Royal Mess by: Jenna Sutton book review

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

Prince Leo’s icy demeanor has earned him an amusing nickname—the Polar Prince. Unfortunately, the king doesn’t see the humor. If Leo wants to secure the throne of Alsania, he must improve his image. Participating in an organ donation campaign seems like a good start. He expects to donate his organs on his deathbed, so he’s surprised to be matched with a complete stranger who needs his help now.

Tessa Lulach hates to admit it, but she’s a damsel in distress. When a handsome prince offers to save her with a hunk of his liver, she joyfully accepts. She can’t wait to feel like herself again and return to her beloved flower shop. Instead, her identity is revealed, and the quiet life she loves is turned upside down.

As Leo and Tessa deal with the nosy public and ruthless paparazzi, she realizes the Polar Prince is much warmer than he seems—scorching hot, in fact. He willingly gave her a part of his liver, but can he give her his whole heart?

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Everyone loves Prince Marco of Alsania, despite his reckless antics … or maybe because of them. So why does sexy schoolteacher Cassie Lulach prefer a boring investment banker over him? Wounded by her indifference, he has an erotic encounter with a masked woman at a royal ball who reminds him of the one he really wants.

After another failed relationship, Cassie is frustrated with immature, inconsiderate guys. Wanting to escape reality, she attends a masquerade ball and finds herself alone with a masked stranger. For the first time in her life, she acts on impulse, only to end up pregnant and absolutely clueless about the identity of her baby’s father.

When Marco learns of Cassie’s pregnancy and her plans to raise the baby alone, he promises to be there for her, hoping she’ll finally see him as more than just a playboy prince. But then he discovers she’s the woman from the masquerade ball and panics. Will the truth destroy his chance to win over Cassie, or will he convince her that they can have their own happily ever after?

Review

Major swooning here!!!! I am so head over heels for this book. Told in alternating perspectives, we get to really know the characters and what drives them. It was so nice to get to see their inner thoughts and how they each saw each other.

First off, i want to be best friends with Tessa. She is sweet and super funny in a sarcastic way heheheh KaBloom..just saying) ! Second, Leo is a major babe… even if people think he is icy, he is anything but.  I really loved how both of these characters play off one another. They both really help the other to be a better person and both really care for one another.. Its hard to see two people so stubborn in their own ways they can’t accept love. Leo really shines through around her as he is himself.

Cassie and Marco were perfect as well. They both drive the story as long as well and I loved how you can tell they truly love their own respective families, while wanting to do whats best for each other.

This is my first book by this author, but it will not be my last! super head over heels for this book! Ill just be over here swooning till I read the next title by this author!

4/5 stars

*** I received this e-book from NetGalley via the publisher in exchange for an honest review***
Kindle Edition, 243 pages
Published May 8th 2018

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Paris Ever After by: K.S.R. Burns book review

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

Can Amy’s rocky start in Paris turn into a happy ever after?

Amy didn’t realize how stale her life was until she jetted off to Paris without telling a soul—not even her husband—and had the adventure of a lifetime. Now as she tries to establish herself in the City of Light, she finds that despite a fun (and quirky) group of friends and the ability to indulge in French pastries whenever she wants, reinventing her life is much harder than she imagined.

Then on Amy’s thirtieth birthday, two unexpected visitors leave her wondering if she will soon be saying au revoir to Paris and the new life she’s struggled to build. Her estranged husband, Will, shows up—but is he interested in reconciliation or separation? And a young woman who arrives on Amy’s doorstep unleashes chaos that could push Amy out into the street.

As Amy’s Parisian dream starts to fall apart, she must decide: return to the stability of Will and Phoenix (if that’s even still an option) or forge her way forward in Paris? Amid secrets and surprises, set in enchanting gardens, cozy cafés, and glittering Parisian streets, Amy must choose between two very different worlds. And each has a claim on her heart.

Review

Yet again I read book two in a series before I’ve read book one (oops). however I found this novel still just as wonderful and the story can be read as a standalone but I would like to go read book one to get that deeper connection with the main character.

First off, I am totally in love with the cover design of this book (probably the main reason I requested  this book)! The characters in this book were well written. Amy, was complicated, a complete mess, chocolate devotee, and honestly lovable/hate-able in some ways. She was a bit childish but I felt that worked for her character. Will, was just as childish, a jerk, and all around selfish to me. i felt these type roles worked for the book as the characters really drove the story along.

I enjoyed the world building in this novel as the author really set the scene. Paris was an ideal spot! The author did a beautiful portrayal of one of my most desired spots to go to. The different locations in Paris were well described. You almost felt like you were there.

Overall, I enjoyed the ending, a bit of I saw it coming but with most novels like this you know whats going to happen. Although i’m glad it went the way it did because like I said before this made it work!

