One of the hardest things to do as a book blogger is to read an entire (670 page) book and give it a low-star review, especially when nearly half of Goodreads readers gave it the full 5 stars. Be warned, dear readers, I have an unpopular opinion ahead. Please don’t grab your torches and pitchforks.
Wait for It was the first Mariana Zapata book I have picked up. I knew about her high ratings, her hardcore fans, and her slow-burn romance style. All of these elements factored in to me choosing to read Wait for It, as it had been sitting on my TBR list for around a year. I needed a break from my current read and was looking for something I was bound to love. Unfortunately, Wait for It didn’t do it for me, as much as I wanted it to. I waited for it…I waited for the story to get rolling, I waited for the writing to get better, and I felt like it took until the last pages of this long book to improve incrementally.
Wait for It features the life of Diana, a young woman who inherited her nephews after the death of their parents, one being Diana’s brother. Diana is finally getting her life sorted out after such an unexpected and heartbreaking disruption, by moving into a new neighborhood. When Diana hears a fight happening outside of her new home, she decides to help out and break it up. The ungrateful recipient of Diana’s help is the younger brother of Diana’s new neighbor, Dallas. Eventually Diana and Dallas develop a friendship, which eventually grows into a deeper relationship.
Continue reading “Wait for It – Review”
The”Over Duet” which consists of Low over High and Ever over After was sitting on my kindle for what it seems like forever. I honestly don’t know why I waited so long to pick those books up because I really enjoyed them.
Low Over High begins with an angsty, mysterious, yet powerful prologue of the main character Marlo Rivers (a part of the prologue is also the blurb of the novel). She talks about her cynical personality and her non-belief in hope and faith in humankind because those are only cliches “to keep the dreamers dreaming.” Marlo was not always like that, circumstances in her past made her that way. She tried to run from it for the last eight years but the past has a way of catching up and for Marlo it is in form of a crumpled note left on her porch. Continue reading “The Over Duet – Review”
When my fellow Texan, R.S. Grey, releases a new book, I am always eager to read it. Her books always happen to come out at a great time for me, though when is there a bad time to read a book by her? I know her stories will make me laugh, because they are always witty, fun, and light. The latest release by Grey is no exception. The Foxe & the Hound picks up with Daisy’s best friend, Madeline, from Anything You Can Do. Remember her endearly crappy car? Things haven’t changed much for Madeline, she still has the old beater, her appliances don’t work, and she’s a struggling real estate agent living in tiny rental apartment.
I love when previous characters make an appearance in an author’s new book. It makes me instantly attached to the new story as a reader. This was a wonderful and unexpected surprise because Anything You Can Do was such a fun read for me. Continue reading “The Foxe & the Hound – Shared Review”
If you’ve read my review of Here’s To Tomorrow, you probably know that I really enjoyed it (and that you should pick it up too!). Here’s To Yesterday is the second installment in the Here’s To series and I couldn’t wait to dive into it.
To others, Maura Doughers lives the perfect life: she has money and the perfect soldier boyfriend. But appearances can be deceiving. Maura starts to realize that the person everyone wants her to be, is not the person she is meant to be. The boyfriend she should be happy with, makes her everything but happy.
What Maura really wants is forbidden, but she wants it, no matter the consequences! Continue reading “Here’s To Yesterday – Review”
“Teagan Hunter who?” I have to admit, that was my initial reaction about a year ago too, when I heard her name for the first time. But you know what I love? Indie authors! It is a shame that too many of them are still unknown. On top of that, they have to compete against the big well-known published authors. So why not take a chance on them? And that’s what I did with Teagan Hunter‘s Here’s To Tomorrow – and Teagan didn’t disappoint.
Rae Kamden just graduated from college and can’t wait to conquer the big world – or at least that’s what she thinks she wants. She’s torn between leaving her small town and moving to Boston to start a big career. This is when she runs into Hudson Tamell. Although the last seven years haven’t been easy for him, he finally has his life exactly where he wants it. However, meeting Rae and her unfiltered mouth that day makes him rethink everything. Can both handle each others baggage? Continue reading “Here’s To Tomorrow – Review”
I’m not going to review this novel in the “proper” way. Instead, I want to tell you what it meant to me.
You see, I only read the first couple sentences of a blurb, if at all. I judge by popularity, the cover, genre, the author, all of the things readers aren’t supposed to judge a book by before reading it. Usually if it is popular, it is popular for a reason.
This makes me think of the quote, “if you read what everyone else is reading, you’ll think what everyone else is thinking.”
Alas, I have found a book that makes me disagree with this quote. If a book makes you think, it doesn’t matter what others people’s thoughts on it were. The only thing that matters are the thoughts you take away.
And, did I take away some thoughts. Continue reading “One True Loves – Review”
Back in March, when it was still cold and depressing outside, I got an ARC sign-up form from Laura Barnard who was going to release her new book, Excess Baggage, in May. The novel promised to be full of sunshine, summer and old feelings – the perfect getaway from this weather. Now it is May and the weather over here in Germany still hasn’t improved since March. So what was better than turning on your ebook reader and seeing the ARC loading? I couldn’t wait to start with this second chance novel under the sun of Luna Island.
Erica Bennett and her friends are on vacation to have a few days to themselves and away from the hectic and stressful life at home. Erica doesn’t expect to stumble upon Jack Lawson – her first holiday romance back when she was fifteen. It is not long until sparks fly and Erica and Jack rekindle their old feelings. But what happens after their vacation is over? Is their chance meeting a second shot at something real or will this stay another holiday romance? Continue reading “Excess Baggage – Review”