Monday, August 21, 2017

"Because of Miss Bridgerton" by Julia Quinn



BECAUSE OF MISS BRIDGERTON BY JULIA QUINN

SERIES: Rokesbys #1
PUBLISHER: Piatkus
GENRE: Historical Romance
SOURCE: Publisher

SUMMARY
Sometimes you find love in the most unexpected of places... This is not one of those times. Everyone expects Billie Bridgerton to marry one of the Rokesby brothers. The two families have been neighbours for centuries, and as a child the tomboyish Billie ran wild with Edward and Andrew. Either one would make a perfect husband... someday. There is only one Rokesby Billie absolutely cannot tolerate, and that is George. He may be the eldest heir to the earldom, but he's arrogant, annoying and she's absolutely certain he detests her. Which is perfectly convenient, as she can't stand the sight of him. But sometimes fate has a wicked sense of humour... When Billie and George are quite literally thrown together, sparks begin to fly. And when these lifelong adversaries finally kiss, they just might discover that the one person they can't abide is the one person they can't live without...

MY REVIEW

I finally read a Julia Quinn book! I'm sure fellow bloggers suggesting her books to me over the years are all smiles right now, but I'm going to make them even happier by saying this: it was better than expected.

You might think the story follows some sort of simple formula—in a way it does—but I still found it a bit different from other historical romances I read so far. For instance, I was caught off guard by the opening, such an original and funny one, it definitely worked its charm because I was unable to put the book down and devoured it in a few hours! The characters work splendidly, Billie and George are a perfect balanced match, their mischievous banters are simply good, and the sparks between them... Let's just say Quinn knows how to put swoon worthy moments—for the mother of all kisses, THAT one!—into words quite beautifully. And what's more, we are introduced to two families I couldn't help but love, so of course now I'm curious to discover what the author has planned for everyone.

With a witty, enrapturing writing, a lovely setting, a truly entertaining couple, and families who made me feel at home, I loved the read a lot and I know it won't be my only book by Julia Quinn.

RATING: 4/5

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (#52)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine
in which we have the opportunity to spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

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This week's pick: JEK/HYDE by Amy Ross
Expected publication: October 3rd, 2017 by Harlequin Teen

Amy Ross brings readers an inventive modern retelling of Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Lulu and Jek are science nerds, and have been best friends since they were young…or at least they used to be. Lately Jek has been pulling away from Lulu, just as she's coming to terms with how she really feels about him. Just as she was ready to see if there could be something more between them. 

But Lulu's thoughts are derailed by a mysterious new guy who's showing up at local parties. Hyde is the definition of a bad boy, and everybody knows it…but no one can seem to resist his charms. Girls can't stay away from him, and guys all want to be him. And even though Lulu's heart belongs to Jek, she can't deny Hyde's attraction either. 

She also knows that there's something not quite right about Hyde. That the rumors of his backwoods parties make them sound a little more dangerous than what any of her friends are accustomed to. And she doesn't like the fact that Hyde seems to be cozying up to Jek, and that they seem to be intertwined in ways that have Lulu worrying for Jek's safety. 

If Hyde has a dark secret, Lulu is determined to find out what it is, and to help Jek…before it's too late for both of them.

What do you think? And what are you waiting for?
Leave a comment with a link to your WoW so I can stop by and get excited, too! ;)

Friday, August 11, 2017

"Wrecked" by J.B. Salsbury



WRECKED BY J.B. SALSBURY

SERIES: Stand-alone
PUBLISHER: Headline Eternal
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
SOURCE: Publisher

SUMMARY
It's been months since Aden Colt left the Army, and still the memories haunt him. When he moved into a tiny boat off the California coast, he thought he's found the perfect place to escape life. Then Sawyer shows up and turns his simple life upside down. Beautiful and sophisticated, Sawyer seems out of place in this laid-back beach town. Something is pushing her to experience everything she can—including Aden. But as much as he wants her, starting a relationship with Sawyer puts them both at risk. For Aden, the past doesn't stay there; it shows up unexpectedly, uncontrollably, and doesn't care whose life it wrecks.

