Beautiful by Christina Lauren

Posted May 14, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Beautiful by Christina Lauren

This was one of those books that I stalked on social media always counting down the days until it came out, I rarely order a book on pre-order, but this one I did. It was the blurb, it got me, the idea of meeting someone on a plane, having a weird encounter and then suddenly being on a road trip with them, yeah that just screams fun times. I was not wrong, it was such a fun read for me. Pippa was just so fantastically almost lost in a way, trying to figure out where to go from here, but also kind of amazingly self-assured. She had this great kind of quirkiness about her, she’s incredibly kind and generous, she has good family background story that just makes her more interesting, and then of course there is her dating life. She gets home one day from work to find her live-in boyfriend cheating on her, so her solution to just get the heck out of dodge. I have to say the opening of this book totally proved to me that I did the right thing with my pre-order, the scene with her on the fight to Boston is just amazing, it’s awkward and funny and uncomfortable in spots, it just perfect, everything I wanted. Jensen is almost inherently less likable than Pippa, because while Pippa is so open he is so closed off. I mean you have some scenes with him when he is in his home, and he might […]

Sweet Cheeks by K. Bromberg

Posted May 13, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Sweet Cheeks by K. Bromberg

I was already a pretty big fan of K. Bromberg when I got my hands on this book, and I will admit I held on to it for a while after I bought it because I was in the middle of a bunch of series, but when I finished catching up this was the perfect stand along palate cleaner. It left me feeling all nice and refreshed, and there is something great about a standalone when you have been stuck in a sea of series for a while. Plus this book had a lot of the elements that I like in a book, and second chance ex, a not so great ex, funny moments, long histories, an independent and easy to like heroine, the whole thing was just my jam. Saylor was so easy for me to like, she’s funny and the perfect amount of snarky, she’s a business owner who is really driven, and the kicker for me right off the bat, was that she knew when something was wrong in life and did what was best for her. Prior to the book starting she was engaged, and it just didn’t feel right, so she walked away (woot go her), of course this leads up to the catalyst of this book, her wedding invitation showing up (with only the brides name changed) and then the RSVP being sent back accidentally. Hayes is easy to like to, I don’t know if I loved him as much as I loved Saylor, […]

Mister O by Lauren Blakely

Posted May 9, 2017 by Kate in loved it, Review / 0 Comments
Mister O by Lauren Blakely

Can I just say how much I love best friends little sister books, I mean seriously I mean I love them. Also can I just say how much I love reading a book that is from the male POV, I don’t know why, but seriously, Lauren is great at writing male POVs. I will say that I did go back and forth over the title of this book, sometimes I thought it was too over the top, sometimes I thought it was cheeky and fun, but after reading the book it makes all the more sense, and now I love the title. So Harper and Nick are good friends, I would go as far as to call them best friends. But while Nick is self-assured and confident in social situations, Harper is not. She’s kind of disaster with adults, especially of the male persuasion. But while Harper is disastrous with hot guys she is attracted to, she’s also kind of awesomely quirky. She’s funny in sweet and like involuntary way. She’s super authentic, I mean she is who she is and that’s the end of it. Nick on the other hand is smooth and confident and super successful, he’s actually the famous hot guy who created the cartoon series Mister Orgasm, which is kind of awesome. I think what I like about Nick is that he doesn’t really seem to let the fame get to him. He loves what he does, and he works really hard at it, and he knows […]

Provocative by Lisa Renee Jones

Posted May 8, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Provocative by Lisa Renee Jones

Okay biggest downside to duets, waiting for the second one to come out. I picked up this book with every intention not to read it until the second book came out (I am seriously not a person with any kind of patience), but the cover was so pretty and it kept staring at me from my kindle, so I broke and I read it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad I read it, but I’m so bummed I have to wait to find out what happens next. I want to say I have read a book by Lisa Renee Jones in the past, but it’s been a long time, but remember enjoying the book I read by her in the past, and since this is a duet, I figured this would be a good place to jump in and try out her writing again. I think if you are unfamiliar with her, this would be a good choice to jump in a try out her writing. There are a lot of things about this book I liked, some of them are small and nuanced, others are big themes, but needless to say there are a lot of things I enjoyed about this book. So honestly, when you first meet Nick (a.k.a. Tiger) he’s at a function at Faith’s family winery. I honestly didn’t pick up on the fact that Nick knew who Faith was until after their first meeting, so either it was good writing or Nick is just that […]

King by Jess Bentley

Posted May 7, 2017 by Kate in Review, Skip It / 0 Comments
King by Jess Bentley

I really like older guy romances, especially when the age gap is more than 10 year, which is why I picked up this book. I must admit I was more than a little leery when I saw the “Daddy’s Best Friend” clarifier, because mostly it makes it sound kind of skeezy and skeezy just isn’t my jam. I’ll admit the book had some promise in the beginning. When you meet Jordan for the first time she is in a state of transition, her best friend had just died and she is obviously having some big feelings about this. Especially since these two clearly had some serious issues, Jordan was seriously co-dependent and the best friend was more than a little bit manipulative and emotionally abusive. She goes home to her parents house after the funeral and meet King, her dad’s old college best friend and new business partner. To be honest I don’t understand why this book was marketed as a “daddy’s best friend” book when King and Jordan’s dad interact once during the book and it was only at the beginning to facilitate the meeting, other than that it’s not like it was ever really an issue or anything. Most of the book takes place in France, in Paris actually, which was fine, it was interesting seeing how Jordan got around in a country where she didn’t speak the language. But honestly I have massive issues with this book. It moves really quickly, which basically means there is not […]

