Genre: Contemporary

Average Rating: 4.05


Review: The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica ..

Posted 19 May, 2015 by Jamie Mariano in Review / 0 Comments
Review: The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

“I didn’t come to England to fall in love with anything but England. I didn’t come to get married. I came to draw. I came to be inspired. I came for adventure. I suppose I got it.” Screw it. I’ve spent the past couple of hours trying to come up with something to say about The Royal We, but I don’t have the words. To say this book was a whirlwind of a romance honestly diminishes the kind of story this is. Of course, it’s a hell of romance, which I loved to bits, but it’s also a novel that unreservedly captures what it’s like to love something and someone without capacity. So when it comes to stories that I just completely give myself over to — stories like this — I let my feelings speak for itself. (And, yes, those damned emotions are as loud and incoherent as ever.) Bear with me, guys. Rebecca “Bex” Porter is an American college girl with dreams of studying abroad in England. So when she’s accepted to Oxford to study art, she gets every bit of the experience she’s ever wanted… and then some. It turns out Prince Nicholas — the heir to Great Britain’s throne — lives right down the hall from Bex. And being in such close proximity, Bex not only befriends Nick’s circle of friends, but falls for the royal prince himself — thrusting her into a world […]


Review: Confess by Colleen Hoover

Posted 8 May, 2015 by Jessi Elliott in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Confess by Colleen Hoover

One word. Er, acronym. Three letters. (If you’ve read the book you probably know which word I’m talking about.) OMG. This booked ruined me in the most beautiful way. I knew it would happen, it was written by Colleen Hoover. But I loved it. Every heart-warming — and breaking– moment of it. We meet our main character, Auburn, in one of the darkest times in her life. She’s just had to say goodbye to someone she loves, and moves away to try to make a life for herself. First day in her new ‘home’ she meets the artistic and somewhat flirty Owen. The story progresses over a few days, and then a few weeks, and by the end of the book I felt like I knew these characters for much longer than I had. Absolutely stunning. I cried both happy tears and sad tears (and devastated tears). Hoover knows how readers want to feel deep in their chests when they’re reading about characters like Auburn and Owen. They aren’t perfect people, they are realistic, and so is their love. Auburn is such a strong female character who fights for what she believes and is willing to sacrifice anything  for the people she loves. I have major respect for this girl, not only for all the shit she has to deal with, but also how she goes about doing it in such […]


Review: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

Posted 7 April, 2015 by Jamie Mariano in Review / 0 Comments
Review: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

“There’s something about the way she has her hands folded under her chin that makes me think she wants to touch him but she’s holding back.” Aside from the almost-inevitable romance clichés, this novel is the cutest, sweetest story that I’ve read in a while. A Little Something Different was definitely something different, in the way Hall presents this love story. The use of multiple perspectives (14!!) for the most part worked in the novel’s favour, creating a lovely mixture of angst, delight, and all that cheesy goodness. Azalea and Gabriel are meant to be. Everyone can see it. Everyone knows it. From their friends, to their teachers, even from their local squirrel and park bench, Lea and Gabe are destined to be together… except these two are completely oblivious to the fact. With angsty stares and serendipitous encounters, Lea and Gabe become the love story witnessed and rooted by many. But will Lea and Gabe realize their true affections for each other, or will they need a little push along the way? This is a love story through and through. The romance is pretty tame, but the angst is real. Where Lea is reserved, Gabe is shy, which makes for a tension-filled love affair. Like the characters, the readers find themselves helplessly rooting for “Gazalea” (unofficial ship name? Yes.) mainly because they seem to be the main concern for all the other characters. Because of the novel’s structure, the […]


Review: Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover

Posted 26 March, 2015 by Jessi Elliott in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover

Since reading Maybe Someday I knew that I wanted to know more about Warren and Bridgette, secondary characters featured in Hoover’s bestselling romance about two people who make music together and fall in love. When I found out that Colleen had written a story for them, a novella to Maybe Someday I knew I had to hop on that! When a girl moves into the apartment Warren and Ridge live in, and Warren has to share a bathroom with her, you just know shit is going to go down. Not only is she a hot Hooters waitress, but she was also filmed in a porno…. a porno that Warren spends the entirety of the book searching for by watching every single porn movie he can. Talk about dedication, right? Bridgette has had a pretty terrible upbringing and has vowed against ever loving someone romantically, and so Warren pretty much walks all over that and turns her life upside down when he won’t let her screw him at night and ignore him during the day. As trashy as the relationship between Warren and Bridgette seems in Maybe Someday and even so in Maybe Not, I get it. I understand why she refuses to open up and accept what she is feeling. However, that only made watching as Warren cracked her open that much more romantic. Her character dynamic clashed with Warren’s in just the right […]


Review: The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

Posted 25 March, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

How to Begin Again 1. Parties/social events 2. New Group 3. Date 4. Travel 5. Swim The Start of Me and You follows Paige Hancock’s life after Aaron, her boyfriend of two months, drowned in a freak accident. Since then, she’s been known for that and that alone—the girl whose boyfriend drowned. Never mind that they had only been dating for a couple of months. And Paige wants a change—she wants her junior year to be better. So Paige, being the type A personality that she is, makes a list and so The Start of Me and You follows along Paige’s journey to complete her list. The Start of Me and You was a good read but unfortunately, it wasn’t anything extraordinary for me. I enjoyed Lord’s writing style—she would throw in quirky things like the names people were known as. Specifically, things like “the boy whose sister had cancer” and “the girl whose boyfriend drowned.” I thought that these nicknames gave to book a lighter feel even though it dealt with sad things. The thing that was off-putting about this novel for me was Paige’s character. She was constantly feeling guilt over enjoying her life because Aaron died, to the point where it got annoying. I get grieving characters, but this felt a bit over the top especially because, as Paige loved to point out, she had only dating the […]


Review: Broken by Lauren Layne

Posted 23 March, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Broken by Lauren Layne

Check out my review of Isn’t She Lovely (Redemption #0.5) I read and enjoyed the prequel to this series, Isn’t She Lovely, so I was interested to see what Olivia’s story would be like. I enjoyed Broken as much as, if not more than, Isn’t She Lovely. Olivia’s story was more heartfelt and had more emotional drama than the story in Isn’t She Lovely. Olivia is hired as a companion for Paul Langdon—an injured war veteran who pushes everyone away. Paul kept the novel interesting with his emotional baggage that he was carrying. It was like a constant push-pull type of plot. It wasn’t boring and it was a captivating story, but it was more emotional than anything action-y. Olivia Middleton was the main female character. We hadn’t learned much about her personality in the prequel. She was an okay character. At times she came off as a bit spoiled but she had a good heart. She wasn’t by any means perfect and she was hiding some things within herself. She was a real character with feelings and she was pretty relatable, especially as the novel wore on. Paul was kind of a jerk. He pushed any and everyone away because of his injuries. He had some pretty traumatic experiences in his time in the service but I personally thought that was no excuse for the way he treated people. He definitely […]


Mini-Review: This Christmas by Katlyn Duncan

Posted 20 March, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Mini-Review: This Christmas by Katlyn Duncan

Check out my review of This Summer (This Summer #1) This Christmas was a novella that takes place after This Summer. I enjoyed This Summer so I was curious to read This Christmas. This novel picks up the Christmas after This Summer, so Hadley and Will have been dating for a little while. They’re off to spend Christmas in a rustic cabin. I thought that This Christmas was an incredibly cute winter read. It wasn’t, however, what I would consider fluffy. There was a bit of drama and Will was acting weird for a while, which of course, was concerning for their still-new relationship. I enjoyed how festive Hadley was. It was absolutely adorable. Will was a bit broody for the holidays, but all turned out well. It was a nice little peak back at the couple of This Summer that got me in the holiday spirit got me excited for whatever Katlyn Duncan writes next. About Katlyn Duncan Katlyn Duncan was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. Her overactive imagination involved invisible friends, wanting to be a Disney Princess and making up her own stories. Her bibliophile mom always encouraged her love of reading and that stayed with her since. Even though she works full time in the medical field Katlyn has always made time for books, whether she is reading or writing them. Katlyn […]


