Trope Tuesday #2: Best Friend’s Sibling.

Trope Tuesday is a meme/series created by Lacy Literacy. On Tuesdays, the goal is to discuss one trope that you dislike, love, are indifferent to, hate, currently annoyed by, think is problematic, etc. You can learn more about Trope Tuesday here.

Best Friend’s Sibling is one of those tropes that everyone knows about, and most people pretend to hate it but deep down have a soft spot for it. Well, at least I do.

The trope happens when the hero or heroine fall in love with their best friend’s sibling, and that’s pretty much all there is to it. It usually happens in two situations; the hero/heroine go away for a while and when they come back they realize their best friend’s sibling changed and now they’re see them in a different light. Or they’ve always been attracted to each other but never did anything about it afraid to hurt their sibling/best friend.

Jennifer L. Armentrout is one of my favorite authors, and she has written two books with this trope; Be with Me and Tempting the Best Man. Both of these books are part of a series but it can be read as a standalone, they’re a tiny bit overly dramatic and angst ridden, which can be annoying but from this trope they usually are.

My favorite book from this trope is On The Fence by the fluff queen Kasie West. I love her writing and I absolutely love this book, it holds a special place in my heart. It’s about Charlie, a girl that is surrounded by boys her whole life, with three brothers and single her dad. But then she finds herself working at a chic boutique to pay off a speeding ticket during the summer and starts seeing things in a new light. Another favorite of mine is Mister O by Lauren Blakely, it’s very fun and entertaining.

Other books from this trope that I’ve read but aren’t as good is The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy by Jenny Han, I have friends that enjoyed it a lot but personally I don’t see the appeal, it’s an okay trilogy and quick to read whenever you feel like a summery romance story, but I wouldn’t call it great.

Overall, this trope doesn’t bother or annoy me but it isn’t a personal favorite either. Depends a lot on how the author handles it.

ARC Review: Forbidden Kisses by Annie Rains.

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Forbidden Kisses (Blushing Bay #1) by Annie Rains.
Expected publication: April 11th 2017.
237 pages.
Rating: 3/5
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Synopsis:
For years, Jack Sawyer’s family has been running their upscale seafood business like a finely tuned machine. But every machine breaks down eventually, and suddenly Jack needs a new office manager, a new kayak launch, and a new lease on life. Then Grace Donner shows up again. She’s smart, motivated, and perfect for the manager position, but if she’s anything like her mom, she can’t be trusted. And Jack has never been able to trust himself around Grace.

Grace hasn’t seen her former stepbrothers since their parents’ messy divorce, but she never forgot them—especially Jack. She misses being part of the big rambunctious Sawyer clan, and if there’s an opportunity to set things right, she means to do it. But she can’t ignore Jack’s irresistibly kissable lips, or the searing way he looks at her when he thinks she’s not looking. Their chemistry is more explosive than ever. And if the Sawyers can forgive and forget, anything is possible.

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ARC Review: At First Blush by Beth Ellyn Summer.

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At First Blush by Beth Ellyn Summer.
Expected publication: April 4th 2017.
Rating: 4.5/5
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Synopsis:
Who would have thought that a teenager could have a successful career creating makeup tutorial videos on YouTube? For Lacey Robbins, this dream has been her reality. An up-and-coming YouTuber, she has thousands of fans and can’t wait for the day when her subscriber count reaches the one million mark. And when she is offered a high school internship at On Trend Magazine, she figures that this could be the make it or break it moment.

But sometimes your dream job isn’t all that it seems. Her editor is only interested in promoting junk products, and her boss in the Hair and Makeup department introduces her to the larger world of makeup artistry, making her wonder if making tutorials online is all she is meant to do. To top it all off, when the magazine’s feature subject , musician Tyler Lance, turns his broodingly handsome smile her way, falling for him could mean losing her fans, forcing her to make a decision: her YouTube life or her real life?

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Waiting On Wednesday #1: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon.

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where bloggers can showcase books that they are eagerly waiting for. This week I’m waiting on When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon.

28458598When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon.
Expected publication: May 30th 2017.
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Summary: A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

Trope Tuesday #1: Fake Dating.

Trope Tuesday is a meme/series created by Lacy Literacy. On Tuesdays, the goal is to discuss one trope that you dislike, love, are indifferent to, hate, currently annoyed by, think is problematic, etc. You can learn more about Trope Tuesday here.

