Top Ten Tuesday (5) – Rainy Day Reads

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Hey peoples! Welcome to a brand new TTT post! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme that is hosted by Jana @ The Artsy Reader Girl. Every week, Top Ten are listed based on the prompts provided.

This week’s prompt for TTT is – Rainy Day Reads. So, basically, books you would want to cuddle up with on a rainy day. Being the person I am, most of mine are going to romances. So, be ready!

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Small Town Hearts, Lillie Vale – Blog Tour

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36192190Rule #1 – Never fall for a summer boy. 

Fresh out of high school, Babe Vogel should be thrilled to have the whole summer at her fingertips. She loves living in her lighthouse home in the sleepy Maine beach town of Oar’s Rest and being a barista at the Busy Bean, but she’s totally freaking out about how her life will change when her two best friends go to college in the fall. And when a reckless kiss causes all three of them to break up, she may lose them a lot sooner. On top of that, her ex-girlfriend is back in town, bringing with her a slew of memories, both good and bad.

And then there’s Levi Keller, the cute artist who’s spending all his free time at the coffee shop where she works. Levi’s from out of town, and even though Babe knows better than to fall for a tourist who will leave when summer ends, she can’t stop herself from wanting to know him. Can Babe keep her distance, or will she break the one rule she’s always had – to never fall for a summer boy?

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The Ultimate Pi Day Party, Jackie Lau – ARC Review

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43699955If there’s one thing that might get my dad, a retired math teacher, to visit Toronto and have a real conversation with me for the first time in seventeen years, it’s a big nerdy Pi Day party. And hopefully this party—and seeing the tech company I built from nothing—will finally be enough to impress him and make him forgive me for everything I did when I was a teenager.

But it’s got to be a really great party.

That’s where Sarah Winters comes in. She owns Happy As Pie, a sweet and savory pie shop, and wants to get into catering. She makes an amazing lamb-rosemary pie, cherry pie, lemon-lime tart…you get the idea. She’ll provide the food and help me plan the party, nothing more. No matter how much time we spend together, I’m not going to fall in love with her.

At least, that’s what I tell myself…

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Fly With Me, Hudson Lin – ARC Review

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43823638Vivian Ng is as experienced as flight attendants come. Taking charge and getting stuff done has always been her MO. When her father pushes her to give up her Asian routes in favor of flights to Europe, she’s nervous about the change, but her skills have never failed her before.

Flight attendant Marco Chang is charming and he knows it. Growing up as an immigrant with absentee parents, he learned how to win people over with a smile and a sexy accent. But being popular never meant his heart was available.

When Vivian and Marco find themselves working the same flight to Rome, Marco is immediately smitten. Vivian is smart, competent, kicks ass and takes names. Vivian’s not as impressed. Marco’s cute, sure, but he’s helpful to a fault and she doesn’t need some guy telling her how to do her job.

As they hop back and forth across the Atlantic, the romance of European cities works its magic. But if there’s any hope of their budding attraction taking off, she’ll need to let go and he’ll need to let her in.

Content Warning: This book contains a scene of sexual harassment.

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Work In Progress, Staci Hart – Blog Tour

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Her fake husband is a Work In Progress…

Work in Progress, an all-new romantic comedy from Staci Hart, is available now!

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I never thought my first kiss would be on my wedding day.

But here I stand, clutching a bouquet of pale pink roses behind the doors of a Las Vegas chapel, and at the end of the aisle is the absolute last man I imagined would be waiting for me.

Thomas Bane.

Bestselling author. Notorious bad boy. Savagely handsome, dark as sin, chiseled as stone. And somehow, my soon-to-be husband.

Marry him, and I’ll land my dream job. Save him, and I’ll walk away with everything I’ve ever wanted. All I have to do is remember it’s all for show. None of it is real, no matter how real it feels.

But first, I have to survive the kiss.

And with lips like his, my heart doesn’t stand a chance.