4/5 stars

  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Velvet Morning Press (April 24, 2018)
  • Shelved: Contemporary Romance

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Mr. Nice Guy by: Jennifer Miller & Jason Feifer book review

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

Lucas Callahan gave up his law degree, fiancée and small-town future for a shot at making it in the Big Apple. He snags an entry-level job at Empire magazine, believing it’s only a matter of time before he becomes a famous writer. And then late one night in a downtown bar he meets a gorgeous brunette who takes him home…

Carmen Kelly wanted to be a hard-hitting journalist, only to find herself cast in the role of Empire’s sex columnist thanks to the boys’ club mentality of Manhattan magazines. Her latest piece is about an unfortunate—and unsatisfying—encounter with an awkward and nerdy guy, who was nice enough to look at but horribly inexperienced in bed.

Lucas only discovers that he’s slept with the infamous Carmen Kelly—that is, his own magazine’s sex columnist!—when he reads her printed take-down. Humiliated and furious, he pens a rebuttal and signs it, “Nice Guy.” Empire publishes it, and the pair of columns go viral. Readers demand more. So the magazine makes an arrangement: Each week, Carmen and Lucas will sleep together… and write dueling accounts of their sexual exploits.

It’s the most provocative sexual relationship any couple has had, but the columnist-lovers are soon engaging in more than a war of words: They become seduced by the city’s rich and powerful, tempted by fame, and more attracted to each other than they’re willing to admit. In the end, they will have to choose between ambition, love, and the consequences of total honesty.

Review

As soon as I saw the blurb saw that this was Sex and The City meets The Devil Wears Prada, I was sold! This book lives up to its expectations and I found the book hilarious. It was a lighthearted awkward romance. it really was a refreshing witty take on something already done. The writing was well done and well thought out. The characters were wonderfully written, you can really connect with them and their vast differences. This is a great summer beach read!

4/5 stars

***I received an e-copy of this from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review***

Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: October 16th 2018 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Shelved:Romance, Chick-Lit, Contemporary Fiction

She Was The Quiet One by: Michele Campbell book review

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

When twin sisters Rose and Bel Enright enroll in The Odell School, a prestigious New Hampshire boarding school, it seems like the opportunity of a lifetime. But the sisters could not be more different. The school brings out a rivalry between them that few ever knew existed. And the school itself has a dark underbelly: of privileged kids running unchecked and uninhibited; of rituals and traditions that are more sinister than they seem; of wealth and entitlement that can only lead to disaster.

For Sarah Donovan, wife of an ambitious teacher who is determined to rise through the ranks, Odell also seems like the best thing that could happen to their small family. But how well does she really know her husband? What lengths will he go to to achieve his goals? And when one dark night ends in murder, who is guilty, who knows the truth, and who has been in on it all along? SHE WAS THE QUIET ONE. Because murderers are almost never who you expect.

Review

OOOO my head is still spinning from this book! I could not put it down. I think one thing that drew me in so much was that this reads like a YA. From page one I was hooked! This book did not let me down. This was an intense, high drama novel!

The writing in this book is flawlessly done and has helped me find a new favorite author. I was drawn in by such diverse character that grow throughout the novel. The book starts at a steady pace and quickly picks up the further along you get.

Overall a 5 star read from me! I can’t wait to read more by this author.

***I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review***

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: July 31st 2018 by St. Martin’s Press
Shelved: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery

Outrun The Wind by: Elizabeth Tammi

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Synopsis (as taken form GoodReads)

The Huntresses of Artemis must obey two rules: never disobey the goddess, and never fall in love. After being rescued from a harrowing life as an Oracle of Delphi, Kahina is glad to be a part of the Hunt; living among a group of female warriors gives her a chance to reclaim her strength, even while her prophetic powers linger. But when a routine mission goes awry, Kahina breaks the first rule in order to save the legendary huntress Atalanta.

To earn back Artemis’s favor, Kahina must complete a dangerous task in the kingdom of Arkadia— where the king’s daughter is revealed to be none other than Atalanta. Still reeling from her disastrous quest and her father’s insistence on marriage, Atalanta isn’t sure what to make of Kahina. As her connection to Atalanta deepens, Kahina finds herself in danger of breaking Artemis’ second rule.

She helps Atalanta devise a dangerous game to avoid marriage, and word spreads throughout Greece, attracting suitors willing to tempt fate to go up against Atalanta in a race for her hand. But when the men responsible for both the girls’ dark pasts arrive, the game turns deadly.

Review

Why..Why is this book over… I need more… Like please write book two now. This book was really well written. I found this novel to be one on my top 5 favorite lists of mythology re-tellings. I believe this is her debut novel but yet she writes like a seasoned author similar to that of Rick Riordan.

