Suit (BB Easton)

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“Since when are you into guys in ties? You only like guys who look like they rob guys in ties. At gunpoint.” 

It was true. By 2003, my type had been well-established. There might as well have been a giant sign on my heart that said, Good Guys Need Not Apply. 

Which is exactly why I had to friend-zone Ken Easton. The man was a former football star, smelled like fresh laundry instead of stale cigarettes, and had more ties in his closet than tattoos on his knuckles. Pssh. BOR-ING. 

But the more I got to know my hunky study buddy, the more questions I came away with. Questions like: Why doesn’t he date? Why does he avoid human touch? Why does he hate all things fun and wonderful? 

The psychology student in me became obsessed with getting inside Ken’s head, while the spoiled brat in me became obsessed with getting inside his heart. 

In 2003, I found the one thing I love more than bad boys…

A good challenge. 


“And when that GQ-looking mother fucker turned and looked out over the living room, he smirked…at me.”

Sigh. I can’t believe I am all finished. I can’t believe I read Suit in one night. And I can’t believe I won’t get any more of any of these fun and escaping reads. I just…need a moment.

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I wanted to start my review with this part so bad and it might be a little long. More than anything with ALL of these books, I think Suit will be the most personal to me. I related SO MUCH to Ken out of every single character we come across in these stories.

I’m a cheap tight wad, I struggle with how to show my feelings accurately, my communication skills are lacking, I am a very routine oriented person, I like organization, and did I mention that I like to save money every chance that I get? But when I found my better half, the complete polar opposite of me, my whole world aligned. My planets shifted and my thought process became more easy and laid back. relaxed. I learned how to operate better, just like Ken. So, to say I understood BB and Ken’s relationship would be an understatement. I have lived it. Maybe not identical to theirs, but close enough for me to understand the way Ken tics. I love how she portrayed it, it was the most real thing that I have felt in quite some time.

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As always, internal BB dialogue was a hit, I think I’m going to miss that the most, especially the bitchy-Brooke dialogue. She seemed to be amped up in this one and I was all about that. Watching her grow and change was a sight for sore eyes. I can’t believe we have seen her grow into the person she has become, how lucky are we!

“I’d kissed a prince, and somehow, he’d turned into an even better prince.”

Although Suit didn’t end up being my fave out of the series, I feel like I will always have a soft spot for Ken and BB and their story mainly because it was the beginning of the life she has built. That was just so cool to see.

This series has been so much fun, one that I will always remember. I am so thankful that BB took the chance and risked her life (and identity) to write these books. It was the best ride I have been on in ages. But as much as I will miss these men, I am most excited to see what BB will grace us with next.

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The Lies We Told (Camilla Way)

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When Clara’s boyfriend, Luke, disappears, everyone believes that he’s left her, but Clara thinks she knows the truth. Recent evidence suggests that Luke had a stalker, and Clara worries that he’s been kidnapped. Then Luke’s older sister, Emma, who vanished twenty years ago, suddenly reappears.

Emma wants to help Clara with her search for Luke, but she refuses to talk about what happened–even though it nearly destroyed her family when she vanished. And the deeper Clara digs into Luke’s mysterious disappearance, the more convinced she is that the two incidents are connected.


I know that I have said it before but IMO there is honestly nothing better than sitting down and reading a great, thrilling novel. One that isn’t over done and drawn out or falsely advertised. So with me saying that, I really enjoyed this book. From the second I seen the cover and title, to the moment I read the first paragraph, to the very last second when I closed to the book.

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I think my most favorite thing about the entire book was the alternating of the POVs. The past and the present and the way they intricately fell into each other was so fascinating to me. I think what helped with that was the fact that the book moved at such a quick pace and didn’t contain very many lulls at all. Once you got to the end of one POV, you just knew something was going to come to light in the next. I knew the two stories would intertwine in some way, but I didn’t see how it would all come together the way that it did so being genuinely surprised by that was such a relief.

Another thing I really enjoyed was how wishy-washy these characters were. I don’t think the author meant for them to be portrayed that way, but I feel like she did an excellent job at making these characters so life-like, all while holding their secrets safe to themselves. I think that is all I can really say about that without spoiling any major plot points.

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The Lies We Told was filled with multiple twists and multiple secrets. It had me searching for all of the answers right along side Clara. It was by far a solid read with even a surprising end! I found myself to be so lucky that this wasn’t like any of the other thrillers out there that fall flat with a lack luster endings and falsely being advertised as “the most thrilling book you will read this year!” like a lot of the other books out there.

