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Fiction Friday: Book Review- The Opposite of Innocent by Sonya Sones

The Opposite of InnocentThe Opposite of Innocent by Sonya Sones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lily has had a crush on Luke for years. Sure he’s almost twice her age and has seen her in diapers but no relationship is perfect and lots of girls get involved with older guys.
Here’s the thing, once upon a time I was a young girl with a crush on a much older guy. So I didn’t expect this novel to go down the way that it did.
When Luke returns from a visit to Africa, Lily is overjoyed. She is especially excited when she learns that Luke will be staying with her family. And when it appears that Luke might return her feelings, Lily is ecstatic.
Then he kisses her. Repeatedly.
Everyone who knows about Lily’s crush finds it harmless. However Lily’s friends are disturbed that a twenty-year-old would get involved with a fourteen-year-old. So Lily hides her new relationship from them.
But it isn’t long before kissing moves on to something more and Lily does not want more. She also does not want to lose Luke.
I read this book in one sitting and practically flew through the pages. I have never read a novel in verse before but I really enjoyed this one. This book had me heartbroken, horrified and in tears. It was an amazing rollercoaster of emotions which I loved immensely.
Definitely read this book.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- A Rogue By Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean (The Rules of Scoundrels #1)

A Rogue by Any Other Name (The Rules of Scoundrels, #1)A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When the Marquess of Bourne was younger he engaged in a reckless game that cost him most of his property and land. Shunned by society and left with a few things more than his useless title, Bourne became a partner in a gambling hell and built himself up again.
Now, ten years later, Bourne is determined to retrieve his property and along with it, revenge. Unfortunately for Bourne, the only way to get his home back is to marry his childhood friend, the spinster, Lady Penelope.
Penelope is overjoyed when Bourne returns to society however he is not the boy she remembered. Bourne is cold and cruel and seems to see Penelope as nothing more than a means of obtaining his justice and revenge.
I’ve reached a point where I’m kind of sick of historical romances because I read them so often. However I was really drawn in by this one. I found this synopsis to be intriguing, the characters were witty and the plot was highly entertaining. This was a great read that I recommend to anyone who enjoys historical romance.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- A Duke Like No Other (Playful Brides #9)

A Duke Like No Other (Playful Brides, #9)A Duke Like No Other by Valerie Bowman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mark Grimaldi has dedicated his entire life to his career. When he is finally close to receiving his promotion, he gets some unexpected news…He needs to marry. Not too happy about the turn of events, Mark drags his wife out from the country.
Once upon a time Nicole was madly in love with her husband. But now things have changed and they live separate lives. When he turns up on her doorstep, Nicole seizes the opportunity to have the one thing she has always wanted- a child.
This was a beautiful book that I enjoyed immensely. Mark and Nicole have very clear chemistry and I mourned the end of their marriage with them. If you’re a fan of romance, this book does not disappoint at all!

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher (Love Me with Lies #1)

The Opportunist (Love Me with Lies, #1)The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When Olivia discovers that her ex-boyfriend (and the love of her life), Caleb has lost his memory, she takes advantage of the situation to wriggle her way back in his life. However it isn’t long before Caleb’s girlfriend, Leah finds out about Olivia’s plans and decides to wreck them.
It took me over a month to read this book because the emotions were just too intense. This is a book about severely flawed characters who do bad things just to get their way. This was a pretty long read but I was really interested to see where Caleb and Olivia went wrong (and where Caleb and Leah went right). If you are looking for a compelling read with an intriguing plot and unforgettable characters, this is the book for you.

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Fiction Friday: The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

The Girl BeforeThe Girl Before by J.P. Delaney
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“The Girl Before” tells the story of two girls in two different timelines. Both girls, Emma and Jane have experienced tragedies in their lives that led to them seeking a new place to stay. Both girls fall in love with the same beautiful house. And both girls become involved with the house’s mysterious architect.
When Jane moves in the house she soon discovers that Emma had died in the house. If Jane is making the same decisions that Emma is, does that mean that she too will meet the same end?
I really enjoyed this book. I was not sure if it was Fate or someone else leading both girls to go through the same events. This book is well-written with a very compelling plot and characters that you cannot trust. Definitely pick this up if you are a fan of thrillers.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Play Dead by Harlan Coben

