Review: The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

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Summary:

When Gia Montgomery’s boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she’d been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend—two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it’s not the real Bradley she’s thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn’t even know. But tracking him down doesn’t mean they’re done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend’s graduation party—three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.

My Thoughts:

I’m not sure that Kasie West can do wrong when it comes to a contemporary romance.

This was my 3rd Kasie West book to read and I think it’s my new favorite so far (This one, PS I Like You, By Your Side–in that order). I’m anticipating reading her future as well as the other older titles I still haven’t read.

Anyways, one thing about Kasie’s books is that the synopsis never makes them seem as good as they really are. For example, the synopsis for this sounds super cheesy. Not even going to lie about it.

Either way, I thought the concept was cute even if the synopsis sounded cheesy, so I was glad it ended up working out in my favor.

I don’t want to say much for the sake of spoilers, but the character development for Gia was great for me. I loved seeing how she grew and changed as a person.

Her ending was almost exactly what I wanted. My only complaint is that I wish there was an epilogue. Maybe something telling what happens over the summer or once she gets to college. However, I get that it was probably best left the way it was.

This would be a great summertime beach read because it reads quickly, but I’m glad that I didn’t wait that long to read it. I own two of her older books and haven’t read them, so I’m looking forward to getting to them soon as well as her upcoming book in July, Lucky in Love.

-M

Waiting on Wednesday: Lucky in Love

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Summary:

Maddie doesn’t believe in luck. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment —

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun… until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.

Why I’m excited:

Kasie West quickly became on insta-buy last year with her most recent releases, PS I Like You and By Your Side. I devoured both books though, to be honest, I still haven’t gone back and read her older books- I plan to soon though!

This book sounds adorable and right in line with her other books, so I can’t wait. It doesn’t release until July 25, but I’m definitely ready for it as soon as I can get my hands on a copy!

Review: Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider

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Summary:

Warm Hawaiian sun. Lazy beach days. Flirty texts with her boyfriend back in Seattle.

These are the things seventeen-year-old Sloane McIntyre pictured when she imagined the summer she’d be spending at her mom’s home in Hawaii with her twin brother, Penn. Instead, after learning an unthinkable secret about her boyfriend, Tyler, and best friend, Mick, all she has is a fractured hand and a completely shattered heart.

Once she arrives in Honolulu, though, Sloane hopes that Hawaii might just be the escape she needs. With beach bonfires, old friends, exotic food, and the wonders of a waterproof cast, there’s no reason Sloane shouldn’t enjoy her summer. And when she meets Finn McAllister, the handsome son of a hotel magnate who doesn’t always play by the rules, she knows he’s the perfect distraction from everything that’s so wrong back home.

But it turns out a measly ocean isn’t nearly enough to stop all the emails, texts, and voicemails from her ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend, desperate to explain away their betrayal. And as her casual connection with Finn grows deeper, Sloane’s carefree summer might not be as easy to come by as she’d hoped. Weighing years of history with Mick and Tyler against their deception, and the delicate possibility of new love, Sloane must decide when to forgive, and when to live for herself.


My Thoughts:

I got an arc of this from Netgalley and actually let it sit on my kindle for several months before I gave it a try and I hate that I let it sit for so long.

Summer of Sloane just released on Tuesday and I’m SO excited about this book!

Sloane was EXACTLY what I needed when I read it!

At the time, I was in a bit of a reading slump, but decided to give it a try and ended up flying through it.

It has the perfect atmosphere to get you in the summertime mood and is an excellent late spring read.

Sloane had tons of drama going on in her life, but she was determined to spend time on herself rather than wallow in what happened to her.

That is exactly the message that teens need!

I loved seeing how she responded to different instances that happened and was always cheering her on.

Aside from Sloane and her main storyline, I even found myself wanting  more from the side characters and that isn’t something that happens often for me, but everyone had such interesting things going on.

If you’re in the mood for a fun, contemporary to get ready for Summer then Summer of Sloane is exactly what you need to pick up!

What summery reads are your go-to?

-Melanie

Review: When You’re Back by Abbi Glines

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Summary:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines comes the next new adult novel in her beloved Rosemary Beach series, which continues the story of Mase and Reese from When I’m Gone.

She was where my home would always be. It was time I took the next step and proved to her I was all in. Forever.

A chance meeting in Rosemary Beach has turned into a fairy-tale romance as Reese prepares to move in with Mase on his family ranch in Texas. With the loving support of the Colts, and her recent discovery that she has family of her own, Reese can finally move on from the dark horrors of her past and into a bright future.

But Aida isn’t going to let that happen. The beautiful blonde has been raised to think of Mase as her cousin, but it’s clear to Reese that Aida doesn’t love Mase like a cousin should.

And then there’s Captain, the inescapable stranger who has connections in Dallas and Rosemary Beach—and who conveniently shows up wherever Reese happens to be. Hot, mysterious, and plain-speaking, Captain isn’t afraid to tell Reese what he thinks about Mase—and how he feels about her.

As the competition for Mase and Reese’s hearts heats up, Reese’s past begins to unravel, illuminating shocking truths that will forever change the lives of the happy couple—and set the final stories of Rosemary Beach in motion.

My Thoughts:

Last May, a friend and I went to RT Convention in Dallas, TX, where she was excited to meet Abbi Glines. I hadn’t read any of her books before, but her latest release at the time, When I’m Gone, caught my eye.

I read it and loved Reese and Mase’s story, so I immediately preordered the follow-up.

When You’re Back has been waiting on my Kindle for months and I finally decided to read it as a way to get out of a reading slump. Turns out that it was just the book that I needed because I zoomed through it!