Our Kind of Cruelty (Araminta Hall)

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This is a love story. Mike’s love story.

Mike Hayes fought his way out of a brutal childhood and into a quiet, if lonely life, before he met Verity Metcalf. V taught him about love, and in return, Mike has dedicated his life to making her happy. He’s found the perfect home, the perfect job, he’s sculpted himself into the physical ideal V has always wanted. He knows they’ll be blissfully happy together.

It doesn’t matter that she hasn’t been returning his emails or phone calls.
It doesn’t matter that she says she’s marrying Angus.

It’s all just part of the secret game they used to play. If Mike watches V closely, he’ll see the signs. If he keeps track of her every move he’ll know just when to come to her rescue…

A spellbinding, darkly twisted novel about desire and obsession, and the complicated lines between truth and perception, Our Kind of Cruelty introduces Araminta Hall, a chilling new voice in psychological suspense.


“I crave you.”

I didn’t hate this book. I actually really liked the concept of the story and also the fact that the entire story was through the POV of an emotionally unstable and unreliable character. I like to see things through rose colored glasses, just like the main character, and then watch it all fall apart through their POV right along with them.

BUT... (I feel like every good thing I have to say about this book can be followed up with a but)

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The book was repetitive. It was the same thing, over and over and over. By the time I had finished it, I sat and thought about it and it repeated itself for most of it’s entirety. The first part of the book built strong characters and plot lines but then it all just kind of fell apart for me in the last two parts. All of that work to build up something potentially great just to watch it stay the same and not ever progress. Besides the repetitiveness of events and thoughts, I thought the book was very well written. The writing fell hand in hand with the original story line and it made for an easy and fast read.

While there are similar stalker-ish vibes to YOU (well, similar-ish) what this book does differently is take a man who had almost a ten year relationship that ends abruptly and THEN his obsession begins which I really found fascinating because we never see it that way in other books. The male is always “picking” a subject and then forming an obsession. I liked seeing it through Mike’s way though. A relationship falling apart and him doing anything to make sure he still stays connected to the woman. It really worked for me and grabbed my attention from the get go. I don’t think this story would have been the same seeing it play out through Verity’s POV.

If you’re a fan of unreliable narrators (similar to Joe in YOU), repetitive thoughts and occurrences, and courtroom drama and hearings, Our Kind of Cruelty is perfect for you!

 

 

Dating the Enemy (Nicole Williams)

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Ms. Romance, Hannah Arden, writes one of the top read relationship advice columns in the nation. Mr. Reality, Brooks North, writes the top read relationship advice column. 

Ms. Romance believes in true love and soul mates. Mr. Reality believes love is a term humanity has assigned to the primal instinct to procreate. She believes in fate—he in chance. She knows there’s one right person for everyone—he knows there are multiple ones. The two writers couldn’t be more polarized on relationships. They’re professional rivals, and philosophical antagonists.

For eight years, their battles have been fought with words and ink. That changes when they apply for the same position at the World Times and find themselves face-to-face for the first time. Brooks isn’t the sour-faced, antiquity of a man Hannah pictured. And Hannah isn’t exactly the middle-aged shrew with cat hair on her housedress that Brooks imagined either.

In lieu of competing for the promotion traditional ways, the two writers are presented with playing the leading roles in a social experiment unlike any before. Can a person be tricked into falling in love? Can a relationship be crafted under the right string of circumstances? Hannah knows the answer. So does Brooks.

Agreeing to the terms, the two set out on a three-month dating experiment, live-streamed for the world to watch. All Hannah has to do to win is not fall in love with the narcissistic brute. All Brooks has to do is get the starry-eyed dreamer to fall in love with him. Both are so confident in their philosophies, they expect the challenge to be easy.

With the world watching, Brooks and Hannah will be forced to confront their beliefs and conclude, once and for all, who’s right. The answer is one neither of them saw coming.


“Love isn’t some magic spell, it’s a detailed recipe.”

Hate-to-love genres are slowly becoming one of my favorite things to read. When I finished Dating the Enemy, I felt like I had seen every thing that I love about romance novels: great, witty banter, a radiant connection, no sex scenes (because lets be honest, aren’t we all over the whole smut thing by now?), and a genuine and fun plot. Most importantly, the book left a huge smile on my face when I finished it.

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Three things I wanted to touch on in this review though are the character connections, Quinn, and the fact that this book would make an excellent movie!

“You don’t find a soul mate. You become one. You don’t fall in love. You create it. You live it. You shape and mold and build upon it until it has become the sacred thread tying two unlikely souls to one another. An unbreakable bond that defies meaning, refusing to be lumped into a definition one can pen into words, or fit into a box.”

