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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Blog Tour: Playing with Trouble by Chanel Cleeton Review

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Playing with Trouble
By Chanel Cleeton
21st July, 2015

The author of Flirting with Scandal presents her second book in a sexy contemporary romance series about three sisters in a powerful political family, the scandals that threaten to destroy them, and the passion that drives them…

The daughter of one of the Senate's most powerful figures, Blair Reynolds was ready to become the ultimate political wife—until she caught her fiancĂ© cheating on her wedding day. Law school is a fresh start, her shot at putting the pieces of her life back together. That’s the plan, at least. Until trouble comes in the form of her Torts professor, the man whose arrogance infuriates her in class but haunts her private fantasies. 

Graydon Canter had a fortune and a place on all the hottest "Thirty under Thirty” lists, until a series of personal missteps nearly destroyed his career. A year teaching at a D.C. law school is just the break he needs to get his life back in order, as long as nothing—and no one—trips him up.

When Blair and Gray are forced to work together, their explosive attraction becomes impossible to resist. But Gray’s demons have drawn him dangerously close to the edge, and Blair has spent her life playing by the rules. Will she break them for a shot at love?

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I knew once I finished Flirting with Scandal, I just HAD to get/read this book. And once again, Chanel Cleeton didn't fail me.

Trouble is written all over Graydon's face but once Blair and Gray got together, you definitely can't deny their chemistry. But besides their chemistry, Blair was such a character. She didn't really know what to do with her life and literally went into law school point blank, not knowing anything but she got through it with her head held high. And she made it all without relying on her status. 

I was a little frustrated with the drama-rama in Gray and Blair's relationship with all the "NO, I don't deserve YOU" cliche but other than that, this book was good. But I loved how sweet Gray turned out to be! Despite his rough-around-the-edges appearance.

Steamy, with drama and scandal written all over this book, it's a book you'll devour in one seating.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Avery Shaw Experiment by Kelly Oram Review

By Kelly Oram
Bluefields, 278 pages
4th May, 2013

When Avery Shaw’s heart is shattered by her life-long best friend, she chooses to deal with it the only way she knows how—scientifically. 

The state science fair is coming up and Avery decides to use her broken heart as the topic of her experiment. She’s going to find the cure. By forcing herself to experience the seven stages of grief through a series of social tests, she believes she will be able to get over Aiden Kennedy and make herself ready to love again. But she can’t do this experiment alone, and her partner (ex partner!) is the one who broke her heart.

Avery finds the solution to her troubles in the form of Aiden’s older brother Grayson. The gorgeous womanizer is about to be kicked off the school basketball team for failing physics. He’s in need of a good tutor and some serious extra credit. But when Avery recruits the lovable Grayson to be her “objective outside observer,” she gets a whole lot more than she bargained for, because Grayson has a theory of his own: Avery doesn’t need to grieve. She needs to live. And if there’s one thing Grayson Kennedy is good at, it’s living life to the fullest.

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You can always rely on Kelly Oram with her cute cliches. 

I noticed her books are quite unrealistic with the cheesy, straightforward and cliches conversations but her books are so cute that I don't even mind at all (most of the time anyway) :P I've always wanted a childhood friend like Avery's but even I have to admit Avery & Aiden's relationship was kinda messed up and unhealthy from the start. AND OMG GRAYSON I CANNOT EVEN. 

I love how this book was written in two perspective and Grayson's POV was so entertaining to read. I'm adding him into my unending list of fictional boyfriends :P

Cutesy and fluffier than cloud itself, a book you can always depend on to make your day. 

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Discovering April by Sheena Hutchinson Review

By Sheena Hutchinson
27th April, 2015
SL Hutchinson Publishing, 355 pages

April Landau thinks she has everything she’s ever wanted. Her high school sweetheart, a house she can’t afford, her bipolar tabby cat, and she’s all set to begin her Junior year of college. Just when she least expects it, her life gets thrown for a loop. When things between her and her long time boyfriend unravel, she becomes stuck in a downward spiral of emotion. Finally, opening her eyes to the fact that she may have given up more than she ever could have imagined in this relationship. She finds herself struggling to keep her head above water. 

Enter April’s next door neighbor— Jared Hoffman. He’s her complete opposite. A high school drop out who was forced to take over his parent’s business after their untimely death. It’s no surprise this tragedy affected him greatly, causing him to recede almost completely from society. 

But he has one secret. A secret he’s been carrying around for years. 

What happens when their worlds collide? Can an old friendship be the one thing that brings these two back to life? 

A new adult love story filled with drama, sex, death, and the complications of all of the above. 

