Archives for February 2019

Review: Muffin Top by Avery Flynn

Reviewed by Sara

I bought Muffin Top, the second book in Avery Flynn’s Hartigans series, as soon as I finished the first book in the series Butterface. Like Butterface, Muffin Top is a sexy, funny, feel good book with great female characters and a story that doesn’t take the easy route. I loved it.

As you can probably guess, based on the title, Muffin Top is about a plus size heroine. Lucy Kavanagh is a big girl and she can take care of herself. She’s also an actual big girl and so attending her high school reunion with all the bullies that made her life miserable seems a little more daunting than the usual problems she solves as Harbour City’s premiere crisis communications specialist. When hot firefighter Frankie Hartigan swoops in to save her from some unsolicited dietary advice, she lets her reunion fears slip and soon Lucy catches herself agreeing to let him accompany her on her road trip home and for the week long reunion events as her “boyfriend.” After miles on the road and facing off against the mean girl of her past Lucy’s fictitious relationship with Frankie doesn’t feel so fake. Maybe there’s more than meets the eye to the handsome firefighter.

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Review: Daylight Again by SE Jakes

Reviewed by Jen

It’s been years since the last time I read a book in this series…so long, in fact, I couldn’t remember why I stopped. I went back and read my old reviews for the first two installments. I talked about how they reminded me of the Cut and Run series, and that I liked them. I’d forgotten about the Mal and Cillian spinoff that disappointed me so much.

Anyway, what I got here—after jumping back in—was something of a mixed bag. Some things are done very, very well. Other things, distanced me from the romance and the bigger picture story.

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Review: Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat

Reviewed by Olive

Captive Prince is the first book of a trilogy about the relationship between Damen and Laurent. Damen is Crown Prince Damianos, the heir to Akielos, who, on the eve of his father’s death (and his ascension), is beaten, bound, drugged, and given as a gift to Laurent, the Crown Prince of neighboring enemy Vere.

The story is told entirely from Damen’s perspective. A good chunk of this first book is his struggle to wrap his head around his new circumstances. He must learn how to survive (and, hopefully, escape) his enslavement and to navigate the intensive culture clash between the decadent, indolent, and abusive Royal Court of Vere and his idealised homeland.

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Review: Meant to Be Kept by Amelia Foster

Reviewed by Jen

Cheating is a hard pass for some readers, no matter what the circumstances, so be warned at the outset, the issue is the starting point of this entire story. But the cheating isn’t what the book is about–this is about what happens to a marriage after it’s fractured and how the couple got to this place to begin with.

Meant to Be Kept is really two stories told in tandem: present day, where Isabelle learns her husband kissed another woman, and in the past where we follow the evolution of their relationships through a series of flashbacks that chronicle touchstone moments.

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Review: Butterface by Avery Flynn

Reviewed by Sara

Butterface, by Avery Flynn, was released back in July 2018. At the time, the book received a lot of favorable reviews, and people genuinely seemed to like it. I didn’t buy it then, but this past January I noticed it for sale on Amazon, so I picked it up and I’m very happy I did.

Gina Luca knows she’s not conventionally pretty and she’s come to peace with it. She’s got a great set of girlfriends, a protective pair of brothers who love her, a fantastic old, Victorian home she’s renovating and a successful wedding planning business. However, when a kiss cam and a cruel prank leave her up close and personal with hot cop, Ford Hartigan, she wishes she wasn’t the town butterface; everything is great about her “but her face.” After the disastrous night with Ford, Gina’s relieved that she’ll likely never see him again, but things don’t go as planned and soon the two are in a fake relationship, he’s sleeping on her couch and fixing up her home. It doesn’t take long for fake feelings to change to real feelings and for Gina to hope that maybe things with Ford might lead to the happily ever after she’s always dreamed of.

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Review: Until Trevor by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Reviewed by Ericka

I really have no idea as to why I read this second installment, especially because I didn’t like the first book (Until November). Surprisingly, I enjoyed this one slightly more than the first one. The female lead, Liz, was so much more likable than November. I didn’t find myself eye rolling the characters as much as I did in the first installment.

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Review: Heart of the Deep by Tiffany Roberts

Reviewed by Caitlin

I don’t read a lot of paranormal romance; I mostly stick to historical, contemporary, and romcom. And I’m not big into romances between a human and a non-human (no ghosts or vampires for me, thanks!), but I was very curious about how a kraken/human romance would work, so I started with the first book of the series (reviewed by Jen a while back) and sped through the books.

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Review: Free by Kristen Ashley

Reviewed by Sara

I will be the first to admit that I’m a pretty big Kristen Ashley fan and have a huge place in my heart (and library) for her Chaos motorcycle club series. Free is the seventh and final novel in the series, and while I was sad to have the series end, I was excited to see how she would wrap things up.

Through the Chaos series, the club has been in conflict with various baddies, but the baddest of them all is Valenzula, a drug dealing pimp, a misogynistic murderer and a porn producer. His empire has taken out a number of innocents including Rebel Stapleton’s best friend Diane. To collect evidence to incarcerate Valenzula, Rebel puts her skills behind the camera to use and is deep undercover as the new director for Valenzula’s high-end pornos. Not only is she digging up dirt on Valenzula, Rebel is also looking into disgraced Chaos member and uber bad guy Arthur Lannigan, AKA Chew. Rebel knows everyday she walks a dangerous tightrope, but is completely committed to see that neither Valenzula or Chew is able to hurt or exploit another woman again.

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Review: The Earl I Ruined by Scarlett Peckham

Reviewed by Caitlin

Lady Constance Stonewell has all of Society eating out of the palm of her hand, and she makes it look effortless.

She’s a scandal, her clothes are intricately made and enormous (it is the 18th century after all), and her dowry is immense. She’s bright and lively and witty. And she’s the sister of a duke.

It’s no wonder Julian Haywood, the Earl of Apthorp, is in love with her. The problem? She confuses his propriety with a boring personality. When she learns something about his sexual tastes, she jumps to the wrong conclusions and accidentally gets his proclivities published in the scandal sheets.

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Review: Lady Bridget’s Diary by Maya Rodale

Reviewed by Olive

Lady Bridget’s Diary is the first book of the ‘Keeping Up With the Cavendishes’ series by Maya Rodale (click here for a review of Book 2: Chasing Lady Amelia). I have to admit – I was more than a little skeptical at the idea of a Regency romance based on Bridget Jones’s Diary (BJD), a modern romantic comedy based on Pride and Prejudice (PnP), a Regency romance. It was either going to be amazingly meta … or amazingly mediocre. I’m happy to say this landed firmly in the former camp 😉

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