Blackmail Boyfriend (Chris Cannon)

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Sometimes, blackmail is the only weapon a girl has…

Haley Patterson has had a crush on golden boy Bryce Colton for ages. But when she hears a rumor that he hooked up with her she gives him a choice: be her boyfriend for a month to show other guys that she’s dateable-despite her overprotective and very intimidating brothers-or deal with the angry, cage-fighting boyfriend of the girl he actually did hook up with.

Bryce didn’t know the other Haley even had a boyfriend. He was just trying to get his ex off his back. And now, not only is he being blackmailed, he’s being blackmailed by an honor student. His new “girlfriend” has two three-legged dogs, her father mows grass at the country club, and she’s…well, difficult. And different.

Can something so fake turn into something real?


I’ve had this book on my kindle (and on my TBR) for a long time now, and I thought that it was finally time to get to it. I’ve read a lot of contemporaries lately, and also a lot of fake-relationship romances, so I’m sorry to say that this book disappointed me… a lot. It not only has a great goodreads average rating, but it has good ratings from fellow bloggers, so I thought this would be a lot better to be honest =/.

Let’s start with the writing. I thought the writing itself was pretty average, but what it failed on was the dual POV. As you know, I’m a huge fan of dual POV, I think it brings a lot to the table in romance novels. But the problem here was that the dual POV was not great, and the two main characters didn’t have distinct enough voices. Sometimes I had to revert to the beginning of a chapter to know who was talking, and I even spotted at least one time that the author herself was confused about who that POV belonged to… never a good sign.

Another thing that bothered me a lot was the errors in formatting, as well as some typos. My brain is OK to ignore both things when I’m reading an ARC, because it knows that it’s not a finished version. But here this wasn’t the case. This book was the kindle version sold on amazon, which means that some kind of things shouldn’t be found.

I had some problems with the two main characters too. Haley felt too young and immature. While her plan initially is supposed to be opening the way for other boys to know she’s datable, she’s infatuated by Bryce right from the start and hopes to make their relationship real very early on, even without really knowing him. Her reactions annoyed me a lot of the times too. Bryce was no better, unfortunately. He was super clueless, but that could have been kind of cute, right? But he ran hot and cold, and most of the times he was inconsiderate, and I wanted to slap the hell out of him. To be honest, I liked their 2 BFFs a lot better, and even their romance was better, and I kind of wish that the book had been about them instead of Haley and Bryce.

The plot was interesting though, and had a lot of potential. I especially liked Haley’s twin brothers and how protective they were of their sister. The romance itself also had potential, but I thought the execution was a bit shady and several potentially romantic moments were wasted.

At least the parents were very present in this book, even if they each had only one normal and good parent, because Bryce’s dad and Haley’s mom were terrible!

Honestly this book was OK, entertaining, but not good. I couldn’t relate at all with the characters and they were super annoying to me. I’m sure though, that a lot of people won’t have this problem, so I can’t tell you not to read it… it just wasn’t for me.

Pieces of You and Me (Erin Fletcher)

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Five years.  

That’s how long I’ve been gone. Since I left my best friend — the girl I loved — behind.

Five seconds. 

That’s how long it takes to realize I am completely, utterly, screwed. Because now that I’m back, my childhood crush has turned into so much more. 

Rylee has changed. We both have. And now I’m drawn to her in a completely different way. To her smile. Her touch. To reliving old memories and making new ones. To the happiness she’s always given me that I haven’t felt since I left. 

But her friends are hell-bent on keeping us apart. My dad is one drink away from destroying both of our lives, and maybe I am, too. It’s only a matter of time before I have to leave again, and there’s nothing I can do to stop it. I never get a choice. 

The one choice I can make? Stay away from Rylee. Because if I don’t, I’ll break her heart—and mine—all over again.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains references to drinking, addiction, and just the right amount of angst. You’ll want to save this tortured hero, while at the same time, not want to change a single thing about him!


Guess what guys?! Yep, that’s right! This was another buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much 😀 . Check out her blog in the next few days to read her take on this book.

Remember a couple of days ago when I said that Entangled Crush never disappointed me? Oh well… this book was a bit of a let down. 😦

The writing was simple and easy, but not exciting in the least. I also found some problems with the person used and lack of consistency, because most of the book was on the first person, but there were some slips into 3rd person.

The main problem for me was that I didn’t like the main characters at all. I’m a huge fan of BFFs to lovers romance, but this story lacked both the friendship and the romance. Rylee was just so bland and weird… I hated that she kept things from her friends for fear of being judged, and that she changed to adapt her new friends so she stopped enjoying things that were important to her once, and honestly, how does someone blame a 12 yo kid for something as moving?! And Chase? He could have been great, but he just wasn’t! He had issues, and while I kind of understood some of those issues, it wasn’t developed enough. I thought that he should have had some BIG ISSUE behind his behaviour… but no.

