Styled (Piper Lawson)

I have a type. Tall. Blond. Sarcastic. Awkward as hell.

That’s right, my type is me. Because I’m better off spending my time alone than with a guy.

Which doesn’t matter since this month, I’m on an open-ended ticket to LA to find a new boutique for TRAVESTY. Not to find a rebound for the breakup that blew my mind. I’m ready to forget all about dicks.

Too bad Ethan Cameron sinks that dream before I get on the plane.

The SoCal realtor might be my business partner’s older brother, but he’s the wrong guy to help us out. Ethan’s arrogant and self-centred, with a dentist’s wet dream smile and pecs that might have their own hashtag. More girls pass through the backseat of his car than through the doors of our SoHo boutique.

He’s also wrong for me. And the more he thinks he knows me, the more I need to prove he doesn’t.

But I can’t ignore the fact that I need Ethan’s help finding a boutique to put TRAVESTY on the map. And no one knows LA style like Ethan.

I survived private school. Growing up with one parent. Dating a gay guy. I can survive one month with Ethan Cameron.

Right?


As usual, I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, so go to her blog in the next few days to read what she thought of this book.

I’ve read a few books by Piper Lawson in this last year, and I’ve enjoyed them all, and while I did like this one, I must confess that it wasn’t quite as good as all the others.

It took me a little while to completely immerse myself in this book, and I found the writing slightly confusing at the beginning, which was weird for me, because I had read the previous book of the series after all… Anyway, while it did get better, it didn’t completely blew me away.

But my main issues reside on the characters. I liked Jordan. It’s rare that we have a girl in romance who is viewed as cold, and isn’t even sure she has the ability to love. But while I really liked her personality and directness, I wish her doubts had been explored a tiny bit more. I actually thought the main conflict of this book would rely on it… silly me.

Ethan… well… I don’t know… it took me a LONG LONG time to warm up to him. He started of as a total douche, and by the end of the book I was still not completely sold?! I don’t know, I just felt like there was something missing there and he wasn’t completely fleshed out.

I did like the slow burn romance and the chemistry between Ethan and Jordan. I loved that this wasn’t insta-anything, and instead the attraction grew from getting to know each other.

There was one issue that created a small conflict that I didn’t see coming, and honestly kind of hated that it did. I didn’t feel like it contributed in any substantial way to the story, and instead brought forth some pretty nasty sides from certain characters. I wasn’t exactly fan of the main conflict either, and I could see it coming miles away.

Ultimatly this was a good romance read, with a well constructed slow burn romance. But I felt like the characters could use a little more dimension, and some conflicts could have been dealt with differently.

I would still recommend it, especially if you’re a fan of Piper Lawson’s writing.

Goodnight, Nic (Marley Jacobs)

2017 NEW ADULT READING CHALLENGE | BOOK set in the summer

Twenty-four-year-old Nicole Fletcher is having a rough summer. The woman who raised her is dying and there’s nothing she can do about it. Nothing but find solace in the forbidden fantasies starring her best friend’s younger brother. Nic knows there are some lines you can never cross – but when it comes to “little” Landon Pike, she kind of already has. She tries to stay away but when your world is falling apart, you can’t help but fall right along with it. Good thing Landon refuses to let her fall alone.


Guys, I have to tell you something… I’m sort of in love with the writing in this book. Also, it won me over with one of the most important things for me in contemporary books: DIALOGUE! The dialogue is smart, fun, fast and witty, and it put a huge smile on my face.

I think the blurb is pretty explicit in terms of the actual story: Nic is a lot lost. Her mother, aka, the woman who raised her, is dying of terminal cancer. And she and her other aunt are doing what they can to keep strong. In the meantime, Landon – her BFF’s little brother – is home for the summer, and is determined to break down Nic’s defenses and make her see how perfect they are for each other.

The relationships in this book were awesome! I was amazed by Nic’s relationship with her aunts, and how much they loved each other, the little ways they showed it. But I also loved Nic’s relationship with every single member of the Pike family. It was clear she belonged there, which made me understand her reluctance to give in to her feelings for Landon. Because she depended so much on those bonds, and what if she lost them?

Nic is a tough character, and it was refreshing to read a girl with such a brazen personality, and at first it was hard for me to really like her, but then I just had to. She was so scared and so uncertain of herself, while being her own person and strong and determined. I found it impossible not to like her.

Landon… I liked the guy, but I sort of wished I had more context in some situations, you know? I loved his determination, and how he was so sure of what he wanted. I also liked how well he knew Nic and not only was able to anticipate her thoughts, but was also always there for her.

