Review: Free by Susanne Valenti || Where everything comes down to the final fight

Title: Free
Author: Susanne Valenti
Series: Cage of Lies, book 5
Genre: Dystopia, Sci-fi, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 516 pages, Ebook
Published: July 16th, 2017 by Susanne Valenti
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating: 

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Blurb (from Goodreads):

Alone and surrounded by the enemy, Maya doesn’t know which way to turn. In a prison built of corruption and blind faith, does the truth even stand a chance? All paths lead to this and finding a way through will be the toughest test yet. The might of the city stands against her and she must remain defiant in the face of it. Presented with challenges she never thought possible and changes she couldn’t have imagined, she will need to be stronger than ever before. The fight of her life is coming to an end but will she survive to see her dreams become reality?


This book was such an intense read. I have been pretty invested in this series from the beginning and I eagerly wanted to know how everything finally boiled down in the end with the stake so huge. Although there were ups and downs, this book definitely lived up to my expectations.

*Possible spoilers from previous books in this series.*

Maya and her friends have finally breached the city but only she manages to escape whereas all the others are captured. With only a little help, she now has to take the next step in order to save the people she came to rescue in the first place along with her friends. But when things become more and more complicated with each step, what will Maya finally do?

The plot of this book was filled with action and one or the other thing kept happening which kept my interest throughout the book. After so many plans, Maya and the others finally decide to execute the rescue mission and tell the city about the world beyond the wall and to eradicate the lies that their leaders have spread through years. From the very first page, I was on the edge, the suspense was well maintained. Though with the help of Livi, her task was made pretty easy which seemed a little unrealistic since the City had such a tight security but she still manages to carry on her plan for most of the part without any significant hurdle along the way. 

I loved the variety of characters. The gang was back to execute their mission and although the characters had their flaws but they were layered. We also got to see another side of Crystal which I liked. I seriously wanted a bit more of friendship between Taylor and Coal, I mean it’s been so long, they should have come to a truce since the feelings began to change (in a good way). Coal and Maya were awesome together, as usual, they made a hell of a team. Maya’s unexpected news was a big surprise but a part of it felt unrealistic too because before she realised the truth, she hadn’t felt any difference but after learning the truth things got different, it was a bit weird but I didn’t mind it that much. I also wanted mooore of Blane and Luca!! Only one chapter wasn’t enough.

Overall, Free was an interesting read. The plot was executed neatly and the characters kept the journey interesting. I enjoyed the romance between Coal and Maya and I loved how Coal didn’t back away when he learnt Maya’s truth. The ending felt a little rushed, after such a big build up, I wanted to know a bit more about how things were being handled. Anyway, the writing was smooth and easy to read and it was fast paced throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Yes.


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Review: Thieves 2 Lovers by K. Webster & J.D. Hollyfield || Blog Tour || Where best friends steal each other’s heart

Welcome to my tour stop of Thieves 2 Lovers by K. Webster & J.D. Hollyfield hosted by IndieSage PR. You can view the full tour schedule here.


Title: Thieves 2 Lovers
Author: K. Webster & J.D. Hollyfield
Series: 2 Lovers, book 3 [Can be read as a standalone]
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Adult]
Heat Rating: Warm
Page Count and Format: 241 pages, Ebook
Published: July 22nd, 2017
Source: I received an eARC of this book for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Best friends aren’t supposed to kiss.
But these best friends did.

He can’t get the taste of her lips off his mind.
She can’t let go of the guilt from her mistake.

He wants to be good enough for her.
She wishes life were different.

He’s the bad boy reject.
She’s the girl next door.

When opposites attract, they collide and create an explosion that can’t be ignored.
Is it possible to be madly in love with your best friend?

Love follows no rules because love is a rebel.

Her: We should talk about what’s happening…
Him: It’s about damn time.


The 2 Lovers series has been such a fun read! In this book, we finally get the story of Linc, Andie’s brother who made his appearance in book 2 and Ram and Roman’s sister, Reagan Holloway. Like the previous books in this series, this book too didn’t disappoint and it was a pretty enjoyable ride.  You can read my review of book 1: Text 2 Lovershere and book 2: Hate 2 Lovers, here.

Reagan and Linc had been friends from the moment they met in Roman’s office. They have grown closer in time and they are thick as thieves. Linc wants to be more than friends but there’s the douche boyfriend of Reagan whom everybody loves but Linc can see how that guy actually can be. When fate plays a different game and they are forced to reveal their feelings for each other, what will they do?

