Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

GoodReads Review:
England, 1879. Annabelle Archer, the brilliant but destitute daughter of a country vicar, has earned herself a place among the first cohort of female students at the renowned University of Oxford. In return for her scholarship, she must support the rising women’s suffrage movement. Her charge: recruit men of influence to champion their cause. Her target: Sebastian Devereux, the cold and calculating Duke of Montgomery who steers Britain’s politics at the Queen’s command. Her challenge: not to give in to the powerful attraction she can’t deny for the man who opposes everything she stands for.
Sebastian is appalled to find a suffragist squad has infiltrated his ducal home, but the real threat is his impossible feelings for green-eyed beauty Annabelle. He is looking for a wife of equal standing to secure the legacy he has worked so hard to rebuild, not an outspoken commoner who could never be his duchess. But he wouldn’t be the greatest strategist of the Kingdom if he couldn’t claim this alluring bluestocking without the promise of a ring…or could he?
Locked in a battle with rising passion and a will matching her own, Annabelle will learn just what it takes to topple a duke…
Bringing Down the Duke (A League of Extraordinary Women, #1)Review:
I haven’t read a historical romance in literal years. So, I was hesitant to pick this one up, but as I’ve mentioned in a few of my reviews lately that I’ve been on a romance binge. Bringing Down the Duke is a book I’ve seen recommended a fair amount lately, which is the whole reason I picked it up. I ended up really enjoying it. It was such a fun story and very different from the historical romances that I’ve read in the past.
We follow Annabelle as she attends Oxford, as a part of the first class of females that have been allowed to attend the school. I thought this was a really interesting take. I liked Annabelle. She was determined to succeed at school so that she could better her life. She’s coming from a less than favorable situation at home. She’s made mistakes in the past and is determined to move forward and make the best of her situation. Enter the complication. As a part of her scholarship, she’s joined the woman’s suffrage movement and that puts her in the path of Sebastian, the Duke of Montgomery.
Sebastian is the typical prickly Duke. He has enormous responsibilities that come with the title of Duke. He’s had to bring the Dukedom back from the brink of ruin (thanks to his alcoholic father) and that weighs on him. Sebastian has been burned, by family and by past relationships. So, he’s not looking for a new wife. He’s not looking to get involved with Annabelle.
But as we all know, they get involved. I loved this romance because he’s a Duke and she’s the daughter of a vicar. It’s not a suitable marriage in this time period, so Sebastian offers for Annabelle to become his mistress. This does not go over well and it was mildly hilarious. I really enjoyed the romance. They have their differences, but deep down they’re both good people and they work well together.
Overall, this was a really fun book. It wasn’t the typical historical romance. It focused on women’s rights in this time period and the fight for women to keep their property after marriage. I loved the topics covered. I loved the romance. I just really enjoyed this one.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

GoodReads Summary:
Braden Mack thinks reading romance novels makes him an expert in love, but he’ll soon discover that real life is better than fiction.
Liv Papandreas has a dream job as a sous chef at Nashville’s hottest restaurant. Too bad the celebrity chef owner is less than charming behind kitchen doors. After she catches him harassing a young hostess, she confronts him and gets fired. Liv vows revenge, but she’ll need assistance to take on the powerful chef.
Unfortunately, that means turning to Braden Mack. When Liv’s blackballed from the restaurant scene, the charismatic nightclub entrepreneur offers to help expose her ex-boss, but she is suspicious of his motives. He’ll need to call in reinforcements: the Bromance Book Club.
Inspired by the romantic suspense novel they’re reading, the book club assists Liv in setting up a sting operation to take down the chef. But they’re just as eager to help Mack figure out the way to Liv’s heart… even though she’s determined to squelch the sparks between them before she gets burned.
Undercover Bromance (Bromance Book Club, #2)Review:
Undercover Bromance was even better than the first book. We follow Braden Mack as he tries to figure out his love life. He gets dumped by a girl because he’s just going through the motions and doing what he thinks she wants her to. While he’s on his final date he runs into Gavin’s sister in law, Liv. He also sort of got her fired. I really loved Mack. He’s a guy with a lot of heart. He just cares. He has strong morals and wants to do whatever he can to help. This comes off a little bit as trying to be a knight in shining armor. He wants to come to the rescue. This is a trope that annoys me sometimes, but it didn’t in this book. His desire to help comes from a good place. He just genuinely wants to right the wrongs that he finds in the world.
Then there’s Liv. She’s a prickly girl and doesn’t need help from anyone. She won’t take money from her sister to start her own restaurant, which is how she’s ended up working at one of Nashville’s hottest restaurants for a huge scum bag. When she catches him sexually propositioning one of her coworkers she flips. She’s determined to take him down. Liv is trying to find a new job is the chef business but she’s being blackballed.
These two team up to take down Liv’s old boss. This was wicked funny because all Mack wants to do is help and Liv wants to do this by herself. She doesn’t need help from anyone, but Mack is determined to be involved. There’s an attraction between the two and it’s hard to resist once they start working together.
Overall, I enjoyed this one. It was fun, despite the serious topic of sexual harassment (it’s honestly more than that, but I don’t know what else to call it.) I thought the topic was handled well. Even when Liv is not handling the topic well when talking to the girls that have experienced this harassment, she’s called out on it. I liked that she was called out for being wrong. I really cannot wait for the next book in the series, especially since I believe it is the Russian’s book.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

