Review: Touch of Fondness by Joy Penny.

33526180Touch of Fondness (Stay in Touch #1) by Joy Penny.
Published: May 2nd 2017.
335 pages.
Rating: 3.5/5
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Synopsis:
Four friends. Four college grads. Four people figuring out that life doesn’t always turn out the way you expected.

Brielle Reyes may not have post-college life planned out like some of her friends do, but she figures she’ll work for her mother’s home cleaning service while job hunting for something that makes use of her history and philosophy degrees. It’ll work out as long as she doesn’t fall in love. Her last relationship was a disaster and she has no idea where she’ll be in a few weeks, let alone the rest of her life. Since the only guy in her age range she sees now on a regular basis is cantankerous if handsome client Archer Ward, she probably won’t have a hard time sticking to that vow. Probably.

Archer Ward likes very few things: illustrating as a somewhat-celebrated comic artist and his privacy. When his meddling mother hires him a cleaning service on an almost daily basis because she doesn’t fully trust her son to live on his own with his disability, he’s at first annoyed—even if his house cleaner is the most beautiful woman he’s ever spent more than a few minutes with. When he realizes her dreams may take her far outside of his restricted orbit, he has to decide whether to stifle his interest in her or risk messing up her plans to explore if there’s something more between them.

Neither can deny they’re growing a little fond of each other, even if falling in love just now makes no sense whatsoever. But how often does love ever make perfect sense?

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Waiting On Wednesday #3: Damaged Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie.

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 Damaged Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie.

21427834Damaged Like Us (Like Us #1) by Krista & Becca Ritchie.
Expected publication: June 27th 2017.
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Blurb:
Don’t date your bodyguard.
It was the one rule he had to break.

Maximoff Hale is a force of nature. A ship unwilling to be steered. Headstrong, resilient, and wholly responsible — the twenty-two-year-old alpha billionaire can handle his unconventional life. By noon, lunch can turn into a mob of screaming fans. By two, his face is all over the internet.

Born into one of the most famous families in the country, his celebrity status began at birth.

He is certified American royalty.

When he’s assigned a new 24/7 bodyguard, he comes face-to-face with the worst case scenario: being attached to the tattooed, MMA-trained, Yale graduate who’s known for “going rogue” in the security team — and who fills 1/3 of Maximoff’s sexual fantasies.

Twenty-seven-year-old Farrow Keene has one job: protect Maximoff Hale. Flirting, dating, and hot sex falls far, far out of the boundary of his bodyguard duties and into “termination” territory. But when feelings surface, protecting the sexy-as-sin, stubborn celebrity becomes increasingly complicated.

Together, boundaries blur, and being exposed could mean catastrophic consequences for both.

THIS IS NOT EVEN OUT YET AND I’M PRETTY SURE IT’LL BE MY FAVORITE BOOK.

Trope Tuesday #7: Hot Bodyguard.

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.

If you’re in the Fizzle Force fandom, you know this past Saturday Krista & Becca Ritchie released the blurb for Damaged Like Us – if you’re not, do yourself a favor and pick up Addicted To You right now – and I am still dying over it, so in honor of it I decided to do the books’ trope this week.

Hot Bodyguard is when the hero/heroine needs to hire a bodyguard for whatever reason and end up falling in love with them. It’s pretty simple and although it’s quite popular on movies or tv shows, it isn’t as popular on books. As in, there aren’t enough books from this trope and please gives us more.

As aforementioned, this trope isn’t as popular with books, so unfortunately I haven’t read that many books about it, but the ones I did read and liked it are: Bound By Temptation by Cora Reilly, Tempting The Bodyguard by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Seeking Her by Cora Carmack.

Bound By Temptation is the fourth in one of my favorite mafia series Born In Blood Mafia Chronicles and I’m not sure how to describe these books. They’re messed up, like really messed up and problematic, there are so many things wrong with it, so I guess you could say it’s a guilty pleasure of mine. It’s very dark and not for everyone but if you like messed up mafia stories, you’d definitely like this series.

Tempting The Bodyguard is also a part of a series but it can be read as a standalone. It’s actually pretty fun, all of the books I’ve read from Jennifer L. Armentrout are very enjoyable, I love her writing and this one was no different. 100% recommend it!

Seeking Her is a nice and quick read, also a part of a series – that I actually don’t really like – but it can be read as a standalone, it was fun to read so if you’re looking for something to read that’s fast and entertaining from this trope, you should give it a try but overall it isn’t very memorable.

What about you guys? Do you, like me, wish there was more books from this trope? Or do you hate it and is happy it isn’t so popular?

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


2The Paths We Choose
(Lillac Town #2) by M. Hollis.
Expected publication on April 6th 2017.
119 pages.
Rating: 3.75/5
Goodreads | Amazon

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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