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*Review copy provided as a part of the blog tour. The thoughts are entirely my own and in no way biased.*

Work In Progress is the next in the series of the Red Lipstick Coalition, a series of standalones centering around the love lives of 4 headstrong, ambitious, and amazing girls who’ve been friends for years. This one follows the story of Amelia, a timid, shy, reluctant blogger. She works for the Review column of The Times, and meets Tommy, aka Thomas Bane, best-selling fantasy author at one of the gigs the paper sends her to. She doesn’t like the way Tommy portrays his heroes, and despite being a nervous wreck minutes before, when he makes a snide comment about her continuous trashing reviews of his books, calls him out on it. Thomas, who has always taken her words with a grain of salt, knowing she’s right, offers her a job – help him plot his next book, a critique partner and beta reader rolled into one, and she agrees. But when things go south, Tommy asks for something far more intimate, more personal. A wedding, a marriage. But, will fake give way to the real?

I’m very torn about this book. So torn. Because, it is absolutely well written. It sucked me in so deep that I finished it in one sitting. I loved the characters, their motivation, the writing, the plot. All of it. But then, there were some things that I didn’t like, situations that weren’t dealt with the way they should have.

Let’s start with the good. I absolutely love Tommy. He’s such an amazing love interest, really. He’s nurturing and understanding and caring. So very loving. The way he loves his mother, protects her is absolutely out of the world. I love his family so much – his twin, Theo, and his mom, Sarah. The love and care among the three of them is so endearing and heart-warming. Of course, he’s just as good a friend and boyfriend/husband as he is a son and I love it. He’s always looking out for Amelia, taking care of her, and it’s so cute. He always makes sure to tell her how much he appreciates her, how much he cares for her, how much he loves her. And… The sex positivity he exudes. Wow. He’s so patient and understanding and giving. It’s so great to see just how much he wants to make sure that Amelia is enjoying the physical side of their relationship too. The focus on consent in the intimate scenes won me over. So, yes. Tommy is amazing. I love him.

Then, there’s Amelia. She’s awesome. I love her. She’s so layered and deep as a character. She’s whip smart, but she’s not comfortable speaking to strangers, or going to places with large crowds. She has her people – her parents and her 3 best friends, and then, Tommy – who she loves fiercely and who she would do anything for. She’s hard-working and determined but she’s also naive when it comes to matters of the heart and is always second guessing herself, thinking that she isn’t good enough. I saw a lot of myself in her, I could relate to a lot of her struggles and her thoughts and I love that. Maybe that’s why I adore her so much. :p

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Now, as far as stories go, there were a lot of cliched things going on here, but they were handled so very expertly that I couldn’t help but adore them. Especially the climax. The way both Tommy & Amelia recognize their mistakes, apologize, and then move on is so beautiful to read. That entire sequence has my whole heart!!

But then, there’s the bad stuff. It felt like some things were left open ended at the end of the story, some loose ends which should have been taken care of. Then, there was the matter of Amelia’s speech impediment. It’s said in the beginning of the book that her shyness and social anxiety stems out of a speech impediment in her childhood, but it’s only brushed on in the beginning and then forgotten about, as is the fact that Amelia has been seeking therapy. The therapy is mentioned quite a lot in the first 5-6 chapters but then not a word about it. As Amelia settles in her new life as Mrs. Thomas Bane, we don’t see her going to see her therapist, or even think about it even once. Of course, then there’s the fact that at the beginning of the story, she was having issues talking to just one person and being a queue to get a book signed was causing her so much grief, but then suddenly she’s with all this paparazzi and it doesn’t really bother her, in fact, there’s on aha! moment at about 70% where she just thinks she’s not afraid anymore and that’s it. Nothing else. Zero. Zilch. Nada.

So, it had it’s good points and bad, but it was a fun, engaging read!

RATING : 3.75 STARS!

Excerpt:

