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May 2018

Book Review: Grumpy Fake Boyfriend by Jackie Lau

This book has an amazing synopsis and set up. I mean the title says it all – Grumpy Fake Boyfriend! I was really all in before I even got to the book. I love grumpy heroes, as long as they are jackasses. And fake boyfriends? Also in! And here the fake boyfriend is the brother’s best friend! It’s like romance trope heaven…and there were a lot of really great aspects to this book. But I didn’t feel like it all came together in the end. Continue reading “Book Review: Grumpy Fake Boyfriend by Jackie Lau”

Book Review: You, Me, & Her by Tanya Chris

This book has so many things going for it but unfortunately just didn’t work for me over all.

The good: I enjoy triad books and ultimately that’s what this book is. Three people navigating relationships. I really liked Joshua’s character and the setting of a play which was a lot of fun.

The not-so-good: What I couldn’t get around was Nate’s cavalier attitude of how he’s treated people he dated in the past. While it wasn’t exactly cheating because they weren’t in committed relationships it was in this gray area and Nate seems to not care at all about their feelings about that.

I also didn’t particularly love some of the way Nate came to terms with being bisexual. It came off as being homophobic – by the end there was a clear evolution, but it wasn’t great at first. Although, that may have been the point. While I am clearly not a straight man, gay man, or bisexual man, the way Nate treated his previous partners and the people around him just did not work for me.

Rating: 3 Stars

Reviewer: Melinda

Title: You, Me, & Her

Author: Tanya Chris

Release Date: May 15th, 2018

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Book Review: The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves

Let me start this review with the bad news. The Girl He Used to Know does not release until April 2019 😦 Now for some good news! This book MUST be added to your TBR, pre-ordered, whatever it is you do to make sure you don’t miss a book. Continue reading “Book Review: The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves”

Book Review: My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma

I am in love with this cover! I completely read a book based on a cover and this one called to me so loudly. Those colors pop beautifully and I can imagine in a bookstore they would do so even more. I’m a huge Sonali Dev fan from her first book, which I’ve talked about a ton here, so I was excited to see a Bollywood YA book like this. I’m so happy to say this book completely lived up to what I wanted. Continue reading “Book Review: My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma”

Book Review: The Viking Queen’s Men by Holley Trent

Holley Trent is a USA Today Bestselling author but is one that is new to me. I was looking for recs for authors of color and this book in particular was taking over my twitter timeline. I heard menage and addictive and I my antennae basically went up so I dove right in! Continue reading “Book Review: The Viking Queen’s Men by Holley Trent”

Book Review: How to Walk Away by Katherine Center

As I begin this review I have no idea where it will go. At this moment I can’t quite find the words to describe how this book drew me in. One word that does come to mind is magical. Continue reading “Book Review: How to Walk Away by Katherine Center”

Book Review: Acting on Impulse by Mia Sosa

This book is So. Freaking. GOOD. On the one hand I’m mad that I didn’t find out about it until now because it released last fall. On the other hand I finished it and basically book 2 came out the same week…so yay! This book is seriously so cute, funny, and just what I needed to read. I can’t recommend it enough. Continue reading “Book Review: Acting on Impulse by Mia Sosa”

Review + Blog Tour + Giveaway: Lyric by Molly McAdams

Bookish Devices is honored to be helping celebrate the release of Lyric, the latest from Molly McAdams.  Continue reading “Review + Blog Tour + Giveaway: Lyric by Molly McAdams”

Racism in Romance Reviewing – We can do better + Q&A with Holley Trent

With everything that’s gone on in Romancelandia over the last few weeks it’s brought so much ugliness to the forefront of everyone’s minds. What’s come to light are some things that have just frankly never occurred to me about publishing; unconscious biases and to put it more overtly, racism, that is just built into our culture and society for the most part.  And that includes me. I read across genres and across cultures and colors. I looked back through my reviews here on the blog over the last two years and of course I’ve reviewed Nalini Singh (my all time favorite author), Sonali Dev (who I adore), Alyssa Cole, Alisha Rai, Angie Thomas – but just because I’ve read and reviewed those authors here doesn’t excuse that I haven’t reviewed more. I looked through my Goodreads profile and there are more black authors there, more authors of color present. But…honestly? Not enough. I can do better. I *should* do better. Continue reading “Racism in Romance Reviewing – We can do better + Q&A with Holley Trent”

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