The plot was pretty enjoyable and laced with humour. We saw glimpses of these two characters aka, Linc and Reagan in the previous book and there was instant chemistry between the two characters and I was eagerly waiting for their story! I can gladly say this book met my expectations. Linc was fun from the very start. Although he came from the wrong side of the tracks but being with Reagan made him want to be a better man. They perfectly balanced each other. On the other hand, Reagan was such a sweet character, she was the CFO of their company and the little sister of Ram and Roman but she always felt she needed to please her family which led to wrong decisions regarding her relationships. I was so glad to see when she finally took a stand and stood up for herself. But there was a part of her which lacked confidence when it came to her family and with the help of Linc she was able to overcome that and be true to herself.

The relationship between Linc and Reagan developed slowly from friendship, then into something more. As much as they had feelings for each other, for them, their friendship always came first and they were always there for each other no matter what and I loved this so much! Things did become repetitive from time to time which was slightly boring but the entire gang from the previous books were present throughout the book which didn’t let this book fall through. Ram and Roman were possessive of their little sister, especially Roman and the pranks that Linc did, incited him more and it was hilarious!

We also get a few glimpses of Roman and Andie’s baby and she was definitely adorable. Drunk Dani is always fun and I was so glad to see her and Ram once again. Roman being the hot-headed brother did plenty of numbers which made me want to smack him in the head but there was Andie for that job! It was so greart to see everybody together as one big family. The epilogues were especially heart-melting and I loved each and every bit of it. This book perfectly wrapped up this series!

Overall, Thieves 2 Lovers was an entertaining read. The plot was executed neatly and I fell in love with the characters. I loved the romance between Linc and Reagan as well as their chemistry together. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I can’t wait to read more books by these two authors!

Recommend it?

Yes.


Author Bios and Links:

K. Webster-

K Webster is the author of dozens romance books in many different genres including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her husband of twelve years and two adorable children, she’s active on social media connecting with her readers.

Her other passions besides writing include reading and graphic design. K can always be found in front of her computer chasing her next idea and taking action. She looks forward to the day when she will see one of her titles on the big screen.

Website || Blog || Twitter || Facebook || Goodreads

J.D. Hollyfield-

Creative designer, mother, wife, writer, part-time superhero…

J.D. Hollyfield is a creative designer by day and superhero by night. When she is not trying to save the world one happy ending at a time, she enjoys the snuggles of her husband, son and three doxies. With her love for romance, and head full of book boyfriends, she was inspired to test her creative abilities and bring her own story to life.

Life in a Rut, Love not Included is her Debut Novel. J.D. Hollyfield lives in the Midwest, and is currently at work on blowing the minds of readers, with the additions of her new books and series, along with her charm, humor and HEA’s.

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Review: Mirror Me by Tara St. Pierre || Creepy and intriguing

Title: Mirror Me
Author: Tara St. Pierre
Standalone
Genre:  Paranormal, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 208 pages, Ebook
Published: July 25th, 2017
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Hannah McCauley doesn’t look at herself in the mirror anymore.

After a rebellious past, she now attends a strict private school in a new town, where her recently divorced mother has put her on social lockdown. No driving. No bad grades. No skipping classes. No unapproved friends. No makeup. No boys. And the subject of her best friend from her old school is definitely forbidden.

Hannah is being punished for something that happened a year earlier, something that she would like to put behind her. But strange occurrences frighten her, and she’s accused of breaking rules and doing other terrible things without any recollection of them. No one believes her, so she starts distrusting everything, even her own reflection.

Is she being haunted by her past? Stalked by someone with a grudge? Or is it all in her head? If she doesn’t figure out what’s happening fast, her existence could end up irreparably shattered.


I had read the author’s debut novel, Just a Few Inches (you can read my review here) and absolutely fell in love with it, so when she asked me to review her 2nd book, I jumped at the opportunity. Although this book didn’t manage to wow me, it was still an enjoyable and a creepy read and like her first book, a moral to understand and learn for ourselves.

After a particular incident that totally changed Hannah’s life, her mother doesn’t trust her and neither does she trust herself anymore. But soon strange things start happening which is out of her control. She can’t remember things and she is afraid to look into her mirror. When all hell breaks loose, will Hannah be able to save herself in time or will she be lost forever?

