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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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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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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My All Time Favorite Romance Novels | Part One

I had a poll on my Instagram stories which will be my next post and majority of you guys had chosen My All Time Favorite Romance Novels. As a book reviewer for 10 years, I have read a lot of amazing stories and some of them holds a special place in my heart. These books made me swoon at its best and I hope my list will help you choose your next favorite. 

It wasn’t easy coming up this list. I have to pick the books individually in a series and weigh everything. All in all, there are 60 books on my list and I will split this into two parts. Here are the first batch of my favorite books of all time:

Check out the Part Two of my list here

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Smutathon TBR 2021

More celebration on the Halloween season because I’m participating this year on Smutathon which is hosted by Riley of Riley Marie and Lainey @ gingerreadslainey. The readathon will start on October 25th – October 31st. They have a bingo board challenge as a guide and a group book: A Lady of Rooksgroove Manor by Kathryn Moon. The books on my TBR will be subjected to changes depending on my mood and I will be buddy reading some of the books on my tbr with my book gf, Rhyzza (@bookclubph). You guys should follow Rhyzza, she has great taste in romance novels.

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Book Review | My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

38357345Pages: 384

Goodreads Rating: 3.71 / 5 stars

My Rating:  ★★ / 5 stars

Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publishing Date: December 4th 2018

Publisher: Gallery Books

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Millie Morris has always been one of the guys. A UC Santa Barbara professor, she’s a female-serial-killer expert who’s quick with a deflection joke and terrible at getting personal. And she, just like her four best guy friends and fellow professors, is perma-single.

So when a routine university function turns into a black tie gala, Mille and her circle make a pact that they’ll join an online dating service to find plus-ones for the event. There’s only one hitch: after making the pact, Millie and one of the guys, Reid Campbell, secretly spend the sexiest half-night of their lives together, but mutually decide the friendship would be better off strictly platonic.

But online dating isn’t for the faint of heart. While the guys are inundated with quality matches and potential dates, Millie’s first profile attempt garners nothing but dick pics and creepers. Enter “Catherine”—Millie’s fictional profile persona, in whose make-believe shoes she can be more vulnerable than she’s ever been in person. Soon “Catherine” and Reid strike up a digital pen-pal-ship…but Millie can’t resist temptation in real life, either. Soon, Millie will have to face her worst fear—intimacy—or risk losing her best friend, forever.

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Dark Romances That F*cked Up My Soul

Before I jumped into my post, I want to shoutout my good buddy Ari for pitching this idea (I swear she has more creative mojo than I do. I’m a lazy ass) and we both have similar taste in dark romance novels. Just a reminder to everyone who’s reading this post, all of these books are DARK ROMANCES/ ROMANCE THRILLERS. There are a lot of trigger warnings here such as abuse, kidnapping, sexual harassment/assault, drugs, violence, gore etc. (and other shits I don’t even want to mention). I just want to put it here because I don’t have any intention to hurt anyone or make you uncomfortable.

Self-awareness is a MUST prior reading these kinds of books. Enter at your own risk and all of these are fiction novels. I do not condone any of the things happened here and my morals are completely intact. Without further ado, here are the books / series that screwed my soul. Lmao.

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Book Review | Isn’t It Bromantic? by Lyssa Kay Adams

55502884Pages: 350

My Rating: ★★★★★

Genre:  Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: July 20th 2021

Publisher: Berkley Romance

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With his passion for romance novels, it was only a matter of time before Vlad wrote one.

Elena Konnikova has lived her entire adult life in the shadows. As the daughter of a Russian journalist who mysteriously disappeared, she escaped danger the only way she knew how: She married her childhood friend, Vladimir, and moved to the United States, where he is a professional hockey player in Nashville.

Vlad, aka the Russian, thought he could be content with his marriage of convenience. But it’s become too difficult to continue in a one-sided relationship. He joined the Bromance Book Club to learn how to make his wife love him, but all he’s learned is that he deserves more. He’s ready to create his own sweeping romance—both on and off the page.

The bros are unwilling to let Vlad forgo true love—and this time they’re not operating solo. They join forces with Vlad’s neighbors, a group of meddling widows who call themselves the Loners. But just when things finally look promising, Elena’s past life intrudes and their happily ever after is cast into doubt.

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ARC Review | Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle

54660653Pages: 302

My Rating: ★★★★★

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: April 6th 2021

Publisher: G.P. Putnam Son’s

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Can you find real love when you’ve always got your head in the clouds?

Maybell Parish has always been a dreamer and a hopeless romantic. But living in her own world has long been preferable to dealing with the disappointments of real life. So when Maybell inherits a charming house in the Smokies from her Great-Aunt Violet, she seizes the opportunity to make a fresh start.

Yet when she arrives, it seems her troubles have only just begun. Not only is the house falling apart around her, but she isn’t the only inheritor: she has to share everything with Wesley Koehler, the groundskeeper who’s as grouchy as he is gorgeous—and it turns out he has very different vision for the property’s future.

Convincing the taciturn Wesley to stop avoiding her and compromise is a task more formidable than the other dying wishes Great-Aunt Violet left behind. But when Maybell uncovers something unexpectedly sweet beneath Wesley’s scowls, and as the two slowly begin to let their guard down, they might learn that sometimes the smallest steps outside one’s comfort zone can lead to the greatest rewards.

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