The Chase (Elle Kennedy)

Everyone says opposites attract. And they must be right, because there’s no logical reason why I’m so drawn to Colin Fitzgerald. I don’t usually go for tattoo-covered, video-gaming, hockey-playing nerd-jocks who think I’m flighty and superficial. His narrow view of me is the first strike against him. It doesn’t help that he’s buddy-buddy with my brother.

And that his best friend has a crush on me.

And that I just moved in with them.

Oh, did I not mention we’re roommates?

I suppose it doesn’t matter. Fitzy has made it clear he’s not interested in me, even though the sparks between us are liable to burn our house down. I’m not the kind of girl who chases after a man, though, and I’m not about to start. I’ve got my hands full dealing with a new school, a sleazy professor, and an uncertain future. So if my sexy brooding roomie wises up and realizes what he’s missing?

He knows where to find me.


I’m so happy to be able to able to visit the Briar University world again! ❤

I missed Elle Kennedy and her writing, and the amazing group of friends that she created on the Off Campus series, and I’m very glad that most of them made an appearance in this book. And I really loved the 2 new characters that she gave us on this first book of this new series.

I really liked Fitzy, though sometimes I wanted to smack him for his stupidity. The character definitly had layers and I understood his reasonings, but nevertheless, he’s one of the reasons I’m not giving this book 5 stars, because Fitz’s character development is SO SLOW!

Summer, however, I LOVE! This girl is all kinds of amazing, and it’s so rare for me to like a girl MC more than the guy, but Summer stole the show. I loved her internal dialogs, I loved how Elle Kennedy represented Summer’s wandering mind, I loved how protective she was of the people she loved, and how she fought for what was right. But mostly, I loved that even though she didn’t have it easy, she didn’t confirm and she always tried to be better.

I loved the romance between these 2, they had such different personalities and ways of living their lives, but they just fit! But mostly, I loved he development of their relationship. I’m happy that they took their time, and went through all the ups and downs when they did.

However, I was not a fan of the love triangle thing. It was clear that Hunter never stood a change, but I didn’t appreciate that he was lead on for so long. It put a damp on my enjoyment of this book, and it’s the other reason why this is not getting 5 stars from me.

Elle Kennedy writes amazing romances, but she also writes amazing friendships, and I’m so happy for the connection between Summer and Brenna. I love Brenna! And while on the Off Campus series I always felt like the guys shone more than the girls, I think Briar U might go the opposite way, and that makes me excited for the prospect.

Guys, this is yet another amazing book by this author. If you’ve read and loved the Off Campus series, get this book now!


Excerpt:

“Dance with me?”

I want to say no.

But I also want to say yes.

I call this the Summer Dilemma—the frustrating, polar reactions this green-eyed, golden-haired goddess sparks in me.

Fuck yes and hell no.

Get naked with her. Run far, far away from her.

“Thanks, but I don’t like to dance.” I’m not lying. Dancing’s the worst.

Besides, when it comes to Summer Di Laurentis, my flight instinct always wins out.

“You’re no fun, Fitzy.” She makes a tsking noise, drawing my gaze to her lips. Full, pink, and glossy, with a tiny mole above the left side of her mouth.

It’s an extremely hot mouth.

Hell, everything about Summer is hot. She’s hands down the best-looking girl in the bar, and every dude in our vicinity is either staring enviously or glowering at me for being with her.

Not that I’m with her. We’re not together. I’m just standing next to her, with two feet of space between us. Which Summer keeps trying to bridge by leaning closer to me.

In her defense, she practically has to scream in my ear for me to hear her over the electronic dance music blasting through the room. I hate EDM, and I don’t like these kinds of bars, the ones with a dance floor and deafening music. Why the subterfuge? Just call your establishment a nightclub, if that’s what you want it to be. The owner of Gunner’s Pub should’ve called this place Gunner’s Club. Then I could’ve turned right around when I saw the sign and spared myself the shattered eardrums.

