Book Review: The Roommate ‘dis’Agreement by Leddy Harper.

36351910The Roommate ‘dis’Agreement by Leddy Harper.
Published: November 16th 2017.
Rating: 2.5/5
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Item One: Divorced man seeks female roommate for companionship.

Cash Nicholson isn’t looking for a girlfriend, but he wants to come home to someone after a bad day at work.

Item Two: Single mother needs apartment.

Jade Robertson is desperate, and her best friend’s couch just isn’t going to cut it anymore.

Item Three: No surprises.

Romance.

Work.

Pasts.

Agreements aren’t promises…

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Review: Bucket List To Love by C.P. Santi.

33876439Bucket List To Love by C.P. Santi.
Published January 2017.
Rating: 4.5/5
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Aya Contreras is thrilled to be studying in the land of sakura and sushi. Tokyo is a fascinating city to live in—vending machines, cosplayers, karaoke boxes, and bright, colorful conbinis on every corner. And the architectural design program she’s in is everything she dreamed it to be.
The only problem? Her tutor doesn’t seem to like her.
Well, she doesn’t like him very much either. Sure, Ryohei Mori is talented, and there’s no denying he’s hot. But he’s also a surly, bossy know-it-all who eats too many cookies.
Another annoying thing about him is he’s nosy. And when he stumbles upon the crazy bucket list Aya’s sisters forced on her, he teases her mercilessly about it.
But when their professor pairs them up for a design competition, things get . . . interesting. Fueled by beer and a whole lot of cookies, can Aya and Ryo cross out some items on her bucket list without killing each other? Or will they realize there’s much more to each other than they’d originally thought?

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Elements Series by Brittainy C. Cherry.

I have been somewhat avoiding this series for a while now, it wasn’t anything do to with the actual series, but I was never in the mood for dark and intense books so I just blocked these out of TBR list, but I was on kindle looking for my next read and I stumbled across this series yet again, so I decided to give it a change and honestly, one of the best decisions I ever made.


25564446The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry.
Published: September 25th 2015.
308 pages.
Rating: 3.5
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I was warned about Tristan Cole. “Stay away from him,” people said. “He’s cruel.” “He’s cold.” “He’s damaged.”

It’s easy to judge a man because of his past. To look at Tristan and see a monster. But I couldn’t do that. I had to accept the wreckage that lived inside of him, because it also lived inside of me.

We were both empty. We were both looking for something else. Something more. We both wanted to put together the shattered pieces of our yesterdays. Then perhaps we could finally remember how to breathe. 

My Review

I was instantly hooked by this book, it took me by surprise how much it intrigued me and made me want to know everything there is to know about these characters. It tells the story of two broken people who lost people they loved more than they thought possible, they both handled grief differently and they’re still navigating through it when they meet. They help each other heal and move on from the nightmares they faced.

Tristan is hauntingly beautiful, I could feel his pain and it broke my heart. Elizabeth is simply incredible, she’s been through a lot and still kept being strong for her little girl, it was admirable and lovely to see. They were both too similar and a contrast of each other, which made for an interesting development and a great story.

The dynamic between the characters felt effortlessly and it was amazing to see, especially Tristan, Elizabeth and Emma, it was adorable to read them interact in the midst of all the brokenness and I’m ever so glad to see that even in such a dark story, and Brittainy did such a fantastic job with her writing I cannot express how much she touched me with her words.

With all of that being said, I can’t help but mention what didn’t make this book have a higher rating, and that reason starts after the 80% or so mark, that “plot twist” and everything that went down with Tanner felt overly dramatic and unnecessary, it felt somewhat cheap compared to everything else on the book. Overall, this was a breathtaking story and I really enjoyed reading it, that was my only issue with it.


26615962The Fire Between High & Lo by Brittainy C. Cherry.
Published March 25th 2016.
324 pages.
Rating: 3.5 
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There once was a boy, and I loved him.