The hall bathroom door opened, consequently stopping the earth’s orbit and flinging me into space for lack of gravity.
Thomas Bane stepped out of the doorway in slow motion, propelled by a cloud of steam that licked at his glistening body like it wanted to taste him. His hair was black, wet, curling and dripping in rivulets down the planes and valleys of his expansive chest and abs and narrow hips. He had that thing, the trough of muscle bracketing his hips that caught sluicing water and carried it in an angle that would eventually reach that unknown terrain beneath his towel. I saw the ghost of that terrain, the long, cylindrical bulge that was substantial enough to clearly state its presence, even through the thick towel.
He smirked, dragging his hand through his wet hair. I salivated, watching droplets of water roll down his forearm and collect on the tip of his erotic elbow.
“You’re up,” he said.
I blinked, not knowing when I’d set my coffee down or how many minutes—hours? years?—had passed in the time I spent ogling his body.
He sauntered into the room like he wasn’t basically naked. I tried unsuccessfully not to stare at his knees, the place where his ropy thigh connected, the angular muscles of his calves, the curve of his ankle, the broad pad of his foot.
He was perfectly proportioned. Michelangelo would have carved him twenty feet tall, and women would have worshipped at his perfect feet.
Gus bounced when he saw Tommy, his toys forgotten. And when Gus took off running, Tommy stopped, eyes widening and hands splayed in front of him.
“Gus, no,” he commanded.
To no one’s surprise, Gus did not listen. He barked once, snagged the hem of Tommy’s towel, and whipped it off him in a single tug that exposed every inch of skin on Thomas Bane’s ridiculous body.
Thank God my coffee was already on the counter. I’d have gotten third-degree burns.
For a split second, Tommy was frozen there in all his natural glory, poised to run after his dog, his face drawn and eyes locked on the sweet, disobedient dog. He wasn’t paying any attention to me.
I, however, gave him my full and undivided consideration.
His thighs were a mass of muscle so hard and defined, the tops were planes that came to a notch at his knee and a point where it met his hip. My eyes caught that trough that had before disappeared and followed it where it pointed—straight to the thatch of dark hair and the member nestled there.
The very thick, very long, mostly limp member.
If I stared at it a second longer, I was going to faint—my vision was already dim, my pulse pumping so hard, I could feel it in my neck, at the back of which a cold sweat had broken.
But he shifted to run after Gus, who was galloping away, trailing the towel behind him.
“Dammit, Gus! Gimme that!”
Then it was the back of him I saw, his hair, the streaming water rolling down all the curves of his shoulders, his back, the valley of his spine, and down to the most perfect ass I’d ever seen in real life.
Well, the only ass I’d ever seen in real life that wasn’t my own, and even that I couldn’t get a good look at without a mirror.
Seriously, that ass. That perfectly sculpted ass, round and tight and curved in the sides, shifting from one side to the other as he ran after the damn dog. My gaze caught a tattoo on one ass cheek, and I squinted at it, trying to make it out.
Tommy bent to snag the end of the towel—I caught sight of his sack and almost dissolved through the floor in an acidic puddle of embarrassment—but when he pulled, Gus spun around, ass in the air and tail wagging as he growled, pulling back.
A string of obscenities left Tommy’s mouth, but I was still gaping and staring at his ass. I realized that I was laughing. It sounded like someone else in a different room.
I wondered absently if this was how it felt to have a stroke.

About the Author

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Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey.
From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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Most Anticipated Releases of 2019

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If you’re still here, after all this time, reading my blog, kudos to you! I know that I have been the absolute worst when it comes to bookish things this past year, be it reading or blogging or bookstagramming (I DID NOT CLICK EVEN ONE PICTURE!!!!!). So, one of my resolutions for this year has been to be more active on these forums, but most importantly, to grow my blog from just a measly review blog and include more stuff. Which is why, I’m going to try to participate in more book memes, post more bookish lists, try to interview authors and so on. But also, I want to diversify my little corner on the internet to talk more about other things I like – movies, music, tv shows, and the like. So, lets hope that I am able to do it too!

In keeping with this resolution, I am finally, finally, finally getting around my first list for the year – my most anticipated releases. It gives my heart so much joy that so very many of these are diverse books, because yes, #WeNeedDiverseBooks is the absolute truth and I AM SO HAPPY THAT SO MANY OF THEM ARE RELEASING THIS YEAR!

Now, without further ado, let’s get to it!!

(Please note : This list is in no particular order and is just me rambling about books I am excited about!)

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#Tagasaurus – The thank u, next Book Tag

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I was tagged by the absolutely awesome Kru @ YA On My Mind to participate in the thank u, next book tag created by This Story Ain’t Over inspired by the latest Ariana Grande single! So, let’s go! (Also, I am assuming that this tag doesn’t require us to name books read in 2018 and I’m gonna name books from earlier years, too!)

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Unzipped, Lauren Blakely – Release Day Review

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Wanted: hot nerd seeks dating coach.

Picture this – I’m ready to win back the love of my life, and I’m going big this time. We’re talking boom box, sing her name in the rain, let the whole damn neighborhood know I’m good and ready this time around. After all, if you’re going to grand gesture the ever-loving hell out of a second chance, you need to pull out all the stops.

There’s only one little problem.