Not for the first time tonight, I curse my friends for dragging me to Brooklyn for New Year’s Eve. I’d way rather be at home, drinking a beer or two and watching the ball drop on TV. I’m low-key like that.

“You know, they warned me you were a curmudgeon, but I didn’t believe it until now.”

“Who’s they?” I ask suspiciously. “And hey, wait. I’m not a curmudgeon.”

“Hmmm, you’re right—the term is kind of dated. Let’s go with Groucho.”

“Let’s not.”

“No-Fun Police? Is that better?” Her expression is pure innocence. “Seriously, Fitz, what do you have against fun?”

An unwitting smile breaks free. “Got nothing against fun.”

“All right. Then what do you have against me?” she challenges. “Because every time I try talking to you, you run away.”

My smile fades. I shouldn’t be surprised that she’s calling me out in public. We’ve had a whopping total of two encounters, but that’s plenty of time for me to know she’s the type who thrives on drama.

I hate drama.

“Got nothing against you, either.” With a shrug, I ease away from the bar, prepared to do what she’s just accused me of—run.

A frustrated gleam fills her eyes. They’re big and green, the same shade as her older brother Dean’s eyes. And Dean’s the reason I force myself to stay put. He’s a good friend of mine. I can’t be a jackass to his sister, both out of respect for him, and for fear of my well-being. I’ve been on the ice when Dean’s gloves come off. He’s got a mean right hook.

“I mean it,” I say roughly. “I have nothing against you. We’re cool.”

“What? I didn’t hear the last part,” she says over the music.

I dip my mouth toward her ear, and I’m surprised that I barely have to bend my neck. She’s taller than the average chick, five-nine or ten, and since I’m six-two and used to towering over women, I find this refreshing.

“I said we’re cool,” I repeat, but I misjudged the distance between my lips and Summer’s ear. The two collide, and I feel a shiver run up her frame.

I shiver too, because my mouth is way too close to hers. She smells like heaven, some fascinating combo of flowers and jasmine and vanilla and—sandalwood, maybe? A man could get high on that fragrance. And don’t get me started on her dress. White, strapless, short. So short it barely grazes her lower thighs.

God fucking help me.


Review Blitz: The Upside of Falling (Meghan Quinn)

Tucked away at the base of the Rocky Mountains lived a little boy with one singular dream: leave this broken and battered home and become someone.
Be somebody’s hero.
That boy was me — Colby Brooks. Except I’m not that same little boy anymore.
My dreams might still be the same, but my reality isn’t.
I’m smarter. Stronger. A man.
And I learned a long damn time ago, the only way to achieve my dreams was to avoid distractions — at any cost.
Focus. Resolve. Determination.
But all it took was one single night. One night and my entire life…changed.
One night had me colliding head first with the biggest distraction of my life; Rory Oaks.
Smart. Charming. Beautiful.
Rory changed everything.
Quickly, my one-track mind started to bend.
Each kiss faded decade-long dreams.
And with one single incident, I fly off course.

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Review:

This was a very different book from other Meghan Quinn’s stories that I’ve read before. It has a lot less humour, and maybe even a bit less focused on the sexy times (though it still has plenty of those to go around), but the writing is more poetic, and more breathtaking too. It’s beautiful, and though I love her humour, I liked this one just as well.

I loved the romance and the characters. Colby’s background is so sad, and he’s such an amazing person, and I just wanted to reach into his early life and beat the crap out of everyone who hurt him. He goes through such an amazing character development in this book, opening his heart and his mind, and letting himself feel and dream.

I loved Rory as well, she was also an amazing girl and an amazing human being. She has such a difficult home life, and she still looked at everything with a smile on her face and an open heart. She’s amazing and strong.

These 2 together were explosive. The chemistry was there from the first moment, and even though there is a bit of insta-something, they develop their relationship, and you understand their bond and believe in it.

