Review: Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price

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Title: Pride and Premeditation
Author: Tirzah Price
Genres: YA, Mystery, Romance, Retellings, Historical Fiction
Series: Jane Austen Murder Mystery #1
Published: April 6, 2021
Pages: ~368
My Rating: 3/5
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PROS: Jane Austen, murder mystery, strong female mc, retelling
CONS: dragged out, no real plot twists/surprises
TRIGGERS: MURDER, VIOLENCE, KIDNAPPING.

Perfect for fans of the Lady Janies and Stalking Jack the Ripper, the first book in the Jane Austen Murder Mysteries series is a clever retelling of Pride and Prejudice that reimagines the iconic settings, characters, and romances in a thrilling and high-stakes whodunit. 

When a scandalous murder shocks London high society, seventeen-year-old aspiring lawyer Lizzie Bennet seizes the opportunity to prove herself, despite the interference of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, the stern young heir to the prestigious firm Pemberley Associates.

Convinced the authorities have imprisoned the wrong person, Lizzie vows to solve the murder on her own. But as the case—and her feelings for Darcy—become more complicated, Lizzie discovers that her dream job could make her happy, but it might also get her killed.

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
This book took about 250 pages before it caught my attention. Once I hit 250 I couldn’t put the book down. It’s a YA murder mystery book so I wasn’t expecting huge twists and turns but if I was a DNF’er I would have stopped around page 200-thankfully I can’t just stop reading a book and I’m so glad that I did. The story picked up and it was really good.

Lizzie was a good female mc she was fierce without being overly “I am a woman hear me roar” but she deff put out that vibe. I liked Mr. Darcy from the beginning because a Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice inspired book with Darcy as a characters name—C’MON. My favorite literary character was represented good by this young Mr Darcy, with his cold demeanor and introverted self. 

Mr. Collins gave me the creeps FR. I keep forgetting (unsure how because I’ve read more regal romance books than I can count) how things were done back there and how the parents ruled above literally everything. 

Charlotte was a great thrown in the back side character. I like Abigail too. And of course cute little Fred.

I also loved how the story made it known that there would be a second book and in the end it let you know what is was going to be about-I enjoy that instead of wondering if/when/what the second book will be about. 

For a debut novel this one was good, it was just slow to start but then amped right up! 

Review: Beach Read by Emily Henry

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Title: Beach Read
Author: Emily Henry
Genres: Fiction, Women’s Contemporary, Romance, Chick Lit
Published: May 19, 2020
Pages: ~361
My Rating: 4/5
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A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.

Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.

They’re polar opposites.

In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block.

Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.

MY REVIEW:
Ok so I’ve gone back and forth with 3.5 stars and 4 stars. The reason I’m giving it 4 stars is because it kind of made me want to think about potentially POSSIBLY writing my own book 😱😂 and if you know me, writing is deff not my strong suit compared to reading. Something about the book made me excited to see how someone can go from a slump to getting out of their comfort zone and writing about something so opposite that would make me feel like my stories wouldn’t be bad. Then the 3.5 stars because it just seemed *long* like the book dragged. I was hoping for more rom-com romance but though it was there it just seemed awkwardly drawn out. I ended up skimming abit throughout the book. The characters were great—wish there was more of Naomi, the back story was depressing. Wish I knew more about her mom. Overall it was such a long story but I can’t pinpoint about what?! So weird I can’t explain it. The title was misleading too—bravo for that because I know a lot of people will want to read thinking it’s like chick lit rom-com book. It’s deff a good book! I just felt it was very very detailed.

Review: Awakened by Him by Eyta Jade

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Title: Awakened by Him
Author: Eyta Jade
Genres: Romance
Series: Zinklaus Duet #1
Published: August 6, 2020
Pages: ~388
My Rating: 4/5
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Falling into him was a dance with destiny; little did she know it would be her unravelling.

Zina at 24 and fresh out of the academic world, arrives in London for a new paralegal job. She is thrown for a loop when her chance at something new and uncomplicated is threatened from the moment she meets business magnate, Niklaus Clarke.

He wants more from her than she’s willing to give, because giving him more means undoing her past which she’s been running from. Unable to resist the undeniable attraction she feels or the allure of the unyielding billionaire who didn’t get to where he is by giving up, Zina surrenders.

