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Book Review: The Girl Next Door – Jennifer Hanks

Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Rom-Com

Review:

This book was such a surprising discovery for me and this author new to me. I hadn’t come across Jennifer Hanks’ books before and I have to admit I got this one mostly because the cover’s so cute. Plus, I just love the girl-next-door/boy-next-door trope. I started it on a whim and it was so much fun I read it in one sitting.

Millie Solanski is not your typical woman. She redefines the meaning of ‘original’ & ‘eccentric’. She marches along to the beat of her own drums, knows exactly who she is, and makes no apologies for it. She was such a fun, unique character, I absolutely loved her.

Who could blame Colin Campbell for being fascinated with her? Especially after his hard past, his regrettable choices, his need for atonement, and his hopes and determination to build a good, safe home for his son, Noah. The boy is adorable and kids always make life so much fun, right?

The characters were relatable and I had the best time reading this book. Some of the scenes were so hilarious, they left me in stitches. Some of the conclusions to the plot twists were a bit lukewarm but otherwise, this book left me in smiles long after I finished reading it.

Stay tuned.

∼Lyn

 

Synopsis:
After a disastrous marriage and an even worse divorce, Colin Campbell is looking forward to a fresh start with his son in their new home, and the calm that will bring to his life.
The quiet life he’s been craving is well within his reach.
Until he meets his new neighbor.
Millie Solanski.
Uninhibited.
Outspoken.
And maybe even a little crazy.
Somehow, he finds himself involved in her world and the ridiculous situations she seems to constantly find herself in, squashing any hope for the life he wants.
Or at least the life he thought he wanted.
Before he met the girl next door.
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New Book Releases – 22 April 2020

Hola, Book Dragons! I got this book on Netgalley and it looks really good. Happy Book Birthday to:

Don’t Go Stealing My Heart – Kelly Siskind

Dont go stealing my heart

Synopsis:

She wants to steal his Van Gogh. He wants to steal her heart.

Some people would call Clementine Abernathy a criminal. She considers herself a modern day Robin Hood, who steals from the rich and gives to the poor. Not exactly on the up-and-up, but she knows what it’s like to lose everything. Her latest heist involves swiping a priceless Van Gogh from its owner, who’s supposed to be an egotistical trust-fund brat.

Turns out Jack David is a sexy, kind-hearted man…and Clementine is in trouble. Falling for her mark would make her the World’s Dumbest Conwoman, but Jack is charmingly persistent, always singing sweet songs in her ear.

And that earth-shattering kiss? She never stood a chance.

Now she’s imagining a fresh start with this dashing man, but that means telling Jack about her past. And other nefarious sorts are after the same painting. Too soon, Clementine learns what it means to risk it all for love.

What about you guys? Is this book on your TBR?

∼Lyn

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New Book Releases – 24 March 2020 – The Honey-Don’t List – Christina Lauren

Hola, Book Dragons! Still getting used to being in the same time zone as book releases lol.

Happy Book Birthday to this highly anticipated new book!

The Honey-Don’t List – Christina Lauren

The Honey-Don't List
Synopsis: Carey Douglas has worked for home remodeling and design gurus Melissa and Rusty Tripp for nearly a decade. A country girl at heart, Carey started in their first store at sixteen, and—more than anyone would suspect—has helped them build an empire. With a new show and a book about to launch, the Tripps are on the verge of superstardom. There’s only one problem: America’s favorite couple can’t stand each other. James McCann, MIT graduate and engineering genius, was originally hired as a structural engineer, but the job isn’t all he thought it’d be. The last straw? Both he and Carey must go on book tour with the Tripps and keep the wheels from falling off the proverbial bus. Unfortunately, neither of them is in any position to quit. Carey needs health insurance, and James has been promised the role of a lifetime if he can just keep the couple on track for a few more weeks. While road-tripping with the Tripps up the West Coast, Carey and James vow to work together to keep their bosses’ secrets hidden, and their own jobs secure. But if they stop playing along—and start playing for keeps—they may have the chance to build something beautiful together… From the “hilariously zany and heartfelt” (Booklist) Christina Lauren comes a romantic comedy that proves if it’s broke, you might as well fix it.

What about you guys? Is this book on your TBR? 😉

∼Lyn

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Blog Tour: What I Want You to See – Catherine Linka

Hola, Book Dragons! Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for What I Want You to See by the author, Catherine Linka. Stay tuned for my review and more deets below.­

A big thanks to FFBC Tours for allowing me to participate in the blog tour and kudos for all the meticulous, hard work.