Unfortunately, knowing this is a duet, and knowing what they’re both facing, I knew from the start that this book wasn’t going to end well. But I could also see some things coming, and I was kind of disappointed with them, to be honest. I was hoping that Meghan Quinn wouldn’t go there, but she did. I’m not gonna hate on it, because I think the next book will surprise me and this is all going to make sense. But at this point, I’m not happy about that ending. I wanted heartbreak, but I felt like the ending was a bit cliché. Please prove me wrong, Meghan!

One thing that I was expecting a bit more of, was Colby’s background. We get a few chapters of his childhood, but they stop around 60% of the book, and I was hoping we would get more of those little insights. Another thing that I needed, and I hope we’ll get on the second book, is the “resolution” of some of Colby’s past, or some sort of explanation.

But as you can see, I loved this one. I can’t wait for the second book on this duet, because that ending killed me and I need to know how it’s going to end. 


Excerpt:

Head turned down, pushing the sleeves of his white Henley up his arms, he swaggers toward me. His jeans hang low on his hips, held up by the same brown belt he wore the other night. His narrow waist directs my eyes to the center of his jeans, and I can’t help wonder what might be behind the crotch of his pants.

And then there is his chest. Barrel like, broad and prominent. His thick biceps showcase his strength, and the fabric of his shirt stretches over his shoulders and forearms. Having spent a lot of time at the gym, I’ve seen every body type, but Colby’s is different. He’s strong, built, but not like a body builder. His body seems to suggest the only kind of weight he’s been lifting is his own body, pushup after pushup. I can’t imagine there being barbells in his workouts, but I can imagine logs, cadets, and heavy machinery. He has working muscles, the kind you earn from hard, dedicated work on the field. In a word? Impressive.

Walking up to Stryder, he grips his friend’s shoulder and says something into his ear. A smirk crosses Stryder’s face before he moves over to our side of the bowling alley and takes Colby’s place.

Is he leaving? Already?

Might as well at this point. It’s not like he’s going to talk to me, not after my pathetic attempt at a bet. I should have known I was going to hang out in the gutter all night. It’s where I usually am when I’m bowling. I blame the ball. The thing has a vendetta against me.

Sighing, I prop my chin in my hand and watch Stryder expertly toss his ball down the lane, getting a strike . . . once again. And just like every other strike, he pumps his arm up in the air and celebrates. We get it, you’re good, no need to—

“Hey.”

That voice . . .

Stunned, eyes wide, not able to move, not wanting to scare him away, I keep my eyes trained forward, soaking in that beautifully deep voice of his for a brief moment before saying, “Hey.”

“Can I sit here?”

Still keeping my eyes trained forward, I say, “Sure.”

My body tingles with awareness of how close he is to me, that fresh laundry scent invading my senses, prickling the little hairs on my arm. My body leans toward his, wanting a little more, searching for anything else he might give me. I don’t know why he’s choosing to engage me in conversation, but I’m sure as hell not moving while he does.

“Sorry about tonight,” he says and he actually sounds sincere.

“Why are you sorry?” I mumble.

Reaching around, he takes my cheek in his hand. The calluses on his palm rubbing against my skin is a welcome sensation. As I’m turned toward him, I steady my breathing. I’m having a hard time slowing my heart rate because of his close proximity, and the unexpected touch shooting a wave of heat through my veins.

“I’m sorry you didn’t get to ask me any questions. I didn’t think you were going to suck that bad.” A playful smile tugs at his lips, and my heart sinks to the floor. Oh God, he’s so gorgeous, especially when he smiles.

Matching his smirk, I say, “I didn’t think I was going to suck that bad either.”

“I feel bad.”

“You should.” That garners a laugh, deep and throaty, the sound cloaking me like a shield, protecting me from the outside world, bringing me into a little bubble where we are the only two that exist.

“Ask me a question.”

Shocked, I swallow hard and say, “Really?”

He nods and holds up his fingers. “You get three.”

“Oh, three? Wow, I feel like you just gave me the key to your soul.”

Rolling his eyes, he adjusts his stance on the barstool and leans back, giving us some space, our knees still knocking into each other. “Easy killer; it’s just three questions.”

