WILDFIRE by Ilona Andrews

Just when Nevada Baylor has finally come to accept the depths of her magical powers, she also realizes she’s fallen in love. Connor “Mad” Rogan is in many ways her equal when it comes to magic, but she’s completely out of her elements when it comes to her feelings for him. To make matters more complicated, an old flame comes back into Rogan’s life…

Rogan knows there’s nothing between him and his ex-fiance, Rynda Sherwood. But as Nevada begins to learn more about her past, her power, and her potential future, he knows she will be faced with choices she never dreamed of and the promise of a life spent without him.

As Nevada and Rogan race to discover the whereabouts of Rynda’s kidnapped husband and are forced to confront Nevada’s grandmother, who may or may not have evil motives, these two people must decide if they can trust in each other or allow everything to go up in smoke. 


Title : Wildfire
Author : Ilona Andrews
Series : Hidden Legacy #3
Format : ebook
Page Count : 400
Genre : Urban fantasy
Publisher : Avon
Release Date : July 25, 2017

Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★ .5


Micky’s 4.5 star review

I love that this Hidden Legacy series is paced a little faster than the Kate Daniels series, what I mean is that the longer storylines are happening over less books. Its not that I don’t appreciate all ten books and novellas of the KD series, but I was ready for a little less commitment. WILDFIRE moved Nevada into a new position in this book, secure in her relationship and becoming the leader of her family in a more formal way. Both these elements made me love this book.

First and foremost for me in this series, is the Nevgan (awful ‘ship’ name alert). These two continued to dig through who they were together and where their boundaries sat. What I love about Connor (Rogan) is how he was selfless and both selfish in his love, that said, he had the balance just right as situations presented. These two got to have a date in this book and I lived for that experience. I think I am possibly too hung up on these two…

“I’m starving. I haven’t had anything to eat since I stole a bear claw from your kitchen this morning.”
“You didn’t steal it. All my bear claws are yours.”

The whole storyline about the becoming of a House was fascinating and the reveals about the youngest Baylor sister and Leon were pretty wow. The baddies were fierce and I definitely saw parallels between Grandma Tremaine and Kate Daniels father – the strong, evil patriach/matriach but with a dose of they might care a bit.

I am hugely excited for where the next book goes. I need more of this family but more importantly more of ‘Nevgan’ (sorry). They’re not quite Kate and Curran but probably only because I don’t know them quite as well. Ilona Andrews know how to create a story, a couple to last and cheer for.

WHEN THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens

A novel about a young woman determined to make her way in the wilds of North Carolina, and the two men that will break her isolation open.

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She’s barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark.

But Kya is not what they say. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life lessons from the land, learning from the false signals of fireflies the real way of this world. But while she could have lived in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world–until the unthinkable happens.


Title : Where The Crawdads Sing
Author : Delia Owens
Format : Paperback Arc
Page Count : 368
Genre : Literary Fiction
Publisher : Corsair/Little Brown
Release Date : December 12, 2019

Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★ .5


Micky’s 4.5 star review

WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING was a singular story, carried by a cast of many in the background but only Kya in the foreground. It was a story evoking strong emotion, anger and empathy and I experienced all of these feelings many times whilst reading. It was also a tough reading experience from a contextual perspective in a number of way and therefore there may be trigger themes for some readers.

Kya was a young girl, a ‘marsh girl’ abandoned by first her mother, then her siblings and finally by her father. She resided in a shack in the marshlands and learnt how to live. This aspect was much of the early book and my heart ached on reading. Kya was vulnerable, naive but a survivor with the kind of resilience that was hewn out of circumstance; it was do or die. Seeing Kya’s unfulfilled longing for love and relationships was distressing. There were themes of racism, prejudice and extreme poverty. I felt that these aspects were written exceptionally well with such tangibility.

There were people who came into Kya’s life and made it bearable, Jumpin’, Mable and Tate. I adored Jumpin’ and I loved Tate’s desire to help Kya without wanting anything from her. The lack of plain sailing was inevitable but it stung to read how things turned out. Chase was rotten from the first encounter and it was hard to see Kya’s naivety lead her in a sticky direction. The mystery that later unfolded was fascinating in a painful way.

The narrative and description in this book was decadent in terms of the flora and fauna but there were no holds barred in terms of the reality of marsh and shack life. Delia Owens had a way of bringing nature to life, birds, trees and feathers, through their sights and sounds. My visualisation was vivid and that was down to the descriptive prose.

