Without a Doubt (Lindsay Paige)

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Emerson Montgomery loves his high school sweetheart, Kelly Price. He’d do anything for her, including agreeing to a break where they’ll see other people as he heads off to college. Struggling with the break and guilt over dating other people, Emerson meets Eva, a beautiful, funny, easygoing, and nosey junior. 

Eva Harvey chose this particular college with the hopes of fulfilling her own fairytale and falling in love at the same college where her parents met. She does her best to go with the flow and simply see what happens, but Emerson simultaneously causes her to fall in love while making her second guess everything along the way. 

There’s some things you know without a doubt. However, Eva causes Emerson to doubt everything he believes about his future while he causes her to doubt what’s right in front of her. Can they find a way to erase all doubts or will it tear them apart in the process?


I want to start by saying that I was kind of expecting a bit more of this book, still, it wasn’t a bad read, just a kind of boring one unfortunately.

Lindsay Paige writing is easy to follow and quite simple. The dialogs are good and often enough to make the story interesting, and the internal struggles within each of the characters are well exposed.

I did like both main characters. Emerson was sweet and honest, while Eva was hilarious and said the weirdest things. As a couple, they work. This is one thing I did like in this book: the representation of domesticity. When Emerson and Eva are alone at home, they do normal stuff, they cook, they clean, they watch Netflix, they sleep and then, sometimes, they have sex – although, let me tell you something: this is the least explicit New Adult book I’ve ever read… NOTHING! My only problem with them is, as much as they work as a couple, and they do, I didn’t feel any chemistry there.

The plot, or most lack thereof, is where I have a few problems. This book is slow… oh so slow. It centers on Emerson and Eva’s relationship as it develops, and how Kelly (Emerson’s ex – maybe future – maybe uncertain) influences the behaviour of both of them, and how they deal with it. I didn’t like this plot, and even though I understand why it came to be, I didn’t exactly like it’s resolution. Moreover, nothing actually happens!

What I did like was Emerson’s honesty towards Eva, telling her exactly what’s going on with the Kelly situation, and how he feels about it. He never once lies to her, and that’s a big bonus in this story. But I cringed a bit over the fact that despite knowing all along Emerson’s story, Eva never actually lets him know just how informed she really is.

All in all, it was an undeniably sweet story, but just not my cup of tea. I did shed a tear though, I admit that.

Seven Nights to Surrender (Jeanette Grey)

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By day, he’ll show her a side of Paris not found in any guidebook. By night, he’ll introduce her to a passion beyond her wildest dreams. In this sensuous story of indulgence and desire, Jeanette Grey delivers one of the most romantic reads of the year and proves why she is fast becoming a must-read star. 

SEVEN NIGHTS TO SURRENDER 

Kate arrives in Paris hoping to find inspiration. Instead she finds Rylan. In a swirl of stolen kisses and hot, tangled sheets, Kate is quickly swept away by the sexy stranger, longing to surrender to his expert touch. With Rylan, nothing is forbidden-except the truth. 

An American ex-pat worth millions, Rylan never flaunts his fortune. Rather, he guards his identity from everyone, especially women. No strings, no commitments, no complications. But the second his lips taste Kate’s soft, sweet skin, everything changes. For the first time, Rylan has found someone to share his every want and need. Yet he knows that secrets stand between them. To keep her, he’ll need to confess the truth before it’s too late . . . even if doing so could mean losing Kate forever.


This book doesn’t exactly fall under the categories that I usually read, but it’s a romance, and it had a high rating on GoodReads, so I decided to request it and see what I thought of it. A warning though, as the genre says, this book is filed under Erotica, which means it has a lot of explicit sexual content. However, compared to Right Where You Are, the sex in this books seemed a lot less explicit to me. But this book isn’t for everyone…

So, starting with the review. I liked the writing style and the format of the book. We get 2 POVs, but not in the traditional New Adult scheme, which is saying that the POVs are not divided by chapters, instead each chapter had parts in each of the different POVs. I’m quite used to this by now, because SJM does it often, and I thought that the division and change in POVs made a lot of sense. I wished their voices were more distinct though. They were very different people, but with a 3rd person style it sometimes wasn’t clear right away which POV we were entering.

This is most of all a character driven book, and both Kate and Rylan go through a big transformation during their time together. Kate’s trust issues were understandable, though I found them a bit irritating, she had a couple of bad experiences and was basically afraid of men as a whole, I get it, but not in the degree she showed… I liked Rylan best of the both of them, yes, he was super lost, but he was always his best for her, and so patient that I was honestly thinking that the guy wouldn’t get lucky at all… (not the point, though).

