Part Time Lover, Lauren Blakely – Book Review

 

 

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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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“Characters that are as bold and carefree as they are vulnerable and introspective, banter that’s rife with wit, humor, and innuendo, and a teasing, agonizingly slow-building romance make Part-Time Lover a gripping love story. From start to finish, Part-Time Lover will have you laughing and swooning and falling in love with love.” -Yvette, Nose Stuck in a Book

 

 

 

 

“Jam-packed with Blakely’s keen attention to detail, her fabulous sense of humor and a sexy, sweet, consuming romance, Part-Time Lover was a heart-fluttering, full of hope joy to read.” -Red Cheeks Reads

 

“…a beautiful, compelling, alluring story of opening up your heart again to love and all the possibilities of it.” –Bookish Aurora

 

 

 

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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 and has plotted entire novels while walking her 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 95 times, and she’s sold more than 2.5 million books. In June she’ll release PART-TIME LOVER, a sexy new standalone romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter

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Dating – ish, Penny Reid – Blog Tour

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Dating-ish, an all new standalone from the USA Today bestselling Knitting in the City romantic comedy series by Penny Reid is available now!

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‘Dating-ish’ can be read as a standalone, is a full length 100k word novel, and is book #6 in the Knitting in the City Series.

There are three things you need to know about Marie Harris: 1) She’s fed up with online dating, 2) She’s so fed up, she’s willing to forego the annoyance and consider more creative alternatives, and 3) She knows how to knit.

After the most bizarre and irritating first date in the history of humankind, Marie is looking for an alternative to men. With the help of her friends, she quickly identifies a few possibilities:

Need a cuddle? Use a professional cuddler. Need affirmation? Get yourself a life coach. Need an orgasm? Try orgasm meditation! Why does she need the hassle of a romantic partner when she can meet all her needs with paid services?

But then her irritating date resurfaces. And he’s not at all the person she thought he was. And he suggests a different–and crazier–solution to her dilemma . . .

As everyone knows (or will soon come to realize), traditional relations between humans are a thing of the past. Robots are our future. And if robots are our future, then why do we need other people at all?

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

So, as you all know, I am a Penny Reid fanatic. I absolutely love all of her work. She has a way with words that always  leaves me smiling and wanting more. I have yet to be disappointed by any of her books and I am so glad that the trend continued with Dating – ish.

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Dating – ish is the cute love story between Marie and Matt, two people who meet through an online dating site (not for reasons you are imagining, let me assure you.) and form a reluctant friendship. As time passes, they start spending more time together and then eventually fall for each other. I love the way the story is told. The slow burn romance is just so frustrating at times but then when you reap the rewards… AAHHH! Let me tell you, it is so worth the torture you went through.

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Both Matt & Marie have reasons to not want to be in a committed relationship and they decide early on that they’ll be friends. But, that doesn’t stop Marie from developing feelings for Matt and as time passes and their relationship progresses, she starts to hope that Matt feels the same. They hit a few snags along the way but eventually get their heads out of their behinds. Thank God for that!

What I like about Marie is how determined and strong willed she is. She is focused on her career, but her friends are equally important to her. She is incredibly smart. She likes to knit. She’s a great cook. She’s thoughtful and kind. It was easy to identify with Marie because we share so many personality traits. It warmed me to her even more. I like how her character grows through the story. It is real and believable and not something that just happens overnight.

Matt. What should I say about this man? *sighs* When the story began, I honest to God hated him. He came off as a douche and narrow minded and just so selfish. But, as the story progressed, he just became so damn likable and thoughtful and cute! He was just this dorky, cute guy and I started to like him and then eventually love him too.

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And, of course. The romance. It was such a slow burn. God, I was absolutely dying of anticipation and frustration. Throughout the book I was like “GET TOGETHER ALREADY!” This GIF below is so me throughout the book before they got together.

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And then I absolutely rejoiced when they did get together. It was so fulfilling and all I could think was finally. It was awesome!