The lack of development in the characters and in the storyline, made this book not enjoyable for me. The side characters didn’t help the case at all, being “overprotective” and and way too judgmental. I also felt that some things ended up unresolved…

Ultimatly the whole book feel a bit flat for me =/ , I wish it had had some more development.

Playing Defense (Cate Cameron)

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Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains adult language, swoon-worthy kisses, and sexy hockey players. It may cause you to watch a hockey game…or ten. 

Sixteen-year-old Claudia Waring has never kissed a boy. Never been popular. Never been to a hockey game. All that’s about to change. Assigned to tutor Chris Winslow, a prank-loving, gorgeous hockey player, Claudia’s perfectly planned life immediately veers off course. And she kind of likes it. But as fun as Chris is, she knows she’ll never fit in his world. 

After his latest prank lands him in hot water, Chris has to get serious about school or lose hockey. Not an easy thing for someone as carefree as the defenseman. The biggest problem, though, is how much he wants to help his cute, buttoned-up tutor loosen up a little. But while confidence has never been a problem for him, around Claudia, Chris is all nerves. Why would a girl as smart as her ever fall for a jock like him?


First and foremost I want to say that this was my second buddy read of this month with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much. I love buddy reading with her 😀 – although we always share our thoughts about the books we’re reading, even if it’s not the same book ;-).

Entangled Crush books never fail to put a smile on my face. I’m a fan of these books to be honest, the romance is just the cutest thing, and Playing Defense was no exception.

The writing was good, it flowed well, and these two characters read like their age, and that’s always a plus. The plot is nothing that hasn’t been done well: popular jock and timid smart girl. Right? But the execution was a bit different from what I’ve seen before. Both characters were great and go through a good transformation during this book, mainly Claudia.

I really liked Chris, I felt that he was a breath of fresh air. He wasn’t academically smart, but he was smart – he just didn’t care. He had a carefree spirit and was fun and nice. He made a good contrast with academic-focused Claudia, who always wondered what it would be like to do some stuff, but never felt brave enough to do them. I really liked how they balanced each other out, Claudia helped Chris to focus more on school and to actually try to do stuff, while Chris loosened up Claudia a bit, and taught her how to have fun.

Their romance was beyond wonderful. I really liked reading confident Chris succumbing to anything – ANYTHING – that Claudia wanted. He was like a puppy in love, and it was so adorable.

The problems they faced made me seriously sad. I just wanted them to be ok again, because they were so cute and awesome together. And YES, AWESOME was a highly used world on this book and now I can’t think of it without associating it with the book.

Either way, if you’re looking for a cute YA romance, with great characters and a bit of hockey, give this book a chance.

How Willa Got Her Groove Back (Willa and Finn Book 1/3 – Creative HeArts #2) (Emily McKay)

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When your life feels like a bad movie, rewrite the script.

When Willa Schofer’s father comes home from a business trip with an über-famous new fiancée, Willa’s senior year blows up in paparazzi-fueled flames. Overnight, she has a new house, a new car, and a new soon-to-be stepbrother — the unbelievably hot, unbelievably arrogant, Finn McCain. Thank god he’s constantly pushing her buttons, or she might do something irresponsible. Like fall for the jerk.

Just when Willa’s decided to avoid him for, oh, ever, Finn lands in the center of her senior project team. Seriously — how hard is it to shake a guy? At least her work on the project snagged the attention of the (second) hottest guy in school. He might only be into her because of her famous stepmom, and he’s not quite as exciting as a certain annoying housemate, but at least she’s allowed to crush on the guy.

Because crushing on your annoying stepbrother? So not cool.

This Entangled Teen Crush book contains an unbelievably hot bad boy, an unbelievably famous actress, and all the drama that comes with adding both to your family. Oh, and a forbidden flirtation with a soon-to-be stepbrother.


I have to say that I was not expecting to like this books as much as I did. Also, getting into it, I had no idea that it would be a series of its own – a.k.a., this is the first book in the Willa and Finn trilogy. So people, be warned: THIS IS NOT A STANDALONE NOVEL! Also, this is a loose retelling of Pride and Prejudice!

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First of all, I really liked the writing! This book is mostly written from Willa’s POV, first person, and she’s a delight. She’s funny and sarcastic and she says and thinks the most hilarious things. Then, every now and then we get a Finn chapter, and they’re totally different because they’re told in the 3rd person. I loved this style. I’ve read a lot of books with dual POV, but none who had done like this and I really really digged it!

I loved Willa and I loved Finn. I thought that Willa was a bit quick to judge, especially when Finn was concerned. I saw a few reviews saying how rude and self absorbed Finn was, but I didn’t get that idea at all. These are 2 broken characters, who had at some point in their lives, to help their parents get out of a bad situation, and they were both forced to grow a lot faster than they should have because of it.