The main problem with this book is the lack of plot. Kate is in a journey to find herself and she ends up finding help in doing that, but that’s the whole of the plot. Rylan and Kate walk around Paris, and they spend the nights in their room, and they do the same the next day, until she leaves.

I had a huge problem with her reaction to Rylan’s revelation, I felt it was out of proportion. He never really lied to her, he never deceived her, he was always honest. If you know someone for less than a week, even in the first stages of a relationship, you don’t have to divulge your net-worth… but ok, the girl had trust issues and Rylan omitting the fact that he was super rich didn’t help, but still… I’m curious about the next book, I want to see exactly how he’ll win her back, because she seems to have gone back a few steps.

About the erotic part of the book, which was a BIG part of the book – as I said, they were either walking around or in the bedroom. I thought the scenes were very well written and tasteful even, and the chemistry was evidently there.

If you like a spicy book, without much plot, but complex characters, give this one a go. I’ll be picking up the next book for sure (I’m super curious!).

Something in the Air (Marie Landry)

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Her life hasn’t gone as planned, but she’s about to realize that sometimes the best things happen when you stop expecting life to be a certain way…

When Rose Morgan put off her college plans to help her mother through a difficult time, she thought it would just be a bump in the road of her journey. She got a job to help pay the bills and started picking up the slack at home. But three years later, her bumpy ride hasn’t smoothed out yet, and Rose feels stuck. She’s working at a job she hates and living with a manipulative mother. She’s tired of feeling like her life has stalled, tired of the resentment and anger building inside her with each passing day.

Then Declan Connelly appears in her life, and even though the hot Irishman is seriously tempting, Rose is determined not to let him in. She’s afraid to suck anyone into her bizarre life, especially someone who seems too charming for his own good. She soon learns there’s more to Declan than his sexy accent and charismatic personality, though. He’s a good man, and he wants Rose in his life, baggage and all. He’s got his own, and he isn’t scared away like she originally feared he would be.

Everything in Rose’s life is changing quickly. It’s finally her time–time to figure out what she wants and what her future holds. Time to get swept off her feet and not fight it. But when her plans might take her away from all the amazing new things in her life, including Declan, Rose has to make a choice. Is she willing to chase her dreams, even if it means letting go of love?


I was expecting to like this book a lot more than I actually did, and my problem was that I didn’t connect with most of the characters. This review will contain mild SPOILERS, sorry for that.

I really empathised with Rose’s situation, and while she was at home and had to deal with all the manipulation her mom did, I felt really bad for her. One thing I loved was her friendship with Dante, in fact, Dante was my favorite character of all of them. I liked that they were best friends and that nothing romantic ever went on with them. But I’ll tell you this: at one point in the book, when Dante starts acting weird, I actually thought they would go there, but nop 😉 .

Once Rose meets Declan and they start dating, things go way too fast. I don’t mean “oh, they went to bed too quickly”, no, I mean “omg, what do you mean? you’re moving in with the guy you’re dating after 2 dates?”. Yes, it happened. Ok, so they agree to be roommates, and they actually wait a long while to have sex, but still… It ends up kind of working for their relationship, given that the main focus of this book is not their romance, but Rose coming to her own and discovering what she wants to do.

As I said, I didn’t connect with the characters all that much. Rose was ok, but that was just it, ok. Declan, I really wanted to swoon over Declan, but I couldn’t. And mind you, my mental picture of him is something like this:

I’m assuming my mind created this mental image because of the amount of times that Declan says “aye” in this book, which is something that Sam Heughan says a lot in Outlander. And the curls, maybe those influenced as well. But still, Declan felt like a generic bad boy turned good, in love for the first time. He was super ok, but didn’t make my heart flutter. Sam Heughan however, totally does!

While I felt that Rose’s character did go through a good character development, and also felt that the initial situation could not have reached that critical level, so it was hard for me to connect that much. Also, I’m all for following your dreams, but I felt that she was more hell bent on proving to herself and her mom that she was not a settler, than actually realizing what to do with her life. But hey, that ok, she’s only 20.

I liked the writing, it flowed well and was easy to follow. This was also a very fast read.

I did have some troubles with the plot, and apart from the main characters, this is where my problems lay. I’ll tell you again, there will be SPOILERS here.

First of all, I felt that the situation with her father was totally ludicrous, because we live in the 21st century. I found it unbelievable that father and daughter wouldn’t have each others cell phones, and just the landline numbers – even with Rose’s mom manipulating the situation. Maybe it’s because it has been more than a decade since I actually called my dad or mom on a landline… Even if I could overlook the cell phone situation, what father can’t reach their daughter and doesn’t seek to see her (given how much he clearly loves her)? He knew where she lived, where she worked, he suspected that her mom was lying to her, why didn’t he just show up? I understand not wanting to make her mother look like the bad guy, but still, come on!