“Yeah, three questions I didn’t have before.” Tapping my chin, I try to think of good questions, but now that I have him willing and waiting, nothing comes to mind. I wasn’t prepared for this, he caught me off-guard, and now I feel I can’t be strategic about my probing. “Hmm . . . what do you like to do on the weekends?”

“Jump,” he answers.

Searching his eyes, lips quirked, I say, “Uh, you’re going to have to be more specific than that. What kind of jumping are we talking here? Like jump roping? Because that seems kind of weird to do on the weekends, and if you tell me you’re in some kind of jump-roping club at the academy, I’m not going to believe you.”

His lips curve up as he scratches the side of his jaw. “Jump out of airplanes.”

Oh.

Oh.

That’s . . .

Uh, that’s really hot.

“So you just casually jump out of airplanes?”

“I’m part of the Wings of Blue, the academy’s parachute team. We jump every day, at least two to three times a day after class and before dinner, depending on wind and ceiling limits. On the weekends, some of the guys, including Stryder and me, go to Springs East Airport and do civilian jumps. The more jumps we get in, the higher the chance we’ll be considered for big demonstrations, like parachuting into football games and major sporting events for the Rockies and Broncos.” Ummmm. Did anyone else just hear how many words he gifted me? And seriously? Does the man have no clue how incredibly sexy he is when he talks about something he loves? The expression on his face . . .

“Wow, that’s . . . that’s really hot.” I chuckle. “Sorry, I don’t mean to fangirl over your parachuting, but I guess I wasn’t expecting that answer. You just jump out of planes?”

He slowly nods. “Every day.”

“Anything to get you up in the clouds, huh?”

“Yeah,” he answers shyly, rubbing his jaw. “Okay, next question.”


The Downside of Love

Coming July 5th
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About the Author:

Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

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The Dating Experiment (Emma Hart)

1.Get over my best friend’s brother.
2.Remember that I’m over him.
3.Prove I can date other people.

It should be easy.

It’s not.

Setting up a dating website with the guy I’ve been in love with since I was five wasn’t my smartest idea.

Especially since he’s my best friend’s brother — thankfully, she’s okay with the fact I’m pulling a Sandy and I’m hopelessly devoted to him.

Which is why it’s time to get over him.

So I do something crazy and ask Dominic Austin to find me a date. He does — if I find him one, too.

Since we own Stupid Cupid, it should be easy, right? And it is.

My date is perfect. His date is perfect. Everything is perfect.

Until he kisses me…

Three dates.

One kiss.

And a big-ass mess…

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I’m a bit late to the party. I was supposed to have published this review days ago, but my schedule was crazy this week, and I wasn’t able to finish the book on time. So, it’s finally here.

I have to admit that I had a little trouble getting through this book. I loved book 1 on this series, but Dom and Chloe faught a lot… A LOT! And while I appreciated it at times, it became too much right from the start. I couldn’t see how they could be in love with each other, and I also couldn’t quite understand why none of them had ever said anything.

I felt like the book developed slowly, and the writing, though funny, couldn’t completely keep me captivated. I did enjoy the last third of the book, only then was I able to see all the potential in this coupling, and I started to enjoy Dom and Chloe’s interactions.

I wish I had seen more of them as a couple though, I also would have liked to see more character development. Or even more of the characters in general. Most of their page time was yelling expletives at each other, or thinking about each other, and I felt like I didn’t get to completely know the people behind it.

Either way, it was a fun read, but I was expecting a bit more.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies — usually wine — and writes books.

Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.

She likes to be busy — unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.

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Blog Tour: Pick Six (Max Monroe)

Sean Phillips is a sexy as sin enigma.
Cocky. Promiscuous.
The New York Mavericks star wide receiver.

His quick moves and sure hands extend way past the lines of the football field—and into the bedroom.

Sure of himself and sure of his life, Sean’s convinced he can handle anything. But when beautiful, pint-sized Six Malone delivers a challenge he’s never faced before, his certainty starts to waver.

