Review: You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️💫

Blurb: You probably know someone like Shay Miller. She wants to find love, but it eludes her.

She wants to be fulfilled, but her job is a dead end. She wants to belong, but her life is so isolated. You probably don’t know anyone like the Moore sisters. They have an unbreakable circle of friends. They live the most glamorous life. They always get what they desire. Shay thinks she wants their life. But what they really want is hers.

This one was a wild ride. The problem is, not much happened until the very end. I liked the premise. It’s different and it’s creepy. And sure, we needed backgrounds on all the characters in order to really understand the how and the why. But there was so much backstory and way too many characters and I had a hard time keeping track of everyone. That being said, I really did enjoy the ending, but as a whole this one just kind of missed the mark for me. Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️💫

Thanks so much to St. Martin’s Press and Libro.fm for the ALC. just because this one didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean it won’t work for you. You are not alone hits shelves 3/3!

Review: More Jade by Laura Pavlov

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Steam Level: 🔥🔥

The first time Jade Moore meets Cruz Winslow, he’s in a pretty…precarious situation. Saying they get off on the wrong foot is the understatement of the century, but the more class time and tutoring sessions they spend together, Cruz shows Jade there’s more to him than the cocky, arrogant rock star. And Jade realizes that she’s way more than a Type A, organized, smarty-pants. They’re the epitome of opposites attract and in the best and most adorable way. Cruz takes it slow with the inexperienced Jade, surprising his friends and even himself with the tenderness that seems to come naturally when he’s with Her. But as Cruz’s music career begins to take off and Jade’s freshman year of college comes to and end, it’s clear their lives are heading in two different directions.

Umm so I kind of finished this book in two sittings, so I think it’s safe to say I LOVED it. I love Cruz. I love Jade. I love the way they are together. I just really loved it. Laura’s writing is beautiful and fun and captivating. I was hooked on the story from the very beginning. And it was SO refreshing for me to read a New Adult Romance with an inexperienced and naive heroine who isn’t super annoying and immature. Jade is smart and fierce and knows exactly what she wants out of life and embraces and welcomes Cruz into hers rather than molding into his. I love a strong female lead and Jade is exactly that. And Cruz? One hundred and ten percent book boyfriend material. The best part? Their story isn’t over! This is the first book in a trilogy and I CANNOT WAIT to see where Laura takes us on this journey!

Thank you so much to the author and Give Me Books PR for the e-arc in exchange for my honest review. More Jade is out today!

Review: The Two-Date Rule by Tawna Fenske

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

Steam Level: 🔥🔥

Smokejumpers literally jump out of planes and into fires and Grady is the epitome of hot fireman. His spontaneity freaks Willa out. She needs to make plans and have order because she never had that as a child. She won’t allow any man to get too close because she can’t risk him getting in the way of her work. Therefore, she has a two-date rule. No more than two dates with any guy. Ever. But Grady is different and he insists on going on “non-dates” to increase their time together and before she knows it, he’s knocked down every single one of her walls and defenses.

Grady and Willa were super cute and fun and I loved how their relationship developed. They had a lot of passion for each other and I wish we could’ve seen more of that passion. There were one or two extended love scenes but most of the time it was a fade to black situation and I am not here for that. We’re all adults here. Give is the goods! I liked both characters and really sympathized for what Willa went through in her childhood, but they both seemed really immature for their age. Money was a huge factor in this one and I think that I just really didn’t love that aspect at all. I seemed like we covered the same issues over and over and that took up time that could’ve been in the bedroom 😬😉

Thanks so much to Entangled and Netgalley for the e-arc. The Two-Date Rule hits shelves tomorrow, 2/25!

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Review: Hot Cop by Laurelin Paige & Sierra Simone

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Steam Level: 🔥🔥🔥🔥

I am equal parts so happy I finally read this gem and disgusted with myself for waiting this damn long. This has been on my TBR for a MINUTE and omg it was so 👏🏻 dang 👏🏻good 👏🏻 So here’s what’s up: Chase is a cop and Livia is a librarian. Their meet cute is a little hilarious and a lot adorable. Instant attraction on both ends but Livia has been burned by men one too many times and her trust issues have her turning down Chase’s advances. At first. When she finally agrees to go on a date, she hits him with a…unique(?) proposition. She wants Chase’s baby. Not him. Not any man. Just a baby. Chase is obviously taken aback but when he considers a sex only/no strings attached situation with Liv, he can’t say no. And then of course, cue all the feelings getting in the way and you’ve got a super cute, fast paced, funny, and steamy read! And when I say steamy…I’m not kidding. This book is HOT 🔥🥵 Oh and did I mention Jacob Morgan narrates? Sooo yeah, go ahead and check this bad boy out. You will NOT be disappointed.