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Synopsis: Winning a scholarship to California’s most prestigious art school seems like a fairy tale ending to Sabine Reye’s awful senior year. After losing both her mother and her home, Sabine longs for a place where she belongs. But the cutthroat world of visual arts is nothing like what Sabine had imagined. Colin Krell, the renowned faculty member whom she had hoped would mentor her, seems to take merciless delight in tearing down her best work—and warns her that she’ll lose the merit-based award if she doesn’t improve. Desperate and humiliated, Sabine doesn’t know where to turn. Then she meets Adam, a grad student who understands better than anyone the pressures of art school. He even helps Sabine get insight on Krell by showing her the modern master’s work in progress, a portrait that’s sold for a million dollars sight unseen. Sabine is enthralled by the portrait; within those swirling, colorful layers of paint is the key to winning her inscrutable teacher’s approval. Krell did advise her to improve her craft by copying a painting she connects with . . . but what would he think of Sabine secretly painting her own version of his masterpiece? And what should she do when she accidentally becomes party to a crime so well -plotted that no one knows about it but her? Complex and utterly original, What I Want You to See is a gripping tale of deception, attraction, and moral ambiguity.


Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: February 4th 2020

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Review:

Sabine Reye is a talented painter. Her life turns upside down when her mother dies. Despite winning a fully-paid scholarship to California’s most prestigious art school, which was a dream come true, her life isn’t all roses and sunshine. Her class with the teacher she once admired and hoped to study with is harder than she imagined. When a handsome stranger, Adam, who seems to understand her and gives her an opportunity to be better at her art, she takes him up on the offer. But who is Adam really? When she gets embroiled in a secret crime, she understands just what it means when things are too good to be true.
Continue reading “Blog Tour: What I Want You to See – Catherine Linka”

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Book Review: Saint Anything – Sarah Dessen

Rating: 4/5 Stars🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Review:

Sydney is a seventeen-year-old girl, stuck in the shadow of her perfect brother, Peyton, and always starving for the attention of her parents. Her mother only sees her brother and her father is barely ever there. When Peyton’s troublemaking causes him to drive drunk and cause an accident, landing him in jail, Sydney’s family is blown to smithereens. Continue reading “Book Review: Saint Anything – Sarah Dessen”

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Book Review: Along for the Ride – Sarah Dessen

Rating: 4/5 Stars🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Review:

With scholars as parents, Auden’s entire life has always been mired in academia, to the point where she never had a chance to be a normal teen. She saw herself as an academic and that appeared to be her sole identity. When her parents’ marriage failed, she began to stay up later and later, till sleep became impossible. Dissatisfaction in her life sends her spending her last summer before college with her father at the beach town where he now lived with his new family. Continue reading “Book Review: Along for the Ride – Sarah Dessen”

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Book Review: Under Currents – Nora Roberts

Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Review:

The past is never far behind, its tentacles reaching into every aspect of your life and coloring your future. The things we go through – good, bad, traumatic – they all shape our lives, and make us who we are.

Nora Roberts’ latest book, Under Currents, emphasizes how abuse can traumatize you, how its effects ricochet and echo through every aspect of your life. The beginning of this book was heart-breaking, watching everything Zane and his sister suffered, things no child should be subjected to. To feel alone and helpless, with no hope of help in sight. It was devastating to see two children in the grip of monsters who wore human faces. Continue reading “Book Review: Under Currents – Nora Roberts”

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Book Review: Pretty Reckless (All Saints High #1) – L.J. Shen

Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance (contains Explicit Content)

Review:

When I started this book, I didn’t know what I was getting into. By now I’ve gotten used to L.J. Shen’s writing style and her story types. But the last couple of her books that I read were a bit of a letdown so I thought this one would be as well. Continue reading “Book Review: Pretty Reckless (All Saints High #1) – L.J. Shen”

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Book Review: Can’t Get Enough (The Original Heartbreakers #6) – Gena Showalter

Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy

Review:

I chose this book on a whim. I was feeling blue and decided to give it a try. By the second chapter, I was deep in chuckles and I had forgotten I was supposed to be down the doldrums.

A tough, bad boy falling for a kindergarten teacher, both of them dragging their suitcase of issues and scars behind them. Add in a marriage of convenience, which turned out to be anything but. Continue reading “Book Review: Can’t Get Enough (The Original Heartbreakers #6) – Gena Showalter”

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Book Review: Ruckus (Sinners of Saint #2) – L.J. Shen

Rating: 2/5 🌟🌟

Genre: Contemporary Romance (contains Explicit Content)

Review:

I really wanted to like Ruckus but similar to Vicious, I found myself struggling to find good in it. I liked the thought of Dean and Rosie together. They fit together.

What annoyed me were all the misunderstandings. How much time got wasted because of it. Also, reading Ruckus made me really dislike Emilia and Vicious. The things Emilia and Vicious did, because of their choices two lives were ruined. What a chaotic mess. Continue reading “Book Review: Ruckus (Sinners of Saint #2) – L.J. Shen”