GoodReads Summary:
The first rule of book club: You don’t talk about book club.
Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott’s marriage is in major-league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. When he loses his cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him.
Welcome to the Bromance Book Club.
Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville’s top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it’ll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner-hero and win back the trust of his wife.
The Bromance Book Club (Bromance Book Club, #1)Review:
This was another book that I picked up because my bookish internet people were just absolutely raving about it. I’m glad I picked this one up because it totally had me laughing out loud. I loved the concept of a male book club that reads romance with the purpose of helping other men fixing their relationships. I love that the men come together to discuss the book in more than just the sense of what they’ve learned from it.
We follow a baseball player, Gavin, as he’s trying to win his wife back. She’s left him because she’s been faking it during sex for years. But it wasn’t just that and he doesn’t realize this until after the book club takes him in and helps him. I loved seeing him realize how he was wrong and what he can do to win his wife back, what he can do to make up for his lack of doing.
This story was just honestly so much fun. I am really excited to continue this series. I’ve already read the second book and I’ll be reviewing that one next, but there’s more coming and I’m beyond excited to read them.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Fight or Flight by Samantha Young

GoodReads Summary:
The universe is conspiring against Ava Breevort. As if flying back to Phoenix to bury a childhood friend wasn’t hell enough, a cloud of volcanic ash traveling from overseas delayed her flight back home to Boston. Her last-ditch attempt to salvage the trip was thwarted by an arrogant Scotsman, Caleb Scott, who steals a first-class seat out from under her. Then over the course of their journey home, their antagonism somehow lands them in bed for the steamiest layover Ava’s ever had. And that’s all it was–until Caleb shows up on her doorstep.
When pure chance pulls Ava back into Caleb’s orbit, he proposes they enjoy their physical connection while he’s stranded in Boston. Ava agrees, knowing her heart’s in no danger since a) she barely likes Caleb and b) his existence in her life is temporary. Not long thereafter Ava realizes she’s made a terrible error because as it turns out Caleb Scott isn’t quite so unlikeable after all. When his stay in Boston becomes permanent, Ava must decide whether to fight her feelings for him or give into them. But even if she does decide to risk her heart on Caleb, there is no guarantee her stubborn Scot will want to risk his heart on her….
Fight or FlightReview:
I’m going to be honest here. I mentioned in a review of another book that since everything going on with the virus started, I’ve pretty much only read romance. This is a book that is a part of that. I’m also writing this review after having read almost ten books since this one. So, I already don’t remember every detail. This review will be short because of that.
I liked this book from the start. Ava has a one-night stand with Caleb after burying her childhood best friend. She’s full of emotions she’s not ready to delve into, so she dives into a hot guy instead. That’s something I can get behind. But when the two run into one another back in Boston, things continue. I liked their relationship, at first. But when things start to get serious and Ava is ready to try to make things work in a more serious relationship, Caleb ghosts her. This made me mad, but not overly so. This is super common. He didn’t want anything more series. But his reasoning made me mad. He shared hard details about his past with Ava right before ghosting her. He opened up and instead of telling her that he didn’t want that, he just avoided her. So, she confronts him and he says exactly what he knows will hurt her down to the core. Because of course, she’s shared some hard details of her past with him too. So, he says incredibly hurtful things to her and immediately regrets them. This trope makes me so mad. Why would you make your character hurt another in a way that cuts them to the core and then somehow, they can get better from there? Nope. As soon as Caleb said purposefully hurtful things to Ava I knew I didn’t like this book anymore. I don’t support crap like that.
Overall, this was a fun book for the most part. I think most romance readers would enjoy it. The characters are well developed. The relationship is great for most of the book. I just didn’t love certain parts.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

