Beach Read by Emily Henry

GoodReads Summary:
A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.
Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.
They’re polar opposites.
In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block.
Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.
Beach ReadReview:
This new release has been hyped all over the internet. I was interested immediately from the synopsis. A book about a writer that’s stuck? Count me in.
We follow January, a romance writer who has learned some things about her parents that have shaken her idea of happily ever after. She’s moved into a beach house that she didn’t know her father owned so she can pack it up and sell it. This is a hugely emotional thing for her, but at the same time, she’s supposed to be writing her next book by the end of the summer. The only problem with this is that she hasn’t even started and when she tries, she has no ideas. Things get interesting when she realizes who her neighbor is.
Augustus Everett is a fellow writer, one that January actually went to college with. I really liked him from the start. It was immediately clear that these two had certain assumptions about one another that weren’t really true. So, Gus and January make a deal where Gus will spend the summer writing a romance novel and January will write literary fiction. I loved that this became sort of cathartic for January. She used this new challenge to try to work through all of the things she has going on in her life. I just really enjoyed the writing aspects of the story. I also totally loved the flirtation that was included for some of the writing parts. Also, as a part of their deal, the two adventured together. Friday nights they would go somewhere that Gus had previously planned for book research and January would take Gus on field trips that one might find in a romance novel. I loved these because they were both so different. So, Fridays they’d deal with some really heavy stuff and Saturdays they would go to the carnival or something. It was an interesting contrast; the darkness of what Gus was researching with the fun date-like adventures that January planned.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book just as much as everyone else. It was fun and made me laugh, but it also had some great serious and thoughtful moments. I found myself easily invested in the characters and their relationships. I will definitely be reading Emily Henry’s next adult romance.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Wild at Heart by K.A. Tucker

GoodReads Summary:
Calla Fletcher returns to Toronto a different person, struggling to find direction and still very much in love with the rugged bush pilot she left behind. When Jonah arrives on her doorstep with a proposition she can’t dismiss, she takes the leap and rushes back to Alaska to begin their exciting future together.
But Calla soon learns that even the best intentions can lead to broken promises, and that compromise comes with a hefty price—a log cabin in interior rural Alaska that feels as isolating as the western tundra.
With Jonah gone more than he’s home, one neighbor who insists on transforming her into a true Alaskan, and another who seems more likely to shoot her than come to her aid, Calla grapples with forging her own path. In a world with roaming wildlife that has her constantly watching over her shoulder and harsh conditions that stretch far beyond the cold, dark, winter months, just stepping outside her front door can be daunting.
This is not the future Calla had in mind, leaving her to fear that perhaps she is doomed to follow in her mother’s fleeing footsteps after all.
Wild at Heart (Wild, #2)Review:
After reading and loving The Simple Wild, I knew I needed its sequel. I’m so glad that I didn’t waste any time ordering it because it was so good. We follow Calla after she’s made the decision to move back to Alaska to be with Jonah. I loved that this was a slice of life story. We’re getting to see Jonah and Calla move to a new area of Alaska and start their lives together, but Jonah finds new dreams to go after and Calla feels like she has to be supportive of them. There were struggles for both of them, but they worked through them. I really liked getting to see the conflict and see how they resolved them.
I definitely loved Calla and Jonah together. I loved everything about their relationship. We get to see the fun times and the harder things they’re figuring out how to deal with. But the best part of this story was Calla and her growth. She figures out how to get her license. She gets to know the people in town. She meets her neighbors. She becomes a part of the community. I loved seeing Calla figuring out how to make a life for herself outside of her relationship with Jonah in her new home. She really struggled, but that just made the story that much better.
Overall, I am already very excited to see what’s going to happen in the third book. I loved the setting. I loved the struggles and conflicts. There were lots of parts with the people in the new town and getting to know these characters was so enjoyable. Calla’s grouchy neighbor was absolutely my favorite. I also really liked the history of Calla and Jonah’s new property that was included in the story. I loved everything about this story.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore

GoodReads Summary:
A lady must have money and an army of her own if she is to win a revolution – but first, she must pit her wits against the wiles of an irresistible rogue bent on wrecking her plans…and her heart.
Lady Lucie is fuming. She and her band of Oxford suffragists have finally scraped together enough capital to control one of London’s major publishing houses, with one purpose: to use it in a coup against Parliament. But who could have predicted that the one person standing between her and success is her old nemesis, Lord Ballentine? Or that he would be willing to hand over the reins for an outrageous price—a night in her bed.
Lucie tempts Tristan like no other woman, burning him up with her fierceness and determination every time they clash. But as their battle of wills and words fans the flames of long-smouldering devotion, the silver-tongued seducer runs the risk of becoming caught in his own snare.
As Lucie tries to out-manoeuvre Tristan in the boardroom and the bedchamber, she soon discovers there’s truth in what the poets say: all is fair in love and war…
A Rogue of One's Own (A League of Extraordinary Women, #2)Review:
A Rogue of One’s Own follows Lady Lucie who spearheads a group of suffragists who are fighting for their rights as women. They are trying to fight against something being passed in the government that would essentially make women property once they got married. Lucie is very passionate about women’s rights. So passionate that it’s the reason she’s estranged from her family. I really liked Lucie. She was a fun character that cares deeply about important things. Lucie is adaptable. When obstacles find their way in her path, she paves a new one and I really liked this about her. She’s stubborn and always has a plan. But she also has wonderful friends who help her come up with new ideas when she’s at a loss for what to do next. I liked that Lucie’s friendships were just as much a part of this book as the romance.
Enter romantic interest: Tristan. Tristian was a friend of Lucie’s brother, so he was around every summer during her childhood. He played endless pranks on Lucie so she doesn’t like him much. But when he buys the other half of the publishing company she’s hoping to use to further her causes, it causes trouble.
I wouldn’t quite call this a hate-to-love romance because yes, Lucie hates Tristan, but Tristan doesn’t hate Lucie and never has. I really enjoyed the banter between the two. Lucie comes to realize her feelings was also great. The best part was Lucie coming to terms with falling in love while also still being the spearhead of a very important cause for women. She’s struggling to make both work in her life, but she realizes that she isn’t willing to give either of them up.
Overall, this story was entertaining and very enjoyable. I loved Lucie and I loved Tristan. I enjoyed the romance and the steamier scenes. I adored the friendships and family drama. If you like historical romance, you’ll love this one.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker

GoodReads Summary:
Calla Fletcher wasn’t even two when her mother took her and fled the Alaskan wild, unable to handle the isolation of the extreme, rural lifestyle, leaving behind Calla’s father, Wren Fletcher, in the process. Calla never looked back, and at twenty-six, a busy life in Toronto is all she knows. But when Calla learns that Wren’s days may be numbered, she knows that it’s time to make the long trip back to the remote frontier town where she was born.
She braves the roaming wildlife, the odd daylight hours, the exorbitant prices, and even the occasional—dear God—outhouse, all for the chance to connect with her father: a man who, despite his many faults, she can’t help but care for. While she struggles to adjust to this rugged environment, Jonah—the unkempt, obnoxious, and proud Alaskan pilot who helps keep her father’s charter plane company operational—can’t imagine calling anywhere else home. And he’s clearly waiting with one hand on the throttle to fly this city girl back to where she belongs, convinced that she’s too pampered to handle the wild.
Jonah is probably right, but Calla is determined to prove him wrong. Soon, she finds herself forming an unexpected bond with the burly pilot. As his undercurrent of disapproval dwindles, it’s replaced by friendship—or perhaps something deeper? But Calla is not in Alaska to stay and Jonah will never leave. It would be foolish of her to kindle a romance, to take the same path her parents tried—and failed at—years ago. It’s a simple truth that turns out to be not so simple after all.
The Simple Wild (Wild, #1)Review:
I have heard nothing but praise for this book. I did not find myself disappointed. I really enjoyed The Simple Wild.
We’re following Calla as she finds out that her father, Wren, who she hasn’t spoken to since she was a child, has cancer. She has to opportunity to go to Alaska to see him and spend time with him before it’s too late. I really liked this aspect of the book. It brought up interesting ideas of what Calla owes to her father (who was not much of a father to her) and what she owes to herself. I really liked that she wasn’t guilted to coerced into visiting Alaska, she made the choice to go. I really loved how Calla’s family supported her. She has her mother and her step-father, Simon, back in Toronto. Simon is a therapist and I really liked how he helped Calla work through her thoughts and emotions when she was struggling with them. He always knew exactly how to help her. I loved the way that by the end of the story, Calla had three parents.
Now, the romance. Jonah was a big jerk when he first met Calla. He loved Wren and he didn’t know Calla at all, but he judged her unfairly. I really loved following him as he learned how wrong he was. I loved the pranks they pulled on one another and Calla’s anxiety when she thought she may have gone too far. I really enjoyed how Jonah pushed her to do things she was afraid of and to spend more quality time with her father.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. There were great family dynamics and even though there were some sad parts, I really loved them. The romance was wonderful. They were snarky and full of the banter that is my favorite. I’m very excited to read the second book.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai

GoodReads Summary:
One minute, Katrina King’s enjoying an innocent conversation with a hot guy at a coffee shop; the next, a stranger has live-tweeted the entire episode with a romantic meet-cute spin and #CafeBae is the new hashtag-du-jour. The problem? Katrina craves a low-profile life, and going viral threatens the peaceful world she’s painstakingly built. Besides, #CafeBae isn’t the man she’s hungry for.
With the internet on the hunt for the identity of #CuteCafeGirl, Jas Singh, bodyguard, friend, and possessor of the most beautiful eyebrows Katrina’s ever seen, comes to the rescue and whisks her away to his family’s home. Alone in a remote setting with the object of her affections? It’s a recipe for romance. But after a long dating dry spell, Katrina isn’t sure she can trust her instincts when it comes to love—even if Jas’ every look says he wants to be more than just her bodyguard…
Girl Gone Viral (Modern Love, #2)Review:
I am now a huge fan of Alisha Rai. I loved the first book in this series. And I totally loved this one too. I was dying to know more about Katrina at the end of the last book, so I was so happy to be able to immediately order this book.
We’re following Katrina as she goes viral (her worst nightmare). She’s a very private person so when a stranger takes her picture and puts it on the internet, she escapes to her bodyguard’s family farm. I really loved getting to know more about Katrina and meeting Jas.
I think my favorite part about this book was the mental health representation. Katrina deals with panic attacks. I thought this was a really thoughtful representation. It was great to see a character that deals with an issue like this that so many people in the world deal with. I also liked Jas and what he represented. I would have liked to get more of his story in the after, but I still really appreciated the representation of PTSD with him. I also loved seeing him work toward being a better communicator, specifically to his family, but also just overall.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I will definitely be picking up some of Alisha Rai’s backlist books. I cannot wait for the next book in this series. I love these characters so much.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai

GoodReads Summary:
Rhiannon Hunter may have revolutionized romance in the digital world, but in real life she only swipes right on her career—and the occasional hookup. The cynical dating app creator controls her love life with a few key rules:
– Nude pics are by invitation only
– If someone stands you up, block them with extreme prejudice
– Protect your heart
Only there aren’t any rules to govern her attraction to her newest match, former pro-football player Samson Lima. The sexy and seemingly sweet hunk woos her one magical night… and disappears.
Rhi thought she’d buried her hurt over Samson ghosting her, until he suddenly surfaces months later, still big, still beautiful—and in league with a business rival. He says he won’t fumble their second chance, but she’s wary. A temporary physical partnership is one thing, but a merger of hearts? Surely that’s too high a risk…
The Right Swipe (Modern Love, #1)Review:
I absolutely adored The Right Swipe. I’ve seen a few mixed reviews and that’s why I didn’t pick this book up all of the times it tempted me at Target. But I wanted some romance books and I keep seeing people talk about the second book in this series. So, I finally bought this book. I’m so glad that I did. This book was so good. The writing was wonderful. The characters were great. The story covered important topics, but it was also fun and weirdly informative about what being single is for this married lady.
Rhi is a woman that carved her own place in the world. I really liked her because she’s a woman in the business world and she’s learned from her past not to take shit from anyone. I liked that in the beginning she didn’t let herself open up to anyone outside her inner circle, but as the story goes along, she learns more about herself and her flaws and starts to open up again. I loved the aspect of her past and how she came to create her own company after leaving an important position with another company. I didn’t love the subject matter, but rather how it was handled. I really enjoyed the outcome of her history.
This part of her causes conflict with Samson. I thought their relationship was such a good one. They have a history. One where Samson unintentionally ghosted Rhi. I really liked how Rhi got past this despite her strong opinions about never giving second chances to anyone that ghosts her. They really push one another out of their comfort zones and I love books that do this. All the best parts of my own relationship are that my husband pushes me to try new things that I might not do without his encouragement.
Overall, this book was so freaking good and I’ve already ordered Alisha Rai’s next book in this series. I liked that it talked about important topics like men using nude pictures against someone they used to be in a relationship with, ghosting, fuckboys, the relationship between football and health issues later in life. I thought these topics were covered well and thoughtfully. I just loved this book.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

GoodReads Summary:
It’s the eve of Rachel Chu’s wedding, and she should be over the moon. She has a flawless Asscher-cut diamond, a wedding dress she loves, and a fiancé willing to thwart his meddling relatives and give up one of the biggest fortunes in Asia in order to marry her. Still, Rachel mourns the fact that her birthfather, a man she never knew, won’t be there to walk her down the aisle.
Then a chance accident reveals his identity. Suddenly, Rachel is drawn into a dizzying world of Shanghai splendor, a world where people attend church in a penthouse, where exotic cars race down the boulevard, and where people aren’t just crazy rich … they’re China rich.
China Rich Girlfriend (Crazy Rich Asians, #2)Review:
I wish I liked this book more. I mostly enjoyed the first book. Mostly because it was pretty wild and ridiculous. This book was that too, but I couldn’t handle it. I thought it was over the top and I just didn’t enjoy it like I did in the first book. I don’t think I’ll make it to the third book.
There wasn’t enough Rachel and Nick in this book. Too much time was spent with the other characters we met in the first book that I just didn’t care about. Also, this whole book was supposed to be about Rachel meeting and spending time with her dad, but that literally didn’t happen. She saw her dad like five times.
This story was the same thing as the first book, but with different bits of drama and in a different location.
Overall, I think I’m done with this series. It was just too much for me. But it’s a well-loved series and if you think you’ll like it, it’s definitely a wild ride.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

GoodReads Summary:
When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor.
On Nick’s arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers.
Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians, #1)Review:
I’ve been trying to read this book for so long. So, on Mother’s Day, I brought it into the bathtub with me and settled in to get far enough into the story that I would either be interested or finally dnf it for good. I managed to read 200 or so pages in the bathtub. I could not focus on anything else for the rest of the day until I had time to pick it up again. This book was addicting.
We follow many characters. Nick and Rachel are the centers of the story as Nick comes from an unimaginably wealthy family and he’s bringing Rachel to meet them in Singapore. He’s never brought a girl to meet the family, so this is significant. This stirs up so much drama within the family because where Rachel’s family comes from matters to the Young family (way more than it should.) We also follow several other members of the family. I liked Rachel and Nick, but most of the rest of the characters were very shallow, in all senses of the word. There were also some characters that I just thought really could have been left out (read: Eddie). I see why they were left in (read: to show how horrible money can make some people). But I could have done without that.
By the end of this book, I really had no idea what to think. The title says it all. These characters are crazy rich, but they’re also just plain crazy. Their views and opinions were horrible. The privilege of money has done so much.
Overall, I really don’t have the words to explain my feelings about this book. I’m already reading the second book and definitely like it better. Nick’s family in this book are so horrible it was entertaining, but also made me very mad. I was also really unsatisfied with the ending. There were issues between Rachel and Nick that were left completely unresolved and I didn’t care for that.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