First, the character connection. Brooks and Hannah both had qualities within them that I loved. While seeing these qualities, I LOVED wanting them to be together. I just kept waiting for that itch to be scratched, so to say. I was so impressed with how much I loved seeing Brooks through Hannah’s POV. For not having any of this book in Brook’s POV, I sure was satisfied with his character. Nicole made it to where I could see both sides of the spectrum with them and when the story finally unfolds, I thought maybe I was with him but in all reality, I was with her the whole time. Not only was the connection between Brooks and Hannah so dominant, the connection between Hannah and Quinn was one of my most favorite friendship connections that I have seen in a book in a long time.

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Can we talk about how awesome of a movie this would make?! SERIOUSLY! One that I would flip on and watch over and over and over just for the fun of it. I don’t have anything else to add to that statement but I would 110% support this!

Last but not least, Quinn was a fantastic addition to this story. We either ARE a Quinn or HAVE a Quinn in our life and IMO, Quinn’s make the world a much better place for the Hannahs. I can’t explain enough how great of an addition she was to this story, I wouldn’t even mind it if Nicole felt the urge to write a book for her…wink wink.

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The slow burn this book contains (another thing that I love) might not have been intended to give off a huge electrifying connection so soon to the reader but it did! Brooks and Hannah were endless amounts of fun that kept me laughing the whole way through but yearning for them at the same time. The dialogue was quick, the writing was wonderful, and I was entertained the whole way through.

“And what am I supposed to do if my special someone is a scaly underwater dweller with fins?” 
I patted her cheek. “Then learn to swim.”

Dating the Enemy was a breath of fresh air. Completely. It had the perfect mixture of angst, swoon worthy moments, comedy, and a strong plot. I loved seeing both sides of Ms. Romance and Mr. Reality!

 

The Girl He Used to Know (Tracey Garvis Graves)

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Annika (rhymes with Monica) Rose, is an English major at the University of Illinois. Anxious in social situations where she finds most people’s behavior confusing, she’d rather be surrounded by the order and discipline of books or the quiet solitude of playing chess.

Jonathan Hoffman joined the chess club and lost his first game–and his heart–to the shy and awkward, yet brilliant and beautiful Annika. He admires her ability to be true to herself, quirks and all, and accepts the challenges involved in pursuing a relationship with her. Jonathan and Annika bring out the best in each other, finding the confidence and courage within themselves to plan a future together. What follows is a tumultuous yet tender love affair that withstands everything except the unforeseen tragedy that forces them apart, shattering their connection and leaving them to navigate their lives alone.

Now, a decade later, fate reunites Annika and Jonathan in Chicago. She’s living the life she wanted as a librarian. He’s a Wall Street whiz, recovering from a divorce and seeking a fresh start. The attraction and strong feelings they once shared are instantly rekindled, but until they confront the fears and anxieties that drove them apart, their second chance will end before it truly begins.


“Such is my desire to replace the memories of the girl he used to know with the woman I’ve become.”

As a long time fan of On the Island, I was intrigued to see that Tracy had written this book. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it after I saw the simplicity and beauty of the cover. What I found inside was something I was not expecting in the least bit.

There is something about reading about characters with mental illnesses that really fascinates me. I love to see them working, thinking, and interacting with the people and the situations around them. I love learning things with them and experiencing all of the things with them. It really helps me with connecting to said characters. I get vulnerable, my guard is down and I am completely open to all possibilities when it comes to characters like Annika. She’s a wild card but I love that about her. I love her honesty, her sensibility, and her personality so much.

The writing in The Girl He Used to Know was so addictive. Resembling a lot of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s work (whom I love), the writing flowed well with the story and really made it hard to put down. The messages and themes that were touched on weren’t over done and the story-line never drug on. I was genuinely enjoying myself and the author’s work while I was reading.

”Marched to the beat of a different drum, did she?”
“She marched to the beat of an entirely different band. One you’ve never heard of and under no circumstances ever expected to like.”

Very rarely do I ever crave an epilogue. I can live my life without them in so many books that I read but for some reason I REALLY itched for one in this story. I can’t explain it. But their story wasn’t done for me and I really needed that last little bit of stretch to align the cherry on the top of my cake.

“How could I tell him that my loneliness was crushing? How it felt awful to be lonely but not know how to reach out to people and fill the time I always had too much of?”

