Called Up by Jen Doyle ARC Review

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[I was generously provided with a free review copy by the author in exchange for an honest review; that doesn’t affect my review in any way]
I read the third book in the series a couple of months ago, and it instantly made it to my ‘favorites’ shelf. That being said, my expectations were super high for this one. I think it would’ve definitely made it to that very same shelf if it weren’t for a couple of -what I’d call- shortcomings within the book.
Fitz is seriously a character I’d add to my “badass-heroines” list. Needless to say, she’s got to be my favorite character in the series, so far. Continue reading

Can’t Hardly Breathe by Gena Showalter ARC Review

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[I received a free advance review copy in exchange for an honest review]
Can I just say, I haven’t read any of the previous books in this series, but I somehow fell head over heels for every single character in this book. Small town romances are my favorite. They don’t only portray gorgeous familial love, but also express how beautiful it is to live in a small town where everyone knows everyone and people consider each other as family; again, I can relate a lot to that. But this one was heartbreaking and hopeful and hilarious all at the same time. Continue reading

Holly Freakin’ Hughes by Kelsey Kingsley (ARC Review)

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[I was generously provided with a free advance review copy by the author in exchange for an honest review; that doesn’t affect my review in any way]
I understand what the author wanted to deliver through this book; the friends-to-lovers trope is one loved by a lot of people out there, myself included. But there were a lot of things I couldn’t cope with. The first was that the main character, Holly, seemed to me like the kind of person that cannot cease complaining although she literally had everything she needed. I understand that was she’d gone through was life-altering. But even after that, when here sister provided her with a cozy home and a good-enough job, she started complaining about how her room was like ‘Harry Potter’s little cupboard of a room underneath the stairs’. Like, her sister genuinely opened up her house and welcomed Holly with open arms, why can’t she be thankful for that? Then there’s that thing with Brandon. The insta love was cringe-worthy, to be honest. I have no problem with insta-love, but it just didn’t feel right here. Which brings us to the third thing that didn’t click with me; Holly & Brandon’s relationship. I saw no chemistry between the two characters whatsoever. And honesty? Breaking them up and putting them back together does not make their relationship any stronger or any righter. Other than that, I was honestly fond of Holly’s devotion to her job. And I liked the parts featuring Ester, who was really funny at times.
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Lucky Charmed by Sharla Lovelace ARC Review

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[I received a free advance review copy in exchange for an honest review]

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The second I finished this book, I just wanted to start it all over again. And if there wasn’t a huge pile of TBR constantly poking me and reminding me of its very well noted presence, I would’ve done just that. There’s something about the writing style that just grabbed me. It was so easy and whimsical and hilarious, that it made me want to read every other book written by this author. Continue reading

Resilient Book Review

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[I received a free advance review copy in exchange for an honest review]
I was so excited to dive into this book. There were some pretty hilarious scenes. That scene in the car? When Tank and Nicole were taunting and teasing each other was like, the cutest thing ever. I’d say the book started off at the light side and then started becoming a little intense.
I loved the bad boy attitude with Tank. He’s a biker, could he be more badass than that?
What I didn’t find satisfying enough is the characters’ backgrounds. We didn’t get to actually meet Austin, for example. And I think there are things that were left unsettled at the end. Continue reading

Ready to Run Book Review

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[I received a free advance review copy in exchange for an honest review]
I honestly read playboy firefighter in the synopsis and couldn’t click that ‘request’ button fast enough. I had really high expectations for this book, and it definitely didn’t disappoint. It’s got the hate-to-love trope which I absolutely love. And then the small-town romance which I’ll never get over. Falling in love with this book was a no-brainer.  Continue reading