Review: A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole

Reviewed by Debz

This is my first time reviewing an Alyssa Cole book. It doesn’t mean that I haven’t read any of her books. I’ve read most of them, but so has everyone else. I’m always last to hear about them, but yesterday, my luck changed and I immediately called dibs. I was sooo excited to read this y’all I’m not even playing. I expected great things and she delivered.

This is the 3rdbook in her Reluctant Royal series and if focuses on Nya Jarebi, cousin of Naledi Smith (female protagonist in A Princess in Theory) and Johan, best friend of Prince Thabiso (male protagonist in A Princess in Theory). The relationship is super organic so there was no need for a super dramatic meet cute but it was still pretty memorable. They’d both been eyeing and ignoring each other for 2 years and are forced into having a conversation when the mistakenly share a bed together on a plane.

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Review: That Kind of Guy by Talia Hibbert

Reviewed by Sara

That Kind of Guy is the third and final book in Talia Hibbert’s Ravenswood series. It uses the fake boyfriend trope but gives it a twist to keep the story from feeling stale and overdone.

Zach Davis has learned a lot in the last year or so. He’s learned that the friends he thought he could count on disappeared as soon as his mother got sick, and that there’s a reason being the manwhore of Ravenswood left him feeling empty and unfulfilled: he’s demisexual and only experiences sexual attraction when he has a strong emotional connection with his partner. Now, Zach spends his time being the best uncle, trying only to invest in friendships that are reciprocal and lurking on a demisexual message board instead of at the local pub looking for sex to fill the void. He’s happier now, but would be even happier still if he felt comfortable enough to share his sexuality with his friends and family.

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Review: American Fairytale by Adriana Herrera

Reviewed by Olive

Camilo Santiago Briggs is a social worker with a heart of gold … and a past that leaves him unwilling to trust anything he didn’t earn for himself. Thomas Hughes is a retired billionaire looking to fund worthwhile projects close to his heart.

When the two meet briefly at a gala, there’s undeniable chemistry. When they meet again in a conference room to discuss project logistics, Milo is shocked but sure he can keep things professional. Tom, on the other hand, is looking to be Milo’s Prince Charming.

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Review: Gods and Monsters by Saffron Kent

Reviewed by Ericka

I’ve only read two books by this author recently and this one is in a different ballpark than those. I didn’t really know what to expect of this story. It was darker and intense. It is a coming of age story that shows characters that are flawed and strong. The growth was probably my favorite part because I love to see how the characters move on from haunting pasts.

Able and Evie’s journey began when Evie was twelve. She was considered the town princess. Able was fourteen and the two developed a friendship. Able was everyone’s villain but Evie saw something else in him. Before I get more into the review I want to point out that this is not an exactly healthy relationship and there are some problematic situations. For these type of stories the writing saves the characters because it is interesting to see how they get out of certain situations and how it is made justifiable.

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Review: The Upside of Falling by Meghan Quinn

Reviewed by Ericka

This was a heartbreaking novel that had me at a loss for words. The cliffhanger was no joke as well. However, the good thing about it is that book two comes out in June so there isn’t a long wait.

Colby has a mission to not deviate from his goal or dreams. He doesn’t have any time for distractions or allow anything “fun” in his life at the present moment. He wants to be a fighter pilot and is preparing to graduate, Soon he meets Rory at a party. He is standoffish and rude. Rory is beautiful, confident, and determined. It is clear the tension is very thick between the two. The distractions begin when Colby finds himself always thinking about Rory, but his dreams leads him to travel and Rory has family obligations that she has to stay home.

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Review: Repeat by Kylie Scott

Reviewed by Ericka

I could not wait for this book to come out. I love Kylie Scott’s Dive series and the Dive Bar series so much that she has become an auto buy author. Also, I listened to this on audio and it was so much better than I expected it to be.

Clementine is recovering from being violently mugged. The aftermath of the attack has her suffering from amnesia. Anything from within the last few years, she doesn’t remember. When someone recognizes the style of the tattoo that she has and the artist, she goes to the tattoo shop to try and find some kind of answers of who she was. When she gets there the owner is very hostile towards her and tries to force her to leave. She doesn’t understand why he is acting that way towards her until she tell him that she can’t remember him. To make matters worse, they used to date.

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Review: The Medicine Man by Saffron A. Kent

Reviewed by Ericka

This is my second book by this author and I love it more than I did the first time around. There are trigger warnings for mental illness.

After a crazy accident, Willow is admitted into Heartstone Psychiatric Hospital. It was an impulse decision that she regrets everyday. It causes her mom to worry for Willow’s safety and self being. Willow knows that she is different from all the females in her family. From her personality all the way down to the different eye color. The one thing that she inherited was her silver hair. Simon Blackwood is the new psychiatrist that is hired at Heartstone Psychiatric. His father is the founder of the hospital and it is implied that Simon would follow or be just like his father but the two of them couldn’t be anymore different. Willow awakens something in him that he thought was dead for a long time and it scares the hell out of him.

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Review: Breaking His Rules by Aliza Mann

Reviewed by Debz

So, I just started using my twitter to get more book recommendations and not just to troll/hype my friends and I’ve newly gotten super immersed into romancelandia on twitter. It has been a hot mess month there guys, a hot mess. However, I was still able to get book recommendations from authors and book bloggers and this is my first foray into a book  I saw solely on twitter. 

First thing I have to say is that it feels like the author is my friend. I have never met or spoken to her before, but she and the book sounds like a conversation I’m having with my friends. The words used and the tone just seem so familiar to me and I dig it.

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Review: The Unrequited by Saffron A. Kent

Reviewed by Ericka

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this story because it has a trope that I try to stay away from (Infidelity). This was recommended to me and I am so glad that I decided to give it a chance read for myself because this book really surprised me. 

Layla is a college student that is trying to start over. She hurt her family in the worst way which caused her mom to resent her and give her the ultimatum of leaving home with nothing or going to school far from where she lives with financial support. She distanced herself from everyone because she believes that her past will come to the surface and they will leave her like those that she loves. Layla then meets a guy that she feels drawn to. She feels as if he is just like her. Lonely, depressed, and needing something to feel alive. She follows him on campus for a few days and then discovers that he is actually her poetry professor. Thomas is a poet that is struggling with his marriage. He moved to the small town and took a teaching job just so he could save his marriage. He knows that things are bad and his wife is fading from him but he is willing to give up everything including his writing.

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Review: The Hookup By Kristen Ashley

Reviewed by Sara

The Hookup is the first book in Kristen Ashley’s Moonlight and Motor Oil series. In it, Eliza, Izzy, Forrester, a newcomer to the small town of Matlock, wakes up in the bed of alpha male, hot mechanic, Johnny Gamble. Izzy, who’s fairly inexperienced and has had several problematic relationships, isn’t a game player, has never hooked up, and is a bit of a dreamer. She had a great time with Johnny and wants more, but isn’t sure quite how to go about getting it or even if Johnny’s interested. Add to this the sudden and unexpected arrival of her sister and infant nephew, without her ne’er do well brother in law and Izzy’s life is in disarray. Thankfully, she has her best friend, her devoted sister, an adorable baby boy and a good portion of the town of Matlock at her back. Good things are on the horizon for Izzy if she can just push through.

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