Monday, February 10, 2020

Review: The Best Laid Plans by Cameron Lund


Book description:

 It seemed like a good plan at first.
When the only other virgin in her group of friends loses it at Keely's own eighteenth birthday party, she knows it's time for drastic measures. If she's going to avoid heading to college without any experience of her own, she needs to find the guy, and fast.
Problem is, she's known all the boys in her small high school forever, and it's kinda hard to be into a guy when you watched him eat crayons in kindergarten. So she can't believe her luck when she meets a ridiculously hot new guy named Dean. Not only does he look like he's fallen out of a classic movie poster, but he drives a motorcycle, flirts with ease, and might actually be into her.
But Dean's already in college, and Keely is convinced he'll drop her if he finds out how inexperienced she is. That's when she talks herself into a new plan: her lifelong best friend, Andrew, would never hurt or betray her, and he's clearly been with enough girls that he can show her the ropes before she goes all the way with Dean.
Of course, the plan only works if Andrew and Keely stay friends--just friends--so things are about to get complicated.

My review: 

The Best Laid Plans is such a fun and engaging read. I was hooked from the start and did not want to stop reading until I was finished. Keely and Andrew are such great friends and I love seeing how well he knows her and how she can completely be herself with him. Dean is such a dreamboat though it's not hard to see why Keely would swoon over him. Honestly I knew where this was going from the start, but man did I enjoy the ride. I think this may very well be the best friends to lovers book that I have ever read. The characters are very well done and intriguing. I loved every second of it. It somewhat reminded me of one of my other favorite YA contemporary romances, The Kissing Booth. I would love to read more books from this author! 

** I received this book free for review through bookishfirst. This is my honest and voluntary review. ** 

Monday, January 13, 2020

Review: Demon Bound by Chris Cannon

 Demon Bound is a very entertaining fast-paced YA paranormal romance. You quickly find out that the town the story is set in "Crossroads" is full of demons and other paranormal creatures. The story alternates between Meena and Jake's point of view after they get caught up with a demon named Bane. It was very interesting the way things worked in this town with the demon deals and such. I was quick to bond with Meena over our shared love of books and ice cream. I am interested in seeing more of Meena and what she's actually capable of. Bane seems to think she will be very powerful and I don't think he will give up easily on wanting her by his side. I would love to see another book because I believe her story is just getting started. Definitely a page-turner. Highly recommended. 

** Thank you Entangled Teen and Netgalley for providing me with a digital copy for honest review.**

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Review: The Best of Beswick by Amalie Howard

 First of all I'd like to admit that I normally am not interested in historical romance, but after reading the first look I was hooked. Beauty and the Beast is my all time favorite fairytale and this twist on the tale was such a delight for me to read. Thane and Astrid have amazing chemistry and I loved all of their witty banter. Astrid is such a strong and smart female lead, I truly wish there were more characters like her. Thane is attracted to her mind just as much as her physical appearance and she definitely needs a strong man to be her match while he needs a strong woman to be able to handle him as well. It felt like they were made for each other. The secondary characters were interesting as well, especially the spunky aunt, she was a hoot!  There is just so much about this book to love. I think Beast of Beswick is my favorite read of the year so far!

**I received this book through bookishfirst. This is my honest and voluntary review. **

Thursday, November 14, 2019

My thoughts on: Shark's Edge

Shark's Edge

Shark's Edge

I am usually a very good judge of what books I will like. I thought that I would really like this one. I mean enemies to lovers is one of my absolute favorite tropes. Unfortunately I was wrong this time. I tried and tried, but there was just something about it that kept me from enjoying what I was reading. I've got a pretty good guess that it has to do with Sebastian's character. I seemed to like Abbi alright. Other than her bad taste in men that is. I also think something about the writing style just felt off to me. Could it possibly be because there are two writers? I'm not sure. I am definitely disappointed because like I said I seriously thought I was going to love Shark's Edge. Who knows, maybe I will give it another try at a different time and see if I feel differently then.

