Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday {48}


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, Hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that I'm eagerly anticipating. 
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Title:
Spoiler Alert
Author:
Olivia Dade
Publication Date:
October 6th, 2020
Publisher:
                                                     Avon



Summary from Goodreads:
Olivia Dade bursts onto the scene in this delightfully fun romantic comedy set in the world of fanfiction, in which a devoted fan goes on an unexpected date with her celebrity crush, who’s secretly posting fanfiction of his own. 

Marcus Caster-Rupp has a secret. While the world knows him as Aeneas, the star of the biggest show on TV, Gods of the Gates, he's known to fanfiction readers as Book!AeneasWouldNever, an anonymous and popular poster.  Marcus is able to get out his own frustrations with his character through his stories, especially the ones that feature the internet’s favorite couple to ship, Aeneas and Lavinia. But if anyone ever found out about his online persona, he’d be fired. Immediately.

April Whittier has secrets of her own. A hardcore Lavinia fan, she’s hidden her fanfiction and cosplay hobby from her “real life” for years—but not anymore. When she decides to post her latest Lavinia creation on Twitter, her photo goes viral. Trolls and supporters alike are commenting on her plus-size take, but when Marcus, one half of her OTP, sees her pic and asks her out on a date to spite her critics, she realizes life is really stranger than fanfiction.

Even though their first date is a disaster, Marcus quickly realizes that he wants much more from April than a one-time publicity stunt. And when he discovers she’s actually Unapologetic Lavinia Stan, his closest fandom friend, he has one more huge secret to hide from her.

With love and Marcus’s career on the line, can the two of them stop hiding once and for all, or will a match made in fandom end up prematurely cancelled?
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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Review | The Player Next Door by K.A. Tucker



The Player Next Door
53402241. sy475by K.A. Tucker
Published on June 16th, 2020
Genres: Adult, Fiction, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Kindly provided by the ValentinePR and the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

Summary from Goodreads: 
From the international bestselling author of The Simple Wild and Ten Tiny Breaths comes a new second-chance, hate-to-love romance.

Scarlet Reed has returned to Polson Falls, convinced that twelve years away is long enough to shed her humiliating childhood identity as the town harlot's daughter. With a teaching job secured and an adorable fixer-upper to call home, things in her life are finally looking up.

That is, until she finds out that Shane Beckett lives next door.

Shane Beckett, the handsome and charismatic high school star quarterback who smashed her heart. The lying, cheating player who was supposed to be long gone, living the pro football dream and fooling women into thinking he's Prince Charming. Shane Beckett, who is as attractive as ever and flashing his dimples at her as if he has done no wrong.

Scarlet makes it abundantly clear that old wounds have not been forgotten. Neighbors they may be, but friends they most certainly are not. She won't allow herself to fall for the single father and firefighter again, no matter how many apologies he offers, how many times he rushes to her aid, or how hard he makes her heart pound.

But as she spends more time with him, she begins to fear that maybe she's wrong. Maybe Shane has changed.

And maybe this time she's the one playing herself—out of a chance at true happiness.
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The Player Next Door is K.A. Tucker's newest work, a second-chance romance standalone.

Scarlet Reed lived her life in Polson Falls, Pennsylvania, and couldn't wait for the opportunity to get away from the town and reputation she carried. When she gets the chance to go to college in New York, she jumps on it leaving everything and everyone behind. However, when she returns to her hometown years later, excited to be moving into her dream home, she meets her new neighbour Shane Beckett. In high school, Shane Beckett was a popular football quarterback. Before senior year, Scarlet spent the entire summer with Shane, sparking a romance so sweet....until he suddenly ends things saying he couldn't be in a relationship. When she seems him later kissing another girl, she is left feeling heartbroken and played. 

Scarlet is not the same love struck girl she used to be years ago and hasn't gotten over the pain Shane has caused her, making sure he gets a clear message that there will be nothing between them again. But, as she repeatedly runs into him, she finds it harder to resists him, especially when he claims he is nothing like the teenage boy he was and wants a second chance to make it work. The question is whether Scarlet will continue to hold onto teenage mistakes or will she learn to open herself up to the possibility of giving Shane another chance? 

Can I just mention now how much I adore second-chance romances? In a way, they feel more realistic and that much more sweeter to read. Now I have read, and adored, K.A. Tucker's previous works (The Simple Wild, Until It Fades, and Say You Still Love Me) so I was beyond excited to have the opportunity to read her newest work. 

Scarlet's grudge against Shane was surprisingly strong, I mean this supposedly happened over ten years ago and she is upset like it happened the day before. I can understand that Scarlet might have been so deeply hurt, especially as Shane knew her background, by his actions that it made it that much nicer to read Shane's attempts at melting Scarlet's protective wall. Letting the past go can be difficult but it was nice to see her character develop throughout the process. 

The drama, at times, felt completely irrational but then things managed to smooth over and I know there are some people who are overly sensitive when it comes to particular individuals so I continued reading and by gosh I am glad I did. The initial rollercoaster romance finally started to spark into a real life bonfire romance. As they continued to be around each other there was no way they would be able to deny what they were feeling, especially when his handy man self seems to always be readily available to fix anything. It also didn't hurt that his curtains were always open, leaving Scarlet with a full view.

Though I liked her previous works, I felt like something was missing in this story. I would have liked to read more about Scarlet's relationship with her mother and for the story to extend a least another chapter or two in order to make it feel less rushed. With that being said, The Player Next Door was still a nice, light, read to pick up and dive into. Full of sizzling chemistry and hilarious moments, I definitely recommend checking it out especially if you have never read any of K.A. Tucker's previous works.


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About the Author

K.A. TuckerK.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge.