I enjoyed resisting the characters from the last book so much and getting more form Reese and Mase. However, it is important to not that, though this IS part of the Rosemary Beach series, you do not have to read the entire series. I do eventually want to read the entire story to get more about the rest of the supporting character, but I’ll get to those when I hit another slump and need a quick, fun read.

Granted, this book isn’t anything extravagant- it’s a romance novel, but it’s a fun one. Sometimes, though, a simple read is exactly what’s needed, right? I suggest this one if you find yourself in that position or if romance is just your thing. You’ll definitely find yourself hooked on wanting to know what will happen next!

-Melanie

Monday Musing: Countdown to November 9!

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Oh, you thought I meant the actual DAY?

Oops.

I always think that I can’t possibly be any more excited for an upcoming book until Colleen Hoover goes and announces a new book. I’m not gonna lie- she’s probably my favorite author. She’s also incredibly nice and generous!

Seriously though- as much as I love to read, my attention span struggles to just sit and read a book straight through. I have to be up doing something or moving from one thing to another….except when it comes to Colleen’s books. I normally sit, lose track of time, and read cover to cover.

The catch is that November 9 actually comes out on November 10.

I know. Why not change the date in the story or just go ahead and release it on Monday instead of the traditional Tuesday, right?

Who knows. All I know is that next Tuesday can’t get here fast enough. I always want her books in paperback, but always end up getting them on kindle just so that I can have it ASAP!

But really…check out how awesome this sounds and go ahead and preorder it:

November 9 summary:

Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon—and simultaneously his novel—be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?

Montana Mustangs by Danica Winters

I received a random tweet one day last week from this author asking for a review. She sent me the link to check it out on Amazon before agreeing and I almost said no just based on the title and cover. Don’t get me wrong, the cover looks great, but I thought it was just your plain, run-of-the-mill romance novel. I was wrong and I’m glad that I was wrong!

Summary taken from Amazon:
Publication Date: May 6, 2013

A nymph: a woman with the ability to seduce at will, shift to protect, but cursed with the fate to have the man she falls in love with die a tragic death. As one of these ill-fated nymphs, Aura Montgarten has spent her lifetime drifting from one place to another hiding from love. Until she meets Dane.

When a body washes up on the shore of a rural Montana lake, police officer Dane Burke is faced with the task of finding the killer – even if it means he will be forced to put his life and heart at risk by working with a drifter. As the truth of Aura’s Mustang-shifting nymph ways are revealed, Dane learns exactly the amount of danger he and Aura are in, but can’t force himself to leave a case unsolved when the truth is just outside his grasp.

When the killer decides he needs to take another victim – Dane – Aura must choose between their forbidden love and her immortal life. Can there be life without love or is death her only choice?

Sensuality Level: Sensual

Review:
I love mysteries. That’s not a surprise as I drool over Criminal Minds and obsess over the paranormal crimes on Grimm. I do enjoy romances on occasion, but I rarely ever pick just a regular romance novel. This isn’t just a regular romance novel, so I didn’t make an exception. 🙂

The novel starts the mystery out quickly and held on to my attention as I wanted to know who the next victim would be and what on earth was going on. Honestly, that would have been enough to keep me hooked, yet there was still the paranormal aspect. I’d never read a book about shapeshifting nymphs, but I found the concept interesting. The biggest obstacle is that nymphs can’t fall in love or the lover will face a tragic death. HELLO, relationship issues! Even THAT would have been enough to keep me hooked without having the mystery!

I won’t spoil the story, but I will say that I highly recommend this to BOTH romance and paranormal fans, even if you don’t usually read paranormal romance. The “magic” is just enough to satisfy a paranormal fan without it being too much for someone who may not usually read paranormal. I’m glad that I opted to read this and am looking forward to more from the author. You can find Montana Mustangs on Kindle for $3.82 and it is well worth the price! You can find the author at http://www.danicawinters.net to learn more about this and her other books.

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Feather by Laurie Lyons

I began this book because I signed up to review the second book in the series in a group on GoodReads, so I was provided copies of both books. The summary was very short and I did not know what to expect going into Feather. I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN! But…before I get ahead of myself….

Amazon summary:

PARANORMAL ROMANCE. Lucy is a bright eyed, fiery redhead with a quick wit and a photographic     memory. On the night of the spring equinox, Lucy meets Nathaniel, a dark and mysterious man who at first appears to have amnesia. Lucy feels inexplicably drawn to Nathaniel and is amazed to discover that he is invisible to everyone but herself. Fearing she is going insane–or worse, losing her photographic memory–Lucy goes on a hunt for answers. What she learns turns her world upside down.
FEATHER is a tale of love, the power of memories, and the struggle between right and wrong.
How far would you go to save your true love’s soul?

My review:

Once again, I could NOT put this book down. I was interested in the fact that Lucy has a photographic memory and assumed that would form the basis of the story. It is important, but not quite for the reasons that I was guessing. Soon, we were introduced to Nathanial. For the longest time we didn’t know anything about him. When we  learn about him, and where he comes from, the book launches off at full speed! Lucy isn’t like some YA characters that sit back and complain and whine the entire time. She takes things into her own hands when possible. She and Nathanial have many obstacles to overcome and she learns how to sacrifice her feelings for what she believes is right. Another highlight is the use of the fantasy elements in the book. Many fantasy novels abandon reality altogether, but Feather provides a strong balance between “magic” and real life.  I’m glad that I already have the next book waiting for me on my kindle because I CANNOT wait to find out what happens next to Lucy and Nathanial. They had a happy ending, but I don’t doubt that more trouble is heading their way. I may have been provided an e-copy, but I am definitely considering buying a paperback version to share with others. I have already been recommending it to people that I think might be interested.

If you want to read Feather then you can find it on Amazon in paperback or kindle versions. The kindle version is only $3.99, so I highly suggest checking it out since it is so cheap. This book is WELL worth 4 bucks!

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