The plot was pretty intriguing and the mystery aspect was maintained well throughout the book. Hannah is being punished by her mother she committed a year ago, she has her on high alert and even little things make her mother angry. She, herself can’t get over the past incident due to which she had to change school and completely change herself. As we read the book, we get glimpses of Hannah’s past from which we can understand that she was a completely different and notorious person from whom she is now. Although the author kept referring to the “past incident” throughout the entire book, it isn’t until the very end that the actual truth is revealed, so that was a bit repetitive indeed.

What intrigued me the most was when the strange things begin happening to her. She would wake up and find her things placed in different spots than she did last time and not remembering specific incidents. It was obvious that there was definitely something to do with the mirror and hence the title. This book definitely had its creepy moments and I was really concerned for her but as the story proceeded, it didn’t take much time for me to solve the riddle about why everything was going on which did dampen my enthusiasm a little, making it a bit predictable but it was still a fun read.

I enjoyed the other minor characters and the parts they had to play. Although Grace came up as a little bit too stuck up at first but when Hannah needed her help, she was there, though it did feel a little weird how everybody accepted the situation so easily. I wanted more of Cole which unfortunately Hannah didn’t get much either but he was a sweet character! On the other hand, I seriously didn’t like her mother, I knew she had to face things because of her but she didn’t try to understand her or cut her some slack but I did enjoy how everything wrapped up in the end.

Overall, Mirror Me was an interesting read. The plot could have been a little more fleshed out but it was executed neatly. The writing was beautiful and smooth and the pace was even throughout the book. I can’t wait to read more by this author!

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, what are your thoughts on this book?

Review: Loving Kalvin by Siobhan Davis || Where forgiveness was the key to everything

Title: Loving Kalvin
Author: Siobhan Davis
Series: The Kennedy Boys, book 4 [Can be read as a standalone]
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Trigger Warning: Mention of rape
Heat Rating: Warm
Page Count and Format: 299 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: July, 2017
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Lana
I knew it would end in disaster, but I didn’t listen to reason. I didn’t care. Because I loved him so much.
Kalvin Kennedy ruled my heart.
Until he destroyed it.
Shattered it so completely that I became someone else. Someone I loathed. Someone who repeatedly lied to her loved ones.
So, I ran.
From him. From myself. Desperate to hide my new reality.
But I could only run so far.
When he reappears in my life, I’m terrified. Unbelievably scared of facing the consequences of my actions.
Never mind that I still love him and want him so badly—there’s too much at stake now.
How can I trust him with the biggest secret of all when he’s likely to rip my world apart again?

Kalvin
Lana was always far too good for me. Everyone knew it but her.
I tried to stay away, but I was weak.
And I hurt her.
Crushed her until she barely resembled herself. Forced her to follow a path she would never have willingly chosen.
And then she was gone.
And my world has never felt as empty, as lonely.
She begged me to stay away. Not to find her. To forget she ever existed.
But that’s like asking me to slice my heart in two and toss half aside.
I’ve never believed in fate, but when I rock up to the University of Florida, I’m ready to eat my words.
Because she’s here. Like I hoped she would be. And I’m determined to prove I deserve a second chance.

A friends-to-lovers second-chance romance from USA Today bestseller Siobhan Davis. Standalone with HEA and no cliffhanger.


Oh, I was sooo excited for this book, especially because the glimpses of what we saw of Kalvin and Lana in the Finding Kyler trilogy was tempting enough and this was such a whirlwind ride and I’m glad this book didn’t disappoint.

Even after every thing that has happened, Kalvin decided not to give up on Lana. Lana can’t forgive herself for falsy accusing Kalvin of rape by coming under the influence of Addison. Kalvin understood how far he pushed her to take such a drastic step but the past won’t leave them alone so easily. And when a shocking truth is revealed, will they be ever able to move forward together?

This book was so freaking good! I enjoyed the plot so much. When we got introduced to Lana in the Finding Kyler trilogy, she came forward as a sweet and innocent girl and when she did the horrendous crime of falsy accusing Kalvin of such a major crime like rape, I was enraged. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Even if she did confess in front of the court that she was wrong and she lied, it wasn’t easy to forgive her but Kalvin knew her better than anyone. He knew how much he had hurt her in the past. Kalvin and Lana had a past and when they come face to face again, at first it becomes an awkward/guilt fest before either of them can move forward.

