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.

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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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Thursday, April 12, 2018

COVER REVEAL: ""One Good Man" by Emma Scott (Romance)

by Emma Scott

Genre: Romance
Publication Date: April 9th, 2018

Standalone: Yes

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Description from Publisher:

It’s spring, 1970. The Vietnam War has been raging for years with no end in sight. Janey Martin, a California college student and aspiring journalist is tired of writing puff pieces about her university men’s sports teams. She wants to be taken seriously as a journalist and as a woman. With riots at their doorstep, her wealthy father sends Janey to the Sorbonne in Paris to finish her college education away from the chaos.

Janey is reluctant to leave the Big Story that is Vietnam, but vows to prove herself. Much to her dismay, her first assignment is to interview the hotshot star forward of a local soccer team. Janey is sure Adrien Rousseau is going to be like every other playboy jock she’s ever dealt with, but quickly learns there is much more to Adrien than meets the eye.

The mysterious, sexy footballer just might be the biggest story of Janey’s life.

About the Author: Emma Scott
I write romances with flawed characters, characters with artistic hearts: builders, poets, and writers of various makes and models. I love to write book lovers; those who have found refuge, companionship, and escape in books, much as we do in real life. I like realism, honesty, authenticity in storytelling. I love to write about enduring love, soul-deep love, in as real a setting as I can make, but with big smooshy HEAs. I believe in diversity, open-mindedness, and inclusion. I like sweetness mixed with steam, love conquering all, and above all, hope. Love always wins.
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Monday, March 26, 2018

REVIEW: "The Trail Rules" by Melanie Hooyenga (YA Romance)

by Melanie Hooyenga

Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Publication Date: March 9th 2018

Series: The Rules Series, #2
Standalone: Yes

High school, sports (mountain biking), love triangle, finding yourself
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Description from Publisher:

Junior year’s looking up for sixteen-year old Mike. Her new BFF isn’t a sadistic control freak, her boyfriend adores her, and she’s learning to bike in the mountains without decapitating herself on a tree.

Well, almost.

When she meets a group of riders who welcome her into their pack, she feels like she’s finally found where she belongs. One particular rider—a boy with an amazing smile and an even more amazing ability to see what she’s truly capable of—gives her the confidence to go after what she wants: her own life with her own rules.

There’s only one problem—he’s not her boyfriend.

Just as things seem to be falling into place, her parents put on the pressure to figure out her future—one that doesn’t include riding. Mike soon realizes that having everything isn’t that great when she’s not the one choosing it. She needs to decide if she’s going to continue to be a follower or step out of the shadows and find her own trail.

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This was a cute YA romance, with a fun cast of characters. Mike, our heroine, is a confused 16-year-old who is trying to figure out exactly what she wants to do with her life. She is dating Evan, essentially her first love, and meets a group of new friends when adopting the hobby of mountain biking. Part of that new group is Mica, a boy who catches her interest. She is also dealing with having moved on from her "mean girl" friend, Brianna.

This is standalone, but I would really recommend reading the first book, The Slope Rules, to get the backstory to this one.

So this is basically a love triangle story. The first half sort of dragged for me and had me a bit confused myself, as Mike just sort of glides through her non-committal life. There are several make-out sessions and some sweet moments with Evan, which felt a bit pointless. I had a sense of what was to come, so didn't really feel engaged until the last half.

There was also a LOT of teenage angst in the first half, and some awkward "Oh, ha, accidental innuendo! I'm so embarrassed" moments. It still felt genuine most of the time, but definitely very high school.

I was intrigued by Brianna and hope that there is a continuation so that we get more of her story. As it is, we are left with a big question mark when it comes to her.

I appreciated the "I don't know what to do with my life" aspect as being appropriate for the target audience. I do wish there had been a little more resolution though. Things speed up and then just sort of stop.

All in all, a fun YA romance! Definitely a great read for anyone who likes to read romance with sports (the mountain biking aspect was my favorite part).

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: Melanie Hooyenga
Multi-award winning young adult author Melanie Hooyenga first started writing as a teenager and finds she still relates best to that age group. She has lived in Washington DC, Chicago, and Mexico, but has finally settled down in her home state of Michigan.

When not at her day job as the Communications Director at a nonprofit, you can find Melanie attempting to wrangle her Miniature Schnauzer Owen and playing every sport imaginable with her husband Jeremy.
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