Saturday, March 31, 2018

Very Irresistible Playboy by Lila Monroe | ARC Review

Very Irresistible Playboy (Billionaire Bachelors #1) by Lila Monroe
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: January 22, 2018
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 210
Source: eARC from InkSlinger PR
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Goodreads Description

Hot bachelor Max Carlisle is heir to a media empire, tabloid catnip, and... wants to hire me to be his fake fiancee. I know what it takes to keep a billionaire in line, but signing up for seven days in close quarters with this Very Irresistible Playboy? It's just asking for trouble. The kind of thrilling, reckless trouble I could use a little more of since my career is currently ass-backwards in a mud bath with six shih-tzus (don't ask). So do I: a) Take the job, and bicker wildly every step of the way? b) Embark on a mad-cap treasure hunt to claim his billion-dollar inheritance? c) Try my hardest not to fall head-over-heels in love with him and wind up having the best sex of my life? d) All of the above? Something tells me I'm about to be way out of my league... and under the most handsome, infuriating man I've ever met. But with a fortune on the line, can we beat out his crazy relatives to win the prize? And will our fake relationship be game over at the finish line? Find out in the new sexy, hilarious romantic comedy!

My Thoughts

Very Irresistible Playboy wasn't the story I was expecting based off the description. This book follows Hallie and Max. Hallie is an aspiring photographer working as an assistant at the moment in order to make ends meet. At the beginning of this book Hallie is helping out at a weeding and afar some unfortunate circumstances her only camera ends up ruined and she's out a job. From there things continue to go downhill for Hallie until she meets someone who might have a job opportunity for her. One thing leads to another and she agrees to be the fake girlfriend fo Max for 7 days while goes to spend time with his family.

The general idea for this story was different from anything I've read centered around a fake relationship. However, I did find the plot predictable. It was pretty clear almost from the beginning where these characters were headed and at times it was frustrating watching them act like it wasn't happening. Still, it was nice being able to see the progression of their relationship from the beginning to the end of the story. Very Irresistible Playboy was a quick, fun read and I'm definitely looking forward to the next book in the series.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole | ARC Review

A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals #1) by Alyssa Cole
Publisher: Avon Romance
Publication Date: February 27, 2018
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384
Source: eARC from Edelweiss
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Goodreads Description

Between grad school and multiple jobs, Naledi Smith doesn’t have time for fairy tales…or patience for the constant e-mails claiming she’s betrothed to an African prince. Sure. Right. Delete! As a former foster kid, she’s learned that the only things she can depend on are herself and the scientific method, and a silly e-mail won’t convince her otherwise.

Prince Thabiso is the sole heir to the throne of Thesolo, shouldering the hopes of his parents and his people. At the top of their list? His marriage. Ever dutiful, he tracks down his missing betrothed. When Naledi mistakes the prince for a pauper, Thabiso can’t resist the chance to experience life—and love—without the burden of his crown.

The chemistry between them is instant and irresistible, and flirty friendship quickly evolves into passionate nights. But when the truth is revealed, can a princess in theory become a princess ever after?

My Thoughts

A Princess in Theory is an adult contemporary romance following Naledi Smith. Naledi is currently in graduate school studying epidemiology while also working a couple jobs. She doesn't have time to focus on anything but school and work. One day she receives an email saying she's betrothed to an African prince. Since Naledi is an orphan and has been in and out of the foster system most of her life, she doesn't think it's possible and someone is trying to scam her. However it turns out that it's true and Prince Tabiso is hoping to meet her while in the United States for business. When Thabiso shows up at Naledi's job she mistakes him for a new coworker. Thabiso decides to play along in order to get to know Naledi without revealing who he is.

I really enjoyed the journey these two characters went on throughout the novel. Naledi starts in a place where she is working towards her desired career while overworking herself to not take care of herself but not be seen as a specific stereotype. She has grown used to not having anyone to rely on so she has made it so it's hard for anyone to get close to her. On the other hand, Thabiso comes from a place of privilege. Being the sole heir to the throne of Thesolo he has grown up in the spotlight with everything he could ever want. He still isn't completely happy because being the sole heir there's a lot everyone expects of him, especially his parents.