I totally got Willa’s reticence when meeting Mia, her dad’s new fiancée. I’ve been living with my father since I was 13 and now if he made a decision that big and didn’t tell me, I would probably be ok with it, because, you know, I’m 31… but at 17 I would have been pissed! It’s not that Willa doesn’t want her dad to be happy, of course she does, but without even a warning – when it had been them against the world for 7 years – he gets home with a new woman and a lot of changes. He might be in love, but he’s losing part of himself to this new – very new – relationship, and Willa is not OK with it. It’s bad! I found it so worrying that he wasn’t even taking into account his daughter’s feelings, or even looking at her, or asking simple stuff as “how’s school?”. I would have been beyond pissed. So, I totally got Willa, and I think it took a lot of guts to finally admit her hangups.

As for Finn, poor Finn… I just wanted to hug him and tell him that everything was going to be OK. Because it has to be absolutely terrible to grow up without trusting anyone…

My only complaint will have to be on how light this book was on the romance front. I mean, there are a few situations, but NOTHING happens. I was almost screaming at my Kindle for them to freaking kiss already!… it didn’t help =/.

I hope there’s more tension and finally some kissing with the right person on the next book… and that the parents realize they need to stop putting up a front and just be themselves.

I really liked this, I can’t wait for book 2 to come out :D.

Not Okay, Cupid (Heidi R. Kling)

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Her wicked revenge, or his wicked heart… 

Hazel McCallister loves her life. Perfect grades. Perfect best friend. Perfect boyfriend. Until her perfect boyfriend cheats on her with her perfect best friend. Now Hazel’s in free fall—until her best friend’s brother, Felix, gives her the perfect idea. Reclaim her power by taking revenge on her cheating ex. 

Felix James loves his life. Casual relationships. Loads of surfing. He’s as drama-free as they come. But he can’t stand by when his sister steals her best friend’s boyfriend, and the dude insists it was Hazel’s fault. So Felix vows to help turn Hazel into a girl her ex can’t resist—so then she can break his heart. 

With an alliance in place, Hazel’s revenge is all but assured. But with each piece of payback, she feels a stronger attraction to Felix, even though revenge will turn her into a girl Felix could never be with. And soon Hazel has to make an impossible choice: revenge…or Felix, the boy who’s stolen her heart. 

WARNING! This book contains betrayal, revenge, and that most tempting vice of all, the bad boy you know you can’t have.


Today is the day that Not Okay, Cupid comes out, so it was the perfect day to dig into to this book and write this review. I have to be honest, after reading The Girlfriend Request (also out today), my hopes weren’t that high for this book… BUT, I was wrong! Not Okay, Cupid totally surpassed my expectations, and that’s part of why I gave it 4 stars, besides some problems that it did have.

I absolutely loved the writing. It was fun, witty and easy to read I’ll tell you guys this, whatever else this lady writes, I want to read as well.

But the winning element in this book is definitely the two main characters. I was a bit worried, because the the whole revenge plot can either be a hit or a miss, and I honestly thought it was a hit, because the characters were great individually, but were even more awesome together, since the first scene they share. And Felix was such a funny narrator! They both were funny, but Felix just blew it out of the park. This book made me laugh… out loud… in very public places!

I loved that both main characters were not exactly what they seemed to be in the beginning. And the romance is beyond cute, it’s great to read how much they meant to each other since forever, especially how Felix secretly always held Hazel on a pedestal.

I also liked that even though the plot depends on some heavy teen drama, the characters themselves are not over dramatic. That’s good and kind of refreshing.

Now, I found two very distracting problems with this ARC – and maybe it was only because I was reading the ARC version – but there were a lot of inconsistencies and continuation problems. Felix eyes change colours 3 times, for instance, and I probably wouldn’t have noticed it if I hadn’t read it all in the same day. I do hope these inconsistencies were corrected prior to the book being released.

Still, I had an AMAZING time reading this book! Keep it coming Entangled Crush!!!

The Girlfriend Request (Jodie Andrefski)

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Updating best friend to girlfriend is more than a change of status…

Emma has been best friends with Eli since she moved to his neighborhood ten years ago. Tired of being cast in the role of the girl next door, Emma creates a fake Facebook profile in the hopes of starting an online friendship with Eli, which would hopefully lead to more. Like…way more. From friend request to In a Relationship–it all seemed so completely logical when she’d planned it.

Eli can’t figure out what Emma is up to. He’s pretty sure she’s the one behind the Facebook profile, but then again, why would she do something so drastic instead of just admitting she wants to be more than friends? And who the heck is this new guy he saw her with? Eli starts to think that just maybe…he missed his chance with the girl next door.