Apart from the shipping, I loved the friendships throughout the story. What I love about Penny’s books is that friendship is so important. And the ladies of the Knitting in the City series are absolutely amazing friends. They’re always there for each other no matter what and they’re just such good friends and sounding boards and pillars of support. I love it. I also love how these ladies carry on intelligent conversation that doesn’t center all around men. They talk about so many different things. It is such a delight to read all that.

I love this story. I do. I love it so much. And you should most definitely read it too! Go, grab your copy ASAP!

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He was quiet for bit, we both were, and I felt myself relax more and more. His palm took a detour every so often, dutifully skipping my hip and sliding along my side, and then back to my leg. Soon, I was so relaxed I felt drowsy.

I felt fingers in my hair, moving the mass away from my neck with treasuring strokes just before Matt nuzzled the back of my neck, causing goosebumps to scatter over my skin.

“Mmm.” I smiled. “Hey. Jared said no tickling.” My voice sounded sleepy.

“Does this tickle?” Matt asked softly, nuzzling me again. I felt the brush of his lips—not a kiss, a brush—paired with hot breath against the bare skin of my neck and a zing shot straight down my spine, making my toes curl and a sudden hot ache twist in my lower belly.

Oh no.

I knew that ache. I hadn’t felt it because of another person’s touch in quite a long time. Nevertheless, no one ever forgets that ache.

My back arched instinctively, my bottom pressing back against his crotch, and I stiffened. I felt my nipples harden, strain beneath the cotton of my bra. I was now fully awake. No longer drowsy.

Nope.

Not even a little.

Matt stiffened, too. His movements abruptly ceasing.

“Are you okay? What’s wrong?” he asked, alarm coating his words, and in the next moment his hand was suspended in the air above me. “Did I touch something I shouldn’t?”

I exhaled a short, nervous laugh, gripped by the urge to sit up.

“No. No. You didn’t.” I moved to the edge of the bed, righting myself, away from Matt, needing distance. “I’m good.” I gathered a silent breath and released it slowly because my pulse was racing.

Crap, Marie. Get a grip. It’s Matt Simmons. Professor Matt. The big kid. Why are you reacting this way?

“Did I . . .” These initial words were hesitant, and a moment of silence stretched before he continued, his tone comically teasing as he finished his thought. “Did I arouse you?”

I snorted, shaking my head, laughing at his silly tone. Turning at the waist to peer at him over my shoulder, Matt was grinning at me, twisting a make-believe mustache between his thumb and forefinger.

But then he stopped.

“I did, didn’t I?” he pushed, his hand dropping. He looked pleased, if not a little amazed.

I sighed, feeling a smidge embarrassed, and nodded. “Actually, yes. That’s a sensitive spot for most women.”

“The back of your neck?” He lifted himself to one elbow, his eyes darting to my neck with keen interest.

“My neck in general, actually.”

“Huh.” Matt frowned thoughtfully. “Where else?”

I pressed my lips together and gave him an incredulous look. “I’m not telling you that.”

“Why not?”

“Matt.”

“What if I needed it for research reasons?”

“Matt.”

“What if I told you it was part of our questionnaire?” He tossed his legs over the side of the bed and stood, walking around to my side and offering me his hand. “You should give me a schematic of your body with the erogenous zones circled and rated.”

“Let me guess, you want them rated on a ten-point scale,” I deadpanned as I accepted his hand, stood, and stepped away to gain some distance and straighten my shirt.

He shrugged, crossing his arms, stalking after me. “Or exponential. I was going to say a Likert scale, but a logarithmic scale works, too.”

Chuckling, appreciative of his attempt to diffuse my embarrassment and awkwardness with the joke, I realized Matt Simmons wasn’t a bad guy. He might even be a good guy, just a little . . . peculiar.

And wants to replace romantic relationships with robots. Best not forget that detail.

Yeah, he’d make an interesting friend.

“Thanks.” I gave him a small smile.

“For what?” His eyes moved between mine.

“For the cuddle. Thanks for the cuddle, Matt.”

“Anytime, Marie.” He grinned down at me, his eyes dancing as he leaned forward and whispered, “Anytime.”

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Rescued, Phoebe Rose – Blog Tour

 

Welcome to my tour stop for Rescued by Phoebe Rose. Rescued is a New Adult romance with snark, witty banter, and kittens. Can be read as a standalone. It is rated 18+.