I was grateful for the time frame and the journey in this book. I was relieved to have answers at the end and some surprises. This book has the kind of story that would appeal widely, regardless of what genre you might prefer; it is worth any reader’s time. WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING was a rare case of a book that lasts a lifetime and I sense it could also stay with me as long.

Thank you to Corsair and Little Brown for the proof copy for review.

SOMEDAY, SOMEDAY by Emma Scott

How long would you wait for love? 

Max Kaufman was kicked out of his home as a teen and his life has been an uphill battle ever since. From addiction and living on the streets, to recovery and putting himself through nursing school, he’s spent the last ten years rebuilding his shattered sense of self. Now he’s taken a job as a private caretaker to Edward Marsh III, the president and CEO of one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Max soon learns Marsh’s multi-billion-dollar empire is a gold and diamond-encrusted web of secrets and lies.

The longer Max works and lives with the Marsh family, the tighter the secrets tangle around him. And his heart—that he’s worked so hard to protect—falls straight into the hands of the distant, cold, and beautiful son of a dynasty…

Silas Marsh is set to inherit the family fortune, but his father is determined his heir be the “perfect” son. Before Silas can take over the company and end its shady business practices, he must prove himself worthy…and deny his true nature.

Silas must choose: stand up to his father by being true to himself and his undeniable feelings for Max. Or pretend to be someone he is not in order to inherit everything. Even if it means sacrificing a chance at happiness and real love.


Title : Someday, Someday
Author : Emma Scott
Format : eARC
Page Count : 374
Genre : LGBTQIA+ romance
Publisher : indie
Release Date : November 24, 2019

Reviewer : Hollis
Rating : ★ ★


Hollis’ 2 star review

So, I want to be clear, that I respect what the author set out to do with this story. With the subject matter, the redemption, the healing.. even dragging something as relevant to our every day as the opioid crisis into the spotlight. But..

.. but. This story feels a lot like it’s trying very hard for me to feel things. For me to be heartbroken, or angry, and to champion the MCs, to rage against the villains. All of which, like, valid. The material is there. I just didn’t quite sink into any of it. Probably because so much of it is melodramatic, or manufactured, and also just vacillating between different extremes to the point that things felt a little (a lot) unbelievable and hard to hold onto.

I’ll say it again. I appreciate some of the topics, I appreciate the representation, but this was just a little too OTT for me whilst also not being enough for me to feel much of anything. But hey, what do I know, this is beloved by almost everyone, so, hey. Grain of salty salted salt.

This was my first Scott, despite having bought up most of her books during one kindle sale or another, and I would like to give her other works a try. This is definitely not the worst ‘romance author tries m/m’ foray I’ve ever read. I think I’ve just read too many better ones to think much of this one. But a lot of potential was here so I definitely won’t be deleting her off my kindle. I might even finally read those other books! Sounds like a good 2020 goal.

** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **

REGRETTING YOU by Colleen Hoover – review and giveaway!

Morgan Grant and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Clara, would like nothing more than to be nothing alike.

Morgan is determined to prevent her daughter from making the same mistakes she did. By getting pregnant and married way too young, Morgan put her own dreams on hold. Clara doesn’t want to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Her predictable mother doesn’t have a spontaneous bone in her body.

With warring personalities and conflicting goals, Morgan and Clara find it increasingly difficult to coexist. The only person who can bring peace to the household is Chris—Morgan’s husband, Clara’s father, and the family anchor. But that peace is shattered when Chris is involved in a tragic and questionable accident. The heartbreaking and long-lasting consequences will reach far beyond just Morgan and Clara.

While struggling to rebuild everything that crashed around them, Morgan finds comfort in the last person she expects to, and Clara turns to the one boy she’s been forbidden to see. With each passing day, new secrets, resentment, and misunderstandings make mother and daughter fall further apart. So far apart, it might be impossible for them to ever fall back together.


Title : Regretting You
Author : Colleen Hoover
Format : eARC
Page Count : 365
Genre : Contemporary Romance
Publisher : Montlake Romance
Release Date : December 10, 2019

Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★ 


Micky’s 3 star reciew

I know this opinion will separate me from the populous but for me, this was a very run-of-the-mill read. I didn’t hate it, I kind of liked it but I definitely didn’t love it even though I wanted to.