I was a bit taken aback by the age difference, at first, but mostly because of the time of their lives they’re at. But that quickly faded, eheh. I really liked the romance, because I love when the romance stems from a strong friendship and a super strong bond, but I felt like there wasn’t enough dialogue between these two. There were some questions about Landon that I wish Nic had talked to him about, for instance the girlfriend that is mention at the time of their first kiss. Just saying, I wish that either that wasn’t an issue, or some talk had happened afterwards – even though this would be hard with how fast Nic ran away from those situations. I also kind of wished that Landon hadn’t said some pretty alpha-male things… though I understood why he did it, it’s just, I wasn’t a fan of the tone, you know?!

But more than the romantic relationships, it was the bonds that Nic had with her mom, aunt and Landon’s mom that truly made this book shine for me. These women were all so supportive of each other, and I fell in love with the way they bantered and interacted.

Overall I truly enjoyed this story and Nic’s journey, even in its painful moments.

I loved the writing and the relationships, and the characters had such depth to them. And I wouldn’t mind reading more about these characters… One thing is for sure, I’ll keep my eye out for Marley Jacobs, because I want to read more books by her.

If you like New Adult contemporary books, with very cool and strong women and an awesome romance, read this one. You won’t be sorry.

Goodbye Paradise (Sarina Bowen)

2017 NEW ADULT READING CHALLENGE | LGBTQ+ Novel

Most people called it a cult. But for twenty years, Josh and Caleb called it home.

In Paradise, there is no television. No fast food. Just long hours of farm work and prayer on a dusty Wyoming ranch, and nights in a crowded bunkhouse. The boys of the Compound are kept far from the sinners’ world.

But Joshua doesn’t need temptation to sin. His whole life, he’s wanted his best friend, Caleb. By day they work side by side. Only when Josh closes his eyes at night can they be together the way he craves.

It can never be. And his survival depends on keeping his terrible desires secret.

Caleb has always protected Josh against the worst of the bullying at the Compound. But he has secrets of his own, and a plan to get away — until it all backfires.

Josh finds himself homeless in a world that doesn’t want him. Can Caleb find him in time? And will they find a place of safety, where he can admit to Josh how he really feels?

Warning: Contains a hot male/male romance, copious instances of taking the Lord’s name in vain, and love against the kitchen counter. This book was previously released under the title: In Front of God & Everyone.

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As usual, I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too, so go to her blog in the next few days to read her take on Goodbye Paradise.

Ever since I heard about this book, I’ve been super excited to read it. Why? It’s Sarina Bowen! Enough said! So far, I’ve read quite a few (almost all) of her books, and I loved them all, so yeah, I was ecstatic 😀 .

I really liked this book, and once again, I cried like a baby – which did not surprise Cátia, because like she so eloquently put it “everything makes you cry”… TRUE! But hey, this was painful.

I really liked the writing and the way this book is structured. Goodbye Paradise is told through both perspectives of Josh and Caleb, but it isn’t alternating. Instead we have blocks narrated by Josh and others from Caleb’s POV, which gives an interesting dynamic to the story, as in, we’re not sure at first what’s going on on Caleb’s head, and so on. They also have completely different voices, which I loved, and it went right along with their personalities.

I loved both boys, but mostly Josh. Josh had lived on the compound (a.k.a. CULT) all his life, with very little to no interaction with the real world. His head was messed up. He thought that his likes and his wants were sins. He was plagued between the feeling of happiness and guilt. And my heart broke for this guy. But he also has an amazing character development, and the first time he truly stands up for himself, I had tears in my eyes.

Caleb had a little different background, because even though he had grown up with Josh, he had outside world privileges, so he knew what he was missing, and he knew that there was a better life for them waiting on the outside. Caleb was also more confident and sure of himself.

I liked their relationship a lot. These guys had been in love for all their lives without truly acknowledging that, so it was so good to see how their relationship evolved after they left.

One thing I wasn’t truly expecting but truly liked was the pacing and the time span of the book. The book emcompasses over one year of their lives, and shows how they adapt to the world. Nothing is hurried and everything takes a long time to be achieved, whether a job or the ability to be honest about their feelings to other people. This is also mostly a character driven story, and I loved the growth that both boys did during the book, and the bonds of family, friendship and love they created. I really loved how they achieved a good step on their relationship, and they became more equals. I loved that.

Also, Josh and the kids? ADORABLE!!!

It’s tough for me not to compare this book to Him and Us, because Jamie and Wes have my heart, but I really enjoyed Cable and Josh’s story, though the Him series will forever be my favorite.

One thing to keep in mind is that even though Caleb and Josh left a religious cult, the religious aspects of this book are very minimal. And on the other hand, they sure get to explore all that sexual tension that built up for years and years…

If you’re a fan of Sarina Bowen, and love a good romance, give this one a chance.