My college girlfriend isn’t the one who shows up when I play my “I’ll do anything to win you back” tune. The woman who flings open the second-floor window tells me my ex doesn’t live here anymore. But she’ll help me win her back. Anything for romance, anything for a guy so willing to go big for love. And that’s what I want at first. Until I get to know my new “romance coach” and discover she’s funny, clever, and keeps me on my toes. Now I don’t want to win anyone else’s heart. I want the woman who’s been helping me all along. Trouble is – she thinks I’m in love with someone else, and when we take off on a road trip, everything I think I know about women is about to be unzipped and turned inside out.

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He’s the last person I ever expected to pop into my life, but he might be exactly what I need to save the thing that matters most to me. All I have to do is not fall for him.

Unzipped is a standalone romance!

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*Review copy received as a part of a blog tour. The thoughts are entirely my own and in no way biased. *

Unzipped is the story of Tom & Finley, and how they meet in extenuating circumstances and decide to help each other get what they want. Tom, years after breaking up with his college girlfriend feels like he’s finally ready to make a commitment and so, he seeks her out, because she asked him to come find her when he had his “head on straight”. Equipped with advice from his well meaning, but clueless brothers, he shows up at his ex, Cassie’s apartment and plays a song on the boombox, a la Say Anything, hoping it’ll be the grand gesture that sends her running back into his arms.

But, who he actually serenades to is Finley, Cassie’s neighbour. Finley, who is on a deadline to come up with a funny story to tell in six episodes if she wants to save her dream show from being axed by the network that picked it up. I guess y’all can guess where this is going? Yes, Finley thinks that Tom is coming off too dorky and/or strong and decides to help him win back Cassie, and in the mean time, finds inspiration for her story.

As they spend more time together, they fall for each other, but does this mean they’ll get their Happily Ever After?

So, yes, a little cliche, but nonetheless interesting storyline that I absolutely adore. This is sort of a favourite trope of mine where the story begins with one of the MCs helping the other to win someone else over but then, these two end up falling for each other instead. I’ve always loved such stories, so picking this up was sort of a no brainer for me. And I’m glad I did!

This is such a cute, fun, quirky, and adorable story. You laugh out loud numerous times. Like, this story is in no way lacking in punch lines or one liners. I liked those a lot. And, I loved the banter – y, playful, flirtatious relationship Tom & Finley had that developed into more over the course of the story. Really, their back and forth and back and forth was really cute. I enjoyed that bit a lot. Even though I did feel like the puns and punch lines got a little too much after a while, because it felt like every conversation was littered with a lot of them and we could definitely have done with lesser of those.

Then, there’s the characters. Tom. Cute, sweet, adorkable nerd that he is, he has my heart. I loved how understanding and sweet he was. And then, reading about how he fell for Finley was just… It was awesome. Even though it started out as a mission to get Cassie back, he ended up falling for Finley and never did it feel like he was settling or that Finley was a rebound or second best. It just happened. He realised she was who he wanted to be with and I love that.

Then, there’s Finley. She’s smart as a whip and she’s always got a comeback for everything. I love how witty she is and her sense of humour is absolutely awesome. She’s one of the coolest female leads I’ve come across in sometime and I love her. One thing that I love most about her is how she was upfront with Tom about him and his story being her inspiration for her show. We always see in romance novels that one of the leads is struggling with their art and find inspiration in the other and translate that inspiration into their art but then everything goes to hell because the other lead thinks that all of it was a lie and a ploy to get the full story. But, that wasn’t the case here and I really, really, really love that!

The story kept me engaged from start to end with the plot and the characters and it was a really fun read! I’d definitely recommend it to fellow romance enthusiasts!

Rating – 4 stars

Excerpt

As I peruse the scenes, the opening notes of a song filter from the front of my townhome. What the hell? Did I leave the streaming app open on my phone? I step away from the counter and head to the front door, looking for my phone, even though I swear I had it with me in the kitchen.

The song grows louder, and it’s not coming from my cell at all. It’s coming from outside. I peer through the peephole.

I jerk back.

Rub my eyes.

What the hell?

Am I really seeing what I’m seeing? I don’t think I had that much wine. I had one sip.

Fine, fine. One large sip. One very large, very hearty sip. All right, it was a gulp.

But I can’t possibly be hallucinating, can I?

I peek again, and holy smokes.