Lana was truly repenting, if even Kalvin forgave her, she couldn’t forgive herself. You can’t help but love Lana, Addison played her well just like she did with Kyler. But after the twist is revealed, I empathised with her more. I could understand where she was coming from but even after all the things that happened, she should have told Kalvin the truth a little earlier. She tried but just couldn’t utter it and I kind of understand that too. I felt bad for her, although she tried her best to make up for what she did, she was constantly attacked and verbally abused, she didn’t deserve that much hate though.

As their story moves forward, more of their past is revealed and anybody would empathise with Lana. Kalvin did a number on her and even after everything, she couldn’t stop loving him. I loved that Kalvin finally wanted to fight for what he wanted and he didn’t give up. They had explosive chemistry and their relationship slowly builds up all over again and the romance was just sooo good!! When the things blow up towards the end, Lana handled everything so maturely and even Kalving followed her lead, I was glad how the ending wrapped up.

Overall, Loving Kavin was a great read. The plot was executed neatly and I loved each and every moment of it though the middle did become a little monotonous sometimes. The chemistry between the two main characters was just everything, I shipped them so much! The writing was smooth and flowed smoothly and the pace was even throughout the book. This book also ended with a glimpse of Saving Brad and I have a feeling it’s going to epic!!! I sooo can’t wait for it!

Recommend it?

Yes!


So guys, have you picked up this series yet? What do you think about this book?

Review: Chasing Vivi by A.M. Hargrove || Blog Tour || Where the chasing was the most fun

Welcome to my tour stop of Chasing Vivi by A.M. Hargrove hosted by Social Butterfly PR.


Title: Chasing Vivi
Author: A.M. Hargrove
Standalone
Genre:
Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]
Heat Rating:
Pretty warm
Format:
Ebook
Published: July 13th, 2017
Source:
I received an eARC of this book for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Vivi Renard—a blast from the past—wasn’t supposed to affect me like this.

When I knew her ten years ago she was nothing more to me than a highly functioning brain.
Hell, I paid her to do my homework.

Only now … she’s drop dead gorgeous but had the nerve to turn me down for a date … several times.
No one turns me—Prescott Beckham—down for anything.
I’m on a mission and won’t stop until I’m firmly planted between her thighs, hearing her moan my name.

Her plump red lips have me dreaming filthy things and acting like a kid with his first crush.
If I can’t have her, I don’t want anyone else to either.
What’s worse is I want to own every single bit of her.

Except there’s a slight problem.
Vivi can’t stand me.
Even the old let’s be friends again thing failed.
She tossed it back saying we were never friends to begin with.

But I’m the king at playing ruthless games.
So she’d better be ready to drop her thong, because Vivi is going to end up in my bed sooner … or later.
And I’m pretty damn sure it’s going to be sooner.


I usually turn my head in the other direction when a cover with a male model with abs are there but something about the blurb of this book made me want to pick it up and I’m glad I did because this book didn’t disappoint.

When Prescott Beckham comes face to face with Vivi for the first time in years, he’s absolutely smitten. Vivi isn’t the same as he remembered during his school years. Prescott wants her but Vivi wants nothing to do with him, she still hasn’t forgotten how he simply used her in school and never stood up for her. Will Prescott be able to win over Vivi?

Although the plot of this book was predictable, it was quite a fun read. Vivi used to be the chubby and nerdy girl in school and not for once, anybody took any action against it, not even the school authority. She and Prescott were not even friends to begin with, she just helped him with his homework in return for some quick cash. Although Vivi always harboured a crush on him, she never acted on it. Vivi had left that life long ago, now with a bod to die for, Vivi is struggling to pay her debts after she had to sacrifice her career to take care of her ailing mother. Vivi and Prescott come face to face after years and instantly, Prescott can’t take her eyes off her. The question that bothered me was would he have noticed her in the first place if not for her figure? At first, I didn’t like the fact that Prescott only wanted her because now she was beautiful and not fat anymore. But slowly as he gets to know her this time, he falls for her completely.

I enjoyed the fact that Vivi didn’t give herself away so easily, she was such a strong woman and didn’t rely on anyone. Prescott had to earn her way to her heart which was quite a hard work in my opinion. But he genuinely cared about her and those feelings scared them both. They slowly learned to accept those feelings and move forward with them. Prescott’s issues with his dad pained me, I really hated to see him suffer because of a petty man like that but I really loved Lynnie, his secretary who was like a mother figure to him. But he did have awesome grandparents who cared about him so much.