Although this story revolved around Annika, I couldn’t help but fall in love with Johnathan. He was those good type of heroes that I love to read about. The vulnerable ones who aren’t like any one else around them. The ones who fight and show the woman how much she really means to him. He was so much good in Annika’s life but that brings me to my next point.

Annika did not need him. I think that is what really sold me with this book. Annika lived her life, achieved her dreams, all without a male or his romance in her life. She fought and clawed and did things her way without deterring in any type of direction or following any body else. She really did march to the beat of her own band.

I was wildly in love with this story and these characters. I think these are the type of romance books I yearn for. The ones with powerful messages and meaning to them. The ones that viscerally slice you open and make you feel the things that the characters within the novel want you to feel. I hope you go into this story blind. I hope you find all of the beauty inside of it that I did. I couldn’t put it down. Annika drew me in from the beginning and I couldn’t let go of her even when the book was over.

Crew (Tijan)

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To survive where I live, you have two options.

You can be a Normal–a cheerleader, jock, member of the debate team, or on the yearbook committee. You pretend everything is normal.

Or you can be crew.
You insult us? We hurt you.
You hurt us? We really hurt you.
And if you screw with us, we will end you.

My name is Bren.
I’m the only female in the Wolf Crew–the best, fiercest, and most dangerous crew there is–and we have a rule: There’s no falling in love.

Well… too late.


If you want to read a book that drags and drags and drags you are in luck…Crew is just for you!

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I like to think I am a huge Tijan fan, and although I still consider myself one, Crew was not for me. In my opinion, this book was way too long. A lot could have been taken out and the story would have still came out the same.

I want to touch on Bren first, just lightly because she was the worst. There is nothing more and nothing less I can say about her. Mainly because every single chapter was in her perspective. Bren is literally just a 17 year old who likes to tote around a knife and act scary. I had zero sympathy for her. I couldn’t connect with her at all. In return, I couldn’t feel the “connection” that was randomly thrown in there with Cross. But that takes place after Tijan makes you feel like Bren has some strange connection with Race.

I also have to say this: As many times as the word CREW was mentioned in this story, I still have no idea what it even is or what it means. LOL, no joke. I feel like if you are going to write a book about characters in gangs, then just do it. Don’t make them into some non-gang with a gang name running around with other “non-gangs”.

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I was so very disappointed in this book. From the lack of communication to the “big secrets”, to the relationship(s) build up, to the ending, it was all just not what I was quite expecting. I think the book could have had much more potential had the POVs been rotated between all of the Crew members. I couldn’t even find myself to like any of the secondary characters. None of them played a crucial part to this story line. Womp, womp, womp.

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Cross Her Heart (Sarah Pinborough)

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Lisa lives for her daughter Ava, her job, and her best friend Marilyn, but when a handsome client shows an interest in her, Lisa starts daydreaming about sharing her life with him too. Maybe she’s ready now. Maybe she can trust again. Maybe it’s time to let her terrifying secret past go. Then her daughter rescues a boy from drowning and their pictures are all over the news for everyone to see. Lisa’s world explodes, and she finds everything she has built threatened. Not knowing whom she can trust, it’s up to her to face her past to save what she holds dear.


Cross Her Heart was a wild ride, I think that is the only way I can put it. I am also coming to the conclusion, right here and now, that I am forever a huge fan of Sarah Pinborough. Her writing is top notch and something that I find myself having a hard time putting down. Not to mention her twists are always so much fun.

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It starts out sort of slow, but then I assumed the author was just setting up the stage and preparing me for all that was going to happen and before I knew it, we were off! The story alone was a fast read with an even quicker plot (which I love). The flow of the writing mixed in with the characters and the plot line just really worked for me. When I say I had a hard time putting this book down, I wholeheartedly mean that.

A lot of times, multiple POV’s (and when I say multiple I mean more than 2/3) really throws me for a loop and confuses me. I have a hard time keeping everything together and every one separate and it doesn’t take much to lose me. But every single one of the POV’s in this story and every single character are very crucial, even the ones that I read and thought to myself “wow, was this even necessary?” YES, it was. Even the small role characters, the secondary characters we see every so often, all of it. I loved how it all came together.

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Secrets, lies, and betrayals are all central themes of this book. They are also all themes I thoroughly enjoyed reading about. All the characters have secrets in this book. Some of their secrets are straightforward and some we have to really work for and read on to find out.

I am not sure what I can say that hasn’t already been said. I love how the blurb makes you think one thing, as well as the chapters but then it’s something else entirely. Sarah is a clever writer and for that alone, she has inherited another forever fan. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!