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I REALLY hate DNF-ing a book but... I have so many issues with this book.

April was just really annoying. All she does was cry and shout. It's like all her conversations have exclamation marks in it when it's not even needed. And the narrating vibe felt more YA instead of NA. Same goes with the writing. I just had really big trouble going through the narrating voice. Also, the psychological emotion approach was done all wrong. 

I thought of giving it a chance but since all of the good reviews on GR but... I'm halfway through and the book is still no closer to solving an issue with Jared or even April. 

I like the idea behind this book. The first half book was all about finding April but... the plot is slower than necessary. And all the whiplash. Everything was all over the place.

Good idea but messy.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Flirting With Scandal by Chanel Cleeton Review

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Flirting With Scandal
By Chanel Cleeton
InterMix, 267 pages
19th May, 2015

The author of I See London sets her sights on Washington, D. C., with a sexy new series about three sisters, the secrets they keep, and a powerful blog with a knack for exposing scandals...

Jackie Gardner knows all about dirty little secrets. The illegitimate daughter of one of the most influential senators in Washington, D.C., she grew up surrounded by the scandals and shadows of politics. Now that she's landed an internship with a powerful political consulting firm, she's determined to launch her career and take this city by storm.

William Andrew Clayton was born for politics. He knows the drill: work hard, play discreetly, and at all costs, avoid scandal. At twenty-six, his campaign for the Virginia State Senate is the first step to cementing his future. It's time for him to settle down, to find the perfect political spouse. He needs a Jackie Kennedy, not a Marilyn... 

When Jackie meets Will in the bar of the Hay-Adams Hotel, sparks fly. But the last thing Will needs is to be caught in a compromising position, and an affair with a political candidate could cost Jackie her career. When what began as one steamy night, becomes a passion neither one of them can walk way from, they must decide if what they have is really love, or just another dirty little secret...

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I don't even remember what was in the description when I read this book. I don't remember what made me read this book. It probably has to do with the word scandal on the title. But whatever made me read it, I never regret it.

This is one of my favorite romance books! It's soo good! This book is all about girl power and we need more books like this. 

Somehow I was expecting cliches along the way because romance books are always full of cliche. But instead Flirting With Scandal surprises me with every plots and scenes. This is far from your cliche romance books. When things go down, it's filled with raw emotions and you feel it in the pit of your stomach. 

All the sexual tension between the MC and all the angst, Chanel Cleeton got it all right. I never would've read a book revolving around politics and this book made me do it and LOVE IT. And I love how she keeps rotating the narrator between the two so you get to know both side's story.

I actually made a mistake of reading an excerpt of Playing with Trouble and now you have NO IDEA how much I wanna read the book. NEED. IT. NOW. 

Chanel Cleeton just got in my exclusive list of favorite authors. Any lover of romance books would definitely devour Flirting With Scandal down.



Originally a Florida girl, CHANEL CLEETON moved to London where she received a bachelor’s degree from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever, until fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise and a fighter pilot with smooth dance moves swept her off her feet. Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure. 

Law school made Chanel realize she’d rather spend her days writing sexy stories than in a courtroom, and she hasn’t looked back since. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she’s happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, her three pups, and her husband.

Chanel writes contemporary romances. She is published by Harlequin HQN, Penguin/InterMix, and Penguin/Berkley and is the author of the International School, Capital Confessions, and Wild Aces series.


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Monday, May 18, 2015

The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak Review

By Ali Novak
Sourcebooks Fire, 336 pages
Expected Publication: 4th August, 2015
Source: Netgalley

"When I met Oliver Perry, I had no clue he was the lead singer for The Heartbreakers. And he had no idea that I was the only girl in the world who hated his music."
Stella will do anything for her sick sister, Cara—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD...for four hours. She's totally winning best birthday gift this year. At least she met a cute boy with soft brown hair and gorgeous blue eyes while getting her caffeine fix. Too bad she'll never see him again.
Except, Stella's life has suddenly turned into a cheesy love song. Because Starbucks Boy is Oliver Perry – lead singer for the Heartbreakers. And even after she calls his music crap, Oliver still gives Stella his phone number. And whispers quotes from her favorite Disney movie in her ear. OMG, what is her life?
But how can Stella even think about being with Oliver — dating and laughing and pulling pranks with the band — when her sister could be dying of cancer?
Ali Novak wrote her debut novel My Life with the Walter Boys when she was just 15 years old, and has since penned her next book, The Heartbreakers. First a hit on the online community Wattpad, her second novel has over 38 million reads and is loved by readers around the world.
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Wattpad author love!