The chemistry between them was really, really good and I loved the angst, though it wasn’t a major factor. The story sailed smoothly, however, the last few chapters kind of became a little monotonous. However, that didn’t bother me much and I was satisfied with the ending. The high school reunion was one of the best parts of this book. I loved how they both made peace with their past but also taught a lesson to the ones who deserved it.

Overall, Chasing Vivi was an enjoyable read. The plot was executed smoothly and the I enjoyed reading about the characters. I liked the romance between Vivi and Prescott and easily finished the book in two sittings. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Yes.


Author Bio:

One day on her way home from work as a sales manager, USA Today bestselling author, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast-forward. If she didn’t do something soon, it would be too late to write that novel she had dreamt of her whole life. She slammed on the brakes, made a crazy decision, and quit her job. Then she reinvented herself as a Naughty and Nice Romance Author.
She fancies herself all of the following: Reader, Writer, Dark Chocolate Lover, Ice Cream Worshipper, Coffee Drinker, Grey Goose Aficionado, and #WalterThePuppy Lover. If you’re around her for more than five minutes, you’ll soon notice she has a tendency to talk you ear off.

Author Links:

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Purchase Links:

Amazon US || Amazon UK || Amazon CA || Amazon AU


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Review: The Perfectly Imperfect Match by Kendra C. Highley || Imperfectly adorable!

Title: The Perfectly Imperfect Match
Author: Kendra C. Highley
Series: Suttonville Sentinels, book 3 [Can be read as a standalone]
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Slightly warm
Page Count and Format: 218 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: July 10th 2017 by Entangled: Crush
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating: 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Pitcher Dylan Dennings has his future all mapped out: make the minors straight out of high school, work his way up the farm system, and get called up to the majors by the time he’s twenty-three. The Plan has been his sole focus for years, and if making his dreams come true means instituting a strict ” no girls” policy, so be it.

Lucy Foster, needlepoint ninja, big sister to an aspiring pitcher, and chicken advocate, likes a little mayhem. So what if she gets lost taking her brother to baseball camp…at her own high school? The pitching coach, some hotshot high school player, obviously thinks she’s a hot mess. Too bad he’s cute, because he’s so not her type.

Problem is, they keep running into each other, and every interaction sparks hotter than the last. But with Dylan’s future on the line, he has to decide whether some rules are made to be broken…

Disclaimer: This book contains a crazy night of moonlit skinny-dipping, a combustible crush, and kisses swoony enough to unwind even the most Type A athlete.


This book was just so freaking cute and adorable!!! I loved it so much, this book was a quick read and it was the perfect mixture of everything I loved! You can read my review of book 1: The Bad Boy Bargain, here and book 2: Swinging at Love, here.

After Dylan’s initial heartbreak, all he wanted to do was focus on his baseball career. But when Lucy Foster enters his life, a lot of things start to happen differently. And after their first meeting, he doesn’t want anything to do with her, despite everything the chemistry between them is undeniable. Both of them are complete opposites, would a relationship between them be ever possible?

The plot of this book was fun and engaging. We first got a glimpse of Dylan in book 2 of this series where he fell for the same girl as his best friend. But now, he’s over that fact and he only wants to focus on his baseball. Dylan and Lucy come face to face for the first time when Lucy comes to drop off her brother for baseball coaching under him. And that’s when their face off starts! This book is not exactly enemies to lovers but quite close to that and I enjoyed every moment of it. The tension between them was quite palpable and I looved the angst! Both Dylan and Lucy were completely different from each other, whereas Dylan was the uptight and career oriented, Lucy was living in the moment kind of girl and hence, they balanced each other perfectly. 

Underneath everything, Lucy had another side other than the carefree attitude. She took care of her mother, did stitches and embroidery in their shop and also took care of her little brother while her father served in te army. I enjoyed the family aspect of this book too. Especially Otis, Lucy’s little brother. He was just so damn adorable! And he reminded me a little of my kiddie brother. His insecurity was understandable when he voiced his opinion why he didn’t want them to date. But when he saw his sister hurt and crying, the way he defended Lucy’s honour in front of Dylan was just damn, too adorable!!! That scene was one of my absolute favourite in the entire book.