I found the start to this story interesting with the four characters of the past, I liked that more than the present, initially. However, by 22% I was finding it so slow that I was willing SOMETHING to happen. I actually got my wish with the dropping of an emotional bomb. Am I sadistic that I was grateful for that? Whatever, I welcomed it and enjoyed the story a bit more from there.

This was a story of families and relationships intertwined and connected in the most complex way, a really unsatisfying way. It was about two generations, mother and daughter, father and son, sister and sister and husband and wife. I hated some of the characters, and I was supposed to. I much preferred the narrative around Morgan and Jonah than I did of Clara and Miller. I felt frustrated with Clara and Miller but I know their actions and behaviours were fitting for 17/18 year olds.

I struggled with some of the instant connections, some of which were supposedly built on older feelings but I didn’t buy into the elements of this, especially with the younger characters. There were other parts of the story that I wanted more of, like Gramps.

Overall, I’ve come out of REGRETTING YOU feeling a bit ‘what was that explosion and why is everything now peachy’. I needed more tangibility in the longer term but I appreciated some of the elements of the grief narrative which really hit the spot.

Thank you to Montlake Romance for the early review copy.


Author Biography


Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including the bestselling women’s fiction novel It Ends with Us and the bestselling psychological thriller Verity. She has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance three years in a row—for Confess (2015), It Ends with Us (2016), and Without Merit (2017). Confess was adapted into a seven-episode online series. In 2015, Hoover and her family founded the Bookworm Box, a bookstore and monthly subscription service that offers signed novels donated by authors. All profits go to various charities each month to help those in need. Hoover lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys.

Visit www.colleenhoover.com.

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NEW RELEASE TUESDAY – DECEMBER 10, 2019

Happy “where’d all my money go?” new release Tuesday, everyone!
As you know, the most exciting day of the week in this community is the day that follows the one we all dread (Mondays for the nope) and today we’re going to highlight some of the new books chipping away at our bank accounts — but each one is so worth it.


REGRETTING YOU by Colleen Hoover takes two generations of inter-related characters, twists them up and throws them into a shaker and spills them out. Keep an eye out for Micky’s review!

Also out this week is MEET ME ON LOVE LANE by Nina Bocci. This is the second in her series set in a small town. This story features a NY city girl returning to her home town where two golden ‘boys’ are vying for her affection.


Are there any titles out today you’re excited for? Let us know in the comments below!

THE PLACES I’VE CRIED IN PUBLIC by Holly Bourne

Amelie loved Reese. And she thought he loved her. But she’s starting to realise love isn’t supposed to hurt like this. So now she’s retracing their story and untangling what happened by revisiting all the places he made her cry.

Because if she works out what went wrong, perhaps she can finally learn to get over him


Title : The Places I’ve Cried In Public
Author : Holly Bourne
Format : Paperback
Page Count : 368
Genre : Contemporary
Publisher : Usbourne Publishing
Release Date : October 3, 2019

Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★ 


This was my first Holly Bourne read but I have come away a little unsure if her writing style is for me. I am a stalwart fan of British contemporary YA, some of my favourite YA is UK written and based, because of course I want that real connection with my culture.

It took me a good third of the book to really get settled into the story and the characters. Overall, I didn’t really connect with any character in the book and I feel that I should have connected with Amelie. She irritated me on and off. Needless to say, I hated Reese, however I did like her friends, Hannah, Archie and Jessa. I would have loved more about these friendships.

Bourne narrates some important themes in this book in the form of insidious and manipulative behaviour in a significant other. In fact the behaviour was much more than that. There was a slow reveal of what that ‘more’ is and some of the handling of how that reveal happened was a little messy in execution for me, losing some clarity of the severity and wrongness of the behaviour. I also struggled with the past and present timelines, they just didn’t flow well in and out of one another but I did get used to the framing eventually. I don’t normally struggle with this approach but there was just something about the chop and change that made it difficult to stay inside the story.

There were some strong elements that really captured me but they were small parts of the story. I thought how the counsellor and counselling was represented was realistic and positive. I thought the assault element took an less talked-about path that was good to have out there in literature without being too graphic. I also liked the music teacher and the tentative confidante that was offered and appreciated.

I am left with questions however, why was there no mention of reporting this heinous crime? This was a problematic big hole in this story that is meant to and will influence young people having some similar experiences told in this story.