Logan Francis Silverstone was the complete opposite of me. I danced while he stood still. He was quiet, and I was always running my mouth. He struggled to find a smile while I refused to frown. 

The night I saw the darkness that truly lived inside of him, I couldn’t look away.

We were broken together, yet somehow whole. We were wrong together, but always right. We were the stars that burned across the night sky, searching for a wish, praying for better tomorrows.

Until the day I lost him. He threw us away with one hasty decision—a decision that changed us forever.

There once was a boy, and I loved him.

And for a few breaths, a few whispers, a few moments, I think he loved me, too. 

My Review

I’m not one for second chance romance if I’m being really honestly, I find them to be usually overly dramatic and more often than not the whole plot is based on miscommunication, which I think it’s the worst possible plot there is, so I wasn’t sure about this book going in, but damn did I change my mind.

To say Logan Francis Silverstone hasn’t had an easy life would be an understatement. His father is a drug dealer and his mother is an addict, the only person he has by his side is his brother, Kellan. Until the fated day he meets Alyssa Marie Walters, they become best friend against all odds. Alyssa is the only person Logan truly lets pass his walls and they love each other completely and unquestionably.

They fall in love and everything is perfect, until it isn’t. When things go sideways, Logan let the dark parts of his life dominate his actions and the result isn’t pretty. After the worst kind of wake-up call, he decides it’s time to get help and start over somewhere else, far from this old life, that includes Alyssa. Fast-forward five years and he’s forced to go back to the town where it all happened, and he doesn’t know what to expect or how to handle it.

I loved the pacing of this book and how it differs from my expectations for this trope. It truly broke my heart how much they loved each other and hurt each other at the same time, it was beautiful to see their relationship develop from start to finish.

The writing, once again, was breathtaking and it’s turning Brittainy into one of my favorite authors for this kind of stories, it just makes you feel everything and you can’t help but fall into this story without even realizing it.


29963453The Silent Waters by Brittainy C. Cherry.
Published: September 22nd 2016.
316 pages.
Rating: 3.5
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Moments.

Our lives are a collection of moments. Some utterly painful and full of yesterday’s hurts. Some beautifully hopeful and full of tomorrow’s promises.

I’ve had many moments in my lifetime, moments that changed me, challenged me. Moments that scared me and engulfed me. However, the biggest ones—the most heartbreaking and breathtaking ones—all included him.

I was ten years old when I lost my voice. A piece of me was stolen away, and the only person who could truly hear my silence was Brooks Griffin. He was the light during my dark days, the promise of tomorrow, until tragedy found him. Tragedy that eventually drowned him in a sea of memories.

This is the story of a boy and girl who loved each other, but didn’t love themselves. A story of life and death. Of love and broken promises.

Of moments.

My Review

Yet another beautifully written book that will enchant you and break your heart all at the same time.

Maggie May was a sweet little girl who spent her days planning her wedding and being her bubbly self. Until one day something awful happens and she witness it all. After that, she’s not the same, she can’t speak or get out of her house, her family tries to adapt and help her the best they can. Through it all, Brooks Tyler, the boy who she was planning to “marry”, was always there by her side.

Their story is fascinating and I loved how Brooks never gave up on her or stopped being there if she needed him even though he was halfway across the country. The family dynamic was real and incredibly interesting, tragedy has a way of bringing people together but it also has a way of pulling them apart, and that was shown in this story and dealt with amazingly well.

At times, I was lowkey frustrated that the pacing of the book was a little too slow for me, but at the same time, I couldn’t put it down, I just needed to keep reading it. So really, it was just perfect like this. The one thing I have a problem with is that after Maggie started talking again, which she only did because Brooks was fighting her may I add, she suddenly got better with no help of a professional what-so-ever. And if we’re being really fair, Brooks also needed professional help and he got none.


32294951The Gravity of Us by Brittainy C. Cherry.
Published: April 13th 2017.
270 pages.
Rating: 5
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Graham Russell and I weren’t made for one another.