What should have been a mere awakening turns into blurred lines and shattering of boundaries. Until their secrets, lies and half-truths threaten the gravity that pulls them toward each other.

Bridges will be crossed, bridges will be burnt. But, will bridges be rebuilt?

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
This book was so dang steamy! I haven’t read a romance novel like this in quite a bit and now I’m hooked! The characters are great, their chemistry starts right from the beginning. I can’t wait until the sequel comes out, the book does leave you with a twist and a cliffhanger! Great read, this author is definitely going on my auto-buy list!

Review: Happily Whatever After by Stewart Lewis

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Title: Happily Whatever After
Author: Stewart Lewis
Genres: Women’s Fiction. Chick Lit, Rom-Com
Published: July 28, 2020
Pages: ~288
My Rating: 4/5
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A dark comedy about putting yourself in unexpected places, reaching for your dreams, and believing in second chances.

Thirtysomething Page was content with her life in New York City—until it went to the dogs. Unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend of four years and fired from her art gallery job in the same week, she flees to Washington, DC, and moves in with her big brother. She hopes the new setting and familial comfort will help her finally find her bearings. What Page finds instead is an unlikely refuge: a park for the neighborhood’s poshest pooches, and a quirky pack of companionable dog-run regulars who become fast friends.

Both four-legged and two-, these new allies offer Page a world of possibilities. The woman who hit rock bottom now has dreams: of having her own business, getting her own place, and even wilder ones about the ruggedly handsome owner of a vineyard and two equally fetching Bernese mountain dogs.

Unleashed from all that once held her back, Page finds everything might be falling into place. But just when she thinks her life is headed in the right direction, the road takes a sharp turn to show her just how unpredictable second chances can be. Will Page get her happily ever after? Is there even such a thing?

Witty, smartly funny, and modernly romantic, Happily Whatever After shows us all that sometimes imperfect can still be good enough.

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
Such a great book! It wasn’t exactly what I expected but turned out to be delightful. Great comedy, some romance sprinkled in and then removed and sprinkled back in. New friendships forming and a lot of self discovery. Tragedy hits and then makes everyone put their lives into perspective. It’s a really feel good book that you finish with a smile. Great writing, doesn’t start to slow in the middle and it ends perfectly. Great read!

Review: Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

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Title: Serpent & Dove
Author: Shelby Mahurin
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Magical
Series: Serpent & Dove #1
Published: September 3, 2019
Pages: ~513
My Rating: 5/5
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TRIGGERS: MURDER, MISOGYNY, RAPE, SELF HARM, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, SUICIDE

Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

And love makes fools of us all.

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
** spoiler alert ** Wow wow wow!!!!!! The hype is so real with this one. This was my first audiobook I’ve ever listened to and it took me almost two months to finish. 🙊🤷🏼‍♀️
I prob won’t listen to another audiobook that’s a novel—only because if I started reading this as an ebook or physical book I would have pulled an all nighter to finish it. 

That ending though!!! Sh*t 😩😅

This was the first mystical/fantasy novel I’ve read and I am hooked. It took me a bit to get used to the narration without wanting to laugh at the narrators over exaggerating everything (esp Reid) but Lou & Reid’s love story is one for the books. The classssssic enemies to lovers. It is the sweetest thing that didn’t just happen overnight or easily. 

The novel also has a lot of twists. Especially with the parental aspect—I never saw any of that coming. I can’t wait for blood & honey to come out. I loved the part of the story where they talked about mixing blood with honey and 🤯💡 went off. I love when titles of books are made obvious in the story lol. 

Is this book a read? HECK YES! The rumors and reviews and all very true about the book. The story flows extremely well, all the characters are like able. I loved it all!

Review: In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

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Title: In Five Years
Author: Rebecca Serle
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Sci-Fi, Time Travel
Published: March 10, 2020
Pages: ~255
My Rating: 5/5
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TRIGGERS: CANCER, DEATH, FALSE PREGNANCY

Where do you see yourself in five years?

When Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Kohan is asked this question at the most important interview of her career, she has a meticulously crafted answer at the ready. Later, after nailing her interview and accepting her boyfriend’s marriage proposal, Dannie goes to sleep knowing she is right on track to achieve her five-year plan.

But when she wakes up, she’s suddenly in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger, and beside a very different man. The television news is on in the background, and she can just make out the scrolling date. It’s the same night—December 15—but 2025, five years in the future.

After a very intense, shocking hour, Dannie wakes again, at the brink of midnight, back in 2020. She can’t shake what has happened. It certainly felt much more than merely a dream, but she isn’t the kind of person who believes in visions. That nonsense is only charming coming from free-spirited types, like her lifelong best friend, Bella. Determined to ignore the odd experience, she files it away in the back of her mind.

That is, until four-and-a-half years later, when by chance Dannie meets the very same man from her long-ago vision.

Brimming with joy and heartbreak, In Five Years is an unforgettable love story that reminds us of the power of loyalty, friendship, and the unpredictable nature of destiny.

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
** spoiler alert ** I loved this book. I didn’t know what direction it was going until the middle. Then I kind of predicted what was going to happen. The ending at first I was SO ANNOYED with but totally understood, I was going to give it 4.5 stars but then the last page with the doctor—made up for it. I was kind of confused with how she talked about the clock hasn’t hit midnight yet ?? Like did the ending happen or not? Was everything just a bad dream? Still 5 stars for me though because it was so well written. I literally read the whole book in one day because it captivated me where I could put the book down but I knew I had to finish it. Totally recommend. Also, I didn’t shed any tears which I heard this one was a huge tear jerker—but it really wasn’t anything unlandish—it was more real life than anything.

Review: How to Save a Life by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

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Title: How to Save a Life
Author: Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke
Genres: Romance, Fantasy, Time Travel, Women’s Fiction
Published: July 14, 2020
Pages: ~303
My Rating: 5/5
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TRIGGERS: DEATH

Dom is having a very bad day—one he literally can’t escape.

When Dom bumps into Mia, his ex-fiancée whom he hasn’t seen in almost a decade, he believes they’ve been given a second chance and asks her out. When Mia dies tragically on their date, Dom makes a desperate wish: to be given the chance to save her life. And when he wakes the next morning to the shock that she’s alive, he thinks his wish may have been granted. But day after day, no matter what he changes about their time together, she still meets a terrible fate.

Dom frantically searches for answers to save his beloved Mia and rekindle their former love. But the further he digs, the more obsessed he becomes, making him realize that slowing down time may be the only way to see things clearly. As he’s forced to confront the truth about himself and those he’s closest to, Dom vows that he’ll watch Mia die a thousand times if it means he can save her once.

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
** spoiler alert ** Wow. Wow. Wow. Ok so I was part of a ARC and let me tell you, there was deff mixed reviews and I didn’t know what to think going into it and sometimes I don’t even like,bowing other people’s opinions. I’m a registered nurse and placing IVs in one thing we always do—so it’s like when another nurse says “good luck placing that IV they are a hard stick” and you instantly get nervous and confidence is gone. That’s how I kind of felt because there was some totally for the book but then some who weren’t and have you that dread feeling like you didn’t want to waste your time. LEMME👏🏼TELL👏🏼YOU👏🏼 I loved this book, my first from these two ladies and I can’t wait to read their other collabs. It’s very redundant but each Thursday has different aspects and Dom seeks to crack the Groundhog Day effect. The friendships are awesome, you start to wonder about Amanda and then the end—gaaaah. No ugly crying (never have once with reading a book) but I had the total watery eye business going on. This was such a good read that wasn’t a big cookie cutter ending but one that also didn’t leave you depressed for days wondering WHY. It was an ending I did not see coming but was totally fitting. Read it! 

Review: Play Only For Me by R.B. O’Brien

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Title: Play Only For Me
Author: R.B. O’Brien
Genres: Contemporary Adult Romance
Published: April 26, 2021
Pages: ~200
My Rating: 4/5
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Colton Masters:
I have no idea why I’m being so rude to her. She hasn’t done anything wrong to me. She seems nice actually, sweet. She’s attractive, that’s for sure, but she certainly isn’t trying to capitalize on it. A baggy sweatshirt and a pair of jeans? Maybe it’s the UGGS that get under my skin. The screaming designer label on her sweatshirt. Maybe it’s the fact that I haven’t stopped fantasizing about what she might look like underneath it.