I have rated this 3 stars for the important themes, but I do feel it could have been executed better both in writing dealing with such sensitive topics.

Thank you to the publisher and Amazon Vine for the finished review copy.

ANNIE’S SONG by Catherine Anderson

Annie Trimble lives in a solitary world that no one enters or understands. As delicate and beautiful as the tender blossoms of the Oregon spring, she is shunned by a town that misinterprets her affliction. But cruelty cannot destroy the love Annie holds in her heart.

Alex Montgomery is horrified to learn his wild younger brother forced himself on a helpless “idiot girl.” Tormented by guilt, Alex agrees to marry her and raise the babe she carries as his own. But he never dreams he will grow to cherish his lovely, mute, misjudged Annie and her childlike innocence, her womanly charms and the wondrous way she views her world. And he becomes determined to break through the wall of silence surrounding her; to heal…and to be healed by Annie’s sweet song of love.


Title : Annie’s Song
Author : Catherine Anderson
Format : Mass Market Paperback
Page Count : 410
Genre : Historical Romance
Publisher : Avon
Release Date : August 27, 2013

Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★ .5


Micky’s 3.5 star read

ANNIE’S SONG was an enjoyable read and a breath of fresh in terms of uniqueness of story, I’ve not read the like before, particularly not in the historical romance genre.

Firstly, this book starts out with an incredibly difficult first chapter, there are triggers here front and centre for some people. The issue wasn’t exactly a trigger for me but it still took me aback and felt an abrupt and brutal start.

Annie had a disability and much of the early story is about misconceptions and misunderstandings about her disability. I struggled a little with where the story went in terms of consent issues to decisions made. I really hated observing some of what happened there. Added onto this, Annie had horrendous parents and what she had suffered in her childhood home was difficult to see recounted.

Alex was a man of integrity and I admired his actions on the one hand but I also wanted to knock some sense into him as he navigated decisions, their life and future direction. However, where would Annie have been without him? In a much worse situation is the answer. Alex did learn and grow as a man and partner, he was also a quite a forward thinker for the era.

Their romantic connection was a slow burn but even the were both adults, Annie’s innocence made me feel like my skin was crawling as Alex tried to coax Annie into intimacy. So while I was enjoying much of the story, this element just took the rating down a little for me.

I’m grateful for the rec on this unusual story and I would definitely read Catherine Anderson again.

A SCARCITY OF CONDORS by Suanne Laqueur – double review!

Juleón “Jude” Tholet has survival in his DNA. His father, Cleón, lived through imprisonment and torture during Pinochet’s military coup in Chile. His mother, Penny, risked everything to gain her husband’s freedom and flee the country with their newborn son. But as a closeted gay teenager growing up in Vancouver, Jude is targeted by a neighborhood bully called El Cóndor, culminating in a vicious hate crime that forces the Tholets to flee their country again. 

Jude cautiously rebuilds his life in Seattle, becoming an accomplished pianist, but his his wings have been clipped and he cannot seem to soar in his relationships. Only family remains a constant source of strength and joy, until a DNA test reveals something that shocks all the Tholets: Jude is not their child.

Stunned by the test results, the Tholets must dig into their painful past, re-examine their lives in 1973 Santiago and the events surrounding Jude’s birth story. It’s a tale rooted in South America’s Operation Condor. It spreads through Pinochet’s terrifying regime of detention camps, torture, disappeared civilians and stolen children. The journey forces Penny Tholet to confront the gaps in her memory while Cleón must re-live an ordeal he’s long kept hidden away in a secret world. The tale ends with Jude digging through his genetic code in a quest to find his biological parents. Are they alive? Or are they among Los Desaparecidos—the Disappeared Ones?

Suanne Laqueur’s third book in the Venery series explores the desperate acts of love made in times of war, and the many ways family can be defined.


Title : A Scarcity of Condors
Author : Suanne Laqueur
Series : Venery (book three)
Format : eARC
Page Count
Genre : contemporary fiction
Publisher
Release Date : December 31, 2019

Reviewer : Hollis / Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★ / ★ ★ ★


Hollis’ 3 star review

This rating might surprise people who know how much I love this author, and this series, but my problem with this story is that, for the most part, I didn’t really find myself connecting to these characters. For me, they would come alive in family or group setting moments, not always but often, or in the cheeky sizzle of chemistry-infused interactions leading upto the romance, but overall I didn’t fall in love with these people or places the way I have in other Laqueur — specifically, Venery — books. 