GoodReads Summary:
Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek with a goal, a plan, and a list. After almost—but not quite—dying, she’s come up with seven directives to help her “Get a Life”, and she’s already completed the first: finally moving out of her glamorous family’s mansion. The next items?
• Enjoy a drunken night out.
• Ride a motorcycle.
• Go camping.
• Have meaningless but thoroughly enjoyable sex.
• Travel the world with nothing but hand luggage.
• And… do something bad.
But it’s not easy being bad, even when you’ve written step-by-step guidelines on how to do it correctly. What Chloe needs is a teacher, and she knows just the man for the job.
Redford ‘Red’ Morgan is a handyman with tattoos, a motorcycle, and more sex appeal than ten-thousand Hollywood heartthrobs. He’s also an artist who paints at night and hides his work in the light of day, which Chloe knows because she spies on him occasionally. Just the teeniest, tiniest bit.
But when she enlists Red in her mission to rebel, she learns things about him that no spy session could teach her. Like why he clearly resents Chloe’s wealthy background. And why he never shows his art to anyone. And what really lies beneath his rough exterior…
Get a Life, Chloe Brown (The Brown Sisters, #1)Review:
Get a Life, Chloe Brown is a book that I’ve seen all over twitter being raved about. So, when I saw it sitting on the new releases shelf, I had to pick it up. I’m glad that I did because shortly after I grabbed it the whole world closed down. I’ve been on a romance binge since all of the virus stuff started. I just want to read happy books. This book was perfect for that. As with most romance, there was conflict and unhappy parts, but I just enjoyed this story so damn much.
We follow Chloe Brown who has a chronic illness. I thought it was wonderful to have that representation because it’s not something I see very often. I mostly liked Chloe. She didn’t want to need help from anyone. She was strong despite the pain she felt every day. I also totally adored her sisters. I loved that they were included in this because sibling relationships are totally my jam. Chloe was stubborn but sensitive. Not that she ever let people see that sensitive side.
Enter the love interest, Red. I loved him too. He’s struggling to heal after a damaging relationship. He’s trying to get back into painting. But he keeps thinking that he needs to become who he was before his terrible relationship rather than letting himself become someone new. This was an interesting battle because everyone goes through periods of growth so I thought it was interesting that he didn’t see it that way and instead tried to find his old self.
These two were so good for one another. They pushed the boundaries of the other, they made each other better (even if the characters didn’t realize that’s what was going on.) I thought their conflicts were natural and well done as well as their resolutions.
Overall, I totally adored this book and I’m beyond excited for the next one in the series that will be coming out later this year. If you’re a romance lover, this is definitely a book you should pick up. You will not be disappointed.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler

GoodReads Summary:
When Graham Barnett named his diner The Tourist Trap, he meant it as a joke. Now he’s stuck slinging reindeer dogs to an endless string of resort visitors who couldn’t interest him less. Not even the sweet, enthusiastic tourist in the corner who blushes every time he looks her way…
Two weeks in Alaska isn’t just the top item on Zoey Caldwell’s bucket list. It’s the whole bucket. One look at the mountain town of Moose Springs and she’s smitten. But when an act of kindness brings Zoey into Graham’s world, she may just find there’s more to the man than meets the eye…and more to love in Moose Springs than just the Alaskan wilderness.
The Tourist Attraction (Moose Springs, Alaska #1)Review:
Huge thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for providing me this ARC in exchange for an honest review. The Tourist Attraction was so much fun. I love stories set in vacation destinations and Alaska is a stunning one. The setting was fabulous and at times I totally felt like I was there with Zoey experiencing Alaska for the first time. Alaska’s never been an important destination on my dream list, but it might just be after this book.
Zoey was a fun character. She was so excited to finally be on her dream vacation. I loved that no matter what happened, she tried to make the best of the situation. She was a really positive person and I liked that. But also, she was someone that tried not to make waves and that annoyed me sometimes. She’s in Alaska with her best friend, Lana. I totally didn’t get their friendship. I get that Lana is a larger than life personality, but I would have liked more backstory on their relationship because I really just didn’t get it. I also didn’t really get why Zoey put up with Lana’s friends. I guess it’s really his cousin and the cousin’s friends, but they were jerks and I really don’t understand why Zoey put up with them, or why Lana put up with them. Despite all of this, I still really liked Zoey and Lana. they seem like such an unlikely friendship that I think that’s why it works.
Then there’s Graham. I didn’t love his extreme disdain for the tourists. I think this was hard for me because I come from a place that only survives because of tourism, so I understand being annoyed and even angry with them. But Graham was a little over the top with his dislike of them. I liked him anyway. He runs a restaurant called the Tourist Trap and it’s totally a place I want to go. The whole appeal is that Graham owns and runs it and is a huge asshole about it. People go there because he treats everyone like crap and loves it. I thought this was hilarious.
Overall, I really had fun with this book. There were a few minor things I didn’t like, but as a whole, I was really invested in the romance. I cared about the characters. The setting was glorious. I definitely think this will be a hit with many people. Also, Jake, the dog was 100% the best part of this book.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