The Backstagers #1 (James Tynion IV & Rian Sygh)

James Tynion IV (Batman Eternal, The Woods) teams up with artist Rian Sygh (Munchkin, Stolen Forest) for an incredible yet earnest story about finding a place to fit in when you’re kinda an outcast.

When Jory transfers to the private, all-boys school St. Genesius, he figures joining the stage crew would involve a lot of just fetching props and getting splinters. To his pleasant surprise, he discovers there’s a door backstage that leads to different worlds, and all of the stagehands know about it! All the world’s a stage…but what happens behind the curtain is pure magic!


This review will be super super short, because the book is only 25 pages long. Eheh

This is the first comic in a series, so it’s really just an introduction to the characters and the overall idea of the story. And first of all, I LOVED the illustrations! LOVED THEM! The graphics are so well done and colorful, and it just gives live to this comic, you know?

Then the story is mostly about a boy finding a place where he belongs, and that is with the Backstagers. The group of boys he finds is super diverse, and really supportive of one another, and I loved them instantly.

I would love to continue with this comic, because it’s just so adorable!!! 😀

If you love comics and diversity, give this series a chance.

Sugar, We’re Going Down (M.H. Soars)

2017 NEW ADULT READING CHALLENGE | BOOK You Knew Nothing About

They say nothing compares to the first kiss. That sentence needs to be amended. Nothing compares to the first kiss from Oliver Best. I knew in the moment our lips touched that the cocky rockstar would be forever imprinted in my mind. I also knew that loving him would be my destruction. And yet, love him I did.

Oliver Best, former rockstar, heir to one of the largest fortunes in Great Britain, and the country’s most infamous bad boy.

Saylor Blue Carter, college drop-out, lead singer of a struggling band, not a penny to her name.

When they met, it was hate at first sight. Oliver was an arrogant ass. Saylor was a cold hearted bitch. These were the thoughts they had for each other. Until that kiss. That life altering, earth shattering, nuclear kiss. They knew what that kiss meant. They knew anything between them would be explosive and without hope for a happily ever after. So they vowed to forget, they tried to stay away. But now with their best friends’ wedding approaching, all bets are off.

*Warning: This book ends on a cliffhanger. The sequel will be published on June 6, 2017


I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too. Go to here to read her review of this book.

So guys… see that warning at the end of the blurb? Yeah… it wasn’t a part of Netgalley blurb, which means that I thought this book could be read as a standalone, only to understand almost at the end that NOPE. In fact, Oliver and Saylor’s story will be told in THREE PARTS! Yeah… 3! I have to admit that it didn’t make me love the book more.

While I haven’t read the first book in this series, I did read the novella, Catch You, and I had quite enjoyed the writing, so I was super disappointed that the writing on this novel just didn’t work for me. At all! I felt it was to curt and direct, and it somehow didn’t go that well with the story itself. I just really couldn’t connect with it.

Then there’s the characters. I have to say that I was intrigued by Oliver and Saylor. Clearly they both had some pretty messed up pasts and presents, and there’s more to both of them than meets the eye at first, but while I think the book did a good job letting us get to know Saylor, it just didn’t work on the same level with Oliver. I was intrigued by him, but after the whole book I couldn’t tell you WHO he was.

The plot though, kept me hooked, and more than anything that’s what’s making me want to read the sequels. Because these two characters have chemistry, even if I think that they aren’t completely “whole” yet, and the plot is very interesting and I kind of need to know what will happen next.

So, would I recommend it? Yeah, maybe, but it’s tough to tell without actually knowing the whole story. I don’t mind several books about a single couple, but what I don’t like is feeling like something is being kept from me the whole freaking book. I seriously can’t deal well with that.

With that said, read it if you’re interested. Or if you like me and don’t like the “incomplete” feeling that this book left me with, maybe just wait for the sequels to come out? That’s what I would have done, had I known…

Blog Tour: Queens of Geek (Jen Wilde)

Three friends. Two love stories. One convention. 

Charlie likes to stand out. She’s a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with her best guy friend Jamie — no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about a fan contest for her favorite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

Queens of Geek, an empowering young adult novel by Jen Wilde, is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself.

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OMG OMG OMG!!! THIS BOOK!!! THIS BOOK!!!

This is definitly my favorite contemporary YA book IN A LONG TIME. I was expecting to like it, of course, because that blurb is awesome, but I couldn’t quite imagine how IN LOVE I would be with this book. It’s serious. This book? AWESOME!