There’s a guy on my front lawn going full Lloyd Dobler.

The hair on the back of my neck stands on end, and my paranoid brain leaps three thousand steps ahead. Did he escape from Alcatraz? Is he going to bang down my door? Attack me?

I pivot and grab the baseball bat I keep handy. As the youngest sister of two older brothers, I’ve learned a few valuable lessons: boys are trouble, pizza is good cold, and always keep a baseball bat near the door and/or bed.

With my bat in hand, I scurry to the kitchen to grab my phone, then fly upstairs to the bedroom, taking the steps two by two.

I race into the bedroom, set the bat at my feet, and keep my phone clutched in my hand, ready to call 911 if need be. I pull back the white curtain a smidge.

And I nearly die laughing.

The song has stopped, and the Dobler wannabe is now kneeling on the ground, furiously hitting buttons on the boom box.

I peer around the curtain’s edge, and it’s like watching a sideshow act auditioning for my circus.

He hoists the boom box up above him again. A new tune plays. I cock my head, listening, and I cringe when I recognize the tune.

For real? Is he truly playing “Unzipped”? I could never stand that song when it was popular eight years ago. The music sounds like a can opener mating with a trombone. I wish he were playing Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes,” like Dobler did in the film.

But as I study the bizarre suburban male mating ritual, I decide to award him points for sheer balls. He also deserves bonus points because he chose to go without the super cheesy trench coat that Dobler wore. It worked for Cusack, but on anyone else that attire screams serial killer.

This guy seems harmless.

And admittedly, from my vantage point two stories above, he’s kind of handsome with the glasses, the thick, floppy hair, and the jeans that fit nicely. Strong jaw too.

Fine, fine. He’s more than kind of handsome. He’s 100 percent good-looking, in that hot nerd kind of way.

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About Lauren Blakely:

A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family, including her smoking hot and funny husband and her two brilliant and kind children. She has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs — she might have four dogs, or maybe five. If she’s lucky, she’ll soon have six dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 100 times, and she’s sold more than 2.5 million books. In December she’ll release UNZIPPED, in January BIRTHDAY SUIT, and in March BEST LAID PLANS. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter

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Part Time Lover, Lauren Blakely – Book Review

 

 

PART-TIME LOVER promises full-time satisfaction…

What do you get when you mix a charming British hero, a temporary marriage of convenience, and a smart & sassy heroine? PART-TIME LOVER, the brand new, standalone rom-com from #1 New York Times bestseller Lauren Blakely! Get your copy of PART-TIME LOVER now!

 

 

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I’ll say this about Christian — he made one hell of a first impression. When I first saw the strapping man, he was doing handstands naked on a dock along the canal. His crown jewels were far more entertaining than anything else I’d seen on the boat tour, so I did what any curious woman would do — I took his photo. I might have looked at the shot a few dozen times. Little did I know I’d meet him again, a year later, at a secret garden bar in the heart of the city, where I’d learn that his mind and his mouth were even more captivating. But given the way my heart had been trampled, I wanted only a simple deal — No strings. No expectations.

Our arrangement worked well enough until the day I needed a lot more from him…

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Let me just say, this whole part-time lover thing was her idea. I’d have gone all-in from the start, but hey, when a gorgeous, brilliant woman invites you into her bed, and only her bed…well, I said yes.

But then, one hysterical phone call from my brother later, begging me to find myself a wife so grandfather’s business stays in the family, and I need a promotion with Elise. Turns out a full-time husband suits her needs too, and a temporary marriage of convenience ought to do the trick, until we can simply untie the knot…

As long as no one finds out…
As long as no one gets hurt…
As long as no one falls in love…

But our ending was one I never saw coming.

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*ARC received as a part of a blog tour. The thoughts are entirely my own and in no way biased.*

Part Time Lover, follows the story of Christian and Elise and how the two fall in love in unconventional circumstances. They first meet on a cruise when Christian is doing naked handstands on the deck. They make plans to go out on a date, but aren’t able to, because of a mixup. They meet a year after that and then start dating, even though they both decide it’s not serious and they’re just having fun and enjoying each others’ company. But, circumstances arise and Christian needs a wife to save his grandfather’s company and prevent it from being sold. So, Elise agrees to help and they decide to stay married for a few months after which Christian and his brother will be able to save the company. But, when their time is up, are they ready to let each other go?