**
Six Malone is a force to be reckoned with.
Feisty. Hilarious.
The popular YouCam vlogger Pick Six.

The chance to work with the Mavericks on an eight-episode vlog series is the opportunity of a lifetime, and Six knows it.

But after an interesting first encounter turns into a head-to-head battle with cocky football star Sean Phillips, her attention shifts — to keeping herself from falling in love.

Too bad spending time with the team is part of the job, and Sean has a flawless track record…of getting what he wants.

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Pick Six: A term used when a quarterback throws an interception and a defensive player returns it for a touchdown, resulting in six points.

Pick(ing) Six: When a man-wh*ring baller meets his match.

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I’m having a month full of Max Monroe’s books, and I’m loving it. I’ve been reading the Billionaire Bad Boys series and it’s awesome and so much fun. I wish I had finished that series already before heading into this one, because I would have appreciated it even more.

Either way, this book was fantastically fun again, the writing is just superb.

Once again, I really appreciated the characters, but I loved Six more than anything. She’s so fun and outgoing, and unapologetically herself, which is something she shares with Cassie, Sean’s sister, but in a slightly different kind of way. I really loved her relationship with the team, and the friendships she develops with the guys. I also liked Sean, but I somehow felt like he wasn’t fully fleshed out. I loved his cocky attitude, but I felt like something was lacking.

And I think it has to do with the romance, to be honest… I loved these 2 together. Six challenged Sean in an awesome way, and their chemistry was off the charts. But I wanted them to actually have “normal” interactions. I felt like they were always to worried to not show their true feelings, that they very rarely did. I need more of them together, being themselves, being open, I would have liked to see their feelings show. I know the whole plot was not that, but it somehow brought the book a bit down for me.

I wasn’t the biggest fan of the sneaking around thing, it was fun at first, but it got old pretty fast. I liked the conflict, but again, I wished the resolution would have been slightly different, but it was still satisfying enough.

Overall, another amazing book by Max Monroe, and a great addition to this series. Read it, it’s worth it.

Release Blitz: The Dating Experiment (Emma Hart)

1.Get over my best friend’s brother.
2.Remember that I’m over him.
3.Prove I can date other people.

It should be easy.

It’s not.

Setting up a dating website with the guy I’ve been in love with since I was five wasn’t my smartest idea.

Especially since he’s my best friend’s brother — thankfully, she’s okay with the fact I’m pulling a Sandy and I’m hopelessly devoted to him.

Which is why it’s time to get over him.

So I do something crazy and ask Dominic Austin to find me a date. He does—if I find him one, too.

Since we own Stupid Cupid, it should be easy, right? And it is.

My date is perfect. His date is perfect. Everything is perfect.

Until he kisses me…

Three dates.

One kiss.

And a big-ass mess…

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By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies — usually wine — and writes books.

Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.

She likes to be busy — unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.

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Release Blitz: Pick Six by Max Monroe

Pick Six
SERIES: Mavericks Tackle Love #2
AUTHOR: MAX MONROE
PUBLICATION DATE: May 8, 2018
PUBLISHER: MAX MONROE LLC
GENRE: CONTEMPORARY & Sports ROMANCE

Sean Phillips is a sexy as sin enigma.
Cocky. Promiscuous.
The New York Mavericks star wide receiver.

His quick moves and sure hands extend way past the lines of the football field—and into the bedroom.

Sure of himself and sure of his life, Sean’s convinced he can handle anything. But when beautiful, pint-sized Six Malone delivers a challenge he’s never faced before, his certainty starts to waver.

**
Six Malone is a force to be reckoned with.
Feisty. Hilarious.
The popular YouCam vlogger Pick Six.

The chance to work with the Mavericks on an eight-episode vlog series is the opportunity of a lifetime, and Six knows it.

But after an interesting first encounter turns into a head-to-head battle with cocky football star Sean Phillips, her attention shifts — to keeping herself from falling in love.

Too bad spending time with the team is part of the job, and Sean has a flawless track record…of getting what he wants.

**
Pick Six: A term used when a quarterback throws an interception and a defensive player returns it for a touchdown, resulting in six points.