Dating the Undead by Juliet Lyons

Posted May 2, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Dating the Undead by Juliet Lyons

I don’t know what I was fully expecting out of this book, but honestly whatever I was expecting, the book was way better. I think I went into this thinking it was going to be more romantic comedy then anything else, mostly because that’s kind of how much online dating books tend to go, a lot of weird first dates, finally finding the right guy (although almost always not through the website) and some laughs and a HEA as the cherry on top. This book totally had some funny moments, don’t get me wrong, but I wouldn’t call the book a romantic comedy. I loved how the book started off, frankly Silver at a party throwing drinks at people is good way to both get a good laugh, and get good sense of her personality. Silver is sassy, sometimes combative, has a lot of guts, has great inner monologue, and she is just honestly fun to read and easy to like. As for the whole vampire element to this book, I have to say I like how it was handled. Vamps are out in the open, but it’s almost like nonchalant like, sure there are vampires out in the world, but they don’t require blood, and no one really fears them. That actually kind of worked for me, mostly because the vampires were more like people, they had the same traits they had when they were human, they just were stronger, maybe had an ability or two, and lived forever […]

Sweet Southern Trouble by Michele Summers

Posted May 2, 2017 by Kate in Review, Skip It / 1 Comment
Sweet Southern Trouble by Michele Summers

So on paper this book has all the things I would normally really like in a book, hot sports guys, a fake relationship, some meddling secondary characters, an ex who meddles, it should work. But it didn’t. Not for me at least. Maybe for other people, but it just didn’t work for me. So our heroine is Marabelle, nice southern name, with a uppity, socialite, controlling mother to go along with it. I have to say though I had a lot of issues with Marabelle, but the thing I liked the most about her was how much she rebelled against her mother in her own way. She is wearing these super frumpy clothes, she does her own thing, teaching at an elementary school making not a lot of money, worked hard for a house she loves, she makes her own way. What’s not to love about that. My issues with Marabelle is she is so in her head that is just so frustrating. But she is almost so much of a contradiction sometimes that I didn’t find her all that believable. She has some serious self-esteem issues (and could seriously benefit from a counselor), she really does not see herself as a person who would ever appeal to anyone, so when she gets super hostile at other women for coming near her fake fiance, it just feel weird, like out of place. Now for our lovely Nick. I wanted to like him. He’s a coach of a football team, he […]

Before I Ever Met You by Karina Halle

Posted April 26, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Before I Ever Met You by Karina Halle

If there was ever an author that I would super fan girl in front of it would be Karina Halle. Seriously, her and Rachel Vincent made me love reading again, and I can literally remember the exact moment when I fell in love with romance books, I was sitting in the guest bedroom of my moms house reading Love, In English listening to Ed Sheeran and I knew then that I would always been a romance book lover, seriously every time I hear Ed Sheeran I think back to Karina Halle. I love her darker books, don’t get me wrong, but I was really looking forward to this book because it kind of reminded me a little bit of the book that held a huge space in my heart for so long. We have the older guy, a kid is involved, kind of a family who doesn’t really understand our heroine, and a hero and heroine who are suddenly spending a lot of time together. Jackie is a single mom, and she’s a really good mom. She’s also pretty young, 25 years old with a 7 year old. I think she has been defining herself so much as a mom she hasn’t really ever gone outside of that role in a long time. She works so hard to make sure her son can everything he needs, and doesn’t think twice about going without. She left a bad situation to move back home with her parents and is trying to give […]

Once Bitten by Heather McCorkle

Posted April 24, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Once Bitten by Heather McCorkle

Once upon a time, I pretty much exclusively read urban fantasy and paranormal romance, it was the genre that got me back into my love of reading. I still dabble from time to time, but mostly I read a lot of romance these days. But I have always had a soft spot in my heart but UF and PNR, especially when it comes to werewolves, or really any kind of shifter book. This book was an easy pick up for me, because not only was it a shifter book, but it was already really rooted in Norse mythology, which has recently become a bit of a fascination for me. Once of the things that tends to make UF and PNR not always work for me is world building. Let’s face it explaining the rules to how a society works and all the history that goes along with that can be confusing to a reader if not done well, or worse can come off as super boring. Heather didn’t hesitate to jump right in with this book, we have Sonya getting bitten within the first couple of pages of the book, and it was definitely not a good experience for her. I liked how we jump right in, and how we really got the opportunity to learn about the world at the same time as Sonya did, her questions were my questions, and just in general I felt like the world was explained really well. I will say that at the […]

Bossed by Sloane Howell

Posted April 5, 2017 by Kate in Review, Skip It / 0 Comments
Bossed by Sloane Howell

This book should have been a home run for me, it was not. It really did seem to have everything going for it, I mean I was really excited about anything having to do with sports, especially if it had to do with baseball. I also really have a big time affection for workplace romance, I just love the whole you shouldn’t be getting down and dirty with the boss thing. I have to say right off the bat, I had some issues with this book. It did not feel organic to me in any way. I honestly felt like the characters talked in a way that normal people don’t actually speak to each other, and in some cases, act. The way these two meet, it made me not really want to continue on. But I pushed forward, I figured beginning aren’t always smooth, let’s keep giving it another chance. It didn’t work. Ethan was, I don’t know how to explain it, but he was not an attractive character to me at all. Sure he might have money and know how to look good in a suit, but he was not my dream guy, in any way. In the beginning especially he was like super jerk, and had a touch of the man-slainning going on, and there is nothing worse than a manslainer. Jenny was more likable. She was smart, had good motivation to get the job with Ethan, and she did have some sass that worked for me on […]