MY REVIEW

I knew this would be the kind of roller-coaster read I like to immerse myself in, but I didn't know it would deliver more than a touching story with a broken hero. Indeed, dear Sawyer put me in a very unexpected emotional state with an extremely delicate situation to face and an unbearable thought.

War is already horrible, being haunted by the memories of it is quite dreadful. For Aden nothing makes much sense anymore, and nothing and no one seems to keep him sane, until the arrive of Sawyer does something to him and gives him what might be—a barely recognizable—hope. But when your worst enemy is yourself, it's hard to be saved. However, Sawyer could have what it takes to achieve the impossible. She is different and on a mission of her own, nothing to do with Aden and his past, but shocking and though nonetheless. I honestly don't know what kind of strength possessed her to do what she does here, I don't think I could be able to accept such a request, but I still put myself in her shoes and it wrecked me...

A heart-warming read that makes you contemplate life and how important it is to make the best out of every moment you got, even—and perhaps more so—when you think all is lost.

RATING: 4/5

Monday, August 07, 2017

"Perfect Kind of Trouble" by Chelsea Fine



PERFECT KIND OF TROUBLE BY CHELSEA FINE

SERIES: Finding Fate #2
PUBLISHER: Piatkus
GENRE: NA Contemporary Romance
SOURCE: Publisher

SUMMARY
Twenty-one-year-old Kayla Turner has lost everything. After spending most of her life taking care of her ailing mother, she just wants to spot a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. So when her father—a man she barely knew—leaves her an inheritance, she finally breathes a sigh of relief... until she learns the inheritance comes with strings. Strings in the form of handsome playboy Daren Ackwood, her father's protégé. To see any of her inheritance, she's forced to team up with him. From his expensive car to those sexy dimples, Kayla's seen his type before. But Daren isn't who he seems to be... Struggling to make amends for his family's mistakes, Daren has a life more Oliver Twist than Richie Rich these days. He's beyond grateful that James Turner included him in his will, but working with Turner's princess of a daughter to fulfill his cryptic last wish is making Daren wonder if being broke is really so bad. Still, she's just as beautiful as she is stubborn, and the more time he spends with Kayla, the less it feels right being without her. Soon Daren and Kayla begin to wonder if maybe the best gift Kayla's dad could have left them... was each other.

MY REVIEW

I loved "Best Kind of Broken", but I confessed I approached this book a bit cautiously because I wasn't completely sure I would love the leading male character... If you read the first book you get why, still, I'm happy to say Daren completely surprised me.

In this second instalment we have a complete different situation with two poor—and I mean that literally—characters forced to stick together in order to get hold of an inheritance that will save them both. Well, it might if they find it, that is. The scavenger hunt they go through proves to be harder than anticipated and not just because of some cryptic clues, but also because of Kayla and Daren's attraction. They may have started with the wrong foot and made wrong assumptions too quickly, but after spending—have to spend—every single minute of the day together, things slip and secrets are revealed, leaving them both drooling over stupefied by unexpected charming traits... Their banters are flirty and funny, but their backgrounds are sad and unfair, which makes you sympathise with both and hope for the best.

I really enjoyed this book, it was a quick but sweet read with an original kind of, err, strings. It's not just Kayla and Daren who get to live a bit of an adventure, but the reader as well.

RATING: 3.5/5

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (#51)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine
in which we have the opportunity to spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

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This week's pick: WILD BEAUTY by Anna-Marie McLemore
Expected publication: October 3rd, 2017 by Feiwel & Friends

Love grows such strange things.
For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

What do you think? And what are you waiting for?
Leave a comment with a link to your WoW so I can stop by
and get excited, too! ;)

Friday, July 28, 2017

FairyLoot July Unboxing: Tricksters


I have a feeling I can trick you into looking at a new FairyLoot unboxing!

After storming into your houses with my June unboxing, I didn't hide the fact I was already a bit overexcited for the one I would receive this month. Well, the excitement is still there, even a few days after opening the box! It might be for some new unexpected items, or for the book—aww, the book!!—either way I feel pretty good and I hope you guys will enjoy what I'm about to show you with this month's theme: TRICKSTERS.

I promise your mind is not playing tricks on you, what you see it's all true . . .

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