Category: Books

Fiction Friday: Book Review- Playing the Odds by Nora Roberts (The MacGregors #1)

Playing the Odds (The MacGregors, #1)

Playing the Odds by Nora Roberts

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


When career-orientated Serena MacGregor refuses to find herself a husband, her father, Daniel MacGregor steps in and sends gambler, Justin Blade to the cruise ship where she is working.
Daniel is confused that Justin and Serena will suit and he is right. Sparks fly as soon as the two of them meet.
However when his scheme is discovered, Serena is reluctant to go along with his plans.
I had mixed feelings about this book as Justin is originally a forceful ass to Serena. He is unable to take no for an answer which made me put the book down the first time I read it.
However I loved the description of life on a cruise ship and exotic travel locations so I picked it up again, prepared to ignore Justin’s stubborn ways but he eventually won me over.
I thought this was a good read and I can’t wait to read more about the colourful MacGregor family.



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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Finding Perfect by Colleen Hoover

Finding Perfect

Finding Perfect by Colleen Hoover

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Daniel and Six once met in a closet and impulsively had sex which resulted in a pregnancy. Since it was dark and neither of them knew each other, Six gave the baby up for adoption only to unknowningly fall in love with Daniel a while later.
In “Finding Perfect”, Daniel and Six are going through a rough patch. She’s distant and he knows that their baby is part of the reason.
Desperate to reunite the woman he lives with their child, Daniel embarks on a journey to track down their baby.
I thought “Finding Cinderella” ended rather abruptly so this was the perfect ending for me. I loved returning to this world and seeing so many familiar characters especially from “All Your Perfects.”
I actually didn’t read all of “All Your Perfects” because I fell in love with Quinn and Graham from the very first page and couldn’t bear to see the sadness of their marriage in the first few pages but this book has more than made up for it.
If you’re looking for a short but emotionally charged read, this is your book.



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Fiction Friday: Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3) by Stephanie Perkins

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Isla has had a crush on Josh ever since her freshman year in their school in Paris. They’ve barely spoken and Josh has always had a girlfriend. Until now.
When Isla runs into Josh during summer in New York, the two of them share a moment. Isla is excited t0 finally have some sort of connection with her longtime crush.
But as they start a real relationship, Isla and Josh have to deal with opposition from the staff at the school, their family, friends and a whole lot of drama.
This was a well-written, quick read that I enjoyed immensely.
Josh and Isla have very clear chemistry and it’s almost not to root for them. This book had me laughing and crying throughout.
Definitely give this a try if you are interested in a light, fun book.



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Fiction Friday: Awkward Abroad

Awkward Abroad

Awkward Abroad by Rachel Rhodes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Amber Holland has the perfect life. Lavish, luxurious and all funded by her father. When a night out goes too far, her father decides to cut her off and ship her off to Beijing.
Amber has to stick it out for a year and make it on her own with the assistance of her former best friend and her father’s current employee and watchdog, Kent James.
As Amber adjusts to her new life abroad she makes friends and a life on her own. But Amber soon discovers an easier although riskier way to make a living.
If she’s successful she can get through the year without a hitch. If not, Kent might drag her back home to face her father.
I bought this immediately after finishing “Awkward in Print” and I loved it immensely. This book is well-written, hilarious and entertaining. It is a quick read that can be read in one sitting and I strongly recommend this book if you want something light and fun.



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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Awkward in Print by Rachel Rhodes

Awkward in Print

Awkward in Print by Rachel Rhodes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Hollywood starlet, Jojo Hudson releases a tell-all book about her life. Except that the one thing her “tell-all” focuses on is a complete lie.
Jojo has built her life around this lie so if it gets out, her career and her engagement both go down the drain.
But the only person who knows that Jojo is lying hasn’t been seen for years. Until the day of her book launch when he appears out of thin air.
Ace threatens to reveal everything about him and Jojo unless she breaks up with her billionaire boyfriend and pretends to date him.
Ace wants a way in to Hollywood and he is determined that Jojo be his ticket to stardom.
But as Jojo and Ace spend more time together, Ace seems more interested in her and less interested in networking with the who’s who of the industry.
This was an incredibly well-written book with lots of twists that I did not see coming. I went into this book expecting a cute, chick-lit romance but it delivered SO MUCH MORE.
I can’t say more without giving the entire book away but trust me you do NOT want to miss this.




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Fiction Friday: Book Review- The Last Real Cowboy (Cold River Ranch #3) by Caitlin Crews

The Last Real Cowboy (Cold River Ranch, #3)

The Last Real Cowboy by Caitlin Crews

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Amanda Kittredge has always been seen as the little Kittredge girl.
But when her brothers best friend and her longtime crush, Brady Everett doesn’t even seem to realize she’s graduated from high school, Amanda makes the decision to show him and all of Cold River that she’s an adult capable of making her own decisions. Preferably reckless ones so that she can look back on a life well-lived and full of lessons learned.
No one is more surprised than Amanda when one of those lessons include sleeping with Brady Everett – all in the name of learning about men.
The last thing Brady expected when his best friend asked him to keep an eye on Amanda was that he would find himself involved with her. But she is a temptation he cannot deny.
As Amanda and Brady spend more time together, they forge a connection that becomes difficult to break.
I loved this book and read it in one setting. Amanda and Brady have amazing chemistry and it was great to see Brady go from oblivious to in love.
If you’re looking for a romance I strongly recommend this book.