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Thomas is a hot geek, a twenty-three year old entrepreneur with no time for dating…and even less time to deal with the stray kittens who’ve claimed his patio as their home. Seattle college senior Tessa is a born rescuer, warm and caring–and sick of getting her heart bruised by guys like Thomas. But when he sees her rescue a kitten while wearing kitten heels, he’d do anything to kiss her. And while Tessa vows she’ll never let herself fall for a sexy, ambitious businessman, she fears she’s already in over her head.

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This book is good. I like it. I mean, the story is not something that is new, but the writing is great. The way the characters are portrayed – their behavior, their personality, their emotions – it’s what makes it great. I like the quirkiness and the smart, sarcastic vibe that is there in this book the entire time.
The characters are really, really good. I like Tessa so much! She’s this ball of sarcasm and wit wrapped into procrastination and warmth and kindness who just demands to be loved by the reader. She’s a little insecure and a whole lot naive, but she is absolutely awesome! I love her. Really, I do. She’s such an amazing person. Kind and forgiving and loving. Always there to help her friends. Rescuing animals. Yeah, she’s great! 😀
Thomas is also real nice. He’s smart and stupid intelligent. Yes, I know that they’re opposites. I mean, he’s really, really intelligent. He’s younger than 25 and has already sold two of his start ups and is the CEO of his third. So, yeah crazy intelligent. He’s snarky and possessive and protective and just amazing. He’s super adorable and just melts your heart!
Like I said, the writing is what drew me in. The story is fast paced and doesn’t make you wait and doesn’t bore you. Which I like. I just wish that there had been a chapter or two before the epilogue. Seriously, the ending was a little rushed. I wanted to see more of the conflict resolution than what was shown. If the author would have done that, this book would have been so much better than what it is now. True story.
But, apart from that one issue I seem to have with this story, everything else is great! It really, really is! I loved it! So, so much! Makes your heart melt and smile so damn bad.
A definite recommendation for a light hearted, cutesy read on a weekend! 🙂
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Phoebe Rose writes New Adult and contemporary romantic comedy, connecting readers with witty, geeky, passionate couples. Couples falling head over heels in love for the first time.
Phoebe’s loves include beach travel and writing in coffeeshops. Her YA fantasy, published under another name, has been translated into other languages and optioned for film. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and tweets from @phoeberosebooks
 
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The Player And The Pixie, Penny Reid & L. H. Cosway – Book Review

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The Player and the Pixie
by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid
Publication Date: April 12, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Sports, Humor

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How can someone so smokin’ hot be so bad in bed? I mean, Sean Cassidy is absolute rubbish. RUBBISH. He is the epitome of walking, talking false advertising and I want a refund! Plus he’s an arsehole. So… what is wrong with me that I can’t stop thinking about him?

The Pixie and the Player is a full-length, romantic comedy novel, can be read as a standalone, and is the second book in the Rugby Series.

THE PIXIE
Lucy Fitzpatrick doesn’t like rugby.

As the little sister of Ireland’s most infamous rugby player, Lucy can’t seem to escape the championship-sized shadow cast by her big brother, or her mother’s frequent attempts to micromanage her future. Her rainbow hair is as free-spirited as her quest for inner peace, yet overbearing expectations keep bringing her down. And when she’s down, her compulsive little problem lands her in seriously big trouble.

THE PLAYER
Sean Cassidy is a cold-hearted brute… or so he’s been told. Frequently. By everyone.

His blonde locks, baby blues, and rock hard bod make ladies the world over drool with desire. As the rugby world’s second most infamous player, he should be basking in his success. But Sean has never been content settling for second place, and his frequent confrontations with Lucy’s big brother leave him cold. And when he’s cold, his compulsive little problem lands him in the lap of Lucy Fitzpatrick.

THE PLAN
Sean has a problem only Lucy can solve. Lucy has a problem only Sean can fix. The solution seems obvious: you scratch my back, and I’ll bail you out of jail. But when their business arrangement unexpectedly leaves Sean scorching hot and Lucy on the precipice of inner peace, can they convince the world—and Lucy’s big brother in particular—that this is the real deal?

