Contemporary Romance

Paradise Cove by Jenny Holiday

4 out of 5 Stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I am so glad we got Jake’s book! I needed his story. I knew this one wasn’t going to be as light of a read as Mermaid inn because of Jake’s past. But there was still humor and lots of heat in this book.

Jake is a grumpy handyman. I mean not an actual handyman but he fixes everything! He has a close group of friends but doesn’t talk much. I loved him. He may not have been talkative but he was an incredibly sweet man. Nora is a city girl who wanted to switch up her life. She met Jake while he was getting his hair braided.. Honestly one of the cutest “meet cutes” I’ve ever read.

This book handles a pretty tough subject extremely well. The feelings were sincere. I personally haven’t gone through what Jake did but I could feel his emotions. Jenny Holiday did a phenomenal job making the characters real. She was able to mix raw emotions with enough humor to make this book the perfect balance.

I 100% recommend this book and this series. And honestly anything this author writes.

Thank you so much Forever Publishing for the early copy!

Contemporary Romance

Beach Read by Emily Henry

5 out of 5 Stars

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is one of those books that 100% lived up to the hype. I loved this book so much. 

We have Gus Everett who is a popular literary fiction author. And we have January Andrews who is a best selling romance author. They were college rivals and now they are neighbors for the summer! They decide to write a book in the other’s genre and try to fight the attraction they are both feeling. 

This book was the perfect mix of funny, sweet and to not take everything at face value. I loved watching both characters realize that the other’s genre isn’t a piece of cake! I also loved watching these two characters fall in love. 

If you haven’t picked this book up, I highly recommend it! It was a quick read. I stayed up way too late reading but it was all worth it!

Contemporary Romance

Just Saying by Sophie Ranald

3 out of 5 Stars

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This book was just okay for me. Alice is living with her boyfriend of two years, Joe. She has a career set back and can no longer pay for her half of the rent. Joe suggest that Zoe, HIS EX GIRLFRIEND, move in with them. I am floored that Alice was okay with this. My answer would be a very big F no and I would consider leaving the jerk for even suggesting it… But that’s me. 

So Zoe now lives with them and Alice is second guessing everything(shocker). She thinks Zoe is trying to get Joe back. There are alot of up and downs and I got just a little bit bored. We also do not get a whole love of Joe and Alice.. which was weird to me. This book also takes a dark turn with sexual assault and I was not prepared for that at all. So trigger warning there. 

Over all I think this book was entertaining.. was it my favorite? No. But it was okay. If this is your first Ranald book and you didn’t like it, I highly suggest picking up any of her other books. They flow alot better than this one.

Contemporary Romance

Crushing it By Lorelei Parker

4 out of 5 Stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I loved this book! Sierra was so relatable to me. I am a huge gamer and as soon as I saw this book, I knew I had to have it! Sierra is a video game developer. She has to present her game at a conference and she has to overcome her fear of public speaking.

She enters a poetry slam contest to try to overcome her fear. My second hand embarrassment made me cringe so much. But this is where she meets a few main characters. A few I love and one I absolutely despise.

This book was a quick, very cute read. I loved the people and environment. Gaming nerds are my people. So I loved it! I also loved that the characters were not perfect. The only downside I had was Sierra staying with someone who was horrible to her. But she grows a lot throughout the book. So it all worked out in the end!

-Also you do not need to play video games to enjoy this book. Sierra is still a very relatable character!

Contemporary Romance

Up Close and Personal by Kathryn Freeman

3 out of 5 Stars

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This is the first time I’ve read anything by this author and honestly this wasn’t my favorite. I mean it wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t amazing either.

I like the plot. Zac is a famous British actor who has a crazy stalker. So he decides to hire a body guard.. a female body guard, Kat. You know what’s going to happen. They are going to fall madly in love. Again I love this. I love the he hired a female body guard. Yay for feminism. But my issue with this book is that the love wasn’t believable. They acted like children whenever they were together. There was way, way too much drama. Alot of their problems could have been solved if they just would have spoken to each other without throwing a fit.

So over all the story was okay. I like the plot idea and I liked the characters as individuals… but I didn’t like the romance. I didn’t like that there was added drama just for the sake of added drama to the story.