Lauren Percy:
Why is he being so rude to me? He has a face that has that boy charm. Dimples, big brown eyes, sandy hair, clear skin. But as I travel to his chest, I can see this is no innocent boy. Through his white t-shirt that grips his biceps, I see the black ink of tattoos. Where I come from, I have never seen a tattoo up close and personal. His hands are calloused, his fingernails slightly bitten, and he has a slight scar on his collarbone, but it’s hard to see under the hemp choker he’s wearing. He’s sexy as hell.

Play Only For Me is a standalone New Adult Romance of two college music majors discovering themselves but ultimately discovering that true love and dreams can come with sacrifice, and that happy endings are not always one-note, scripted, already-heard songs. 

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
This was a very cute read. You can almost cut the tension with a knife while wanting to strangle Colton 😂 The book went at a good pace, a great coming of age story. Bad boy & a virgin. The ending wasn’t what I usually go for but it was good!

Review: The Sound of Love by Kyle Shoop

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Title: The Sound of Love
Author: Kyle Shoop
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Series: Senses of Love #1
Published: January 15, 2020
Pages: ~307
My Rating: 4/5
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“I never stopped looking for you.”

Experience the compelling, heart warming romance of Charlotte and John as they rekindle their long-lost love.

Charlotte and John grew up as young orphans in the secluded outskirts of a rural town. Each day, they’d sneak out to the nearby forest to escape the cold grasp of the orphanage’s tyrant-ruler. However, the safety that came from their friendship was suddenly ripped apart when they got caught.

Years later, Charlotte conquered the marketing world in downtown Portland. Having gained normalcy in her life since her days in the orphanage, Charlotte never expected her world to be turned upside down by John abruptly being thrust back into her life.

But the years since the orphanage had not at all been kind to John, leaving him unable to open up to Charlotte about the details. So, Charlotte seeks to reignite John’s love for playing music, finding that his songwriting is the only way to help him express what he otherwise has difficulty saying.

Would the reunited friends discover that John’s rekindled love for music also rekindled their long-awaited, and much desired, love?

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
I loved reading this book. Kyle is such a great author. This story takes you from a sad spot in two kids lives to such a perfect spot in their adult lives. The ending is amazing. You finish the book smiling from ear to ear. It was thee perfect feel good read!

Review: Hero by Lauren Rowe

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Title: Hero
Author: Lauren Rowe
Genres: Romance, Adult, Emergency Services (Firefighter)
Series: The Morgan Brothers #1
Published: March 10, 2018
Pages: ~360
My Rating: 5/5
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A standalone contemporary romance in the MORGAN BROTHERS series from USA Today Bestselling Author Lauren Rowe. The story of firefighter Colby Morgan that proves heroes come in many forms . .
The first time I laid eyes on Lydia Decker, I couldn’t speak. Or breathe. Or string two coherent thoughts together. 

And I don’t mean any of that figuratively. 

I’m not talking about a guy being floored by the sight of a gorgeous woman—although, of course, Lydia is gorgeous beyond words. 
No, when I first laid eyes on Lydia Decker—my physical therapist—I was lying flat on my back in the ICU, high as a kite on painkillers, breathing on a ventilator, my bones as broken and splintered as my spirit. 
When I first laid eyes on Lydia Decker, she was a ray of light in the dark. Hope for the hopeless. A salve for my singed and battered soul. 
She said she’d been assigned to fix me. That she was there to bring me back to life. She said helping me was her calling. 

And then she touched me. Physically, emotionally, spiritually. She healed me. And I fell in love. 
But what I didn’t know . . . what I couldn’t possibly know . . . was that Lydia Decker needed fixing far more than I ever did.

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
I literally read 2-3 books A DAY multiple days a week (I have a newborn haha) and I’ve never left a review on any book until now. This book is the absolute best. I laughed, I cried, I silently screamed for joy. This was absolutely written perfectly. A perfect fairytale story ending. You knocked this one out of the park! Can’t wait to read all your other books!