This is my first book by Jen Wilde and I loved loved loved the writing. The book is told through Tayor and Charlie’s POVs, two of the 3 friends going to SupaCon, and, just like these two characters, their voices are super different. I never had to go back to the beginning of a chapter to know who was talking.

But the most amazing thing about this book? The characters!!! I love these characters, but mostly Taylor. I love her. I see myself in her on some issues, and I see my friends in her a little bit as well. I think she’s one of those characters who everyone will see themselves in a bit, you know? Like Cath from Fangirl? I loved how brave she was, even when she was scared out of her wits, and how good she was. Have I mentioned how much I loved her? Also, she has severe social anxiety, she’s heavier, and she’s on the Autism spectrum. I LOVED TAYLOR!!!!

Then there’s Charlie, and while it took me a little bit more time to warm up to her, I did, because she’s brilliant! Another amazing point of diversity here too 😀 , because Charlie is the daughter of Chinese immigrants, and she’s openly bisexual 😀 . And she has pink hair!!! Sorry, I had to mention that because it IS the cover of this book after all, and it’s giving me some pretty weird ideas of wanting to dye my hair pink?! Crazy, right? Either way, I loved Charlie too, because she has some pretty great development throughout the book, realizing whose opinions really matter to her.

The trio is complete with Jamie. Not gonna lie, when I read the blurb I thought that Jamie would be a girl, which is stupid, because the blurb actually says he’s a GUY! Oh well. JAMIE IS AWESOME!!!!! I shipped him with Taylor so so much! And it was always so clear how much he liked her. And he was just such a great and understanding person, he gave her the time and space to figure herself out, always being there for her anyway. AMAZING!

There are several other smaller characters that are equally amazing and inspiring. I was reading this book and laughing and crying and feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. Queens of Geeks talks geeky, nerdy and fandom. It talks about the importance of accepting yourself as you are, because you’ll find people just like you in the process. You’re not alone. This book made me feel like I belong, and it wasn’t even about the fandoms or the fandom life itself… The level of acceptance and friendship that this book has? It’s amazing. Made me fall in love with it.

I honestly don’t know what else to say, except that YOU NEED TO READ IT ASAP! I kind of just want to pick it up again…


Author Bio:

Jen Wilde is a writer, geek and fangirl with a penchant for coffee, books and pugs. She writes YA stories about zombies (AS THEY RISE), witches (ECHO OF THE WITCH) and fangirls (QUEENS OF GEEK). Her debut series reached over three million reads online and became an Amazon bestseller.

When she’s not writing, Jen loves binge-watching her favorite shows on Netflix, eating pizza, traveling to far away places and going to conventions in Marty McFly cosplay.

Jen lives in a sunny beachside town in Australia with her husband and their cheeky pug, aptly named Heisenberg.

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Egomaniac (Vi Keeland)

The night I met Drew Jagger, he’d just broken into my new Park Avenue office. I dialed 9-1-1 before proceeding to attack him with my fancy new Krav Maga skills. He quickly restrained me, then chuckled, finding my attempted assault amusing.

Of course, my intruder had to be arrogant. Only, turned out, he wasn’t an intruder at all.

Drew was the rightful occupant of my new office. He’d been on vacation while his posh space was renovated. Which was how a scammer got away with leasing me office space that wasn’t really available for rent. I was swindled out of ten grand.

The next day, after hours at the police station, Drew took pity on me and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. In exchange for answering his phones while his secretary was out, he’d let me stay until I found a new place. I probably should have acted grateful and kept my mouth shut when I overheard the advice he was spewing to his clients. But I couldn’t help giving him a piece of my mind. I never expected my body to react every time we argued. Especially when that was all we seemed to be able to do.

The two of us were complete opposites. Drew was a bitter, angry, gorgeous-as-all-hell, destroyer of relationships. And my job was to help people save their marriages. The only thing the two of us had in common was the space we were sharing. And an attraction that was getting harder to deny by the day.


I’m going to keep this review super short because I sure as hell don’t want to spoil the story for you guys…

I’ve been enjoying the collaborations between Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward, but this one? This was one of my favorite romances from this year. Keeland’s writing is amazing on this one. The book is told in the first person, dual POV, and Emerie and Drew’s voices are super different and they complement each other so well.

I loved both main characters. LOVED THEM!!! They had both such strong personalities and convictions, but they were able to listen to each other and understand one another, and ugh, their relationship and chemistry was just AMAZING.

The book has a few twists and I have to say that I was super surprised that I didn’t see the finish line right from the start. It’s a sign that this romance is super well written. I did see the conflict, but it didn’t make it any less heartbreaking…

This book made me cry, people. It did. And it was awesome.

If you’re looking for a great romance, with an amazing and strong couple, read Egomaniac, you won’t be sorry.