She is the internationally bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series, He Will Be My Ruin, Until It Fades, Keep Her Safe, The Simple Wild, Be the Girl, and Say You Still Love Me. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA Today, Globe & Mail, Suspense Magazine, Publisher's Weekly, Oprah Mag, and First for Women. She has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance 2013 for TEN TINY BREATHS and Best Romance 2018 for THE SIMPLE WILD. KEEP HER SAFE made Suspense Magazine's Best of 2018 list for Romantic Suspense.

K.A. Tucker currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto.


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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday {47}


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, Hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that I'm eagerly anticipating. 

Title:
Every Last Secret
Author:
A. R. Torre
Publication Date:
October 13th, 2020
Publisher:
                                            Thomas & Mercer



Summary from Goodreads:
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor...

Cat Winthorpe has worked hard for her gorgeous mansion, elevated social standing, and handsome husband. When a new couple moves into the abandoned estate next door, she greets them with open arms and warm hospitality.

But Neena Ryder isn’t a fellow lady of leisure. A life coach with a mountain of personal issues, Neena’s quick friendship with Cat slowly turns toxic. Behind their perfect smiles and cordial interactions, the two women wage an internal war of competition, one that soon takes a deadly turn.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday {46}


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, Hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that I'm eagerly anticipating. 
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Title:
Lies & Lullabies
Author:
Sarina Bowen
Publication Date:
September 22nd, 2020
Publisher:
                                        Tuxbury Publishing LLC



Summary from Goodreads:
Summer nights and star-crossed lovers! From USA Today bestselling author Sarina Bowen.

Once upon a time, he gave me a summer of friendship, followed by one perfect night. We shared a lot during our short time together. But he skipped a few crucial details.

I didn’t know he was a rock star.

I didn’t know his real name.

Neither of us knew I’d get pregnant.

And I sure never expected to see him again.

Five years later, his tour bus pulls up in Nest Lake, Maine. My little world is about to be shattered by loud music and the pounding of my own foolish heart.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday {45}


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, Hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that I'm eagerly anticipating. 
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Title:
The Other Side of the Sky
Author:
Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Publication Date:
September 8th, 2020
Publisher:
                                            HarperTeen



Summary from Goodreads:
Prince North’s home is in the sky, in a gleaming city held aloft by intricate engines powered by technology. Nimh is the living goddess of her people on the surface, responsible for providing answers, direction—hope.

Linked by a terrifying prophecy and caught between duty and fate, they must choose between saving their people or succumbing to the bond that is forbidden between them.

Magnetic and gorgeously thematic, New York Times bestselling author duo Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner have crafted a gripping tale of magic and logic, fate and choice, and an impossible decision between an empty future and a deadly love. Perfect for fans of Claudia Gray and Laini Taylor.
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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Waiting on Wednesday {44}


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, Hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that I'm eagerly anticipating. 
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Title:
Anxious People
Author:
Fredrik Backman
Publication Date:
September 8th, 2020
Publisher:
                                              Aria Books



Summary from Goodreads:
A bank robber on the run locks himself in with an over-enthusiastic estate agent, two bitter IKEA-addicts, a pregnant woman, a suicidal multi-millionaire and a rabbit. In the end the robber gives up and lets everyone go, but when the police storm the apartment it is . . . empty.

In a series of dysfunctional testimonies after the event, the witnesses all tell their version of what really happened and it's clear we have a classic locked-room mystery on our hands: How did the robber manage to escape? Why is everyone so angry? And: What is WRONG with people these days?
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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Review | The Betrothed by Kiera Cass



The Betrothed
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Published by HarperTeen on May 5th, 2020
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

Summary from Goodreads: 
When King Jameson declares his love for Lady Hollis Brite, Hollis is shocked—and thrilled. After all, she’s grown up at Keresken Castle, vying for the king’s attention alongside other daughters of the nobility. Capturing his heart is a dream come true.

But Hollis soon realizes that falling in love with a king and being crowned queen may not be the happily ever after she thought it would be. And when she meets a commoner with the mysterious power to see right into her heart, she finds that the future she really wants is one that she never thought to imagine.
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Review
The Betrothed is the first book in Kiera Cass' new YA duology. 

Hollis Brite has obtained King Jameson's affections, after vying it for years. It should be a dream come true...but she soon learns that marrying a king and becoming a queen isn't necessarily the happily ever after she thought it would be. After meeting a commoner with the ability to truly see who she is, she finds it hard to turn away from him especially when he reminds her that she is more than what the court may think.

When I first heard about The Betrothed, I knew I just had to review it. Having previously read Cass' The Selection series, I was expecting to really get into this story and the characters. However, this wasn't the case as I felt disconnected to the characters and found them lacking at times. 

The Betrothed is centred upon Hollis Brite, and is told entirely in her perspective, as she maneuvers through court politics, intrigue, romance, scandal, and more. In the beginning of this story, Hollis becomes the envy of every girl as their king sets his eyes on her as his future bride and queen to his country. It quickly loses my interest from there when the characters become more confused than me while reading this story.

Hollis felt a bit wishy-washy to me, as she dedicated herself to obtaining the king's attention only to quickly change her mind that she doesn't really want to be queen any more. The king, Jameson, felt too dutiful and cold. Most of the time, the characters were dull and toneless almost to the point of seeming one dimensional, it left me feeling emotionally unattached from not only the characters but also the story as a whole. Though this was a relatively quick book to read, I would have liked to have read more about the characters personality's instead of any physical attributes they may have had. An overall, alright read.



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About the Author

Kiera CassKiera Cass is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Selection series and The Siren. She is a graduate of Radford University and currently lives in Christiansburg, Virgina, with her family. You can learn more about Keira's books, videos, and love of cake online at www.kieracass.com


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