Pick(ing) Six: When a man-wh*ring baller meets his match.

Disclaimer:
Early readers report uncontrollable laughter, choking, snorting, and multiple spit-takes while reading Pick Six. Use caution while reading in public, avoid throat-sized foods, and give any companions an umbrella.

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Release Day: Bad Boy Brody (Tijan)

One punch took him from Hollywood’s Golden Boy to Bad Boy Brody.

The media didn’t care he was grieving his brother’s death. They descended on him, but to change his reputation, his manager got him a deal.

Act in an indie film, one that already had Oscar buzz, and he’d get the movie roles he needed to secure his future.

He took the deal.

Yet he wasn’t prepared for the real-life people behind the script. He wasn’t prepared for the murder the movie was based on. And he really wasn’t prepared for her, the biggest secret of all.

She was wild. She was beautiful. She defied gravity.

But was she the leading role that would tame him?

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I obviously gave it 5 stars…

The Swedish Prince (Karina Halle)

A swoon-worthy, sexy & utterly charming STANDALONE romance inspired by the classic film Roman Holiday, from the New York Times bestselling author of Bad at Love and The Pact 

I never believed in fairy-tales.

Never held out for Prince Charming.

Growing up poor in small-town California as the oldest of six siblings, I knew I would never ride off into the sunset with anyone. That was even more apparent when a senseless tragedy took the lives of my parents, forcing me to become the sole guardian of our dysfunctional household at the mere age of twenty-three.

Then a fateful encounter literally brought Prince Charming to my doorstep.

At first I thought Viktor was just your average businessman passing through, albeit obscenely handsome, six-foot-five, blue-eyed, and mysteriously rich.

But soon I discovered the truth behind Viktor’s façade.

Beneath his quiet, enigmatic gaze and cocky charm, is a man who is running away from who he really is. A role he’d rather not fulfill.

He is Viktor of House Nordin, His Royal Highness, The Crown Prince of Sweden.

Yet uncovering Viktor’s secret was only the first step.

I didn’t expect to fall in love with him.

I didn’t expect to have my whole life turned upside down.

When you’re from two different worlds, can your hearts meet somewhere in the middle?

Or do happily-ever-afters only exist in fairy-tales?

WARNING: The Swedish Prince is oh-so sweet, enchanting and funny, but it does contain foul language (lots of the F word) and graphic sexual scenes (lots of dirty talk). Reader discretion is advised for those who are sensitive.


I’ve read a lot of Karina Halle’s books, and I always loved them. She has a way of writing that is appealing to me, and I always find humour and great writing within her books, as well as very well constructed stories and plotlines. I don’t know what happened here, but The Swedish Prince didn’t work for me in any way.

I’m going to drop a few SPOILERS, because there were specific situations that made the book less enjoyable for me, and I feel like I want to talk about them. I don’t wanna be mean or anything. I still love Karina and her books, but THIS ONE FRUSTRATED ME TO NO END.

Let me start by saying that the book started out strong. Maggie ‘s parents died and she becomes responsible for her 5 siblings. Viktor’s brother dies and he becomes the heir apparent, with all the responsibility that comes with it. Viktor’s mom decides that he should take some time for himself, so he can go full into his role as future kind when he returns. Viktor ends up in Maggie’s small town, they meet and so the story starts. I liked the initial attraction between the 2 main characters, but then my issues started:

  • Maggie finds out Viktor is actually the prince of Sweden, she actually decides to record him during their date, with the intent of selling her story afterwards.
  • She know what she did was absolutely appalling, but still, she still gets upset that he doesn’t believe her when she says she never intended to sell the story… yeah…
  • Maggie’s 14 yo sister is dating a 19 yo guy, to the point that the girl sleeps at his house. They eventually split up, but this issue is never brought up between the sisters and Maggie never does anything about it.

