars

Review:

I was provided an advanced reader copy of this book by Forever romance books in exchange for an honest review.

Let’s start off this review by stating that this is a contemporary romance novel with a happily ever after, a strong heroine, and a gentleman who falls head over heels for the heroine. It’s a small town romance so you can expect the fluffy bits  and not much of a more complicated plot than that.

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Book Review: Stubborn Hearts by Melanie Munton

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Title: Stubborn Hearts
Author: Melanie Munton
Publication: April 26th 2016
Pages: 128
Synopsis: What they say is true…never get involved with someone you work with.

David Edelman was an arrogant prick. At least that’s what Claire Stevens thought. She didn’t have many enemies but if she were forced to make a list, he would certainly be at the top of it. So, when she walked into her new job and saw him standing there, she’d been two seconds away from turning tail and running. But she needed the job and she never backed away from a challenge.

Claire Stevens was a stuck-up brat. He couldn’t believe that out of all the people in the city, she was the one hired to be his new assistant. The woman who drove him crazy. It was campaign season and this election was the one he and Clay had been working toward. He couldn’t allow his frustrating and maddeningly gorgeous assistant to distract him.

But then one night, that all changed.

It was just supposed to be a no-strings-attached, never-to-be-repeated-again kind of night. They weren’t supposed to actually feel anything. They weren’t supposed to remember how each other felt. And they sure as hell weren’t supposed to want to do it again.

But they did.

And they denied it, they fought it. But after a while, it wasn’t enough. They knew they were going to have to face up to their feelings. They were going to have to stop fighting and give in. Which wasn’t going to be easy. For Stubborn Hearts, it never was.

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How to Read More (Even When You’re in School)

Hello folks! 

I’m back again with another helpful blog post on how to read more during your year and beat that Goodreads challenge! Personally, I feel like I have a lot of time during the whole year to complete my Goodreads challenge since I do have approximately four months of summer and one month off during the winter. I’m a full-time student but I don’t work so obviously, I have a lot more time than people who do in fact work.

While I plan to gain an internship or a small retail job this summer, I do hope that I’m still able to read as much as I can during the semester and the summer months. These are the tips that I have for you to check out!

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