Book Review | Verity by Colleen Hoover

59344312._SY475_Pages: 314

Goodreads Rating: 4.37 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: Adult Psychological Thriller

Publication Date: December 10th 2018

Publisher: Independently Published

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Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of what really happened the day her daughter died.

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.

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ARC Review | People We Meet on Vacation

54985743Pages: 364

Goodreads Rating: 4.09 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: May 11th 2021

Publisher: Berkley Romance

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Two best friends. Ten summer trips. One last chance to fall in love.

Poppy and Alex. Alex and Poppy. They have nothing in common. She’s a wild child; he wears khakis. She has insatiable wanderlust; he prefers to stay home with a book. And somehow, ever since a fateful car share home from college many years ago, they are the very best of friends. For most of the year they live far apart—she’s in New York City, and he’s in their small hometown—but every summer, for a decade, they have taken one glorious week of vacation together.

Until two years ago, when they ruined everything. They haven’t spoken since.

Poppy has everything she should want, but she’s stuck in a rut. When someone asks when she was last truly happy, she knows, without a doubt, it was on that ill-fated, final trip with Alex. And so, she decides to convince her best friend to take one more vacation together—lay everything on the table, make it all right. Miraculously, he agrees.

Now she has a week to fix everything. If only she can get around the one big truth that has always stood quietly in the middle of their seemingly perfect relationship. What could possibly go wrong?

From the New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read, a sparkling new novel that will leave you with the warm, hazy afterglow usually reserved for the best vacations.

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ARC Review | Felicity: (Some) Happy Stories by Divina Gracia

59123313._SY475_Pages: 142

Goodreads Rating: 4.40 / 5  stars

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Genre: Contemporary Short Stories

Publication Date: December 2nd 2021

Publisher: Self Published

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WE ALL JUST WANT TO BE HAPPY.

Ten voices.
Ten narratives.
Ten short stories about the search for happiness.

Purchase the book: Amazon | Google Books | Kobo | Signed Copy (PH)

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Book Review | Death by Laura Thalassa

49491650._SY475_Pages: 519

Goodreads Rating: 4.41 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Genre: New Adult Fantasy Romance, Post Apocalyptic

Publication Date: November 9th 2021

Publisher: Lavabrook Publishing LLC

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They came to earth–Pestilence, War, Famine, Death–four horsemen riding their screaming steeds, racing to the corners of the world. Four horsemen with the power to destroy all of humanity. They came to earth, and they came to end us all.

He’s known by many names: Thanatos. Horseman. God’s last angel. And then, of course, there’s the one I’m all too familiar with—

Death.

The day Death comes to Lazarus Gaumond’s town and kills everyone in one fell swoop, the last thing he expects to see is a woman left alive and standing. But Lazarus has her own extraordinary gift: she cannot be killed—not by humans, not by the elements, not by Death himself.

She is the one soul Death doesn’t recognize. The one soul he cannot pry free from her flesh. Nor can he ignore the unsettling desire he has for her. Take her. He wants to, desperately. And the longer she tries to stop him from his killing spree, the stronger the desire becomes.

When Lazarus crosses paths with the three other horsemen, an unthinkable situation leads to a terrible deal: seduce Death, save the world. A hopeless task, made all the worse by the bad blood between her and Thanatos. But Death’s attraction to her is undeniable, and try though she might, Lazarus cannot stay away from that ancient, beautiful being and his dark embrace.

The end is here. Humankind is set to perish, and not even the horsemen can stop Death from fulfilling his final task.

Only Lazarus can.

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ARC Review | The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

56732449Pages: 352

Goodreads Rating: 4.46 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: September 14th 2021

Publisher: Berkley Romance

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As a third-year Ph.D. candidate, Olive Smith doesn’t believe in lasting romantic relationships–but her best friend does, and that’s what got her into this situation. Convincing Anh that Olive is dating and well on her way to a happily ever after was always going to take more than hand-wavy Jedi mind tricks: Scientists require proof. So, like any self-respecting biologist, Olive panics and kisses the first man she sees.

That man is none other than Adam Carlsen, a young hotshot professor–and well-known ass. Which is why Olive is positively floored when Stanford’s reigning lab tyrant agrees to keep her charade a secret and be her fake boyfriend. But when a big science conference goes haywire, putting Olive’s career on the Bunsen burner, Adam surprises her again with his unyielding support and even more unyielding… six-pack abs.