Fake Dating is one of my favorite, if not my favorite, romance trope out there. It’s also sort of a guilty pleasure trope for me, since it’s not very realistic. Although, even with the unrealistic side of things, it’s still incredibly enjoyable and always fun to read.

This is a romance trope that could be considered cliche and overused but when you stop and pay attention, there really aren’t a lot of good books about it. As the name is self-explanatory, Fake Dating is when two characters decide for whatever reason that they should pretend to be dating to achieve a goal that’s very important to them, until it’s not fake anymore and they fall in love, live happily ever after and all that.

Addicted To You by Krista & Becca Ritchie is my favorite book from this trope by far. Even though this isn’t a major part of the story itself it’s still there and I still enjoy it immensely. Between my favorites is also, The Deal by Elle Kennedy which is also a new adult book, and again, even though the fake dating part isn’t major in the plot is still there and still enjoyable.

Now in the young adult category we have To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, which is a fan favorite for a lot of people, and I have to agree it’s one of the cutest books ever. Also, the fake dating is really enhanced, unlike the aforementioned books. Other books in which this trope is a big part of the plot are The Fill-In Boyfriend and Act Like It, both amazing books, very sweet and enjoyable.

Overall, I absolutely love this trope and 100% recommend it, even though it is more of a guilty pleasure and a lot of people dislike it profoundly.

Review: Mafiosa by Catherine Doyle.

25059637Mafiosa (Blood For Blood #3) by Catherine Doyle.
Published January 5th 2017.
400 pages.
Rating: 5/5
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Synopsis:
A blood war rages on the streets of Chicago.

Protected by an infamous mafia family, Sophie is living a dangerous lie, pretending to lead a normal life. But the deceit can’t last for ever. Her heart belongs to a killer and Sophie’s the prime target of a rival clan. She’s determined to seek revenge on her mother’s murderers, but can she pay the price – can she be a mafiosa?

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Top 10: Too Cute To Handle YA

If you’re anything like me, you love some good young adult fluffiness. So I thought I’d share with you my Top Ten Too Cute To Handle Young Adult books. Yay!

tumblr_mixxgtpasx1s3jza0o1_500 Anna and the French Kiss Trilogy by Stephanie Perkins.
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Mini Review: Yes, I’m totally cheating putting this trilogy as only one book but I just love them so much. They’re so light and adorable. All of the characters are so precious and they’ll forever hold a place in my heart. My personal favorite is Isla and the Happily Ever After, but all of them are just so damn cute.

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Play On (Lewis Creek #1) by Michelle Smith.
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Mini Review: Absolutely adorable! I loved everything about it. We have the book only from the guy’s point of view (not that it isn’t common but it has been so long since I’ve read one like that, it’s usually dual points of view or just the girls so I was very excited with that) and his inner monologues and expressions are so funny and cute I really enjoyed it.
I’m a sucker for sports book mostly because a) really hot guys and b) the companionship aspect of it, I love the idea of being in a team that’s like family to you, I think it’s so precious and that showed in this book so beautifully it was amazing to read.
One of the main characters suffers with depression, and it’s presented it in a different side, the side of how it feels for the people that loves them but feel helpless against this mental illness. It was dealt with it admirably well.
The main character’s best friend is gay, and he and his boyfriend have to go through coming out and everything that follows, especially since the book is set in a small close minded town, so it also deals with acceptance and how hard it is for them when someone from their family do not approve. Showing how there’s still a long way to go until we get to a point that people don’t have to ‘come out’ and simply be whatever they are.
I enjoyed this so much and I’m so glad I picked it up!

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Flat-Out Love (Flat-Out Love #1) by Jessica Park.
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Mini Review: This is probably one of my favorite young adult books ever. I loved everything about it. The characters are INCREDIBLE. Julie is such a great protagonist, she’s witty and funny, I loved being in her head. Matt is the cutest, he has the quiet and moody thing going on and I really love love interests like that, even though it’s not for everyone. Celeste is so amazing, I loved how relatable she was. These three characters makes everything worth reading, I swear.