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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Following shortly after “The Hunger Games”, “Catching Fire” follow Peeta and Katniss as they embark on a Victory Tour though the districts.
Katniss soon learns that her actions during the Hunger Games have sparked rebellions and as a result, are costing people their lives.
In a desperate attempt to save the citizens as well as her friends and family, Katniss continues to pretend that she and Peeta are a couple.
But nothing they do can stop the flames of rebellion and President Snow retaliates by hosting another Hunger Games with all of the Victors from the previous games.
Katniss is thrown back into the area and forced to fight for her and Peeta’s life…while still being careful not to do or say anything that could spark another rebellion.
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book especially the relationship between Katniss and Peeta.
I could never see Katniss falling for Peeta because he just seemed like a wet sponge but this book really made me ship them.
In fact I was so taken with this book that as soon as I finished, I rushed out to buy the first two movies.
I feel like 2019 is way too late to be a Hunger Games fangirl but here I am and I LOVE THIS SERIES!



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Fiction Friday: The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


“The Hunger Games” is a dystopian novel set in the the Panem, a Capitol surrounded by twelve (very poor districts).
Due to a past war, the Capitol hosts the Hunger Games each year to show the districts exactly how mighty they are.
The Hunger Game is a battle to the death for one boy and one girl from each district.
When Katniss volunteers to take her sister’s place in the Hunger Games, she is paired with Peeta, the baker’s son.
Peeta once provided Katniss with bread when she was starving. It’s an act of kindness she has never forgotten and not one that she is comfortable with. Because if she is to win the Hunger Games, she has to kill Peeta.
It isn’t long before Katniss and Peeta become fan favourites and are forced to choose between their humanity or winning the games.
I watched “The Hunger Games” when it first came out and I was not really impressed. So I don’t know what made me pick up this book but I was glued from the very first second.
If you haven’t read “The Hunger Games” as yet, definitely pick it up. You will not regret it.



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Fiction Friday: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is the timeless tale of Alice and follows her in the crazy world of Wonderland and the Looking-Glass.
“Alice in Wonderland” is one of my all-time favourite books and the older I get, the more often I start to quote this book. (My current favorite is “I am not crazy, my reality is just different from yours”). Also, I feel like the White Rabbit is my spirit animal since he and I are always running late.
This edition is full of great illustrations and interactive elements such as a map of the Looking Glass World and the rabbit’s house with Alice trapped in it.
While I have always enjoyed reading “Alice in Wonderland”, my own copy is a tattered black and white from childhood so it was a great delight to reread this edition.
My only regret is not having a little one to share this book with (but at the same time I’m too terrified to share this with my little cousins in case they damage it).
This is a great collector’s edition that I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys “Alice in Wonderland”.




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Release Blitz: In The Unlikely Event by L.J Shen

It’s here!!! I can’t keep calm because I have been waiting for this for months!

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“The perfect blend of soul crushing angst, laugh out loud wit and heart melting romance.”–Helena Hunting, New York Times bestselling author

From USA Today and #1 Amazon bestselling author L.J. Shen comes a new, contemporary romance with heart-wrenching twists and laugh-out-loud moments. This standalone is like no other by this author. In The Unlikely Event is available now!

“Romance masterpiece” – Kylie Scott, New York Times bestselling author

In the Unlikely Event AMAZON

Sometimes you meet people who are out of this world, so you make them a part of yours.

A one-night stand born from vengeance in a foreign land.

An explosive chemistry neither of us could deny.

We signed a contract on the back of a Boar’s Head Pub napkin that said if we ever met again, we would drop everything and be together.

Eight years and thousands of miles later, he’s here.

In New York.

And he’s America’s music obsession.

The intangible Irish poet who brings record executives to their knees.

The blizzard in my perfect, unshaken snow globe.

Last time we spoke, he was a beggar with no intention of becoming a king.

But a king he became, and now I’m his servant.

I’m not the same broken princess Malachy Doherty put back together with his callused hands.

I have a career I love.

A boyfriend I adore.

An apartment, a roommate, a life.

I changed. He changed, too.

But Mal kept the napkin.

Question is, will I keep my word?

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About LJ Shen

L.J. Shen is a USA Today, Washington Post and Amazon #1 best-selling author of contemporary, New Adult and YA romance. Her books have been sold to nineteen different countries.

She lives in California with her husband, son, cat and eccentric fashion choices, and enjoys good wine, bad reality TV shows and catching sun rays with her lazy cat.

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