Play DeadPlay Dead by Harlan Coben
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Laura and David are very happily married. But disaster strikes on their honeymoon when Laura leaves for a business meeting and comes back to find her husband missing. Laura is miserable but even through her grief it is clear that something is not right about David’s death. He was a strong swimmer and never would have taken the chance of swimming in rough waters. Could he have been killed and if so, why? Things get even more complicated when Laura finds money missing from David’s account and someone has been in their home while they were away on their honeymoon.
This was a mind-blowing book that kept me on my toes the entire time. I was left guessing and none of my theories even came close to the explosive ending. If you are a fan of thrillers, this is the book for you. Excellent writing, interesting characters and unpredictable plot twists. Get yourself a copy ASAP.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- The Right Kind of Rogue by Valerie Bowman (Playful Brides #8)

The Right Kind of Rogue (Playful Brides, #8)The Right Kind of Rogue by Valerie Bowman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Meg has been in love with her best friends brother, Hart for years. She knows Hart is a rogue and she knows he will never return her feelings but when she hears that he has decided to take a bride, Meg and her friends concoct a plan to get Hart to propose to her.
I love the “Playful Brides” series but Hart just irritated me. I felt like the chemistry between him and Meg was pretty obvious and I kinda wanted to scream at him for not seeing that. SHE IS THE ONE FOR YOU, YOU IDIOTIC TWIT! MARRY HER!!!
Honestly I cannot remember the last time I felt so strongly about a pairing in a historical romance. This was a wonderfully fun read however at the end, Hart just pissed me off (refer to above statement in all caps to see what I mean). Nonetheless I will be eagerly picking up the next book in this series because I am committed for life to these characters (much like Hart ought to be to Meg).

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton (Rebel of the Sands #3)

Hero at the Fall (Rebel of the Sands, #3)Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. With most of the Rebels either imprisoned or dead, Amani needs to figure how to stop the king and she needs to do it fast. But she’s just a girl from the corner of the desert who knows nothing about war and strategy. Amani’s constant self-doubt both annoyed and surprised me (have you ever seen a main character doubt themselves? Because this book made me realize how I just automatically assume main characters know everything). It also didn’t help matters that all of Amani’s decisions kept leading the team into danger. It eventually becomes obvious that Amani really does know nothing about being a rebel. This book concluded the series brilliantly and I’m especially glad that when I read this for the first time I didn’t have a book slump (as opposed to book one and two which I had to re-read in order to enjoy it). I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Binge-read this series. You won’t regret it.

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Book Review: The Luck of the Bride by Janna MacGregor

The Luck of the Bride (The Cavensham Heiresses #3)The Luck of the Bride by Janna MacGregor
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

March’s family is destitute and in an attempt to provide for them, March forges the signature of Michael Cavensham in order to access her own dowry to provide for her siblings. However it isn’t long before her forgery is found out and March is confronted by the man himself. When March and Michael meet, sparks fly instantly. But Michael is harbouring a secret and there are forces around them conspiring to keep them apart.
I feel like most of this novel was fluff with Michael and March’s relationship. I didn’t really like Michael’s character so the lack of action bored me. I was also able to figure out the whole mystery behind this book.
When March is accused of being someone she is not, the plot picks up instantly and I was unable to stop reading. It was from this point onwards that I was drawn to this book and I needed to finish it and have a happy ending ASAP.
This was a fairly okay read but I was unable to conjure up any kind of feeling for Michael which spoiled this book for me.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Legendary by Stephanie Garber (Caraval #2)

Legendary (Caraval, #2)Legendary by Stephanie Garber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Picking up shortly after Caraval, Tella needs to make payment for freeing Scarlett from their awful father. The price of her freedom requires her to find Legend’s real name- something no one knows. However Tella isn’t giving up so easily and in order to get Legend’s true name, she joins the new Caraval game. Once again, everything is not as it seems and no one can be trusted. Caraval is supposed to be just a game but when everything is so real how can you tell what is reality and what is part of the game?
It was interesting getting a look at Caraval from the perspective of Tella since she’s been part of the last Caraval performance. I also enjoyed getting to know her more as a character. However Legendary seems like a retelling of Caraval just with a few minor changes. Girl looking to save family? Check. Dodgy love interest that you don’t know if you can trust? Also check. Confusing Caraval clues and games? Check. However they say if it’s not broke, don’t fix it and this formula still works for book two. This was a wonderfully compelling read which I devoured in a single reading. My only regret is that I was left with a huge book hangover and I cannot wait a year to read the third book. This book was magical and I loved it.

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