Two best friends, one outlandish ruse. Their status is about to become way more than It’s Complicated… 

This Entangled Teen Crush book contains one fake Facebook profile, two best friends who secretly crave each other, and a dreaded sex talk with parents…boy crush in the room included. Pushing a relationship beyond the friend zone has never been so crazy…


I started this book at Lisbon airport, yesterday at 6 a.m., and finished it around 5 p.m., in my bed in Barcelona. I picked this one up because I was too tired to focus on Winter and I needed a fun and easy read for the trip day.

While this book was an enjoyable and fast read, it was by no means brilliant. 

I enjoyed the writing well enough, the story flows well and I even liked how the author makes time passages within the same phrase.

My main problem though was with the plot and the characters. The premise of this story seemed a bit idiotic to me from the get go, but maybe it’s because I’m an adult, and “creating a false profile, with a fake pic, so he fall in love with her, then he will love me” seems really stupid to me. I understand Emma’s reluctance to flat out admit her feelings for her best friend, sure, I can even get on board with a fake profile of sorts, but the fake pic and some other stuff just went a bit overboard.

I could understand Emma and where she was coming from, but all her decisions felt wrong to me, and her inability to sort out her feelings was a bit too much. I kind of liked Eli, and I understand why it took him so long to see Em as something more (I was in love with my best friend at 15, and he only looked at me differently after I told him). But in the end, the drama between these two was too much! For 2 people who knew each other so well, they had a lot of communication problems. 

About Jake… grrr, I’m conflicted! I liked him when he first got there, and for a moment there I wasn’t actually sure that Emma and Eli would get together, because Jake seemed like a wiser and better option. But then I had to wonder, what the hell was a 19 yo boy doing with a 16 yo (very childish) girl? Because let’s face it: Emma acted way younger than her age! And then he did something I didn’t like, so… yeah… Sarah, I liked!

This book has very funny moments, and Emma’s parents are part of a few of them, like the sex talk! But overall this book was too heavy on the teen drama, with a lot of shouts and lack of communication, and that didn’t quite work for me. Also, the last chapter or so… NO! The idea that Eli needed to prove to anyone other than Emma how he felt, felt wrong to me, sorry.

In the end, this is not a MUST read, but it was fun and cute at times, so I sort of recommend it.

Finding Perfect (Kendra C. Highley)

How far will you go for perfection? 

For “Perfect Paige” Westfeld, today is “D” Day. As in, she just got one on her calculus test. With her dreams of Stanford, her reputation, and her parents’ expectations at stake, Paige needs to find a way to save face before everything she’s worked for goes up in flames.

Ben Franklin (yes, he’s related) is from the wrong side of town, with the wrong clothes and the wrong kind of life. He also knows an opportunity when he sees one, and he’ll be happy to tutor Paige – if she makes him into the kind of guy her best friend, the hottest girl in school, will date.  

It’s the perfect arrangement. And Paige is determined not even the inconvenient – and utterly imperfect – attraction simmering between her and Ben will ruin it…

Pub Date: September 14th 2015 by Entangled: Crush

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


I wasn’t exactly expecting this book to turn out as deep as it did. I thought it was just about the romance, and I was so happy to see that it was not the case. This book is mainly about being true to oneself, and dealing with the pressure and expectations that others will bestow on you. Peer and parental pressure can be a suffocating thing…

I really liked the writing, and I loved the double POV. I’m a fan of multiple POVs, because it allows you to actually know what’s going on in the character’s minds, and here it worked perfectly, especially during the “get to know you” phase.

I adored these characters. I understood Paige so much, and I just wanted to wrap my arms around her and assure her that everything would turn out ok. And Ben… oh Ben… he’s so great! Smart, sexy, 2 jobs, cute, …?! wow!

I also really liked that although both of them were portrayed was studious, put together, nerdy, and so on, that they weren’t portrait as saints and inexperienced. Paige, even though she saw herself as second best to Zoey, was not shy and she knew very well what she was doing when she got her hands on Ben. That was refreshing and accurate.

The romance was so cute and adorable, and I could read 200 more pages of them together (car washing scene people!!!). The fact that Paige is pretty quick to realize that she likes Ben and still tries to help him get Zoey? I was so proud of her and so sad at the same time, because he liked her too, but was doing the wrong things, because he thought he wasn’t good enough for her… so much miscommunication! But I liked how they eventually came together and were able to get through the difficulties… and by that I totally mean Paige’s mother! What was she thinking?

Zoey really surprised me, and I want to see more of her. That ending made me hopeful that we’ll get a second book about her. And maybe get a glimpse of Ben and Paige?! Wouldn’t that be great???

This book actually made me cry, which was something I was not expecting! Seeing Paige asserting herself and fighting for what she wanted for her life was amazing.

By the way… I started this book yesterday morning on my way to work, and finished it before I went to bed… it was such a fast read.

Rating: 3.8 Stars

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