  • Actually, it’s Pike, her 18 yo brother who takes action. Like most things, Pike is actually the one who takes care of the situations like an adult.
  • Maggie and Viktor fall fast, and when he invites her to go to LA with him for the weekend, she jumps at the opportunity, leaving Pike (18yo) in charge of their siblings again.
  • Then there’s the fact that they have sex without a condom right from the start, without truly thinking about it much. He’s a freaking Prince. She thought about sellings their story. And he risks having sex without any protection?! WTF?

  • And let me talk about the sex (without protection). So, Viktor is rough, as in ROUGH, and I’m okay with it, as long as both parties are in agreement with it, and there is a conversation about it. There isn’t. He kind of chokes her on their first time, they never discuss it. Like most things in this book, it’s just swept under the rug.
  • Of course, by then they’re IN LOVE WITH EACH OTHER. They’ve known each other for a grand total of 1 week.
  • Let me also mention their trip to Disneyland. Out of the blue, Viktor is just smoking weed outside of the park, without a care in the world, like it’s the most normal thing in the world. But the thing is, Viktor’s tendencies to alcohol, pills and drugs are never really discussed. It just comes out of nowhere each and every time, and it didn’t bring anything to the story, it didn’t even make sense in some situations.

  • Then let’s get to part 2. Viktor comes back for Maggie, and she just decides to leave for 2 weeks, and leave her siblings with her 18 yo brother again, while she goes to Sweden. At this point I felt like it was a bit ridiculous. Viktor wanted her there forever, and the way they set it up is for her (and then her siblings) to go there on vacation.
  • So, the whole time she’s there, she’s saying how she could never a princess, and how his life is not for her, and all the while I’m thinking “WTF MAGGIE?! WHY DO YOU THINK HE BROUGHT YOU THERE?!“.

  • Then she blew up when she realised that there was an article about her gossiping about her life?! What the hell was she expecting? She agreed to date the prince, go with him to Sweden, and she was one of the people reading the trashy magazines before, did she think she was not going to be affected by it? Why throw a tantrum?
  • Also… I’m sorry… Did Viktor give whiskey to a 14 yo?! Yeah, yeah he did! Okay then…

Throughout the whole book there are several situations and issues that are raised, and are never truly resolved or even discussed. The communication is pretty terrible. And for the life of me, I couldn’t understand the connection between the 2 characters and how or why they were so in love with each other. I just didn’t feel it.

I didn’t like the storyline, I didn’t like the characters, and I felt like the writing was half-assed. This surprised me a lot, because I usually love Karina Halle’s writing, but this book just didn’t feel right to me. The writing felt rushed and incomplete to me, the characters are not fully developed, and though there is some character development in the book, it’s not nearly enough to make up for it. And all the things that go unanswered and unresolved is just too much.

Unfortunately, this book was a huge no for me, and I’m honestly flabbergasted when I go on goodreads and I see so many 5 stars reviews. I get it, we all have different tastes, but there are some serious issues in this book that I can’t just overlook.

So yeah, if you’re intrigued by the title and the blurb, go for it, but I cannot recommend it.

Tap That (R.C. Boldt & Jennifer Blackwood)

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The beer’s not the only thing getting tapped.

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The beer’s not the only thing getting tapped.

CALLIE

I have a secret. It’ll get me fired if my boss ever finds out…which shouldn’t be a problem except for one thing: my coworker, Reid Morgan. He’s cocky, aggravating, and that hot-as-sin mouth simultaneously makes me want to slap him and melt into the mattress. Now that he’s discovered my secret, he’s doing everything in his power to take my job.

REID 

I have a problem: my pint-size spitfire of a coworker who’s primed to take my promotion. She’s infuriating, sexy as hell, and I just can’t seem to keep my hands off her. Now we’re both vying for the same position…and only one of us can come out on top.

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Guys… I’m not sure what to say about this one, except that I’m a bit disappointed with this book. I’ve loved all Jennifer Blackwood’s books so far, and I never read anything by  R.C. Boldt, but somehow this collaboration just didn’t do it for me.