Despite all the differences, Dylan and Lucy both wanted to give them a chance. The chemistry between them was the off the charts and even they saw that. Their relationship escalated quickly and I have no complaints in that matter. I freaking loved the romance between them so much! Albeit, Dylan did mess up and to make up for his wrongdoing, the things he did was the sweetest ever and it melted my heart.

Overall, The Perfectly Imperfect Match was a fantastic read! The plot was executed neatly and I fell in love with each and every character! I loved the chemistry between our two main leads, Lucy and Dylan. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I can’t wait to read more by this author!

Recommend it?

Yes!


So guys, what are your thoughts on this book? Have you read any other book by this author?

Review: Artificial Sweethearts by Julie Hammerle || Utterly cliched and predictable

Title: Artificial Sweethearts
Author: Julie Hammerle
Series: North Pole, Minnesota, book 2 [Can be read as a standalone]
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 229 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: July 10th 2017 by Entangled: Crush
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

It’s not chemistry between Tinka Foster and Sam Anderson that made them agree to fake date. With her parents trying to set her up with an annoying pro-track golf student, and intentionally single Sam’s family pressuring him to bring a date to his brother’s wedding, they could both use a drama-free summer.

So it’s not his muscular arms and quick wit that makes Tinka suggest they tell everyone they’re both taken. Definitely not. And it’s not butterflies that makes a kiss for appearances during the lake party go on way too long—so long that Sam wishes it were real.

But Tinka keeps people at arm’s length—she’s always been second best, even to her parents. And her relationship-for-show could crush everything when she realizes she’s done with fake, pretend, and second-best.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains bikinis at the lake, a lot of making out in dark theaters, and a meet-cute you’ll read twice.


I didn’t have much expectation for this book but still, I wanted a fluffy and cute read but I got nothing and this book massively bored me too. Anyway, you can read my review of book 1: Any Boy But You, here.

When Tinka comes home for her holidays, she finds her life uprooted as her parents have moved to a totally different place without even telling her for once. Also, she can’t overcome the guilt of the mistakes she did in the past. When her parents try to set her up with a boy of their choice, she quickly takes the closest option available, make Sam Anderson her fake boyfriend. But Tinka always runs when things turn complicated for her, so when her feelings for Sam begins to feel more than fake, what will she do?

The  plot of this book was utterly predictable. I am now losing count on how many fake boyfriend books I’ve read until now and seriously, it is kind of getting boring. But still some books with the same trope manage to surprise me but unfortunately this was not one of them. Sam and Tinka engage in the fake charade to get away from the unnecessary pressure from both of their families but soon the fake feelings begin to feel like real. Like the title, Artificial Sweethearts, this book kind of felt artificial too. I couldn’t feel any chemistry between our two main protagonists, Tinka and Sam and hence I couldn’t enjoy the romance either.

Another thing that I quite didn’t like was how Tinka’s family acted. It’s clear how the death of Tinka’s little brother still affected all of them but instead discussing and taking with Tinka, they chose the other way out. This I-don’t-care family trope really irritates me, I mean, most of the books I read, either the parents are dead or they don’t understand/care about their kids. Seriously, the real world doesn’t function like that!! Not everybody is like that. Anyway, I did like how finally Tinka stood up for herself which finally led to her parents confessing too. But shouldn’t the parents step up first, after all Tinka is just a kid too.

Anyway, I didn’t enjoy the other minor characters much either. Jane was a good friend to Tinka but she was too irritating sometimes and Karen simply didn’t want to give Tinka another chance at all which is understandable because Tinka was the one who messed it up in the first place. Though Tinka redeems herself, I just didn’t care much about her and hence my lack of interest. But I did enjoy how everything was tied up in the end.

Overall, Artificial Sweethearts was a predictable read. The plot was executed neatly but there was nothing new to it. I didn’t care for the characters much either. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Maybe.


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Review: Steal by Rachel Van Dyken || Blog Tour || Where the characters stole my heart


Welcome to my tour stop of Steal by Rachel Van Dyken hosted by Social Butterfly PR.


Title: Steal
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Seaside Pictures, book 3 [Can be read as a standalone]
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Adult]
Heat Rating: Warm
Page Count and Format: 283 pages, Ebook
Published: July 2nd, 2017 by Van Dyken Enterprises INC
Source: I received an eARC of this book for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

It’s easy to lose yourself in someone you love.