I was driven by emotion; he was apathetic. I dreamed while he lived in nightmares. I cried when he had no tears to shed.

Despite his frozen heart and my readiness to run, we sometimes shared seconds. Seconds when our eyes locked and we saw each other’s secrets. Seconds when his lips tasted my fears, and I breathed in his pains. Seconds when we both imagined what it would be like to love one another.

Those seconds left us floating, but when reality knocked us sideways, gravity forced us to descend.

Graham Russell wasn’t a man who knew how to love, and I wasn’t a woman who knew how to either. Yet if I had the chance to fall again, I’d fall with him forever.

Even if we were destined to crash against solid ground. 

My Review

This is my favorite book from this series, and that is saying something since literally every book stole my heart and my tears. But this one though, this one was just flawless, I absolutely loved every single aspect of it. Plus, I’m so weak for dads.

The man who didn’t feel anything and the girl who felt everything, I have no words for their story, it hooked me from the start and I couldn’t put it down, the depth of the characters and the complexity of the situations and relationships were so powerful.

Graham’s wife walked out on him and their newborn baby who was in the NICU because it was “too much for her to handle”, he’s lost and tries his best to be everything his little girl needs. But he’s scared and in these moments of weakness he turns to Lucy, his wife’s sister, for help with his daughter. She’s so bright and cheerful that it brings light to his and his baby girl’s life.

This story ruined me, it made me feel, it made me cry, it made me joyful, it was everything I could’ve asked for and more, the plot was original and the characters fit so well together in such an unlikely situation. The development wasn’t rushed and you could feel it happening so easily without being forced or pushed onto the readers.

The writing is outstanding, it left me speechless, I can’t wait to read more stories from Brittainy, it’s just mind-blowing how someone can be so talented, and I’m so here for it.

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Book Review: The Bye-Bye Bouquet by Chi Yu Rodriguez.

28943244The Bye-Bye Bouquet by Chi Yu Rodriguez.
Published: February 2016.
Rating: 2/5
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Every month for the past year, like clockwork, Meile Simon has gotten orders at her shop for the same type of bouquet, from the same guy, delivered to twelve different girls. By the third month, she starts to take note. 

Warren Leigh likes women. He does. He knows there are too many beautiful women out there just waiting to be plucked by the right guy. But he firmly believes that personal relationships with them must have an expiration date. 

When the girl who likes to watch flowers bloom encounters the guy who’s only in it while the fragrance lasts, curiosity gets the best of both of them.

In the midst of intermittent weather, will their connection blossom or wilt?

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Review: Swept Off My Feet by Ines Bautista-Yao.

36278608Swept Off My Feet by Ines Bautista-Yao.
Published: September 19th 2017.
149 pages.
Rating: 4.5
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Blurb:
Why my life sucks 
by Geri Lazaro 

1. My dad left when I was a kid. 
2. My mom is in love (insert eye roll). 
3. With a guy who is like 10 years younger than her! 
4. My friends think he’s hot. (Gross) 
5. I love ballet but our dance studio has a leak and we have to dance in this smelly studio that doubles as an aikido dojo. 
6. There’s this Dojo guy who thinks the studio belongs to him. 
7. Friends think Dojo guy is cute. (Ew.) (Okay, objectively maybe but still, ew.) 
8. I’m failing algebra. 
9. Need to quit either basketball or ballet. Or both. 
10. Dojo guy keeps showing up! (Fine, he does aikido in the same building but whatever.) 
11. Dojo guy is asking me to dance with him. And maybe he is as cute as my friends say. 
12. I don’t know what to do anymore! 

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Review: My Imaginary Ex by Mina V. Esguerra.

6692512My Imaginary Ex by Mina V. Esguerra.
Published 2009 by Summit Media.
144 pages.
Rating: 5 stars.
Genre: Contemporary Romance.
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Blurb:
Here’s what happens when you play pretend.

