Category: Reviews

Fiction Friday: Book Review- Black in White (Quentin Black Mystery #1)

Black In White by J.C. Andrijeski

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I read this book many many years ago (I think maybe it was when it first released) and I was appalled by it’s audacity to be a part of the series.
However I have slowly been collecting the ebooks as they go on sale (I have four already) and figured it was time to dive back in.
I didn’t remember much of this book besides the fact that I had a huge crush on Quentin Black so rereading this was a pleasure.
Miri Fox is a profiler for the police. She is damn good at her job however when she mets Quentin Black she is unable to read him as well as she could anyone else…and there’s the matter of Quentin being able to speak to Miri in her mind.
The secrets to Miri’s success is that she is a psychic. While she has an idea of her power, she doesn’t go around advertising it.
But Black’s arrival into her life introduces her to a whole new world that she never knew existed.
This is a murder mystery but honestly I am just here for Miri and Black.
They are adorable. I ship them and yes the murder mystery is pretty compelling. But I am a girl who just wants to see her ships sail.
If you enjoy fantasy. definitely give this series a go.

Book Review- Boyfriend by Sarina Bowen

Boyfriend (Moo U #0)

Boyfriend by Sarina Bowen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I received a copy of this book in exchange for a free review.
Abbi has had a crush on Weston for a while now. Nothing major- just a small silly harmless crush. So when she sees him hang up a flyer advertising his services as a fake boyfriend for Thanksgiving, she jumps at the offer.
Weston is surprised when his mystery date turns out to be the attractive waitress from the team’s regular hang-out spot. But a deal is a deal and she promised him a delicious meal with all the trimmings.
However sparks fly during their own fake date and it isn’t long before Weston and Abbi eventually get something going between them.
I absolutely loved this pairing. Weston and Abbi are adorable. They both have their own baggage and family secrets but I enjoyed being able to see how they fit into each other’s lives so well.
This was a fun, light read that I devoured in one setting. Definitely give this a go!



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Fiction Friday: Book Review- The Theft of Sunlight by Intisar Khanani

The Theft of Sunlight by Intisar Khanani

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
In the spirit of full disclosure you should know that:
1) I got impatient and ordered an eBook copy a week after requesting this book
2) I did not finish this book because I saw a spoiler online and then I myself skipped to the end of the book to check said spoiler.
Yes I am a book-ruiner. I accept my fate.
Anyway, “The Theft of Sunlight” is just as compelling as “Thorn”. Like “Thorn” I was unable to put it down. In fact if it wasn’t for the spoiler and my forward, page-skipping ways I would have enjoyed it. I definitely did enjoy the 200+ pages I read and I will be going back to finish this book as soon as the next one is written.
Intisar Khanani’s writing is magical and her worldbuilding is incredible. If you are a fan of fantasy novels, definitely give this one a go



SPOILER ALERT

It has a cliffhanger ending. That is the part that ruined the book for me. That and the strong violence






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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Christmas Fairytales by Nora Roberts

Christmas Fairytales (The MacGregors, #7)

Christmas Fairytales by Nora Roberts

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Meddling Daniel MacGregor has grown tired of waiting for his grand-daughters to marry and give him great-grandbabies. So he cooks up a plot and finds nice healthy males from “nice healthy stock” (his words not mine) for all three of them.
It’s hard not to admire Daniel and his schemes. He carries them off SO WELL!
I loved that each character in this book was so different and you could really see how their background and family shaped them.
I have been following this series from the very beginning and it was so good to see characters from the earlier books pop up again.
I flew through these stories and really enjoyed myself.
If you’re interested in a light read I definitely recommend this book.



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Fiction Friday: Book Review- A Reckless Match by Kate Bateman

A Reckless Match by Kate Bateman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I don’t care how much of a book slump I am in. I am always down for a Kate Bateman book. “A Reckless Match” follows two feuding families.
The reasons why they’re feuding are not really clear but their dislike has been passed down to the kids and that’s where the story begins.
Maddie and Gryff show up for their families annual “pledge of goodwill” meeting. The two of them have been enemies since they were kids and that hasn’t changed.
Until they uncover a smuggling plot and team up to stop the smugglers. Soon the two enemies are sharing passionate kisses and spending nights together- all to bring the bad guys to justice of course.
Kate Bateman writes books with strong-willed heroines, swoon-worthy heros and a plot that just drives you to know more. This book is no different.
I enjoyed “A Reckless Match” immensely and cannot wait to read more about this feuding family.