As soon as I read the description, I knew that this was wattpad already. And when I read the book, even the narrating feels quite different. There's a distinctive voice between a traditionally published writer and a wattpad writer. I haven't read any books from wattpad in ssoooo long that this book feels so good!

The relationship between the band members are so adorable. They are such guys! Like,this is how teenage guys are supposed to act. Playful, childish, teenagery. I love their conversations and their games and the pranks they play on each other. It is such a fun read. All the band members personalities are so different from each other and I like how the author make their personalities compliment each other. Like, teammates. 

As swoon worthy as Oliver Perry is, I would LOVE to read a story about JJ. A book written about JJ would just scream FUN! and all his dirty talks thrown in would make the book interesting xD

If you're looking for a fluff read, THE HEARTBREAKERS would be the book for you.

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Audiobook Review: Game for Marriage by Karen Erickson

Game for Marriage
By Karen Erickson
11th January, 2013
Entangled Publishing (Brazen), 170 pages
Source: Received from Wordsmith Publicity in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...

He’s going in deep to make her his…

Struggling artist Sheridan Harper never imagined she’d spend a sizzling night with Jared Quinn, the smoking-hot star quarterback of her local professional football team, the San Jose Hawks. And she’s even more shocked when Jared’s publicist offers her a proposition: a fake marriage to keep Jared out of the gossip mags. Being that close to Jared would be too tempting, so to protect her heart, she insists on secretly including a clause forbidding sex between them.

Jared just wants to keep his starting QB job and keep it in San Jose. His reputation as a ladies’ man has landed him in the headlines one too many times, but there’s something about his kind, passionate new wife that tempts him beyond reason. Any sort of intimacy between them is completely forbidden, but as their bodies fall in deep, will their hearts follow suit?

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I am such a sucker for books about marriage!

The format of fake marriage are all the same. Fake marry, love-hate relationship, then they spend time together, slowly falling in love, none of them would admit it, then BAM! They both fell in love when things suddenly go wrong. Every single book I read on fake marriage has the same format yet I never get tired of them.

The sexual tension between Jared and Sheridan just skyrocketed. The sexual tension between them was just there from the beginning. If there was one thing I don't like though was how cheesy and corny and cliche(like all romance books so I guess it didn't bother me much) it was in the beginning.

Just focus on the romance, guys. Because that's what romance books are all about. And the romance between Sheridan and Jared didn't fail me. Their conversations always brought a smile to my face. I love how they build up their relationship, that it's not all just lust.

I was having trouble with Deanna Hurst's narrating a little bit in the beginning. She didn't quite get Jared's tone right and it felt awkward at some parts. But as the story gets better, so did she.

A short and light romance read. A recommended one too!

*I received an audiobook in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Swept Away by Michelle Dalton Review

Swept Away
By Michelle Dalton
320 pages, Simon Pulse
5th May, 2015

Beachfront love blossoms in this refreshing summer romance, in the tradition of Sixteenth Summer and Seventeenth Summer.

Mandy Sullivan isn’t exactly looking forward to the summer months as tourists invade her seaside hometown on the coast of Maine. Her best friend, Cynthia, has abandoned her for camp and her older brother just announced he’ll be staying at college taking classes for the summer, leaving Mandy with nothing to do and no one to hang out with. Hoping to keep herself busy, Mandy takes a volunteer job at the Rocky Pointe Lighthouse. On her very first day, Oliver Farmingham asks for a private tour. A new—and incredibly cute—face in Rocky Pointe, Oliver seems more interested in Mandy than the lighthouse and its history.

Without her best friend at her side, Mandy is scrambling to act the right way and say the right things when Oliver is around. Cynthia—not Mandy—has always been the confident, flirtatious girl that everyone wanted to be around. As Mandy and Oliver spend more time together exploring the coast, biking through the woods, and attending the local summer festivals, their budding friendship becomes much more. But with Mandy’s insecurities creeping to the surface, can she open her heart to someone who will only be in town for three months?

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Yay! Summer reads! I'm always game for summer books. 

This is such a festive summer books with lots to do! I wish my place is as festive as this. I love reading about the adventures Mandy and Oliver went on. Also, I love how they aren't a couple that's lovey dovey all the time. Not that they have issues. Like, couples fights too even when they like each other and I like how they work around each other through fights.

I like how relate-able the issues is. As easy as it may sound, it's not that easy to stand your ground and be opinionated. At least once in your life, you'd adjust yourself to someone because you're afraid of what they'd think of you. I know that happened to me. And it still happens from time to time. 

Swept Away was such a cute and fun read. Looking for a light summer romance? Here it is!

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