** I received a copy of this book from bookishfirst. This is my honest and voluntary review. **

Monday, November 11, 2019

Review: Echoes Between Us by Katie McGarry

Echoes Between Us

Echoes Between Us by Katie McGarry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved Echoes Between Us. First of all what a beautiful title for the book! The story is instantly captivating with two teenagers who run in different circles living under the same roof. Well technically it's on different floors and Veronica's dad is renting to Sawyer's mom, but still... They are bound to run into each other. Veronica has a brain tumor, can see ghosts, and is very strange. Sawyer is popular, but secretly doesn't have the best home life among other secrets he's keeping. As if all of that wasn't interesting enough, this book also tackles several heavy subjects. I mean the whole book is just so amazing and I just cannot believe I have not read all of this author's books yet. The writing flows so well and just pulls you instantly without letting you go until the very end. Heck even after the ending I cannot stop thinking about this book! There were some pretty cool side characters as well that I would love to get to have their own books. If you like contemporary teen romance with supernatural aspects that hits hard on the emotions then this book just might be for you.

** I received this book through bookishfirst and this is my honest and voluntary review. **

Friday, September 20, 2019

Review: Cupid's Match by Lauren Palphreyman

Cupid's Match by Lauren Palphreyman

Book description via Bookishfirst: 

For teen Lila Black, Cupid isn’t a myth—he’s her perfect match.
When teen Lila Black arrives at Cupid's Matchmaking Service intent on stopping them from spamming her, her world is turned inside out when she learns not only that cupids exist, but that she’s been matched with the infamous god of love, Cupid. The only catch? Lila's cupid guide, Cal, informs her she can't actually fall for Cupid; if she does, it will summon the goddess Venus, and it won't be pretty. As Cupid and Lila try to resist each other's magnetic pull, they discover an ancient group of cupids, the Arrows, are after them and determined to stop their match. Only by working together and surrendering to the power of myths can Lila and her cupids defeat the Arrows and put an end of Venus, once and for all.
My Review:

Cupid's Match is such a fun and captivating read. From the very beginning I was hooked and needed to find out what was going to happen next. I really enjoyed all of the characters and really liked how they all were unique and brought something special to the story. Cupid being a bit of a bad boy was a fun twist. There was lots of witty banter, which I love. I seriously couldn't make up my mind if I wanted him or his brother Cal to get the girl though; even at the end.

Cupid's Match has a lot of great humor and plenty of action with a forbidden romance, a spunky heroine, and a hint of a possible love triangle. I definitely need to read more about these characters! Although the story felt complete enough on it's own, I'd still love for there to be a sequel.

** I received a copy of this book through bookishfirst. This is my voluntary and honest review.**

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Review: The Trouble with Christmas by Amy Andrews

Book Description via the author's website:

All Suzanne St. Michelle wants is an over-the-top, eggnog-induced holiday with her best friend in Credence, Colorado. But when her hoity-toity parents insist she come home for Christmas in New York, she blurts out that her sexy landlord is actually her boyfriend and she can’t leave him—Joshy loves Christmas. The more twinkle lights the better.
Rancher Joshua Grady does not love Christmas. Or company, or chatty women. Unfortunately for him, the chattiest woman ever has rented the cottage on his ranch, invited her rich, art-scene parents, and now insists he play “fake rancher boyfriend” in a production of the Hokiest Christmas Ever. And somehow…she gets him to agree.

My review: 

I loved The Trouble with Christmas. It has been quite a while since I have read a book so fast, but I just could not get enough! I had a pretty strong feeling I was going to really enjoy this one since it includes some of my favorite things. Grumpy handsome rancher... check, Christmas time... check, hero and heroine who drive each other nuts... check, fake relationship... big fat check. Lucky for me it was even better than I had anticipated. Not to mention I absolutely loved Suzanne. From the very moment she started babbling and saying things even she had no clue why, I knew she was my kind of girl. It definitely made for some really funny moments and had me smiling and laughing out loud through most of the book. Joshua Grady never stood a chance! Ah, but the broody rancher also found a special place in my heart. I like that his backstory adds some depth to the story and makes his decisions to try to keep his distance more sympathetic than upsetting. He still managed to be a fun character despite his past tragedies and I have to admit picturing him all macho and serious in a tacky Christmas sweater still makes me giggle. It's almost like the perfect Hallmark movie except with steamy parts and cursing. Although I did not enjoy the overuse of cursing God's name, I decided not to deduct any stars because of how much I absolutely loved everything else. Just be forewarned if that type of thing bothers you. I also have to say before my review is over that the ending was just perfect! It gave me all the feels. I definitely highly recommend The Trouble with Christmas for the Christmas romance and fake relationship fans out there.

** I received an advanced digital copy thanks to Entangled Publishing via Netgalley. This is my voluntary and honest review.**