Rosie, I need a favour.”
What, baby?
I’m attempting to seduce this gorgeous gentleman and he’s wisely being prudent about consorting with arrogant and audacious men he doesn’t know.”
In other words, Tuesday.”

This particular installment feels like a big epilogue, and then some, to a story that started in AN EXALATION OF LARKS and, to a certain point, somewhat in the background, continued in A CHARM OF FINCHES. This is a conclusion that part of me thinks would’ve made a great novella or short story to wrap up certain questions from the first book. Because while some of this touched me, I mostly felt myself just going through the motions of the EMOtions without ever really being bowled over by them. Which makes for a lot of page time where I just wasn’t really immersed in it all.

Having said that, the events, the horrible situations, they were treated with the usual care of all the author’s other works. Without shying away from the stark harsh reality but equally without being gratuitous about it, either. Two very different scenes in particular come to mind where it’s a retelling of second-hand events, from the perspective of someone they knew, but without putting the elements and experiences on page in all their gory or brutal glory. Which, considering the telling, was a relief. But it wasn’t without impact. Which I think shows how masterful the author is. She knows when to push and when to pull back, all without losing the gravity of the moment.

When I wasn’t hiding in the closet, I was hiding under the piano.
Well, there’s a Freudian analyst’s wet dream. The strong, solid barrier of wood and ivory hiding your genitals with definitive black-and-white distinctions of tone and.. sorry, I forgot where I was going with that.”

And that applies to so much of this story. The introspection, the therapy, even just random events. She broke them down, processed them, likened them to other feelings or images for the characters and the readers to meet halfway and experience. Some times it was so achingly beautiful. But in this particular story I did feel a lot of it was repetitive, redundant, or rehashed.. sometimes almost word for word. I could understand revisiting some things but I think I expected to learn or see a new perspective when it was brought up again. And rarely did we get that kind of pivot.

Everything Laqueur did in this story had echoes of her other works in the sense that you know you’re in the same world, with characters that connect in some ways, even only in the periphery, so things feel similar — and I mean that in a positive way. Each story handles something important, critical, pivotal, necessary. Often hard, but without flinching. Often beautiful, but also heartbreaking. This one still did all those things. Just not with the same impact on me as a reader. This had all the things I loved from other Venery books. But just didn’t hit the same way. 

[it] was untrue and unfair. Irrational. But sometimes you felt what you felt and nothing could assuage it.

Ultimately, I think my enjoyment of this story was less about the big picture, big connections, and more about the little ones. Quiet moments, devastating moments, which caught me in my feels, whereas the big tie-ins and some of the backstory just didn’t do as much. But I suspect, and expect (and know) many people, fans or newbies alike, will love this. I will forever, and always, recommend the Venery series and my feelings on this book hasn’t changed that one bit.  

As per usual, I read this with my Laqueur buddy (and blog buddy!) Micky and we had a great time reading, discussing, speculating, breaking things down over the course of our Condor-ified weekend.


Micky’s 3 star review

This book had atmosphere, emotion and a family saga to end all sagas. A SCARCITY OF CONDORS was a complex read but then I expect complexity from Suanne Laqueur. If you are fan of the Venery series, you will feel the intertwining of these books, but in particular, there was a strong connection to book one, AN EXALTATION OF LARKS.

The third book returned fans to Chile, Pinochet’s heinous regime but it also opened that Pandora’s box wider and invited the reader to witness some of the atrocities. I say go with trepidation and that there may be themes that are difficult for some.

The book had a slow start for me, taking some time to get into the context and characters. Things I enjoyed included Penny, she was the shining light for me, easy to get to know, easy to empathsise with and admire. What was unusual for me was that I didn’t really connect fully with some of the other characters.

Jude was a character I liked but didn’t love. His repetitive reliving of past events with his psychotherapist was a bit overkill for me. I was ready for him to set down events of the past. So, imagine my delight, truly, when we got to the meet, greet and connection between Jude and Tej. These two connected at a time I just needed some levity in the heavy within these pages. All that said about this relationship, when it came to toils and troubles, there hadn’t been enough narrative for me to feel what they were feeling and so instead I felt like an outsider looking in. I loved these two the most in their early days when they were all playful banter.

The card has some digits on it. If you punch them into your phone, magic things will happen.