Review: Unethical by Jennifer Blackwood

Posted 16 March, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Unethical by Jennifer Blackwood

When I saw the word medical, I was sold. After all, I am an aspiring doctor! Unethical was a unique novel for me. It was your standard new adult contemporary romance but its subject made it a lot more relatable and thus enjoyable for me. Payton Daniels is trying to make a new beginning at a new college. After all, there is a big scandal about her parents and assisted suicide, and Payton is afraid that it’ll ruin her chances at medical school. What she didn’t expect was to see her ex, Blake, again. They didn’t end on great terms—in fact, Payton just up and left. And Blake wasn’t too happy about that one. To make matters worse, they land a position at the same internship. There are still feelings between them, but a lot of baggage keeping the space large as ever. I think that what really made me enjoy this novel was its revolution around the subject of medical ethics. As an aspiring doctor, it was a unique experience for me to read about characters who were directly involved in something that I want to be involved in. Moreover, there was enough suspense about wondering if people would find out about Payton’s family and wondering what would happen between Blake and Payton to keep me practically glued to the book. I liked Payton. She came off a bit […]


Blog Tour Mini-Review: Before He Was a Secret by B..

Posted 13 March, 2015 by Gabbie in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 1 Comment
Blog Tour Mini-Review: Before He Was a Secret by Becky Wicks

Check out my review of Before He Was Famous (Starstruck #1) [Buy on Amazon] Check out my review of Before He Was Gone (Starstruck #2) [Buy on Amazon] When I saw the invitation for this blog tour sitting in my inbox, I was so excited to join! I have read and enjoyed both of the companion novels in this series of standalones and really enjoyed them. This marks my third Becky Wicks novel and let me tell you, it definitely wasn’t a let down! Before He Was a Secret focuses on Stephanie, who we met in Before He Was Gone. I really liked seeing how Stephanie really was as a character, because in Before He Was Gone, she was portrayed in a different light than we find her character to be in this novel. I really enjoyed being able to see the real Stephanie, because she was pretty cool! She’s just moved to Nashville in order to fulfill her dream of making it big as a singer. In Nashville, she meets Conor, who she musically clicks with. But Conor is dealing with emotional problems of his own–he’s just broken up with a long time girlfriend and no one actually knows this fact. So as Stephanie and Conor grow closer and feelings start to show up, things get a bit complicated. And then you enter Travis into the equation–a songwriter who has lost […]


Review: Intensity by C.C. Koen

Posted 11 March, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Intensity by C.C. Koen

I’m not actually sure what I feel about this novel. There were several things in it that were off-putting for me, but at the same time, I enjoyed some of it. The story follows Serena, who is in need of a job after her grandmother dies. She meets a girl who gets her into the escort business. But one little fact: Serena is a virgin. But alas, we need not be concerned: escorts in this business only have paid sex if they want to. So Serena agrees. And during her interview, she meets Linc Jefferson, owner of the club. And then things get interesting, especially after Linc deems her ‘exclusive.’ The plot in this novel was a little too fast paced for my liking. I felt like everything moved a bit too fast: the secrets, the events, the friendships, and the romance. It was a little unsettling how fast different things were happening. Serena was an okay character, I suppose. Her mind was in the right place. She was a bit too trusting for my liking, and too accepting of some of the things that were going on between her and Linc and the club. She wasn’t my favorite character, but at least she wasn’t annoying as all-get-out. Linc was kind of creepy, in my opinion. He was the tall, dark, and handsome type that broods. Your typical NA romance […]