The Governess Game by Tessa Dare

GoodReads Summary:
The accidental governess.
After her livelihood slips through her fingers, Alexandra Mountbatten takes on an impossible post: transforming a pair of wild orphans into proper young ladies. However, the girls don’t need discipline. They need a loving home. Try telling that to their guardian, Chase Reynaud: duke’s heir in the streets and devil in the sheets. The ladies of London have tried—and failed—to make him settle down. Somehow, Alexandra must reach his heart… without risking her own.
The infamous rake.
Like any self-respecting libertine, Chase lives by one rule: no attachments. When a stubborn little governess tries to reform him, he decides to give her an education—in pleasure. That should prove he can’t be tamed. But Alexandra is more than he bargained for: clever, perceptive, passionate. She refuses to see him as a lost cause. Soon the walls around Chase’s heart are crumbling… and he’s in danger of falling, hard.
The Governess Game (Girl Meets Duke, #2)Review:
This story was so much fun. I definitely liked the first book in this series better, but The Governess Game was still really good.
We follow Alex as she’s somehow hired by Chase as a governess to the two girls that are his wards. The girls were my favorite part. Rosamund and Daisy have been passed around so many homes, they really just want someone to love them. Daisy kills her doll, Millicent, every day. So, most mornings start with Millicent’s funeral. This is what had me sold on Chase early in the story. Every day he gives Millicent a wonderful eulogy, and it’s clear that he cares for these girls even if he doesn’t want to admit it.
I loved the relationship between Chase and Alex too. Alex pushes him and even though he’s going to be a Duke she doesn’t pull any punches. She tells it like it is and doesn’t let him give her any crap. I really loved her effect on Chase.
Overall, this story was fun and sweet, but also has some really great sex scenes. There were some great space scenes where Alex is searching the stars. These characters work on conquering their fears. The growth was wonderful and I just really enjoyed this one.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa

GoodReads Summary:
Critically acclaimed author Mia Sosa delivers a sassy, steamy enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy about a woman whose new job requires her to work side-by-side with the best man who ruined her wedding: her ex-fiancé’s infuriating, irritating, annoyingly handsome brother. Perfect for fans of Jasmine Guillory, Helen Hoang, and Sally Thorne!
A wedding planner left at the altar. Yeah, the irony isn’t lost on Carolina Santos, either. But despite that embarrassing blip from her past, Lina’s managed to make other people’s dreams come true as a top-tier wedding coordinator in DC. After impressing an influential guest, she’s offered an opportunity that could change her life. There’s just one hitch… she has to collaborate with the best (make that worst) man from her own failed nuptials.
Tired of living in his older brother’s shadow, marketing expert Max Hartley is determined to make his mark with a coveted hotel client looking to expand its brand. Then he learns he’ll be working with his brother’s whip-smart, stunning—absolutely off-limits—ex-fiancée. And she loathes him.
If they can survive the next few weeks and nail their presentation without killing each other, they’ll both come out ahead. Except Max has been public enemy number one ever since he encouraged his brother to jilt the bride, and Lina’s ready to dish out a little payback of her own.
But even the best laid plans can go awry, and soon Lina and Max discover animosity may not be the only emotion creating sparks between them. Still, this star-crossed couple can never be more than temporary playmates because Lina isn’t interested in falling in love and Max refuses to play runner-up to his brother ever again…
The Worst Best ManReview:
I picked this one up because as I’ve mentioned in many previous reviews that I’m on a romance kick. This is one that I’ve seen a ton of people talking about so I had to grab it when I saw it available as an eBook through my library.
I enjoyed this book for the most part. I liked the banter and familial aspects. The romance was interesting and believable. I loved how diverse it was and how Lina shares her culture with the people around her. This book definitely made me hungry. It also totally made me want to plan a wedding (which is silly because I’m already married.) I loved the competition aspect of the story as well. Lina is trying to get a job for a well-known hotel and help them add weddings to the many things they provide for their clientele.
I’m going to keep this review short because I don’t have all that much to say about this book. I enjoyed it, but I wasn’t totally comfortable with the whole falling in love with her ex-fiance’s brother concept. I get that Andrew’s the one that left her, but this was just a little unrealistic to me. I don’t know many people that would actually let this happen, let alone it ends up being a successful relationship. Despite this, the story was fun and entertaining.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters

GoodReads Summary:
After seven years as an assistant, 29-year-old Evie Summers is ready to finally get the promotion she deserves. But now the TV and film agency she’s been running behind the scenes is in trouble, and Evie will lose her job unless she can convince the agency’s biggest and most arrogant client, Ezra Chester, to finish writing the script for a Hollywood romantic comedy.
The catch? Ezra is suffering from writer’s block–and he’ll only put pen to paper if singleton Evie can prove to him that you can fall in love like they do in the movies. With the future of the agency in jeopardy, Evie embarks on a mission to meet a man the way Sally met Harry or Hugh Grant met Julia Roberts.
But in the course of testing out the meet-cute scenes from classic romantic comedies IRL, not only will Evie encounter one humiliating situation after another, but she’ll have to confront the romantic past that soured her on love. In a novel as hilarious as it is heartwarming, debut author Rachel Winters proves that sometimes real life is better than the movies–and that the best kind of meet-cutes happen when you least expect them.
Would Like to MeetReview:
This book pulled me in with its cover. I was very happy that I liked the book inside as much as I like the cover. I thought the whole concept of the book was so cute. I only liked Evie most of the time with this book. She really wasn’t a very good friend and that really annoyed me. But her friends were incredibly forgiving and I liked them a lot. They were great supporting characters and added excellent banter to the story. But Evie was not the friend she should have been to them. I think that was in part because she put so much of her time and effort into her job that was completely not worth said time and effort. I was a little annoyed at times that she neglected literally everything else in her life for such a crappy job. Now, on a more positive note. I had so much fun with the meet-cutes that Evie had to do. They were taken right out of some great romantic comedy movies and they were definitely one of the better parts of this book.
I really hated Ezra. He was a huge asshole and I just really hated him. He was the stereotype of people in the movie industry and I totally predicted what he was doing with the stories of Evie’s meet-cutes like right away. I hated him, and yet, I still sort of believed him when he pulls the crap he pulls in this book. This was the part where I almost DNF’d this one. But everything came around to exactly where I wanted it to be in the end.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Evie was interesting and annoying, but also really learned a lot about herself and how to stand up for herself. I really liked the outcome of this story. I was really happy with the conclusion and it was a funny and entertaining read.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

GoodReads Summary:
Kristen Petersen doesn’t do drama, will fight to the death for her friends, and has no room in her life for guys who just don’t get her. She’s also keeping a big secret: facing a medically necessary procedure that will make it impossible for her to have children.
Planning her best friend’s wedding is bittersweet for Kristen—especially when she meets the best man, Josh Copeland. He’s funny, sexy, never offended by her mile-wide streak of sarcasm, and always one chicken enchilada ahead of her hangry. Even her dog, Stuntman Mike, adores him. The only catch: Josh wants a big family someday. Kristen knows he’d be better off with someone else, but as their attraction grows, it’s harder and harder to keep him at arm’s length.
The Friend ZoneReview:
I’ve heard many mixed reviews about The Friend Zone. I am in the upper half. I really enjoyed this book. There were a few things that I didn’t love, one of which Kristen coming uncomfortable close to cheating on her boyfriend who is in the Marine Corps (I’m a military wife and we don’t support cheating or almost cheating in this house.) Despite that, I was pulled into the story. I really enjoyed Josh and Kristen becoming really good friends before anything even remotely romantic happened. I liked that their friendship was most of the story.
I don’t like the secret-keeping or miscommunication tropes. So, when Kristen chooses not to tell Josh about her infertility issues, I was annoyed. I spent most of the book screaming in my head at Kristen to just tell Josh the truth. I thought the characters were realistic and interesting. There were more issues Kristen had than just ‘wanting to protect Josh’s future.’ Her own personal issues were a big part of why she wouldn’t let herself actually be in a relationship with him. I thought their issues went on a little bit too long, but they were solved in the end and I was happy with how their story played out.
Now, the supporting characters. I adored Kristen’s best friend Sloan and she did not deserve to be done as dirty as she was by the author. Though the author’s next book is Sloan’s story so I’m interested to read that one. I loved Sloan and Kristen’s friendship. I also loved Josh and Brandon’s relationship. The supporting characters were some of my favorite parts of the story.
Overall, this was a fun story but also completely devastating. The author takes ‘kill your babies’ seriously and I hate her a little for it. But I had fun reading this book. The characters were realistic with issues that should be talked about more.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker

GoodReads Summary:
Life is a mixed bag for Piper Calloway.
On the one hand, she’s a twenty-nine-year-old VP at her dad’s multibillion-dollar real estate development firm, and living the high single life with her two best friends in a swanky downtown penthouse. On the other hand, she’s considered a pair of sexy legs in a male-dominated world and constantly has to prove her worth. Plus, she’s stuck seeing her narcissistic ex-fiancé—a fellow VP—on the other side of her glass office wall every day.
Things get exponentially more complicated for Piper when she runs into Kyle Miller—the handsome new security guard at Calloway Group Industries, and coincidentally the first love of her life.
The guy she hasn’t seen or heard from since they were summer camp counselors together. The guy from the wrong side of the tracks. The guy who apparently doesn’t even remember her name.
Piper may be a high-powered businesswoman now, but she soon realizes that her schoolgirl crush is not only alive but stronger than ever, and crippling her concentration. What’s more, despite Kyle’s distant attitude, she’s convinced their reunion isn’t at all coincidental, and that his feelings for her still run deep. And she’s determined to make him admit to them, no matter the consequences.
Say You Still Love MeReview:
After hearing nothing but good things about K.A. Tucker I decided to give her books a try. I was so pleased when I started this book because I didn’t know anything about it and I totally love books set in summer camps. This story alternates between the past and the present.
In the past, Piper is sent to work at the Wawa summer camp to work as a counselor for eight weeks. I absolutely adored this setting. It was so much fun and I felt like I got to vicariously live through Piper to live my dream of being a summer camp counselor. I really enjoyed the young love romance that she finds with Kyle. It had a ‘lust at first sight’ aspect, but their falling in love took time and didn’t move too fast. I liked that it covered good topics, like having sex for the first time and not moving too fast. There was a bit of underage drinking. But I really enjoyed these chapters. There was a mystery aspect because there was some big issue that happened in the second to last week of camp and we wait for most of the book to finally find out what happened. I liked this because it was suspenseful and interesting.
Then there’s the storyline in the present. Piper is about to take over the company her father owns. Don’t ask me to tell you what this company does because I honestly have no idea. But, she’s a woman in a corporate world so she deals with some idiot men that continually underestimate her. I did like that not all of the men were like that, but the drama with one specific man that kept going over her head to her father was great. Seeing Piper figure out how to take him down a peg was really interesting. I liked the father/daughter aspect of the story too. She’s working out how to get her father to stop trying to fight her battles and stop letting the problem character go to him instead of her. Then there’s Kyle in the present. He has secrets, but we don’t know that until Piper learns them. I liked their relationship. They’re trying to figure out if they can get back what they had. I thought it was well done and I really enjoyed it.
Overall, this was such a great book. I’m very excited to read more by this author. The characters were ones I was invested in and really cared about. The story had mystery and suspense. I just loved this book.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas

GoodReads Summary:
Four young ladies at the side of the ballroom make a pact to help each other find husbands… no matter what it takes
Proud and beautiful Annabelle Peyton could have her pick of suitors—if only she had a dowry. Her family is on the brink of disaster, and the only way Annabelle can save them is to marry a wealthy man. Unfortunately her most persistent admirer is the brash Simon Hunt, a handsome and ambitious entrepreneur who wants her as his mistress.
Annabelle is determined to resist Simon’s wicked propositions, but she can’t deny her attraction to the boldly seductive rogue, any more than he can resist the challenge she presents. As they try to outmaneuver each other, they find themselves surrendering to a love more powerful than they could have ever imagined. But fate may have other plans—and it will take all of Annabelle’s courage to face a peril that could destroy everything she holds dear.
Secrets of a Summer Night (Wallflowers, #1)Review:
I used to read Lisa Kleypas in high school. But it’s been many years since I’ve read any of her books. After reading some newer historical romance I decided I wanted to try some of the historical romance that I loved in my younger years. This was one of those.
I thought this story was fun. It was definitely entertaining. I love the concept of the wallflowers befriending one another and coming together to help each other catch husbands. The friendships of these four girls was most definitely my favorite part of the story. These girls are hilarious and outgoing and they make each other more confident. I’m continuing this series 100% for the friendship of the wallflowers.
The romance was actually pretty good in this book too. It’s an enemies to lovers story that follows Annabelle as she’s in her last season and desperate to get a husband to hopefully pull her family out of financial ruin. I think that’s what made me not hate her motivations. She’s only doing this for her mother and her brother. But the romance was pretty good. It was well developed and I really enjoyed seeing the couple fall in love even though they both really didn’t want to. I also enjoyed seeing Annabelle end up in a marriage that is very different from what she’d planned for her entire life. Simon Hunt is a businessman and not a part of the peerage. So, he doesn’t run in the circles that Annabelle’s hoping to become a part of. This was an adjustment for her and I think made the book that much better.
Overall, this was a fun and entertaining read. I liked the romance and the friendships were excellent. There were some great steamy scenes and I just all around had a good time reading this book.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane

GoodReads Summary:
If faking love is this easy… how do you know when it’s real?
When her partner of over a decade suddenly ends things, Laurie is left reeling—not only because they work at the same law firm and she has to see him every day. Her once perfect life is in shambles and the thought of dating again in the age of Tinder is nothing short of horrifying. When news of her ex’s pregnant girlfriend hits the office grapevine, taking the humiliation lying down is not an option. Then a chance encounter in a broken-down elevator with the office playboy opens up a new possibility.
Jamie Carter doesn’t believe in love, but he needs a respectable, steady girlfriend to impress their bosses. Laurie wants a hot new man to give the rumor mill something else to talk about. It’s the perfect proposition: a fauxmance played out on social media, with strategically staged photographs and a specific end date in mind. With the plan hatched, Laurie and Jamie begin to flaunt their new couple status, to the astonishment—and jealousy—of their friends and colleagues. But there’s a fine line between pretending to be in love and actually falling for your charming, handsome fake boyfriend…
If I Never Met YouReview:
This author is new to me. This is only the second book I’ve read by Mhairi McFarlane, but I enjoyed all I’ve read so far. This is the author’s newest release and I enjoyed it so much. I think I prefer this one over the other that I’ve read. Mostly because this has tropes that I adore (read: fake dating and ‘there’s only one bed’).
One of the things I love about Mhairi’s books is that while they are technically a romance, there’s so much more to the story than that. The romance seems to take a back seat to the character development. Laurie has just been broken up with by her partner of more than ten years, the man she thought she was going to spend the rest of her life with. I can only imagine how she felt, but the author does a really good job of showing the emotional effect of this breakup. Laurie doesn’t let this break her. She lets herself mourn and then decides that she’s going to do something about it. At first, her goal is to win her ex back (which was a little annoying because he sucks.) But she eventually realizes that he isn’t worth the gum stuck to the bottom of her shoe. Enter Jamie. He’s the stereotypical womanizer (or is he??) and they get trapped in an elevator together. They come up with a fake dating plan that is supposed to benefit them both. And hilarity ensues. They pose for Instagram and go on fake dates, but end up creating a really wonderful friendship. I really liked their friendship. It was well developed and seemed to develop naturally rather than being insta-love.
The friendships in this story were also wonderful. That’s something that this story has in common with the other book by this author that I read. The main character is learning about herself but has an excellent support system in her friendships.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was fun and heartwarming, but also deep and thoughtful. I will definitely be reading more by this author.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.