Other problem that I had, and I mentioned this, was how fast things moved between Declan and Rose. I get it, but still! When she found herself homeless and not able to rent a house, why didn’t she go to the diner to talk to Dante? Why didn’t she drive back to her dad’s? Why didn’t she found a room to rent? I get that Declan’s was there, available, easy, comfortable, but I thought it was a bit much. At some point they were spending almost 24 hours together… At least their relationship was cute, though i’ll admit that I didn’t feel the chemistry – maybe Right Where you Are ruined that for me .

Then Dante, my love, he became sort of a problem for me. At the point in the book that Rose and Declan start dating, Dante becomes absent, he starts picking up double shifts in the diner, and his boss apparently can’t hire another cook for over a month. So Dante loses his brilliance and energy and passion for life, and becomes quite unhappy. That’s when he decides to move to Greece. Well, I had so many problems with this. SO SO MANY! It bothered me that he didn’t even consider to search for his happiness right there, I get that moving away can be exciting, but I don’t think that the perspective of working under family is better than making it on your own. So Dante’s rash decision to move bothered me a bit. Also, I actually wanted to see him with Maura, which was something that we didn’t get a chance to do.

The ending I saw coming miles away, so I was upset when the author decided to throw that curveball in form of Declan’s letter. Maybe because I thought it was obvious what he was going to do, the only thing I didn’t know was the timing, but the fact that he was such a coward for those few hours really irked me.

By the way, I had a problem with the “I love you“‘s! And no, I’m not talking about Rose and Declan, but between Dante and Rose. I got it from the get go: these 2 are best friends and that’s it, so I didn’t feel the need to read “I love you. I would do anything for you.” 100 times during this book, sometimes, more than once in the same phrase. I think it’s weird. I love my best friend, but I don’t feel the need to tell her each time I’m talking to her, you know?

That’s it (uff, this turned out way longer than I thought it would)! I did enjoy the book, it had super sweet moments, and I know that if I had liked the characters more, some of this small problems wouldn’t even have registered. As it is, they did, that’s why this rating isn’t higher.

October Book Haul

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Guys, I did super well this month! I only bought 2 books, and that was way back in the very beginning of this month. And then I held my own and didn’t get anything else. Ok, honesty time, it wasn’t for lack of trying… I was running around Seoul and Japan desperately trying to find one book in English (that I didn’t already have) and I failed… I found some in South Korea, but the price just wasn’t worth it. When I got back I tried to find Carry On on my local bookshop, but no dice, so I didn’t bought anything else.

In terms of physical copies, I got:


Then I didn’t buy any ebooks, again, not for lack of trying, but Amazon was going crazy with me because my country on Amazon is Portugal, and I was either in Spain or in the middle of Asia during this month, and it wasn’t letting me buy books at the portuguese price – just so you know, they are more expensive if I change the country to Spain and I don’t get it!


I did request and got approved for a bunch of Netgalley eARCs… I went on a request spree, because I spent most of my month reading ARCs, as you’ll see tomorrow on my wrap-up post. So, here they are:

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Crystallum (Primordial Principles #1) by Laney McMann

Frosh: First Blush (Frosh #1) by Mónica B. Wagner

Always Second Best (Broken Dreams #2) by Elodie Nowodazkij

Right Where You Are by L.E. Bross

Something in the Air by Marie Landry

Grounded By You (A Willoughby Inn Love Story #2) by Ivy Sinclair

Did I Mention I Love You? (The DIMILY Trilogy #1) by Estelle Maskame

Nirvana (Nirvana Series #1) by J.R. Stewart

Like Candy (Candy #1) by Debra Doxer

The Last One (The One Trilogy #1) by Tawdra Kandle

Ok… I was really into romances and New Adult books this past month, they’re exactly right for the time in between huge and more heavy fantasy series. That it is, 12 book, 10 of each eARCs… 😀

The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss (Max Wirestone)

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For fans of The Guild, New Girl, Scott Pilgrim, Big Bang Theory, Veronica Mars, or anyone who has ever geeked out about something. 

The odds of Dahlia successfully navigating adulthood are 3,720 to 1. But never tell her the odds.

Meet Dahlia Moss, the reigning queen of unfortunate decision-making in the St. Louis area. Unemployed broke, and on her last bowl of ramen, she’s not living her best life. But that’s all about to change.

Before Dahlia can make her life any messier on her own she’s offered a job. A job that she’s woefully under-qualified for. A job that will lead her to a murder, an MMORPG, and possibly a fella (or two?).