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Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum.
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Mini Review: I’m crazy about the ‘we met online first’ trope, so this book was like winning the lottery for me, it has the perfect amount of friendship, humor, emotion, a hint of mystery, and of course, romance. Nowadays it’s pretty normal to have online friends so the idea of this trope isn’t so far fetched anymore, which it’s even more exciting for me. I loved the characters so much, and I found myself smiling like an idiot through most of the book, absolutely adorable.

15749186To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han.
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Mini Review: I know this one is a favorite for a lot of people and I have to agree that everything about this book screams adorable. Lara Jean is such a cute character, I just wanted to hold her all the time. The family dynamic is amazing, I love seeing that in young adult books. And of course, Peter is everything a girl wants in a guy personified. Everything was very sweet and innocent, I enjoyed it immensely.

25488913Any Other Girl by Rebecca Phillips.
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Mini Review: I remember when I read this book for the first time and I got so obsessed with it, I only wanted to read books similar to this one and I found none that came close to this to be honest. It’s just so adorable?? I am  still in love with everything.
Kat is so authentic, I loved her personality and how incredible she is! And her dads are the best, honestly!
Emmett is such a sweetheart! I felt so bad for his mom and what they had gone through with his father but he’s still so sweet to everyone. Swoon.
Family and friendship are a huge part of this book and it’s something that always makes books a thousand times better for me.

18660447The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West.
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Mini Review: Kasie West is the queen of young adult fluff, I absolutely love all of her books, but this one is my favorite. Fake dating is definitely one of my favorite tropes and reading what West did with it was amazing. I loved the characters so much and the development that happened even with a relatively short period of time. Gia can be annoying at times, but she’s very relatable, at least to me she was. I’m always with my phone and I look for validation from everyone, which I’m trying to change and it was nice seeing the her develop in that way.

22724488Cinder & Ella (Cinder & Ella #1) by Kelly Oram.
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Mini Review: This book has two of my favorite tropes, we met online first and I fell in love with a celebrity, so of course I loved it! Ellamara is amazing, she’s so strong and with everything she’s been through I don’t think I would react the same way, she made more of an effort to make a horrible situation less horrible and I admired that in her. Brian was sweet, a little too flirty for my taste but overall these two was a cute combination. I loved Juliette, Violet and Rob, there’re amazing and I want a group friend like them so bad. I can’t wait to read the second book.

12000020Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz.
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Mini Review: So beautiful. Absolutely incredible. I loved everything about this book. Dante is one of the most precious characters I’ve ever seen, he’s so important to  me and I love him so much. Ari’s development is outstanding to, see and the book develops in a perfect pacing, I honestly loved everything about this story.

16059149Magnolia (Magnolia Branch #1) by Kristi Cook.
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Mini Review: HATERS. TO. LOVERS. I just can’t with this trope okay? The banter, snarky remarks, messing with each other, baiting each other… the whole thing makes me so happy. Everything about this was so fun to read and honestly the story and characters were so cute?? Loved it. Although, I was a little surprise with how it was handled certain situations, I wasn’t expecting it from a book like this but it didn’t affect my view on the book overall.

ARC Review: The Paths We Choose by M. Hollis.


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(Lillac Town #2) by M. Hollis.
Expected publication on April 6th 2017.
119 pages.
Rating: 3.75/5
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Synopsis:
Lily Ferrari enjoys having control over every detail of her life. Ever since she left her parents’ house to gain her freedom, she decided to fully own her autonomy. But an unexpected visit from her little brother may change the path she chooses to follow. 
Add to that a casual fling with the bright architect Mayte González, and Lily’s summer is turning out more interesting than she expected. It certainly beats the routine of working extra shifts at Johnson’s Bookstore. 
A few weeks before her college life begins, Lily needs to figure out if she’s wrong about the past or if she should continue to protect her heart at all costs. 

Sometimes moving forward is only possible if you have the right people by your side.

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Review: Inferno by Catherine Doyle.

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Inferno (Blood For Blood #2) by Catherine Doyle.
Published January 7th 2016.
416 pages.
Rating: 5/5
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Synopsis:
Sophie’s life has been turned upside-down, and she’s determined to set things right. But Nic, the Falcone brother who represents everything she’s trying to forget, won’t give up on their love – and it’s Luca’s knife she clutches for comfort. Soon another mafia clan spoils the fragile peace – and with her heart drawn in one direction and her blood in another, Sophie’s in deeper than ever.

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