When Zack asks Jasmine to pretend to be his ex-girlfriend, she gamely agrees, thinking it would be fun. A few years later, she still has to keep convincing people that they were never together! Then one day, she finds out he’s getting married—to someone she’d just met once! All of a sudden, things aren’t so clear-cut anymore. Can Jasmine sort out her feelings (sometimes, she can’t even tell real from pretend when it comes to her and Zack) before it’s too late?

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Ripped Pages Release Day: Playlist + Review.

Hello guys, long time no see! I’m finally having more time to read, I can’t believe it! But I’m here to tell you all to go get this incredible novelette, it’s out today and I 100% recommend it if you’re looking for some fluff f/f retelling! Let’s get into it.

35423342Ripped Pages by M. Hollis.
Published September 22nd 2017.
60 pages
Rating: 5 stars.
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Blurb:
Princess Valentina lives a reasonably comfortable life, but after her mother’s death, her father gets tired of taking care of her and locks her in a tower. She spends years on her own, talking to the birds on her windowsill, and reading books with adventures she will never experience. Her plans of running away are usually left for another day because she knows the vast forest surrounding her tower is too dangerous to cross alone.
Until one day, another girl passes by on her horse and Valentina wonders if she’s finally brave enough to seize her chance of freedom.

Ripped Pages is a Rapunzel F/F retelling in the format of a novelette.

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Review: In Real Life by Jessica Love.

21525995In Real Life by Jessica Love.
Published: March 1st 2016.
220 pages.
Rating: 2/5
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Blurb: 
Hannah Cho and Nick Cooper have been best friends since 8th grade. They talk for hours on the phone, regularly shower each other with presents, and know everything there is to know about one another. 

There’s just one problem: Hannah and Nick have never actually met.

Hannah has spent her entire life doing what she’s supposed to, but when her senior year spring break plans get ruined by a rule-breaker, she decides to break a rule or two herself. She impulsively decides to road trip to Las Vegas, her older sister and BFF in tow, to surprise Nick and finally declare her more-than-friend feelings for him.

Hannah’s surprise romantic gesture backfires when she gets to Vegas and finds out that Nick has been keeping some major secrets. Hannah knows the real Nick can’t be that different from the online Nick she knows and loves, but now she only has night in Sin City to figure out what her feelings for Nick really are, all while discovering how life can change when you break the rules every now and then. 

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Review: Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour.

18667779Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour.
Published: May 15th 2014.
312 pages.
Rating: 2.75/5
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A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.
 
Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

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Review: The King of Bourbon Street by Thea de Salle.

31368998The King of Bourbon Street (NOLA Nights #1) by Thea de Salle.
Published: February 13th 2017.
304 pages.
Rating: 5/5
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Synopsis:
Hotel chain mogul Sol DuMont is about to learn that some of life’s biggest surprises come in deceptively small packages—namely a petite heiress named Rain who’s hell-bent on upsetting her family’s expectations—in this first book in the all new series by Thea de Salle, set against the sultry backdrop of New Orleans.
Thirty-seven-year-old Sol DuMont is a divorcee and the owner of a mid-sized hotel chain in New Orleans. Since Hurricane Katrina, his father’s death, and the decision that he and his ex-wife Maddy are far better off friends than lovers, he’s lost interest in almost everything he held dear—parties, people, and pushing limits.
All his limits.
Then Arianna Barrington checks into his hotel.
Twenty-four-year-old Arianna “Rain” Barrington could have been society’s sweetheart. Her family is moneyed, connected press darlings, and make sweeping headlines from coast to coast for reasons both good and bad. But when her mother shoves her at Charles Harwood—the obnoxious, entitled heir of Harwood Corp—to cement a billion-dollar business merger, Rain does the only thing she can think of to escape: she creates a scandal so big Harwood doesn’t want her anymore before fleeing to New Orleans for much-needed rest and relaxation.
All she wants is jazz piano, beignets, and to sail the Mississippi. What she gets is Sol DuMont, a whirlwind affair, and a hands-on education in sex, power play, and pushing limits.

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