Friday, May 11, 2018

RELEASE: "13" by Rhonda James (Romance)

by Rhonda James

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: May 11th 2018

Series: The List, #2
Standalone: Yes

Description from Publisher:

“Fake it till you make it.”

A notion I once considered utterly ridiculous. Until one crazy night with a mysterious man resulted in a social media frenzy that had the entire entertainment industry talking.

Seems a fake marriage was just what my career needed to make Hollywood come knocking.

Convincing him to continue the charade was almost too easy. The chemistry between us made it impossible to keep my hands to myself. But it was all just pretend, right? Love was never in the script.

That is, until he re-wrote it.

13 Reasons You Should Stay:

1. I’m crazy about you

2. I make you laugh

3. You totally dig me

About the Author: Rhonda James
Rhonda is an Amazon bestselling romance author who strives to create a book boyfriend for all her readers. She’s married and lives in Michigan with her family. In her spare time you can find her talking to readers, getting lost in a new book, or just spending time with her family.
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Monday, May 7, 2018

REVIEW: "Spies, Lies, and Allies" by Lisa Brown Roberts (Young Adult, Romance)

by Lisa Brown Roberts

Publisher: Entangled TEEN
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Publication Date:May 1st 2018

Standalone: Yes

Nerd Romance
Description from Publisher:

Summers are supposed to be fun, right? Not mine. I’ve got a job at my dad’s company, which is sponsoring a college scholarship competition. I just found out that, in addition to my job assisting the competing interns, I’m supposed to vote for the winner. Totally not what I signed up for.

My boss is running the competition like it’s an episode of Survivor. Then there’s Carlos, who is, well, very distracting––in a good way. But I can’t even think about him like that because fraternizing on the job means instant disqualification for the intern involved.

As if that’s not enough, an anonymous informant with insider intel is trying to sabotage my dad’s company on social media...and I’m afraid it's working.

Much as I’d love to quit, I can’t. Kristoffs Never Quit is our family motto. I just hope there’s more than one survivor by the end of this summer.

My Rating:
Heat Rating:

So this was cute at times. It had a Breakfast Club vibe (as was obviously intended). There was a bit of everything, and a LOT of pop nerd culture references, even a visit to Denver Comic Con.

Laurel's father owns a company and is a workaholic, so she begs him to give her a summer job, hoping to see him more. He agrees to hire her on to assist the interns he has hired as part of an internship-for-a-scholarship program he is starting. She spends the summer getting to know the interns, and more about herself, as well.

It was an entertaining read, and I was invested in figuring out which intern would get the scholarship money. The scene where they all make confessions fanned those flames more, which was a goos thing.

I wasn't a big fan of Laurel, though. She grew over the course of the book, but was still so very immature for someone who was 17. There were so mnay instances that she frustrated me by not just miscommunicating, but being literally silent when just a word (even via text or email) would have made a world of difference. She dialed the romance factor down significantly, as a result, which was disappointing. She and Carlos were so often angry at one another, and not in a sexy way!

There were also some random comments on race or gender that seemed to come out from left field and served no purpose... And Laurel's dad was so quick to anger (like Carlos or Laurel, I suppose), biting Laurel's head off over things like her wanting to go to lunch with him. It was a bit sad, really.

So, that all is to say that this was an enjoyable read, but not without some things that brought it down a bit, in my opinion. It is worth a read, but my expectations may have been a bit high (I've enjoyed this author's other books quite a bit!).

My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher to voluntarily review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is unbiased and my 100% own.

About Lisa Brown Robert
Lisa Brown Roberts still hasn't recovered from the teenage trauma of nearly tweezing off both eyebrows and having to pencil them in for an entire school year. This and other angst-filled memories inspire her to write YA books about navigating life's painful and funny dramas, and falling in love along the way.
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Thursday, April 19, 2018

REVIEW: "Maybe Someone Like You" by Stacy Wise (Romance)

by Stacy Wise

Publisher: Entangled (Embrace)
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: April 16th 2018

Standalone: Yes

Sports (Kickboxing), Laws of Attraction (female lawyer)
Description from Publisher:

Katie Capwell is a bright and accomplished recent law school graduate, and she has her shiny future all mapped out.

Ryan Brincatt is a tattooed and impossibly cool martial artist, and he’s mastered a fierce roundhouse kick.

Their paths never should have crossed.

But on a whim, she signs up for kickboxing lessons with him. She never imagined that one decision would change absolutely everything.

My Rating:
Heat Rating:

Katie is just out of law school, and just out of what she THOUGHT was a relationship until her boyfriend started talking about how excited he was to "meet" new people. She has a mother who expects a lot from her, who may or may not be the reason she got a new job. And she has started doing something fairly out of character: kickboxing. And her trainer is sweet and sexy and keeps popping up everywhere.

The feel I got with this one was very much a New Adult book and less of a Romance. There is a lot of focus on Katie at work, with some hanging out with Ryan, the hot trainer. Her coworkers are pretty awful, and she is a bit of a spazz. Which feels a bit off, since she is supposed to have been "Top of Her Class" at law school.

The vibe between Ryan and Katie was more best friends than romantic, but it is still a very sweet romance with a very slow burn. Ryan is a great character, sweet, charming, and just a genuinely nice guy.

This is a fairly slow-paced story, with a lot going on. The pacing sort of killed me at various parts, my just wanting to know what exactly was going to happen, but my interest was piqued with all that was happening, keeping me wanting more.

Overall, this is sweet and predictable, very much like a Young Adult Romance with adults. It's chaste and great as a palate cleanser in between books!

My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher to voluntarily review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is unbiased and my 100% own.

About the Author: Stacey Wise
Stacy Wise is the author of BEYOND THE STARS (Entangled Embrace, 2016) and MAYBE SOMEONE LIKE YOU (Entangled Embrace, 4/16/18). She has a B.A. in Communication Studies from UCLA and a Masters in Teaching from Chapman University. She lives in California with her husband, four children, three dogs, and ever-changing number of fish.
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