The writing was okay, though it did feel a bit repetitive to me. The characters were… bland? I don’t know guys, I just didn’t feel it at all. I wanted to strangle both Reid and Callie. They were getting on my nerves 99% of the time. I get that he felt like he deserved her job, but still, they hardly communicated, and were either super hot or super cold, or acting like 12 year olds. Just no! They just felt so immature. And I also felt like there was hardly any character growth throughout the story.

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And then we have the plot. I think the plot had promise, and I love a good hate to love story, enemies to lovers and all that. But this felt a bit forced, and I couldn’t get the connection between Reid and Callie. Also, most of their issues felt a bit nonsensical to me, and I hated that there was no real conversation between them.

They did have their cute moments, and there were some funny moments in the book as well, and that’s why I cannot give it lower than 3 stars, but the book didn’t feel well structured to me, the characters were not well developed, and the romance was definitely lacking something.

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Overall, this one just didn’t quite work for me, but I’m still looking forward to Jennifer Blackwood’s future books. 🙂 

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About the Authors:

Jennifer Blackwood is an English teacher and contemporary romance author. She lives in Oregon with her husband, son, and poorly behaved black lab puppy. When she isn’t writing or teaching, she’s binging on Veronica Mars episodes and white cheddar popcorn.

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RC Boldt is the wife of Mr. Boldt, a retired Navy Chief, mother of Little Miss Boldt, and former teacher of many students. She currently lives on the southeastern coast of North Carolina, enjoys long walks on the beach, running, reading, people watching, and singing karaoke. If you’re in the mood for some killer homemade mojitos, can’t recall the lyrics to a particular 80’s song, or just need to hang around a nonconformist who will do almost anything for a laugh, she’s your girl.

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Kissing the Boss (Linda Kage)

What’s the one thing you shouldn’t do when your boss is your ruthless evil widowed stepmother who hates your guts more than anyone?

Kiss the man she’s interested in.

So what does Kaitlynn Judge find herself doing?

Yep, she kisses the one man her stepmother currently wants, who also happens to be the CEO of the company where she works.

Can we say doomed?

After the death of her father, Kaitlynn’s life has been stuck in a rut. But that begins to change after meeting a dashing stranger during the office Halloween party. Now she has to navigate vengeful stepmothers, meddling stepsiblings, and gorgeous guys in hot pursuit to reach her happily ever after.

While making a detour from the fantasy aspect, this contemporary take on the Cinderella story continues to cling to a few of our favorite traditions. You’ll still find the unmerited oppression along with fleeing women, missing shoes, mouse companions, magic wands, pumpkin-like rides to the big bash, and so much more. So rest assured, it’s all familiar and yet quirkily different.


Check out the review of the first book on this series, here:
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So guys, again, this was another book that I loved. This year has been good to me so far, eheh! After the first book that was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, this second installment, is a retelling of Cinderella. I felt like this one followed the Cinderella storyline a bit more closely, and I loved how all the characters, from the previous book and the following ones, have such important roles throughout the story.

This story’s prince is Ezra, who is Isobel’s brother (the lead of the first book). I really liked him, I already liked him before, but we got to see more of him here, and I approve. He doesn’t get a POV on this book though, so everything we know from him, is from Kaitlynn’s point of view, but still… good enough. Kaitlynn was such a good person, I just wanted to shake her sometimes… I didn’t like that she was so scared of Lana, or that she believed some things, but she was also strong and determined, so I loved her for that.

There was a big character development, especially Kaitlynn, truth be told that she was the one in need of  more growth…

I really liked the connection between the 2 characters, and the development of their relationship. Like the first book, I felt like it developed a bit too quickly, but it was so darn sweet, that I can overlook it.

Another thing I really liked was the connection between Kaitlynn and her 2 stepbrothers, and I loved the difference on this between this story and the original tale. It gave it a twist, as well as more character and suspense. It also made me fall in love with 2 more characters, eheh.

Yes to the plot and pacing. I was rooting for these 2 for the whole time, and I was super happy with the way the story turned out.

Seriously guys, if you haven’t read Linda Kage yet, what are you waiting for?