Now, I’m sure that you’ve read the ‘marriage for convenience’ trope a million times, but there are a few things that make this one so much better than those. Number one, Christian needs a wife, but he isn’t paying Elise to be one. He actually doesn’t even want Elise to be dragged in the middle of all this, but Elise insists, because she likes Christian and she wants to help as she knows how much this company means to him.

Also, they aren’t lying to anyone. All of Christian and Elise’s close friends and family – the people who matter – know that they’re getting married only for the sake of the company and nothing else. I absolutely loved this. Most of the books with such a trope have the couple lying to everyone in their life and hiding the truth behind their relationship, but not here. They’re both upfront about it. It’s really a refreshing change.

Of course, there’s also no hate to love or dislike to love trope and the heroine does not think that the hero is just a spoilt brat who is doing all this for money. Elise understands Christian’s motivations and she doesn’t make a fuss about it.

Elise is a smart, no nonsense woman who doesn’t put up with anyone’s shit. She’s witty and sassy and blunt. I really liked that about her. Like, she always has the right comeback for everything, especially where Christian is concerned and that was absolutely awesome. She’s also really helping and caring by nature. She agrees to be Christian’s wife after only meeting him a few times because she cares about him and she wants to help him.

Christian is a dreamboat. He’s smart and suave and sexy and says all the right things at the right time. He’s carefree and funny and lives life as it comes. One thing that I love about him is that though he is persistent, he is always respectful and he knows his boundaries. He never oversteps and though he desperately wants more with Elise, he respects her wishes when she says she’s not looking for anything serious and goes with the flow.

Their relationship is great. Flirty and witty banter with a lot of one liners and smartass comebacks are the foundation of their relationship and that is awesome. They have great chemistry and it translates really well on page. You can’t help but root for them.

But, I did find it boring in parts, and skimmed here and there, because I felt like the author was dragging the story a little. At times it felt like in the interaction between Elise and Christian, she was trying too hard for both of them to come across as funny.

But, overall, it was a nice read and I enjoyed it.

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~Christian~

A year ago

I stroll up the hilly yard toward my house, passing my brother, Erik, who stands close to the porch. “Did you scare them all away? Admit it—they cringed in terror, scary movie—style.”

I slash an arm through the air. “Whole boatload of them. Tears, shrieks of horror. Wailing.”

He cringes dramatically.

“Toss me a towel, will you? Or do you want to continue to admire your more fit and handsome younger brother?”

Erik scoffs and throws the towel over the porch railing, away from me.

I shrug. “I’ll just go inside, and you can check out my arse.”

“You can count on me never ever checking out your arse.”

I grab the handle on the sliding-glass door and head inside to one of my homes. You can’t beat a home on the water. But then, a flat in Paris is hard for me to say no to as well. Good thing I get to have both.

I grab the pair of boxer briefs I left on the couch and tug them on as Erik follows me inside.

“Seriously. How did it go?”

“Exceptionally well. I landed a date tonight.”

“Bastard. You’re not supposed to get dates when you flash the tourists, and especially not when your beloved brother is only in town with you for a few days.” Most of the time Erik’s in London, where we were raised.

“Jealous much?” I ask, heading for the fridge and pouring a glass of cold water.

Erik flexes a bicep, then another, posing like he’s Mr. Olympia. “I’ve scored plenty of dates with this fabulous physique. Just none lately.”

“That would be because you’re married, you tosser.”

He flashes a dimpled grin. He’s so ridiculously in love with his wife, it’s nearly disgusting. He could be the poster child for man-who-falls-arse-over-elbow-for-a-woman. That’s something I can’t say for all the men in my family.

“I’m like Grandfather, happy as a clam.”

I furrow my brow. “How does anyone know clams are happy? Is there a study on clam happiness? We all assume they’re rays of sunshine, but how do we know?”

He scratches his chin. “Good question.”

“I bet they aren’t happy at all. I bet they feel nothing. Is that what happiness should feel like? Nothing?”

He sighs. “Aren’t you philosophical today?”

“Maybe. It happens every now and then.” I take a drink of the water. “But what can you do? Sometimes deep thoughts stray into my brain, and I can’t help it.”

“Best to get them out of your head if you have a date tonight.”

“Perhaps she likes thinkers,” I suggest.

“So who is she? Did you exchange numbers on the dock? Or did you, I don’t know, play charades with your appendages swinging in the breeze?”