Throughout the story the characters had to learn about their own faults and how to overcome them while getting to know each other. There were times when the story was slow for me. Also, I wish there was more time spent in Thesolo with Naledi getting to learn more about where she's from and spending time with her living family. Overall I really enjoyed this story and now want to read more from Alyssa Cole.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Lost for You by Jayne Frost | ARC Review

Lost for You (Sixth Street Bands #4) by Jayne Frost
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: January 12, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 303
Source: eARC for Review
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Goodreads Description

When I was eighteen, I stood at the precipice of stardom. I had the record deal. And the tour to back it up. But I succumbed to the pressure of that life. The dark side. 

Now, I skate on the fringe. My brother is the genius guitarist for the band Caged, and I’m the one who helped make that happen. I’m happy to run my bars and my land development company. 

Sure I am. 

And then I meet her—Taryn Ayers—the music manager behind the three biggest bands in the country. She doesn’t know I’m Cam’s older brother. Or that I’ve got a secret that makes her world and mine fundamentally incompatible. 
Problem is, I want to know Taryn.

But do I want her to know me? 

My Thoughts

Lost for You, the fourth book in the Sixth Street Bands companion series, follows Chase and Taryn. Both characters have ties to the music industry in they own way. When the story opens Chase is helping out a friend of his younger brother when he runs into Taryn. From there, a very intense romance happens vey quickly between the two main characters.

Lost for You ended up being a lot darker than I was expecting. Trigger warnings fo drug use and addiction! I'll admit it made me a little uncomfortable at time but I kept reading because I wanted the characters to be okay in the end. However, I didn't feel any connection to the characters. I think this was a decent story it just wasn't the story for me. If you like rockstar romances it's one I would suggest you give it a try.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Making Sense by Lila Rose | ARC Review

Making Sense by Lila Rose
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 308
Source: eARC from InkSlinger PR
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Goodreads Description

Adalyn Sage. 

I'm thirty-seven, a mother, a divorcee, and I’m ready to date again. 
I need a man willing to love me for who I am, despite what size I am. Only finding such a guy is harder than it’s cracked up to be. Afterall, I'm a little clumsy and just a tad outspoken… that is unless I’m in front of a man so good-looking my panties melt. Then I become an absolute weirdo. 

Case in point: Vice Salvatore. Stunning. Growly. And also my boss. 
Thank God his a**hole attitude put my racing heart at ease and changed my lust to hate. 

Nope. I don’t care for him. Won’t. I’ll continue to ignore my ladybits and stay strong. 

At least for a while.

My Thoughts

Making Sense follows Adalyn Sage, a 37 year old single mother since her divorce. She is looking to start dating again but isn't having much luck. After taking a co-worker's night shift Adalyn meets Vice Salvator, the owner of the store. As can be expected an unlikely romance between the two begins.

I enjoyed the story and thought the romance was really cute. It was interesting seeing the progression between Adalyn and Vice from the time they met up until the end of their story. Adalyn is extremely awkward around men she finds attractive. This lead to hilarious moments of Adalyn rambling about whatever she's thinking about at the moment. While at times I felt like their relationship moved a little fast, for the most part I didn't really mind. Making Sense was a fun, and at times, steamy romance story that had me swooning with Adalyn.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Baby Daddy by Kendall Ryan | ARC Review

Baby Daddy by Kendall Ryan
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: February 27, 2018
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 319
Source: eARC from InkSlinger PR
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Goodreads Description

We met in a trapped elevator.

Emmett was on his way to work, sophisticated and handsome in his tailored suit and tie.

I was on my way to the sperm bank. Awkward, right?

At thirty-five, my life hadn’t taken the path I thought it would and I was tired of waiting—I wanted a baby. And I was ready to take matters into my own hands to make it happen.

After our ill-fated elevator encounter, Emmett insisted on taking me to dinner—he also insisted on something else—that I ditch my plan involving a turkey baster and let him do the job. He would be my baby daddy. He was a wealthy and powerful CEO with little interest in diapers or playdates. And since he didn’t want kids, I’d be on my own once his bun was in my oven, free to go my own way.

But once his baby was inside me, it was like a switch had been flipped, and I got a whole lot more than I ever bargained for.

My Thoughts

Baby Daddy follows 35 year old Jenna and her life hasn't gone exactly how she has wanted it to. She wants to have a baby and since she's not currently in a relationship she decides to go to a sperm bank to get more information about other options. Jenna's on her way to her first appointment when she meets Emmett because they end up stuck in an elevator together. Once he finds out what her plan is, Emmett suggests that he can help her out.