Suddenly their little experiment feels dangerously close to combustion. And Olive discovers that the only thing more complicated than a hypothesis on love is putting her own heart under the microscope.

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Book Review | Hooked by Emily Mcintire

58545703._SY475_Pages: 317

Goodreads Rating: 4.09 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Genre: Adult Dark Romance, Romantic Suspense

Publication Date: September 7th 2021

Publisher: Self published

 

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He wants revenge, but he wants her more.

Once Upon A Time, there was a little boy.
His belly full of laughter, his life full of joy.
Until one day, something changed; stripped his innocence away.
The hole inside making space for the devil to come and play.
His dreams gone forever, he grew up way too fast.
An endless night of crocodiles, and watches made of glass.
He grew into a villain, the taste of vengeance on his tongue.
Craving to make his enemies pay for the misdeeds they had done.
Instead he found a darling girl, and refused to let her go.
For what better way to make the man pay, than to steal his little shadow.

*Hooked is a full-length, complete standalone and the first in The Never After Series: A collection of fractured fairy tales where the villains get the happy ever after. This is a DARK Contemporary romance (not fantasy) featuring mature themes and content that may not be suitable for all audiences. Reader discretion is advised.*

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Book Review | By A Thread by Lucy Score

48677178._SY475_Pages: 582

Goodreads Rating: 4.29 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy

Publication Date: April 23rd 2020

Publisher: That’s What She Said Publishing

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Dominic was staring at me like he couldn’t decide whether to chop me into pieces or pull my hair and French kiss me.

Dominic
I got her fired. Okay, so I’d had a bad day and took it out on a bystander in a pizza shop. But there’s nothing innocent about Ally Morales. She proves that her first day of her new job… in my office… after being hired by my mother.

So maybe her colorful, annoying, inexplicably alluring personality brightens up the magazine’s offices that have felt like a prison for the past year. Maybe I like that she argues with me in front of the editorial staff. And maybe my after-hours fantasies are haunted by those brown eyes and that sharp tongue.

But that doesn’t mean that I’m going to be the next Russo man to take advantage of his position. I might be a second-generation asshole, but I am not my father.

She’s working herself to death at half a dozen dead-end jobs for some secret reason she doesn’t feel like sharing with me. And I’m going to fix it all. Don’t accuse me of caring. She’s nothing more than a puzzle to be solved. If I can get her to quit, I can finally peel away all those layers. Then I can go back to salvaging the family name and forget all about the dancing, beer-slinging brunette.

Ally
Ha. Hold my beer, Grumpy Grump Face.

Author’s Note: A steamy, swoony workplace romantic comedy with a grumpy boss hero determined to save the day and a plucky heroine who is starting to wonder if there might actually be a beating heart just beneath her boss’s sexy vests.

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End of the Year TBR

We’re down on the last two months of 2021 and I want to share with you the books I plan to read this November and December. It’s an ambitious TBR and it’s time to catch up on some of the e-ARCs I received from publishers. Hopefully I will be able to read these books in time for the Goodreads Choice Awards. We’ll see if they deserve to be on the list.

Here are the novels I plan on finishing before the year ends. I am crossing my fingers they are amazing or will blow my mind.

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Monthly Wrap Up | October 2021

October is a rollercoaster of events but also a blessing in disguise. I am concentrating on getting better each day as I deal with a medical issue. Rest assure that I will be okay soon. For now, I am reading leisurely and chilling out. Taking a step back from what I love is what I need. I have no September wrap-up because I only read two books and I am not feeling okay during that month. I want to leave that month behind

I have read a total of 10 books for October. Which is a good month of reading for me and I’m sort of leaning towards to dark themes:

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My All Time Favorite Romance Novels | Part Two

And we’re back to complete the list of my all time favorite romance novels. If you haven’t read the first part, feel free to check my list here (click the link). I’m so happy on my last 30 books (like I mentioned, they aren’t rank in order because I hate doing that) and majority are part of a series. Imagine the torture I’ve been through selecting the books individually.

Anyways, here are the final 30 books that made into my list:

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