Easier to lose yourself in someone you hate…

I didn’t think it could get any worse than having to babysit a bunch of spoiled musicians on set ― keeping them out of trouble is a cakewalk compared to seeing my ex every day.

Seaside, Oregon isn’t big enough for the both of us.

She hates me.

I loathe her.

The plan was simple ― stay the hell away and make sure she gets to set on time.

What I didn’t expect was to be faced with our past in front of an audience ― and be forced to face it again.

It’s torture.

The way she looks at me.

The way I try to look through her.

Words left unsaid.

The lingering aftermath still as powerful as ever.

I feed the chasm between us, for fear that she’ll make me feel again ― and steal the last shred of heart I have left.

We have everything but each other.

It’s not enough.

Not when you’ve lost love.

And replaced it with the only thing left ― hate.


Steal was my first Rachel Van Dyken read and I don’t know why I haven’t picked up her books earlier. This book was such a great read and I enjoyed every moment of it.

It’s been a few years since Angelica broke Will’s heart but now she is back in his life. Not as a friend but as his client and although he decided to leave his past behind, he still can’t get her out of his mind. Despite the hatred, they both find themselves finding solace in each other. But when the bitter truth of the past is laid bare, can they ever move forward from that?

It’s easy to lose yourself in someone you love.
Easier still, to lose yourself in someone you hate.

Steal was a second chance romance which is one of my favourite tropes and I enjoyed how it was executed in this book. Will and Angelica used to be crazy about each other but one mistake and their lives are shattered. Will used to be part of a boy band before he became an agent, before his band broke up due to one the member, who used to be his best friend and Angelica may have had a part in that, even though it was unintentional. They finally come face to face but as agent-client. The feelings that they used to have for each other are still there but to get past that, they hurt each other more and more. The chemistry between them was palpable from the very start even though they didn’t want anything to do with each other because of their past.

Tears filled my eyes. And when they spilled over, I realized. I didn’t need him to kiss them away. To catch them. Because I knew who I was. Whose I was.
His.

The characters were extremely flawed and layered and I loved the character growth throughout the book. Angelica tried her best to keep her past mistakes in the past and not let that affect her present but Will did not let her forget that. I really felt Will was too selfish at times. And when the actual truth is revealed, I actually hated Will for playing the victim and putting all the blame on Angelica when he was equally to be blamed. Though Angelica forgave him, I wouldn’t have been able to so easily if I was in her place. Nonetheless, they balanced each other and they were imperfectly perfect for each other.

This book was definitely a heart-wrenching read. I felt so bad for both the characters and how much they were hurting though they were equally balanced with fun and humour. I was satisfied with how everything ended and how everyone was able to make peace with the past. I also loved the other characters in this series, though this book can be read as a standalone but I definitely intend to read the first two books in this series asap, I am especially eager to read Zane’s story.

Overall, Steal was a fantastic read. I loved how the plot was executed and I fell in love with the characters.I loved the romance between Will and Angelica. The writing was beautiful and smooth and the pace was even throughout the book. I can’t wait to pick up her other books!

Recommend it?

Yes.


Author Bio:

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

Author Links:

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Purchase Links:

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Review: Falling for Forever by Melissa Chambers || Competitively Cute!

Title: Falling for Forever
Author: Melissa Chambers
Series: Before Forever, book 2 [Can be read as a standalone]
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 339 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: July 3rd, 2017 by Entangled: Teen
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

The second Jenna Quigley turns eighteen, she’s headed to L.A. to extend the timer on her fifteen minutes of fame. Too bad her dad made her promise to graduate high school first. Silver lining? Her new school has a serious talent competition with a $25,000 cash prize, which would go a long way in L.A. Jenna’s got plenty of talent—she didn’t almost win America’s Newest Sensation for nothing. But it’ll take everything she’s got to bring down the music nerd with a stick up his butt…no matter how cute he is in those glasses.

Miles Cleveland needs to win that talent contest. When some hot girl stole his audition spot on America’s Newest Sensation, his chance to study music flounced off to New York with her. Now, not only can he win enough money to pay for his education, he can get revenge on that very same girl. He can’t start to question his plan, though…no matter how deep Jenna buries into his heart.


This was such a cute read! It was absolutely perfect read that I wanted at that moment and I devoured it in a single sitting. You can read my review of book 1: The Summer Before Forever, here.