I was interested in this book because I read a book with a similar plot and really enjoyed it. However, to be honest I thought the way the agreement happened was a little weird. The part where a stranger offer to get the main character pregnant and she agrees without too much thought was a little too unrealistic for me. Once I got over that part I thought the story was a lot of fun.

Since the story is told in dual perspectives we are able to see how each of the characters think. This leads to having first hand experience of the frustration and doubts Jenna and Emmett feel when things are going exactly how they planned. I really enjoyed the progression of their relationship and being able to see when their feelings began to change from their initial agreement. The ending was a little rushed but overall Baby Daddy was a fun romance with lots of steamy moments.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Twisted Fate by Jessi Elliott | ARC Review

Twisted Fate by Jessi Elliott
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: February 13, 2018
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 296
Source: eARC from Author
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Goodreads Description

Being kidnapped by the leader of the fae really puts a dent in your senior year. 

Aurora Marshall is sharp, witty, and always has a plan. Ready to finish her business degree and graduate, her life is going smoothly—until the night she meets Tristan Westbrook. 

Tristan, the overbearing, gorgeous Fae Leader, and an admired businessman in the human world, is all kinds of dangerous. While he finds Aurora intriguing, her refusal to bend to his will keeps them locked in a constant power struggle. 

Entering into a deal is the only way to escape Tristan’s clutches, which only plunges Aurora deeper into the fae world. With her future at stake, she is forced to handle his arrogance and extraordinary fae abilities as she fights to stay grounded in her mundane life. 

Not to mention her struggle to ignore the growing attraction she knows she shouldn’t feel for the man who kidnapped her. 

When people said college would be the most exciting time of her life, Aurora never thought this is what they meant.

My Thoughts

Twisted Fate follows Aurora, a senior in college about to graduate with a business degree. At the beginning of her second to last semester she goes out to a party with a couple friends to enjoy herself before the year gets too stressful. Not long after arriving to the party she wanders off to find the bathroom and ends up getting kidnapped. Aurora discovers that fate exist and she is being held hostage by Tristan, a Fae Leader.

I was a little disappointed that I didn't enjoy Twisted Fate as much as I was hoping to. The plot was entertaining but it didn't feel like it was developed enough. There was such a big focus on the romance between the two main characters and because of this I felt like that took away time that could've been used for other parts of the story.

With all that being said I'm still interested in Twisted Gift, the sequel to Twisted Fate. The ending of this book went in a direction I wasn't fully expecting. There are also a lot of unanswered questions that I need a solution to. While this story didn't completely hit the mark for me, the storyline has a lot of potential.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

You Will Be Mine by Natasha Preston | ARC Review

You Will Be Mine by Natasha Preston
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: February 6, 2018
Genre: YA, Thriller
Pages: 304
Source: eARC from InkSlinger PR
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Goodreads Description

Love turns deadly in a new, heart-pounding thriller from Natasha Preston, author of the runaway bestsellers The Cellar and The Cabin.





Lylah and her friends can’t wait to spend a night out together. Partying is the perfect way to let loose from the stress of life and school, and Lylah hopes that hitting the dance floor with Chase, her best friend, will bring them closer together. She’s been crushing on him since they met. If only he thought of her the same way…

The girls are touching up their makeup and the guys are sliding on their coats when the doorbell rings. No one is there. An envelope sits on the doormat. It’s an anonymous note addressed to their friend Sonny. A secret admirer? Maybe. They all laugh it off.

Except Sonny never comes home. And a new note arrives:


My Thoughts

You Will Be Mine is a mystery/thriller that takes place around Valentine's Day. This book centers around Lylah and her group of friends right before they are about to go out to a Valentine's themed play. Right before they leave there's a creepy note that has been left on their doorstep made using letters clipped from magazines. They all play it off as a prank but that changes when Sonny never comes home.

I didn't enjoy this book as much as I was expecting to. The mystery element was really interesting and what made me want to push through the story. However, there were more elements that I had problems with than I enjoyed. I didn't care for any of the characters. One person made a suggestion of who might be behind what was going on and they all just blindly went along with it even though there wasn't any proof. It frustrated me that characters constantly made terrible decisions even when they knew what they were doing was wrong. Also, I didn't find it very believable the way the investigators handled the whole situation. Overall, I thought this was an okay thriller but it's not one I would recommend for everyone.