Sunday, May 9, 2021

Better For You (Harrison Campus #3.5) [Charlie & Evan] by Anyta Sunday & Andy Gallo

Like the previous ones, this was a sweet heartfelt story of two guys coming from very different backgrounds yet having so much in common. Both being shy and a bit insecure not being sure the other was interested but when the two of them were left all along in the dorms on Christmas break it was just the time for finding courage to go after what they wanted. 

The story is told from both guys so it's easy to see how much this new relationship was affecting them. Evan Tergen might be very wealthy but it's exactly why he feels insecure about guys, thinking they are just into his family's wealth. It doesn't help that people perceive him as being stupid because of his learning disabilities. Charlie O’Leary is on a scholarship, while he was interested in Evan before he thought someone like him would never even look at someone from such a different background as well as a geek (and not sporty like Evan). 

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Emerett Has Never Been in Love (Love, Austen #1) [Emerett & Knight] by Anyta Sunday

The only thing regretful about this book - it had to end. Lucky for us, in less than two weeks the next one ("Cameron Wants to Be a Hero") will be out and hopefully it means we'll get glimpses into Emerett and Knight's lives, now as an established couple. This book was beyond cute. I loved both Emerett and Knight and though it wasn't always easy to understand what the older knight found in Emerett, I was head over heels for Knight so really I can totally get why ANYONE would fall for him. 

The whole story is told from Emerett “Lake” Lakewood POV. He 25 years old and though he wishes his life was more put together like some of his friends and neighbors he's still a "work in progress". He has been living for a while with his best friend Taylor and his fiancĂ© but not that they are married and gone on their honeymoon he reverts back to Taylor's home growing up (where he used to spend a lot of time as well), now only having one person living in it - Taylor's father - Knight. Knight is a comforting and reassuring figure for Emerett but he also doesn't have any problem with telling Emerett how it is. Yet he is kind and loving and is everything Emerett needs to feel settled. 

Saturday, May 1, 2021

The Labours of Lord Perry Cavendish (Winterbourne #4) [Perry & Jonny ] by Joanna Chambers

What a wonderful story! My only two complaints would be Perry not being a real life person and me not being able to have him for myself! It was so obvious what Jonny saw in him as well as why he and Lysander (and Adam) loved him so much. He doesn't see himself for the wonderful human being that he is. As he himself says - "Sometimes people don't see what you are. They only see what you're not". This fault tend to turn against us when we start seeing the faults certain people see in us and not our true potential or more basically who we are at heart. 

Lord Peregrine "Perry" Cavendish had enough time of drinking and waking up hung over. That's why he travels to his friends estate. Failing to announce his visit he come when his best friend Lysander Winterbourne is too busy with harvest to entertain him and his partner Adam Freeman is away on a business trip. Having time for himself allows him to travel the grounds and enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside. When Adam finally returns he has his dearest friend Jonathan "Jonny" Mainwaring with him. 

Friday, April 30, 2021

Spring (Signs of Love, #0.6) [Flynn & Jack] by Anyta Sunday

I was in the mood for something fun and easy and this one gave me all the feels I wanted. Flynn and Jack are adorable together and though I kinda wish we got Jack's POV as well, it made it in a way sweeter this way. It's obvious what Jack wants - he wants Flynn! But Flynn.. Sweet sweet Flynn is too scared to say out loud what he knew back in high-school - he is a fool for Jack Jenkins. 

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Gametime (Moo U #4) [Pax & Naomi] by Jami Davenport

While I enjoyed this book, I can't say I loved it. Maybe it's me feeling so far away from the New Adult genre (or being at that age) it was a rounded up 4 star most of the time. There was a lot of angst from the MCs as well as the (deteriorating) relationship between the twins. At times I was exasperated with them but honestly, if they would have worked things out sooner it wouldn't have felt real, especially considering how young they are (21 years old). I needed to be patient with them in a way like they needed to be with themselves and realize their true priorities but also how to get there and not lose who they are and the people they hold close. It was quite a journey for the three of them (even if we don't really see what happened or WILL happen with Patrick). 

So why am I giving this book a 2 star rating? Because I can't ignore the ending. I don't want to spoiler anything, so I'll just say Jami dealt with a mental situation with one of the characters in a very unprofessional way and since this is MY field of study it really rubbed me the wrong way. I knew it was coming, there were enough hints and honestly if it didn't happen right at the end, I would have put the book aside. 

Monday, April 12, 2021

Bombshells (Brooklyn Bruisers #8) [Anton & Sylvie] by Sarina Bowen

What a pleasure this one was! It's been too long since I immersed myself in a book like this. I simply don't have the time and energy these days so sitting down with this book felt like basically being ME again. It also made me wish I could have the time to re-visit ALL the books in the series, included the much loved Ivy Years. If you've read those, there's a sweet surprise with a reappearance of the MCs from "The Year We Hid Away".

Anton Bayer, or as he's often called "Baby Bayer" enjoyed himself a bit too much the previous year resulting in almost losing his career. After a break in which he made himself a few serious promises as well as a punishing regimen he is finally back (and in shape) with the Bruisers hoping to show his true skills. 

After losing her mother not so long ago Sylvie Hansen didn't expect to be playing this year so when she gets invited to play for a new team - The Brooklyn Bombshells - she is all for it! Especially considering the man she believes she is going to marry plays for the "brother" team - The Brooklyn Bruisers. Yet the first person she meets on the ice from the team is Anton Bayer and both of them have a feeling there is something significant and special about the encounter. The meeting with Bryce Campeau doesn't go as well.. 

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Heartscape (Vino and Veritas #2) [Tanner & Jax] by Garrett Leigh

Honestly I'm not sure how to review this book. It was SO intense. I wouldn't say it was angsty or maybe it was. These two silent types were hard for me to handle for some reason. It might have been the mood I was in I just wanted them to TALK and say what's on their minds. There were times they read each other's minds and yet there wasn't enough communication and Tanner would be the first to admit it's just something he is bad at. I don't now. I loved how they DID connect through sharing space together and getting to know each other though action and motions. It was quite special. 

Tanner Reid have been living in the town of Burlington for most of his life but now he is sort of lost. A job as a bar manager from Harrison (the owner and Vino and Veritas and the MC in the 1st installment "Featherbed" by Annabeth Albert) is literally a life-saver for him. He might not know anything about wine but he's willing to learn and surprisingly enough he now loves the job and the people who work for him. When a communal house burns down close to the bar he finds himself offering a stranger a place to stay. It's not something he would expect himself to do, but there is very little he is willing to deny his best friend Eve who considering the (complicated) relationship she have had forever with his brother is family or as close as he can get anyway. 

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Pretty Wild (Boys in Makeup #3) [Skyler & Clark] by Christina Lee & Riley Hart

If there is a theme in this series I'd say it's how FREAKING ADORABLE all these couples are. This one was a DELICOUS slow burn best friends to lovers which is my absolute favorite trope. I read it in one sitting not wanting to put it down (also why I timed it on the weekend ;)). Skyler and Clark might seem to be polar opposites but I don't think they are and if they are they totally and absolutely complete each other. 

Skyler and Clark first met when they were 12 years old at gymnastics. Though they come from VERY different backgrounds they hit it off from the start. They might have not realized it at the time but they were each other's first crush. When Clark's parents saw the class brought somethings they weren't so pleased with they pull him out of the class and that's the last they see of one another until a very familiar face pops up on Skyler's Instagram.