Jenna almost won America’s Newest Sensation but as a promise to her father, she has to complete her schooling where he wants before she can live her dream. Miles never forgot the chance that was stolen in a moment from him in the same audition and now Miles has to see her face every day because Jenna just enrolled in the very same school as his. His heart is set on winning the upcoming competition that his school holds and so is Jenna but when their hearts come in their way, what will they do?

I seriously loved this book so much!! Although I enjoyed book 1, I was not much of fan of it but this book was worth it. Jenna is all set to fly to L.A. to live her dream and try her career in singing but when her dad persuades her to complete her schooling here, she reluctantly agrees. But she didn’t know she had to face somebody like Miles when all she wanted was truce and his friendship. When she finally remembered the reason for Miles’s behaviour towards her, that she kind of accidentally stole his spot in the audition of America’s Newest Sensation, through Chloe, her best friend’s help, she was genuinely sorry and I loved how she handled everything, even when Miles’s best friend purposely messed some stuff up.

I really liked Miles. He was such a great guy and it was impossible not to fall for someone like Jenna. I loved their chemistry. Their relationship slowly proceeded and the angst was simply mind-blowing! xD Although Miles listened to his head instead of his heart, in the beginning, I loved how he finally understood what he needed. I also enjoyed the fact that there was no sacrificial stuff because love came in the way of the competition. Both of them handled the situation maturely and although Miles did mess up a little, I was glad they both weren’t afraid of some healthy competition between them. The minor characters were pretty interesting and I enjoyed the part they had to play in this story.

Overall, Falling for Forever was a great and fun read! The plot was executed neatly and I fell in love with the characters. I loved the romance between Miles and Jenna and I enjoyed the friendship between gang so much!! The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I definitely look forward to reading more by this author.

Recommend it?

Yes!


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Review: Beautiful Chaos by Alex Tully

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Author: Alex Tully

Standalone

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 344 pages, Ebook

Published: June 13th, 2016

Source: I received a digital copy of this book from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: 4 stars

Blurb (from Goodreads):

While most seventeen-year-olds work part-time delivering pizzas or whipping up frappuccinos, Brady O’Connell’s job is a little less conventional. Helping his dad with the family ‘business’ is a responsibility he doesn’t take lightly, especially when thousands of dollars are being exchanged. There are rules to be followed, timetables to be kept. But when his best friend Jay gets backstage concert tickets, and business interferes with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet their favorite band, Brady decides to break the rules, just one time.

And one time is all it takes to send his life spinning out of control. When an envelope full of cash ends up in the wrong hands—specifically in the hands of a pretty red-head named Vivienne—things get messy in a hurry. Where Vivienne goes, a whole lot of chaos seems to follow.

But sometimes…chaos is a beautiful thing.


My Thoughts

This book was fairly a surprise. I started this book right after completing Illuminae and I couldn’t go forward with it because I was in a book slump. It was the right decision because I couldn’t have enjoyed the book then as I enjoyed it later.

Vivienne wants to get away as far as possible from her over-possessive boyfriend Chad. When a mix-up happens concerning a certain amount of money, she comes face to face to Brady. This incident brings them closer and they both can’t stay away from each other but when Chad threatens Vivienne  that might put Brady in danger, would she be able to solve the problem in time or would she have to say goodbye to Brady forever?

The plot was simple and sweet. I really enjoyed the story. Vivienne takes home the money by mistake that she was supposed to leave at Chad’s house and when Brady learns about the incident the two are forced to work together to find the money which goes missing. I loved these two together! Although trust was an issue, in the beginning, I liked how their relationship proceeded, slow and steady. The only thing bothered me was how Vivienne went with Brady on their first date to a deserted place without fully knowing him, even though she had a bad history with Chad, she should have been a teeny-tiny bit skeptical, right?

Nonetheless, I loved the characters! Even though Vivienne and Brady acted immaturely sometimes but I liked their character growth. Brady was a really great guy, he supported his father and he was really sweet and caring, it was the reason Viv liked him instantly. I equally enjoyed Vivienne’s character from the beginning. Their romance between them was so  sweet! I enjoyed how things were executed at the end.

Overall, Beautiful Chaos was an enjoyable read. The plot was sweet and I fell in love with the characters. I enjoyed the chemistry between Brady and Vivienne. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I definitely look forward to reading more from this author.

Recommend it?

Yes.


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