“Yes. I can do Morse code with my dick.”

“Such a useful skill,” he deadpans.

“We did it the old-fashioned way. Picked a spot to meet and a time.”

He raises his chin. “And why her? Of all the ladies on all the tours you’ve ever flashed, you haven’t asked one out before. Not that you’ve told me about anyway.”

I let my brain rewind to the petite brunette with the big sunglasses who ogled me unabashedly from the side of the boat. She was pretty, that much I could tell even from fifty feet away.

But pretty alone isn’t enough. Pretty is a dime a dozen. I’ve dated women who aren’t pretty, but are witty, clever, and keep me on my toes. I like those traits just as much. Perhaps more. But I’m not opposed to pretty either.

Obviously.

“She was bold. She called out bravo. She said it louder than anyone ever has.”

“So she knows how to read your Morse code.”

“She’s welcome to read Morse code on me anytime. Come to think of it, she can even treat me like I’m fruit at the market.”

Erik laughs. “In some countries, they don’t let you touch fruit at the market.”

I gesture to my body, from my chest down to my legs. “In the fine country of Christian Land, it’s highly encouraged for the bold brunettes to touch the fruit.”

 

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The Wright One, K. A Linde – Book Review

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A new sexy contemporary romance duet from USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde…

Secrets swarm all around.
My world is crumbling under the strain.
I don’t know if we can survive this.
My heart is in the Wright place.
But is his?

The Wright One is the last book in the Wright Love Duet that began in The Wright Love. Find out if Sutton and David survive their world of secrets in the conclusion to the Wright Love duet!

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*ARC received as a part of a blog tour. The thoughts are entirely my own and in no way biased.*

The Wright One picks off right where The Wright Love left off, and is the conclusion of the duology. This story deals with the aftermath of David’s lies to Sutton and her family and how they overcome it all.

What I liked about this was that while Sutton sort of made David work for it, she wasn’t unreasonable and she didn’t take things farther than necessary. Yes, she lashed out in the beginning, but only because she was hurt and upset. But then, when she thought about it with a clear head, she decided to give David a chance to explain before making decisions. And only when she was satisfied that his motives were pure did she agree to date him again.

The loss of her late husband still pricks Sutton and it’s handled really well through the book. It doesn’t overshadow Sutton’s present, but is always a part of her and the way she deals with her grief is believable and you can’t help but sympathize with her.

She still thinks about her son before taking any major decisions about how doing something will affect him and that is so nice to see. But, she doesn’t let the fact that she has a kid overshadow every other part of her life. Her ex in – laws, especially her late husband’s mother gives her a lot of flake for it and taunts Sutton on more than one occasion.

But then, just before the climax, she starts second guessing her earlier decisions and makes a mess of things for everyone and it’s just a little annoying because it’s all mostly because of her mother – in – law and how she sees Sutton. Sutton gives that woman a little too much power over her life and I don’t like that. I mean, I understand that she feels like she owes them – they’re her dead husband’s parents and her son is their grandson, who they both adore. So, yes. I get that. But her giving in to that pressure was something I definitely didn’t like.

David is still his amazing, understanding self. But we see a new side to him and more of his past is revealed which made me see him in a completely new light. It makes his actions so much more believable and understandable. We also see his mom and sister and his budding equation with both of them makes me really happy. So many changes in his life and he takes it all in stride. And, he loves all the Wrights so much – they’re like his family and it reflects in his actions. I really did love that.

Of course, the drama and then the grand gesture in the end were inevitable. I did love it though. It gave such a satisfying end to the story and it was absolutely amazing.

If we compare, the first book was definitely better, but this one is great as well and I had fun reading it.

All in all, this is a delightful read and I definitely recommend it to everybody who loves romance.

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A sexy new contemporary romance duet from USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde…

I have the perfect life.
Until the day my husband tragically dies.
Being a single mom and widow was never part of the plan.
When David Calloway enters my life, I have no room for love in my heart.
But he’s determined to do right by me.
Could he be the Wright love?

The Wright Love is the first book in the Wright Love Duet, and Sutton and David’s story will conclude in The Wright One—coming May 29th! Get ready for your newest binge read.

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K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of more than fifteen novels including the Avoiding series and the Record series. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, geeking out over Star Wars, binge-watching Supernatural, and dancing in her spare time.

She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super adorable puppies.

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