Wednesday, July 26, 2017

REVIEW: "The Perfectly Imperfect Match" by Kendra C. Highley (Young Adult, Romance)

by Kendra C. Highley

Publisher: Entangled Teen (Crush)
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Publication Date: July 10th 2017

Series: The Suttonville Sentinels, #3
Standalone: Yes

Creatives in Love (Fashion/sewing), Sports (Baseball), Opposites Attract
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Description from Publisher:
Pitcher Dylan Dennings has his future all mapped out: make the minors straight out of high school, work his way up the farm system, and get called up to the majors by the time he’s twenty-three. The Plan has been his sole focus for years, and if making his dreams come true means instituting a strict “no girls” policy, so be it.

Lucy Foster, needlepoint ninja, big sister to an aspiring pitcher, and chicken advocate, likes a little mayhem. So what if she gets lost taking her brother to baseball camp…at her own high school? The pitching coach, some hotshot high school player, obviously thinks she’s a hot mess. Too bad he’s cute, because he’s so not her type.

Problem is, they keep running into each other, and every interaction sparks hotter than the last. But with Dylan’s future on the line, he has to decide whether some rules are made to be broken…

Disclaimer: This book contains a crazy night of moonlit skinny-dipping, a combustible crush, and kisses swoony enough to unwind even the most Type A athlete.

My Rating:
Heat Rating:

Awww, another wonderful Suttonville Sentinels book!!

This is definitely a very opposites-attract type of story, with a star baseball pitcher and a bit of a misfit who has a passion for fashion and sewing. Dylan was sweet and driven, and I really loved how Lucy was able to bring out more of his spontaneous side while he brought out a bit more of her "normal." The way they both were with Otis, Lucy's younger brother who loves baseball, was pretty adorable and Otis himself a really cute addition to the whole story.

There is the perfect amount of sexy, sentimental and fun to this series and I love the baseball angle (I am not a baseball person, per se, but can appreciate the love of the game... and most definitely the body of a ball player!)

Really nice arcs too. I really enjoyed how the story evolved, and how both of these opposites pushed each other to reach their potential and to live a bit differently (a little more carefree... and a little more structured :) ).

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:Kendra C. Highley
Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to four self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most important job. She believes in everyday magic, extraordinary love stories, and the restorative powers of dark chocolate
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

REVIEW: "Rash Decisions" by Alex Rosa (Contemporary Romance)

by Alex Rosa

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: February 7th 2017

Standalone: Yes

Description from Publisher:
Julia Ferris had it all: a loving a boyfriend, a glamorous city, and a high paying job. What more could a girl want? She’d ask you, “What if all those things weren’t what you wanted … ever?”

Julia’s life has always been defined by everyone around her, but one day she makes the rash decision to finally live life for herself, and it all started with a pair of shoes. Now it becomes her only guide.

From new jobs to new boys, and a life in a big city she was never prepared for, she can at least admit one thing now:

It’s all exactly what she wants … kind of.

My Rating:
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I like Troy and Julia together and think it has been fun seeing them fight with each other while they fought their attraction to one another. The way they toy with each other adds a real element of fun.

Lizzy is a sweet addition, but I feel like her age must have changed a few times because she is referred to as a "toddler" once or twice (a 7-year-old isn't a toddler), and her appendages are referred to as chubby in a toddler way several times, while otherwise she sounds like her actual age.

I hadn't realized that this was a love triangle book until that was evident in the story. Love triangles and cheating aren't really my thing, but this was a nice enough read I kept going (also being invested enough at that point).

A bit predictable here and there, but, some awkward phrasing aside, very well-written. The characters are interesting and vivid, the chemistry undeniable, and the story fun.

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: Alex Rosa
Alex Rosa lives in San Diego, California. When she isn’t scouring city parks or cafe’s to write she is more than likely trying to convince her friends to join her on her next adventure. A sufferer of wanderlust, she is always looking for a new mountain to climb, a canyon to hike, or a plane to board. Her resume consists of coroner, to working at a zoo, and most recently as an executive assistant, but finds her home amongst words, whether it be in books, or in film. Her obsessions are on the brink of bizarre, but that’s just the way she likes it.
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

REVIEW: "The Chateau of Happily-Ever-Afters" by Jaimie Admans (Chick Lit, Romance)

by Jaimie Admans

Publisher: Harlequin Digital
Genre: Chick Lit, Romantic Comedy
Publication Date: June 7th 2017

Standalone: Yes

Description from Publisher:
Escape to beautiful France this summer with this uplifting romantic comedy.

Where dreams come true…?
Wendy Clayton stopped believing in fairy tales a long time ago. Instead, she has a ‘nice’ life. Nice job. Nice flat. Absolutely no men. Until her life is turned upside-down when her elderly neighbour, Eulalie, passes away and leaves her the Ch√Ęteau of Happily Ever Afters!

But there’s a catch: she must share the sprawling French castle with Eulalie’s long-lost nephew, Julian. And no matter how gorgeous he is, or how easily she finds herself falling head over heels, Wendy needs to find a way to get rid of him…

Because surely happily ever afters don’t happen in real life?

Perfect for fans of Kat French, Caroline Roberts and Holly Martin.

My Rating:
Heat Rating:

Very cute story!

This was a very well-done enemies-to-lovers story, and the setting was idyllic, despite being a rundown chateau in Normandy, France. I really enjoyed getting to know Julian and seeing all of the layers stripped away. Both Wendy and Julian relaxing into being themselves and allowing the "magic" of the chateau to bring them the happiness they both desperately wanted were such a wonderful and fantastic thing to read.

The character of Kat (and Theo) was also a delight, and I really appreciated the extra life she brought to the story as a whole.

This is definitely more chick lit than Romance, but it's not without it's sweet romance either. It's really a very charming and enjoyable read!

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: Jaimie Admans
Jaimie is a 32-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, watching horror movies, and drinking tea, although she’s seriously considering marrying her coffee machine. She loves autumn and winter, and singing songs from musicals despite the fact she’s got the voice of a dying hyena. She hates spiders, hot weather, and cheese & onion crisps. She spends far too much time on Twitter and owns too many pairs of boots. She will never have time to read all the books she wants to read.
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