A Whole New Me Blog Tour

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Hello, lovelies! I don’t usually do blog tours here, but I’m beyond excited to hype this book that a good friend of mine wrote! A Whole New Me by Adrianna Schuh is a new adult romance that follows the main character, Tessa.

Synopsis

Tessa has something to prove and she wants to use Ricky to do it.
She’s not surprised when he agrees to her friends with benefits plan, but she is surprised when it seems like Ricky wants more than she’s willing to give.
Can she keep Ricky without giving him hope for something more?
Because Tessa won’t let this be love.

If that sounds interesting to you, then continue reading friend! I am here to share with you an excerpt of this book which I will be adding below (along with some links to preorder if you’re loving what you’re reading like I did.)

Excerpt

It’s clear we’re not the only ones headed to a party tonight. As the bus is packed full of groups of students, dressed in their best casual party attire. We all try to stick together and when our stop comes up we all take a minute to make sure everyone in the group has arrived in one piece. 

Bronte has hung onto my hand the entire time so we don’t get separated. I’ve never really had a friend like her, I’m pretty sure of that even though we just met. We just kind of click. 

The house is just down the street from the bus stop so it only takes a minute to arrive. Somehow I end up being the one to get to the door first. I raise my hand to knock, even though I’m sure no one will hear it, but before I can get there the door swings open. And standing on the other side is the one person I’d planned to avoid here tonight, and he’s giving me that damn smile. Crap.

“Hey Diner Girl,” he says with a smirk. I’m beginning to believe that’s his signature look, it’s how he gets the girls. 

“You’re looking especially gorgeous.” 

Of course he had to be the one opening the door, had to be the first person I see tonight.  And he’s staring at me, so I say the first thing that pops into my head. 

“Hey loser.” And I have absolutely no idea why I said that. I’m cringing inside as Ricky lets out a barking laugh, clutching his chest in mock pain. I hear Bronte openly laughing behind me so I push past Ricky and make my way into the house, anything to escape this painful encounter.

I walk further into the entryway that’s filled to the brim with partygoers, and glance back to see that Ricky still has his eyes on me.

I actually like the way he’s looking at me. Like he really does think I’m gorgeous. Usually when guys say that to me, accompanied with a look, it makes my skin crawl. Because I know they don’t have good intentions, they usually just want in my pants. But Ricky is looking at me like he appreciates all of what he sees, not just my body. 

He’s looking at me like he actually wants to get to know me in every way. I’m not sure how I can tell, but I’m confident I’m right. And unfortunately that actually makes Ricky more appealing to me. I like the way the look on his face makes me feel.

If this sounds like some you’re interested in reading (I’m currently reading the ARC because I’ve been devouring nothing but romance and I’m so excited to love Adrianna’s debut novel), please preorder using this link! Also, add it to GoodReads here!

Now, I will leave you all with a little bit of information about Adrianna so you can find her on all the social medias!

Author Bio

Adrianna is a 27-year-old wife, mommy, book lover, and librarian. She has a deep love for romance books and an unhealthy obsession with iced tea. She can quote almost any Disney movie, she’s in love with Kylo Ren, and she lives for Harry Potter. When she’s not reading or writing, she loves spending time at home with her son, husband, 5 cats, and one tiny dog.

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Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.