Either way, both the Player and the Pixie are about to teach each other some pretty monumental lessons about family, life, but most importantly, love.

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The Hooker and The Hermit, L. H. Cosway and Penny Reid – Book Review

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Blogging as *The Socialmedialite*
April 22
LADIES AND GENTS! I have an announcement!
You know that guy I featured on my blog a few months ago? The really, really hot Irish rugby player who plays the position of ‘hooker’ in the RLI (Rugby League International)? The one with the anger management issues, the body of a gladiator and the face of a movie star? The one with the questionable fashion choices leading me to ask whether he was the lovechild of a leprechaun and a hobbit? Ronan Fitzpatrick? Yeah, that guy.
Well, I have a confession to make…

THE HERMIT
Annie Catrel, social media expert extraordinaire at Davidson & Croft Media and clandestine celebrity blogger, can make anyone shine in the court of public opinion. She is the Socialmedialite, anonymous creator of New York’s Finest and the internet’s darling. Virtual reality is Annie’s forte, but actual reality? Not so much.
THE HOOKER
Ronan Fitzpatrick, aka the best hooker the world of rugby has seen in decades, despises the media—social or otherwise. The press has spun a web of lies depicting him as rugby’s wild and reckless bad boy. Suspended from his team, Ronan has come to Manhattan to escape the drama, lay low, fly under the radar. Only, Ronan isn’t easy to overlook, and he can’t escape the notice of the Socialmedialite…
THE PLAN
When Ronan is sent to Davidson & Croft Media to reshape his public image, he never expects to cross paths with shy but beautiful Annie, nor does he expect his fierce attraction to her. He couldn’t be happier when her boss suggests pairing them together.
What lengths will Annie take to keep her virtual identity concealed? And what happens when the hooker discovers who the hermit really is?

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SO, LET THE SQUEALING COMMENCE! Another mind blowingly awesome story by my favorite romance author of all time. Seriously, I absolutely adore Penny Reid. If you know me, you know I love Penny Reid. And, like I’ve said countless times on this blog before, she is absolutely, completely, irrevocably amazing at what she does.

Obviously, because I’m such a huge fan, I never let an opportunity to read her words go by. And, now, I can say that I’m a complete, true Reider because I’ve read everything by her. Yes, everything. I’m done with all the eight books in Knitting In The City Series (yes, there are in fact eight books, if you count one novella – novel for Janie and Quinn, one prequel to Fiona and Greg and one with scenes of all five couples from the series that have been published yet), all three in The Elements of Chemistry and the one which is out in The Winston Brothers series. So, really, all that I was left to read was this. And, now I’m finally done. It gives me a great sense of accomplishment because I am now a true ‘Reider’ (as I consider one to be only when they’ve read everything, and I do mean everything, by Penny Reid). Yes, I know that there’s a few short stories that I haven’t read, but we’ll leave those be because I can’t find them!

Though this makes me feel accomplished, it also makes me feel sad because now I’ll have to wait for her to release new stuff before I read something new. I mean, there’s always that Neanderthal Marries Human re – read which keeps calling to me, but it’s not the same. Nevertheless, I chose to dwell on the positive side of things.

Now that you realise that I’ve spouted about a hundred words and non of them have been about the book, and I’m truly sorry for that. So, we’ll delve right in and I’ll save my fangirling for later.

This story, oh my! I absolutely love it. I adore it. I want to keep it for the rest of my life. It’s just smack dab amazing, gorgeous, beautiful, mind blowing, phenomenal, awesome, breathtaking and whatever other synonyms you can find in the dictionary. I absolutely love it. Just, so, so much.

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That’s me by the way, with the lovestruck look on my face after I’m done reading this because this story left me in a daze, truly. It was just so amazing from the get go and there wasn’t a fraction of a second where I wasn’t 10000% invested in the book or the story or the characters.

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Yes, it is. It is absolutely beautiful and gorgeous. I love it. Like, I’ve already said about a million times now. Forgive me, my blogging skills aren’t up to par with one Annie Catrel, so you’ll have to make do with this.

