ARC Review: Parental Guidance by Avery Flynn

Funny and sexy romantic comedy…

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I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Release date: June 17, 2019

Rating: 4/5

When a video of Ice Knights hockey players running their mouths off go viral, Caleb is forced to take responsibility as the senior player. He needs his image to be fixed and the best way to do that? To participate in a brand new dating app where users’ parents get to pick their dates. And Caleb’s mom ends up picking Zara as his date. The dating app requires that Caleb and Zara go on a total of five dates. For their own benefit, the two mutually reach an agreement to pretend to date and their number one rule — no real dating. Continue reading “ARC Review: Parental Guidance by Avery Flynn”

ARC Review: Naughty Stranger by Stacey Kennedy

Engaging romantic suspense…

I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Release date: June 11, 2019

Rating: 4/5

This was a pleasant surprise! To be honest, I was not the biggest fan of how the relationship got started because it was purely based on lust. In other words, it was insta-lust between Peyton and Boone. I found the romance to be a bit boring because they jumped into bed together SO quickly that there was barely any sexual tension leftover. But I must say that Boone was definitely my type of hero – he is effortlessly sexy. He doesn’t even need to try. He just is. He just is SO. SEXY.

Here is a description of the man: Continue reading…

ARC Review: Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

Funny and steamy, but…

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Release date: June 11, 2019

Rating: 3/5

Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey is the first book in the Hot and Hammered series and while this book had all the right tropes, they somehow didn’t mix together so well. Let’s break down the tropes in this book: brother’s best friend, unrequited love, friends to lovers, and fake dating. You probably already have Travis and Georgie’s love story mapped out in your head. Individually, these tropes are all fantastic. Unfortunately, some tropes worked better than others in Fix Her Up. I can’t exactly pinpoint why – let’s just say that some of these tropes were not well executed and completely missed the mark. There was so much potential for building the sexual tension, but while Travis and Georgie had chemistry, there was no sexual tension between them.

This book has the trademark Tessa Bailey steam, despite the cute illustrated cover. Fix Her Up is a great mix of funny and steamy. However, the transition from lighthearted to steamy felt very rough and abrupt. These two sides of the story felt incongruent and this weird transition could have been the reason why I found the book slow-paced and boring. Halfway through the book, I started getting bored and I couldn’t find myself invested in the romance. I even skim read the last 100 pages – I just wanted the book to be over. I also could not connect with Travis at all. By all means, he had a shitty childhood and I felt bad for him…but I couldn’t connect with him on an emotional level. On the other hand, Georgie was a great heroine – she was so quirky and funny. I truly enjoyed her character arc.

To conclude: the heroine definitely outshone the hero. The romance started off really well, but lost my attention somewhere along the way. That being said, I am 110% invested in Rosie and Dominic and cannot wait for their story!! Bring on all the angst and SEXUAL TENSION!!!!!!!!

ARC Review: The Billionaire’s Bargain by Naima Simone

Steamy and angsty…

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Release date: June 4, 2019

Rating: 4/5

What happens when a blackout hits Chicago and strangers are stranded together in the dark? Sexy times, that’s what happens LOL. During the blackout, Darius King spends a memorable night with the woman he gets stranded with, only to find out the following morning that she is Isobel Hughes, his best friend’s widow – a woman he hates. There’s a lot of family history and drama in the backdrop that resulted in these two being enemies. Things begin to change when Darius proposes a marriage of convenience to Isobel so he can protect his late friend’s legacy.

I’m surprised by how much the author packed in such a short story. This book was the perfect balance of steam and angst. It took me a while to warm up to Darius; Isobel definitely stood out the most in the story. She was such a strong and admirable woman – I was rooting for her from the very beginning. This story is filled with some fantastic quotes, most of them coming from Isobel, who’s such a wise heroine. I simply adored her.

The Billionaire’s Bargain has Naima Simone’s signature heat, humour, and heart. I thoroughly enjoyed it and cannot wait for the next book in the series!

ARC Review: Death in Kew Gardens by Jennifer Ashley

Solid installment in the Kat Holloway series…

I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Release date: June 4, 2019

Rating: 4/5

I absolutely loved Death in Kew Gardens!! It’s by far my favourite book in the Kat Holloway series. I enjoyed all the characters and the plot was super engaging. I was surprisingly really invested in the new characters and the mystery itself was fun to solve.

The romance between Kat and Daniel is still pretty much a slow burn. I’m thinking things might move faster next book…hopefully lol.

My absolute favourite character in this series is definitely Elgin. He’s so adorkable 😍 I can’t wait to see where his romance with Cynthia goes. Tess also gets a love interest in this installment, which is so exciting!!

I’m really glad this book was good, especially after the disappointment of the last book. I’m definitely sticking with this series now!

ARC Review: The Chai Factor by Farah Heron

Not my cup of tea…

I received an ARC from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review.

Release date: June 11, 2019

Rating: 1/5

Your enjoyment of The Chai Factor all boils down to your expectations.

If you are looking for a multicultural romantic comedy, then this is not the book for you.

If you are looking for a social justice guide on Islamophobia, racism, sexism, systemic discrimination, mental illness, drug addiction, the infantilization of Asian women, white boy guilt, and homophobia, then The Chai Factor is the book for you. Don’t get me wrong: according to the Internet, I am a social justice warrior. But this is not what I’m looking for in my romance novels. Continue reading…

ARC Review: Regarding the Duke by Grace Callaway

Amnesia and second chance romance done well…

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Release date: May 23, 2019

Rating: 4.25/5

If you’re a fan of the Heart of Enquiry series like me, then you’ve probably been waiting for Gabby and Adam’s book. I’m happy to say that I absolutely enjoyed their story. The romance is both heartfelt and steamy — you always get the best of both worlds with Grace Callaway. The mystery surrounding Adam’s past is also very intriguing and engaging.

How does an author write a romance about a couple who’s been married for 8 years? Callaway did with The Lady Who Came In From The Cold and she successfully did it again with Regarding the Duke. Continue reading…