Review: Yours in Scandal by Lauren Layne

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Steam Level: 🔥🔥

New York City’s youngest mayor, Robert Davenport has just been named Citizen magazine’s Man of the Year. This gives him the push he needs to think seriously about a bid for the governor’s seat. When he finds out the incumbent’s flawless reputation is a hoax and his estranged daughter is hiding in plain sight, he hunts her down and hires her as an event planner to get the dirt on his future opponent. But Addie knocks him on his ass and makes him second guess everything he thought he ever wanted.

This one was just okay for me. It’s odd because I really love political romances (a rare sub genre, I know) and I really enjoyed this story but I just don’t think it was executed particularly well here. The first half was SLOW. Like, literally nothing happened. It definitely got more entertaining during the second half, but by that time I sort of lost interest. I really liked Robert for the most part but felt like if his character was more developed I really would’ve loved him. And while I respected Addie, I never really connected with her. I really wanted to love this one, but it just didn’t do it for me. Too much talk, not enough action and I felt like there were lots of less significant parts of the story that took up way too much time.

Thanks to Netgalley & Montlake Romance for the free e-book in exchange for my honest review. Yours in Scandal is out 3/10/20!

Review: Back to You by Kristen Granata

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Steam Level: 🔥🔥

They say you never forget your first love. Clearly, they haven’t tried hard enough. I’ve spent five years forgetting about Christopher Hastings. His gentle touch? A distant memory. Those gorgeous hazel eyes? Long gone. The sparks that flew when we kissed? Wiped from my mind. Now my life is going exactly the way I want it to. I landed a teaching job at my old elementary school. I’m happy again. Everything’s perfect. Imagine my surprise when I find out my school’s gym teacher is none other than Christopher Hastings. Cue panic attack. But it doesn’t matter how good he fills out those basketball shorts—I’ve moved on. At least that’s what I keep telling myself. If only my heart would get the memo. They say you never forget your first love, and it looks like Christopher is determined to make sure I never forget mine.

Such a sweet second chance romance by Kristen Granata ❤️❤️ I rooted for Michelle and Christopher from the very beginning and Aiden is just so precious I could cry. I loved Raegan from Hating the Boss so it was such a treat that she popped up in this story and kind of helped Michelle and Christopher along. While this one wasn’t quite the fun RomCom that Hating the Boss was, it had a lot of heart and a really great story. The love story was wonderful, but watching Christopher grow as a father figure to Aiden was really sweet and I also loved the fun dynamic between Michelle and her brothers and dad.

Thanks so much to the author for the e-arc in exchange for my honest review! Back to You is available now on Amazon & KU. Kristen is a fabulous indie author you do not want to sleep on!

Review: Doctor Dearest by R.S. Grey

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Steam Level: 🔥🔥🔥

Natalie has had a crush on her brother’s best friend, Connor for as long as she can remember. They work in the same hospital but rarely cross paths with their busy schedules. Natalie lives in her brother’s guest house and when he moves away for a six month sabbatical he offers up his townhouse to Connor while his home is being renovated. Cue Natalie having a MOMENT while she tries to figure out how to co-exist with a beautiful hunk of a doctor, especially after they make their feelings for each other known. Natalie and Connor try to navigate their new normal but keeping their secret from her brother, working crazy doctor hours, and another little surprise puts their new relationship to the test.

This is my favorite kind of book—the kind that hooked me from the beginning, never lagged, and only got better the more I read. Rachel brings her usual quirky and unique brand of humor which will have you LOLing and staying up past your bedtime to see what happens next. Like Grey’s Anatomy but funnier, you won’t want to miss the newest gem from the queen of RomCom!

Thank you so much to the author for my e-arc in exchange for my honest review. Doctor Dearest is out TODAY! Available on Amazon & Kindle Unlimited!