Anyway, back to the story. It’s intense and funny and cute and adorable and smart and sexy all rolled into one perfect package for anyone who can see the brilliance shining within. And, no I am not exaggerating. Not in the slightest.

The characters are quirky and witty. They keep you on your toes.

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They’re smoldering and sexy and make you feel all hot and bothered.

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But, at the same time they’re so freaking loving that you melt in a puddle of goo just reading about them.

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See what I mean? They’re all entirely too amazing for their own good. I don’t even know what to say! They’re just ridiculously perfect. I love them!

Speaking of love and characters, let’s talk about their story huh? It’s amazingly well written and so well articulated that you will be in awe. The words flow so smoothly and the structure of the story and the plot line is practically flawless. The character interactions – all their body language, dialogue, actions are superbly written. Amazing screenplay is what it was. I loved it!

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And, the characters. Well, they’re always the best. Annie is like a sort of reflection of me? In a way, I guess. I totally identify with her in her social phobia. I mean, give me a book and candy and I’m wayyyy happier that I would be at a party or a social gathering. So, yeah, on some level, I do identify with her. I share her preference for baggy, dull clothes and avoidance of confrontation. She makes me feel good about myself because, hey! There’s a character in a story by my favorite author and she is so much like plain ole me! That thought makes me super excited. But, in so many ways, Annie is so much more than I am right now. She’s smart and witty and brave and strong. She isn’t afraid to voice her opinion and calls people out on their shit as she sees fit. That makes me adore her all the more. So, yes, she’s like my role model at the moment. I aspire to be like her. I wish I had the strength she had. Because, Annie Catrel is one of the bravest and strongest people I have met and she’s just amazing.

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Ronan, then, huh? Ronan is smart and hot and sexy and hot and good looking and sexy and handsome and hot and loving and kind and caring and sexy and hot. Did I mention he’s hot? Or that he’s absolutely too sexy for his own good? Because he is. And he has such a dirty mouth. Really. It was a pleasure to read 😉 But, apart from being hot and sexy, he’s clever and witty and loving. He’s so passionate about everything in life. His sport, his family and his girl. He’s a little hot headed, but hey, he’s allowed to have flaws, okay? Besides, he’s all smokin’ when he’s jealous and/or possessive, so I don’t really mind it that much. He’s a complete alpha male, all dominating and controlling. But, he knows how to make a woman feel good about herself and how to make her feel loved and wanted. He’s got a way with words that will totally render you speechless and breathless and wanting more. So, yeah. Next book boyfriend or what?

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Coming to their relationship, it’s off the charts! It’s raw and passionate and love and need and forever and happily ever after. It’s so, so, so amazing. They’ve got such chemistry, you want to drown. They’re an inferno, really. It makes your heart hurt (in the best way possible) to read about them. It makes you happy and sad and hopeful and just so, so, so in love with the idea of a relationship like theirs, it’s humbling. They’re so good to each other. So in sync with what the other wants or needs, always their support system, standing by them when needed. And, they get each other. In every way. Mentally, emotionally, physically, you name it. It’s like this connection that they have is so strong and undeniable. They were truly a match made in heaven. I believe that really, really strongly.

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So, the long and short of this is that I LOVE THIS BOOK! If it were a person, I would marry it. And, if you’ve not read this, you are seriously missing out on what could be the best experience of your life. Just sayin’.

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I love this book more than I love this GIF of a shirtless Matt Bomer. And, I can tell you, not many things in the world can beat a shirtless Matt Bomer.

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“My love… I want you free. I want you wild. I want you brave. I want you anyway I can get you. I want you now, and I want you for the rest of my life.” – Ronan Fitzpatrick

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5622223L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.
She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.

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5997227Penny Reid is a USA Today Best Selling Author of romantic fiction. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances she works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults (boy-8, girl-6, and girl-4 months), wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

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P.S : None of the images are mine. Thank you, Pinterest. And the talented people who made all these beautiful edits. They’re breathtaking. ❤

Happy Readings, people! ❤

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Until next time,

Love,

Prags! ❤