Turns out unfortunate decisions abound, and she’s just the girl to deal with them.

Pub Date: October 20, 2015 by Redhook Books

I received an eArc from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


I had so much fun reading this book. The geeky references were amazing, and I would like to say that outside the MMORPG references – that I got only because I watched The Guild recently, I got most of everything else! So yay me! The Pokemon references were totally lost on me, I have to admit that I never watched it…

I LOVED the writing. It is written as if Dahlia is writing her story in the future about the events that have already occurred, so sometimes she gives hints to the future and her inner dialogue is hilarious.

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(my copy did have some typos and missing words, but it was an ARC, so I’m not sure how the final version turned out.)

The characters are so many that a few felt underdeveloped. I think that it would have worked better to cut some of the Guild members and stick to the important ones plot-wise. I really liked Dahlia, and I loved Nathan, and I wanted to see more of them and their weird and cute relationship, but that didn’t developed much (unfortunately). Charise was crazy as hell, and she really kept me on my toes right until the end of the book (I thought for sure that a plot twist was coming…). I really liked Detective Schuler and until the end I wasn’t sure if there might be something more between him and Dahlia… I think she should stick with Nathan though, but honestly, the book didn’t give much closure in regards to that and I would like to know who she did end up with (sorry people, I’m a sucker for romance!).

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The plot kept me thinking. I will tell you this though: I did not see the murderer coming… but a few things were a bit convoluted. Still, the plot flowed well enough and it had a good pacing.

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I was expecting Dahlia’s ex-boyfriend Erik to actually make an appearance – other than in-game – but he did not, and I felt that that was a missed opportunity, given how much time she spent thinking about her failed relationship with him.

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To sum it up, I really enjoyed this book, and it left me wanting more. I could totally see this becoming a series or something, with Dahlia taking on nerdy cases and socializing with her weird and wonderful new friends.

Rating: 4.2 Stars

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An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes (Randy Ribay)

As their senior year approaches, four diverse friends joined by their weekly Dungeons & Dragons game struggle to figure out real life. Archie’s trying to cope with the lingering effects of his parents’ divorce, Mari’s considering an opportunity to contact her biological mother, Dante’s working up the courage to come out to his friends, and Sam’s clinging to a failing relationship. The four eventually embark on a cross-country road trip in an attempt to solve–or to avoid–their problems.  

Told in the narrative style of Akira Kurosawa’s RASHOMAN, AN INFINITE NUMBER OF PARALLEL UNIVERSES is at turns geeky, funny, and lyrical as it tells a story about that time in life when friends need each other to become more than just people that hang out.

Pub Date: October 16th 2015 by Merit Press

I received an eArc from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.


This book is written in a very interesting way… for about 40/50% of the book, we follow the exact same week from the perspective of our 4 main characters: Archie, Mari, Dante and Sam. I found this so interesting, it was amazing to read what each of them thought about the exact same event and situation.

For the rest of the book, the narrative is a bit more complicated and there is some alternation between the POVs, though it sometimes takes a bit to actually understand which view you’re getting at a time. I guess it’s some kind of  third person omniscient narrator thing, though I’m still not sure (sorry). Although this is the part where the story actually gets interesting like hell, with all our characters together in the same space, it’s the one that I found harder to read.

“If only leveling up in real life were as simple as in a game. Complete a few quests. Gain some experience. Develop special abilities.”

About the characters… This is definitely the most diverse group of characters in the book that I’ve ever read. And their problems? WOW! I have to admit that the only character that I didn’t connect with was Sam, although I understood his problem, he was just being a prick for most of the book… This book deals with such important themes though, sexuality, homophobia, adoption, racism, religious beliefs, cancer, heartbreak, …, wow, right? A lot of important and heavy themes for an YA book.

The plot, I really liked the concept and idea of it. They all embark on this giant road-trip for Sam, but really because they’re all running away from something. They eventually stop running and become better friends in the process, the kind of friends that are worth having.

I had a couple of problems with this book…

I struggled a bit with the alternating POVs in the second half of the book, but nothing major.

That road-trip was crazy! EVERYTHING that could go wrong did, which while amazing in terms of plot, wasn’t really believable…

I also had a tiny problem with the fact that we don’t actually get any resolution to any of their problems and struggles. SPOILERS! When the book ends, we only know that Sam finally woke up and realized that Sarah was not good for him, and Archie and Mari are together, but we don’t know what will happen between Archie and his dad, whether Mari will contact her birth mother, or if her mom will beat cancer, we have no idea what it’s waiting for Dante when he gets back home… And I wanted to know!

All in all, it was a good read, and I would highly recommend it. 🙂

Rating: 3.8 Stars

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