The themes of being disappeared, lost babies, torture and reconnecting with unknown loved ones carried gravity of emotion. There was so much going on, almost all of it was incredibly serious as you would imagine and I felt the weight of that. However, there were only a few moments of real emotional connection with the story for me and I am sad about that. Without wanting the spoil, I loved the reappearance of the character who I knew would reappear because of the context and from 70% to the end was a more avid reading experience. I struggled with Cleon’s short chapters throughout. Hollis and I buddy read this and we agreed that in some ways, parts of this book would have made a great novella to book one.

If you know me, you know that I recommend the Venery series to many and all, that hasn’t changed. This hasn’t been my favourite read but it does add to the overall narrative of these characters and context. I don’t know why some elements missed the mark for me but they did and I can’t change that. I have learnt historical detail from this book and what has been translated through human stories in this world. I am the richer for that.

** We received an ARC from the author (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **

WOULD LIKE TO MEET by Rachel Winters

In this charming, feel-good debut novel, a cynical assistant at a screenwriting agency must reenact the meet-cute scenes from classic romantic comedy movies in order to help her #1 client get his scriptwriting mojo back–but can a real-life meet-cute be in store for someone who doesn’t believe in happily ever after?

After seven years as an assistant, 29-year-old Evie Summers is ready to finally get the promotion she deserves. But now the TV and film agency she’s been running behind the scenes is in trouble, and Evie will lose her job unless she can convince the agency’s biggest and most arrogant client, Ezra Chester, to finish writing the script for a Hollywood romantic comedy. 

The catch? Ezra is suffering from writer’s block–and he’ll only put pen to paper if singleton Evie can prove to him that you can fall in love like they do in the movies. With the future of the agency in jeopardy, Evie embarks on a mission to meet a man the way Sally met Harry or Hugh Grant met Julia Roberts. 

But in the course of testing out the meet-cute scenes from classic romantic comedies IRL, not only will Evie encounter one humiliating situation after another, but she’ll have to confront the romantic past that soured her on love. In a novel as hilarious as it is heartwarming, debut author Rachel Winters proves that sometimes real life is better than the movies–and that the best kind of meet-cutes happen when you least expect them.


Title : Would Like To Meet
Author :  Rachel Winters
Format : eARC
Page Count : 368
Genre : contemporary romance
Publisher : G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Release Date : December 3, 2019

Reviewer : Hollis
Rating : ★ ★ ★


Hollis’ 3 star review

This read is sort’ve hard to pin down for me. It has everything you could possible want in a rom-com : an imperfect heroine who messes up but you still want to root for, a hilarious friend group you would totally go drinking with, a hero (or two!) who might be the one, and a meet cute (or twelve hundred). I loved so much of it. Some of it, both dialogue and situations, were great. Other moments just.. maybe dragged on or, just due to circumstance, frustrated me.

This is definitely an author I would read again. It’s a pretty great debut. There’s a lot of heart here, a lot of greatness, but I do feel like it’s also just trying to do a little too much. And that’s not counting all the big movie moment recreations.

I honestly don’t have much more to say. I will point out there are a few bits in the summary that don’t quite jive with the plot itself, or feel a little misleading in hindsight, but not necessarily in a bad way? I would just recommend you go in with a vague or general idea of what to expect and ride it out.

Also? This would make a great movie. I’d definitely watch it.

** I received an ARC from Edelweiss and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY – DECEMBER 3, 2019

Happy “where’d all my money go?” new release Tuesday, everyone!
As you know, the most exciting day of the week in this community is the day that follows the one we all dread (Mondays for the nope) and today we’re going to highlight some of the new books chipping away at our bank accounts — but each one is so worth it.


WOULD LIKE TO MEET by Rachel Winters is perfect for anyone who loves a meet cute. Or twelve. Or twelve hundred. Like meet cuts? You’ll love this one!

BLITZED by Alexa Martin is the third book in her Playbook series and it seems to be one that features much groveling. The hero makes a mistake (fumbles, even, hah!) and tries to convince the heroine he’s worth a second chance and win her over.

One we’re sure many are excited for is the much anticipated sequel CHILDREN OF VIRTUE AND VENGEANCE by Toni Adeyemi. We haven’t started this series but we hope this release is everything the fans are wanting!


Are there any titles out today you’re excited for? Let us know in the comments below!

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