Overall I found the plot interesting and sharp. The writing was flawless. The characters were well built and grew throughout the story. The world building was so well done.

This is a one click read and gives a fresh take on a lesser known mythology retelling. I can see this book rising to the top.

4/5 stars

***I received an e-arc of this title through NetGalley via the publisher in exchange for an honest review***

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Paperback, 360 pages
Expected publication: November 27th 2018 by Flux
Shelved: YA, Fantasy, Mythology Retelling

 

Amsterdam Exposed: An American’s Journey Into The Red Light District by David Wienir book review

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

Amsterdam Exposed tells the true one-of-a-kind story of an innocent exchange student who moves to Amsterdam hoping to write a book about the red light district and everything that follows. It’s an American abroad story, and also a love story; it’s an uplifting tragedy, full of humor from beginning to end; it’s an Amsterdam survival guide; a sympathetic look at a societal problem; a little piece of policy; a sweet farewell to a world just about gone; and, ultimately, as close as you can come to a free trip to Amsterdam without leaving your couch. In sum, Amsterdam Exposed takes readers deep into the district on a journey never before possible, forever reshaping their understanding of one of the most famous tourist attractions in the world, and the women who work there. If you’ve ever spent time in Amsterdam, or dreamed of doing so, this book’s for you.

Review

This book gives a sharp, brilliant eye to detail. The author gives us a take on one of Europe’s most discussed places: The Red Light District. The detail in this novel is told via names of streets, cafes, and fully descriptive details of each place, taking us on the journey along David as he recounts his time spent there.

This memoir is truly groundbreaking and one of its time. David breaks through what we think we know of this place and shows us what it truly is. This famous tourist attraction is not just sex and neon-lit streets but rather one full of pain and heartbreak. David lifts the veil and shows us the lives of the women that work here and what they endure to survive.

One questions how can such a place be so dark when its so brilliantly lit. When the reader travels with David in this book we are pulled from our comfort zones as we wish to pull through the novel and help the women in this district from such a horrible fate.

This memoir truly is evocative. This emotional story is one heck of a ride from start to finish. I normally don’t read many memoirs but this one fascinated me, when I saw the cover and saw the description. The cover to me speaks of the memoir itself. This cover is beautiful and captivating from the outside but once you get inside the cover (to the actual story) it is heartbreaking and emotional, much like what David describes The Red Light District to truly be. Beauty on the outside but at closer look it is full of secrets, heartaches and so much more.

5/5 stars from me.

***I received an e-copy of this title from NetGalley via the publisher***

  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Publisher: De Wallen Press (May 1, 2018)
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2018
  • Shelved: Memoir, Travel, Nonfiction

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The Orphans Wish(Hagenheim book #8) by Melanie Dickerson review

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Synopsis

From the streets to an orphanage in a faraway kingdom, Aladdin has grown up alone. Until he meets Kirstyn. With a father who is the duke of Hagenheim and a mother who is the patroness of the orphanage where Aladdin lives, Kirstyn is a member of the most powerful family in the land . . . and way out of his league. Despite the difference in their stations, Aladdin quickly becomes Kirstyn’s favorite companion for taking walks in the forest, and their childhood friendship grows along with them.

Through his scrappy skills, intelligence, and hard work, Aladdin earns a position serving in the duke’s house. But he knows it isn’t enough to grant him his one desire: Kirstyn’s hand in marriage. If he hopes to change his station in life and feel worthy of marrying Kirstyn, he must leave Hagenheim to seek his fortune.

But once Aladdin leaves, no one is around to protect Kirstyn, and the greedy men desperate to take advantage of her father’s wealth take notice. Now, more than Aladdin’s background stands in the way of the future he’s worked so hard to obtain. His only hope is to rescue Kirstyn and somehow manage to win her hand as well.

Review

Oh My Goodness! Where has this author been all my life?!?!?!?! Christian Aladdin Retelling!! Just yes!!!!!!

Abu was well written, (and probably ONE of the best  characters in the book). Aladdin (be still my heart!) was so well written that you see how the trauma he endured as a child shaped him to who he was. Kirstyn was amazing as well, you really see so much character growth for both of them. You see how they both respect boundaries while they alone and the fact that love is holding them together. Even though he is promised to someone else but in love with another, the boundaries remain clear.

This book is very clean and a slow burn romance. It didn’t feel like anything was forced or rushed. It felt like it came natural. The world building was superbly done. You can almost see, and touch the world they are in as its so vividly written.

I loved how this book grew with them from children all the way up. I feel you get a better sense of who people are and a much better respect for the characters as you see what drives them. I was glued from the into till the last page. A one click read indeed!

5/5 stars.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: June 26th 2018 by Thomas Nelson