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All around book lover and all things book related. Lover of documentaries, podcasts, and Broadway (Hamilton, I'm looking at you!). Wife and mom to 4 fur-babies.

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: 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: 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”

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”

Book Review: Hurts to Love you by Alisha Rai

This is the third and final installment in Rai’s incredible soapy goodness romance series. I wouldn’t recommend reading it on its own because of the awesome buildup that comes from reading the first two books in this series. Some series are created to have each book stand on its own – I don’t feel that this one is made this way. The couple within this book – Evie and Gabe – stand on their own and get their HEA within the book and that part is definitely contained and can be read by itself. But the rest of the book is a wonderful tension that had built up in the first two books and finally exploded everywhere in this one . The last 25% of the book or so I couldn’t read quickly enough because every revelation was making my head spin and I felt like I was watching a tennis match. It truly was just like a soap opera – and I mean that in the best possible way! I loved every second of it. Continue reading “Book Review: Hurts to Love you by Alisha Rai”

Book Review: Invitation to the Blues by Roan Parrish

Sometimes you’re looking for a light book, sometimes you’re looking for a more meaningful one, and sometimes you’re looking for something funny, you know? Invitation to the Blues by Roan Parrish is one of the more meaningful books that has some weight behind it. I don’t always read blurbs or even content warnings because I know authors that I like and I am almost never disappointed. I’m glad I was warned about this one going in just so that I could prepare myself. Don’t get me wrong – I LOVED this book. But it dealt with depression, anxiety, and mentions of previous suicide attempts, so not the easiest topics. If those things are hard to read about this book might not be for you. Continue reading “Book Review: Invitation to the Blues by Roan Parrish”

Book Review: A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole

I love authors who do their own thing and just do it really, REALLY well. Alisha Rai, Courtney Milan, and Kit Rocha come to mind. This is admittedly probably because these authors are friends and I see them having intelligent discussions on Twitter, but also because in their respective books they are doing representation incredibly well and I am so *here* for it. I can definitely include Alyssa Cole in the group! Continue reading “Book Review: A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole”

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