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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Sparks Fly by Helena Hunting

When Sparks Fly by Helena Hunting

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Best friends to lovers is the worst trope in human history, IMO. That being said, THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD!
Avery and Declan have been friends since college and now live together. They share the same friends and spend most of their evenings together.
When Avery is involved in an accident, Declan is wrecked with guilt. He was supposed to be with her in the car but he blew her off for a one-night stand.
Declan dedicates himself to helping her recover and keeping her company while she is stuck at home.
Declan and Avery get closer than ever as he helps her heal and soon they realize that their feelings might be more than just platonic.
So again, like I said. Worst trope ever but Helena Hunting does it SOO good.
The friendship between Declan and Avery honestly seems platonic at first and I was like “eeww” because I couldn’t see them falling in love.
Basically their feelings surprised me as much as it surprised them. I loved how the evolution of their relationship just seemed so genuine.
This was the book that brought me out of my book slump and I am so glad for it. If you’re a fan of romance, this is the book for you.



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Fiction Friday: Book Review- The Dating Dare by Jayci Lee

The Dating Dare by Jayci Lee

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


When Tara Park and Seth Kim meet at a wedding, there is an instant attraction between them. They try to ignore it- both of them are carrying baggage from previous relationships and know that anything between them is a bag idea. However after a drunken night together and a game of Truth or Dare, Tara and Seth come up with the idea of spending five dates together before Seth moves away to Paris.
Their dates will remain a secret between the two of them and when it’s over, they both move on with their lives.
But as time goes on, their dates do not go as plan and they soon start developing feelings for each other.
This storyline was super cliche but I loved it regardless. Tara and Seth are too cute together and I was rooted for them since the first very page.
If you enjoy romance novels, definitely give this one a go. I enjoyed this book immensely and hope to read more.



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Fiction Friday: The Monster (Boston Belles #3) by L. J. Shen

The Monster by L.J. Shen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Throughout the Boston Belles series we all saw how Aisling had a huge crush on Sam for whatever reason while he treated her like something he found stuck on the bottom of his shoe. “The Monster” delves deeper into this crush and their background together.
When Aisling manages to sneak into Sam’s club despite him banning her, the result is an encounter that has lasting repercussions on both of them.
But both Sam and Aisling have their own demons and it isn’t long before their secrets threaten to tear apart both their worlds.
I really enjoyed getting a better look at Aisling’s inexplicable crush on Sam. I always saw her as a poor, sappy schoolgirl and “The Monster” really fleshes out her character.
This book was compelling and I couldn’t stop reading. I was torn between waiting to make it last as long as possible (I don’t know when the next L.J Shen book releases so I wanted to savor this one) and finishing it and finally getting some answers.
L. J Shen is brilliant with her spellbinding romances and this is no different.



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Fiction Friday: Book Review- You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Naomi and Nick are the perfect couple. At least that’s what they want their friends and family to think. In reality though, they can barely stand each other. Neither of them want to call off their upcoming lavish wedding and be left with paying the bill.
So Naomi comes up with a different suggestion. She would make Nicholas so miserable that he would have to choice but to call off the wedding.
But it looks like Nicholas has a game of his own and when he moves them to a house in the middle of the woods, Naomi is forced to confront her own deep-seated fears and issues regarding their broken relationship.
This was a really cute novel. At the start I truly hated Nicholas and actually wanted to stop reading because he seemed so annoying but I persisted and eventually he redeemed himself in my eyes.
I feel like I really saw the characters grow throughout this novel which was fun considering the way they started off (i.e barely tolerating each other.
This book is definitely worth a go if you’re looking for a fun, light read.



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Fiction Friday: Book Review- Tales from the Hinterland by Melissa Albert

Tales From the Hinterland (The Hazel Wood, #2.5)

Tales From the Hinterland by Melissa Albert

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I’ve been interested in reading “Tales from the Hinterland” since the first time I picked up “The Hazel Wood”. Let me just say this book does not disappoint.
“Tales from the Hinterland” is full of spooky illustrations and captivating tales that stay with you long after you’ve finished the novel.
I especially enjoyed seeing characters and stories I remembered from “The Hazel Wood”.
This was a well-written read that flows beautifully and can be finished in one setting.
Even if you haven’t read “The Hazel Wood”, if you’re a fan of spooky fairytales, I definitely recommend this book for you



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