I received this book for free for review purposes.
This was such a cute Christmas read!
The story was relatively simple and doesn’t go too in-depth, but it totally worked for this book. This is a great book to read if you are looking to get into the holiday spirit because it has a little of everything. There’s some romance, familial love and reconnections, a cute bookstore with a cafe, and a ton of Christmas spirit. What more could you want?
I loved the two main characters, Carter and Abby. It was nice seeing the two of them come together and I loved how they were both bookish and into writing. The supporting characters were also great. One of my favorites was Carter’s coworker, Lenny.
This book is also short enough to read in a day, so if you want to squeeze in a last minute holiday read, this is perfect.
Lastly, as a bonus, there are recipes at the end for holiday themed treats!
Overall, this is a short and sweet Christmas romance with a lot of heart. If you are looking to read just one Christmas book this year, read this one!
I received this book for free from the publisher (Harlequin) as part of their bookstagram publicity campaign.
This is the first book in a new spin-off of Rhenna Morgan’s Men of Haven series. If you haven’t read that series you can still read this one as a standalone. Some characters from Men of Haven do make an appearance but it is not imperative that you read their books first. I’ve only read the last book in the Men of Haven series and was able to enjoy this book just fine.
This was a great contemporary alpha male romance. I’ve never read a book about a modern day mobster so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I ended up loving the dynamics.
I loved how protective Sergei was of Evette and her son, but also how sweet he could be. Evette was a nice leading lady. She had spunk and I loved that she was honest with Sergei. A lot of times in romances, characters will not tell the person they’re dating about something super important and all it does is just create unnecessary drama. Luckily this book does not fall prey to that. Evette was smart!
Overall, this was a solid to start to a sexy new series and I am looking forward to reading the next installment.
I received this book for free from JustRead tours as part of their Blind Date with a Book tour.
First off, I just want to say that JustRead tours did an amazing job matching me with this book. It was right up my alley.
This book was like Jane Eyre meets a Charles Dickens novel and I loved it. It’s like Jane Eyre in the sense that the main character is living in a mysterious house with people above her station. Similar to a Dickens novel, this book deals with and shed light on some unsavory things about the Victorian era like debtors’ prison.
I loved the vibe of this book. It’s mysterious with a hint of a gothic feel to it.
There’s a little bit of romance too. The love interest was perfect for the main character. They were really good together. Also, he was an avid reader so you gotta love him. At point he says, “I admit I’man escapist when it comes to books. I become drunk on story, on words, as a buffer against reality” (pg. 104).
This book is Christian fiction but it is very light on the religious aspects. It doesn’t overpower the story itself which I liked.
The only thing I didn’t love was that the mystery wasn’t as exciting as I would have liked.
Overall, this was an enjoyable Victorian tale with a beautiful blend of romance and mystery.
I received this book for free from The NOVL in exchange for an honest review.
First and foremost, I want to start off with a massive trigger warning for depression and suicide. These topics are heavily discussed in this book.
This was a very heartfelt and touching book.
The depression representation was really well done. It showed what depression looked like and how it affects not only the person with it, but also their loved ones. After reading the author’s note at the end, you can tell just how personal this story was for the author.
A lot of reviewers have mentioned that the romance in this book is very insta-lovey and obsessive. There is merit to that, however, that was kind of the point of the book. Towards the end, the nature of their relationship gets discussed. This book isn’t necessarily supposed to be one of those cutesy YA romances.
I loved the biracial (main character is half white and half black) representation. I liked that it didn’t shy away from showing the racism that is still prevalent today. I also liked that classism and elitism was also explored in conjunction with her race. It’s interesting to see how race, class, and gender all intersect. This book is so sex-positive which is so refreshing to see in YA.
Lastly, I thought the ending was perfect for the story. It seemed realistic and I liked that it was more ope-ended.
I received an ARC of this book for free from BookSparks for promotional purposes.
I give this book 4.5 stars which rounds up to 5.
I absolutely loved the first book in the trilogy but um okay wow this book was even more insane. It was a roller coaster of emotions. This book picks up right where the last book left off and from then on just continues all the craziness.
At first I was a little intimidated to read this because I saw the massive character list in the beginning and was a bit overwhelmed (there’s a ton of new characters compared to the first book). But it ended up being so easy to follow.
As for the new characters, they just added to the drama of the whole story and I loved it. I particularly liked the dynamics and politics between the characters.
Like the first book, the ending was just wild. What a cliffhanger. The author really outdid herself with that one.
I didn’t give this book a full 5 stars because it is on the slow side. Since this is the second book in the trilogy, I was expecting a little more excitement than what I got. Nevertheless, the book was still a page turner.
Overall, if you loved the first book, then you’ll love this one! Now the wait for the next book begins!
Sophie wants one thing for Christmas-a little freedom from her overprotective parents. So when they decide to spend Christmas in South Louisiana with her very pregnant older sister, Sophie is looking forward to some much needed private (read: make-out) time with her long-term boyfriend, Griffin. Except it turns out that Griffin wants a little freedom from their relationship.
Heartbroken, Sophie flees to her grandparents’ house, where the rest of her boisterous extended family is gathered for the holiday. That’s when her nonna devises a (not so) brilliant plan: Over the next ten days, Sophie will be set up on ten different blind dates by different family members. Like her sweet cousin Sara, who sets her up with a hot guy at an exclusive underground party. Or her crazy aunt Patrice, who signs Sophie up for a lead role in a living nativity. With a boy who barely reaches her shoulder. And a screaming baby.
When Griffin turns up unexpectedly and begs for a second chance, Sophie feels more confused than ever. Because maybe, just maybe, she’s started to have feelings for someone else . . . Someone who is definitely not available.
This is going to be the worst Christmas break ever . . . or is it?
“This piece-by-piece romance doesn’t need its Christmas theme to sell, but it makes it glitter all the more.”—Booklist
“In a funny holiday romance that has Sophie dog-sitting in a hockey rink, watching porn at a drive-in theater, and playing the Virgin Mary in a middle school Nativity, Elston cleverly reflects the family members’ personalities through their choices of dates for Sophie.”—Publishers Weekly
Ashley Elston is the author of several novels, including THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING (a finalist in the Best Young Adult Novel category of the International Thriller Awards) and THIS IS OUR STORY. She graduated with a Liberal Arts degree from Louisiana State University in Shreveport. Ashley worked for many years as a wedding photographer before turning her hand to writing. Ashley lives in Louisiana with her husband and three sons.
Ashley is represented by Sarah Davies at The Greenhouse Literary Agency.
I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
This book took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions and I loved every minute of it.
I was reminded a lot of the TV show, Andi Mack, while reading this. In case you don’t know, Andi Mack was this amazing show on Disney Channel that featured the network’s first gay main character, Cyrus. I was obsessed with the show until Disney Channel canceled it (but that’s a discussion for another day). Riley’s journey and who he ended up with reminded me of Cyrus. I was very happy with who Riley ended up with at the end. It gave me similar feels to the Cyrus storyline. From the very beginning I was rooting for Riley and that person to get together but I didn’t know if it would happen. So when it did happen I was ecstatic and had a mini freak out over it.
I loved Riley’s journey in discovering his sexuality. It was so heartwarming to see him become more confident in who he is.
I also liked Riley’s friend group and how supportive they were. They also reminded a little of the friend group in Andi Mack.
Overall, this was an amazing LGBT read. If you are a fan of Andi Mack or Love, Simon (I haven’t read the book but have seen the movie), you’ll like this one.