on Deal Breakers by Laura Lee.

Hey guys,

I am baaaack. It’s after exams and I am soooo looking forward to getting back to reading, blogging and procrastinating. YES! Also I have been thinking about revisiting the amateur design of this blog. I should do something about it, right? Anyway, I’m bringing you my just-finished-afternoon-read, Deal Breakers by Laura Lee.

P.S. ARC provided by NetGalley.

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How were they supposed to know that one night would change everything?

Devyn has life all mapped out. She just needs to accomplish one more thing before graduating college and becoming a full-fledged adult—lose her virginity. And who better to assist her than her best friend, Riley?

Riley is the self-proclaimed king of fling. His college years have been filled with meaningless hookups until the one night that ruined him for all other women. The one night he spends with his best friend, Devyn. Right before he screws it all up.

Balls to the wall, baby!

Now five years later, Riley is determined to atone for his mistakes and prove that he can be the man that Devyn deserves. Little does he know that Devyn’s been keeping a secret from him all these years. A big secret. Now he has to figure out how to win back the only girl he’s ever loved while navigating the pitfalls of her unexpected revelation.

Deal Breakers is filled with lots of laughs, a sexy romance, and an overflowing swear jar.

Review:

It could have been my mood or my state of mind… I just could not fully enjoy this. This book is a pure fluff and romance, kind of to predictable for my taste. I would recommend Deal Breakers to readers that enjoy easy light-hearted romance, but don’t expect too much.

My main problems with books were little slut.-shaming in the beginning and the typical all-the-girls-apart-for-you-are-dumb-and-shallow. Yes, it’s great that Riley appreciates his girl, but come on, don’t put down the whole female population! This trend is not only in Deal Breakers though, a lot of books in new adult genre does that.

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Riley and Devyn are very shallowly described, I never got a sense of who they are apart from a pant dropping tall guy and a hot blonde that is into sports. Also can we talk about how easily someone dropped the bomb that her parents are dead? It just felt like the writer was trying to put a layer to Devyn, but it came short because it didn’t tell me anything about the character.

The actual storyline was ok, I appreciated that it wasn’t dragged out (though there were times where it was too rushed). I little bit too predictable as I said before, but when you are not looking for anything mind-blowing, this is a nice read.

If this is going to be a series, I would not mind the author exploring Riley’s friends Brian (? now I am not sure if that was his name) and Devyn’s brother Drew. They seemed liked fun characters that could be explore more. If anyone has read Where I Belong by J. Daniels, this book has the same vibe to it.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5

Yours,

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on Kaleidoscope Heart by Claire Contreras.

Hi.

I’m bringing you Kaleidoscope Heart! For a change, I won’t talk about myself too much – exams, plus my life is highly boring.

Synopsis:

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He was my older brother’s best friend.
He was never supposed to be mine.
I thought we would get it out of our system and move on.

One of us did.
One of us left.

Now he’s back, looking at me like he wants to devour me. And all those feelings I’d turned into anger are brewing into something else, something that terrifies me.
He broke my heart last time.
This time he’ll obliterate it.

Review:

Kaleidoscope Heart was on my radar for a few months now, it had great reviews, beautiful cover and a love story between a girl and her brother’s best friend. Looked like a perfect book to help me unwind. It was a big disappointment and I was actually surprised that I finished it.

The story starts with the death of Estelle’s fiancé (I don’t consider this a spoiler, it’s literally on the first page) and I couldn’t help but think it was there to get the two main characters in the same room/house etc. You would think this death would help the characters to grow, but NOPE. While we are reading about Estelle struggling with the death of her fiancé, she’s is still not over her old romance with Oliver, her brother’s best friend. Now I’m not saying that she can’t move on etc., but the whole time I read the book, it seemed like she always knew that Oliver was the one. Which just made her previous engagement all kind of odd. But what do I know, I’ve never experience anything like Estelle did.rolling eyes

Estelle and Oliver as characters were not enough compelling for me. Her thoughts included wearing “fashionable tore jeans” which I can’t imagine saying that in my head. “I wore fashionably tore jeans.” I am knit-picking, but something just annoys me so much about that sentence! I think this story was just not my cup of tea, I couldn’t find myself being attracted to Oliver’s long hair. 1. I don’t like long hair and (man) buns. 2. Apparently that was his most attractive and interesting trait, so no, thank you. On the bright sight, there were glimpses of another book for Mia and Jensen (Estelle’s and Oliver’s friends) and their relationship could be much more fun. Other than that, this book did not offer any complex character or a single character development.

If you did not know this already, I really disliked Kaleidoscope Heart. Not to be too negative though, I did enjoy Oliver and Estelle when they were younger, those flashbacks had some cute moments and I would much rather read a book about their past then their present. Overall, I decided to give this book 2 stars, that one extra butted in because of the interesting name, beautiful cover and occasional cuteness.

Rating: 2 out of 5 

Yours,

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on The Pact by Karina Halle.

Hello again.

Wow, I’m posting again. Well that’s because I finished a book and now I feel motivated to share my opinions with you. By the way, how’s 2016 treating you? Me? I am swamped with exams and assignments, but you know – avoid doing anything by picking up a romance novel! Before I tell you anything else about this book, can you just admire with me its cover??

Synposis:

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It all started with a pinky swear…

Linden McGregor is tall, rugged, and gunslinger handsome; a helicopter pilot with a Scottish brogue and charm to spare. He’s also one of Stephanie Robson’s best friends and has fit into that box for as long as she’s known him.

But some relationships can’t be boxed, can’t be classified, can’t be tamed.

Back in their mid-twenties and tired of the competitive hit-or-miss dating scene of San Francisco, Steph and Linden made a pact to marry each other if neither one of them are in a serious relationship by the time they hit thirty.

It sounds like fun and games but as the years to thirty tick past and lovers come and go out of their lives, the pact becomes larger than life.
Sex is inevitable. Friendships are tested. Hearts are on the line.

The pact is about to change everything.

Review:

So what did I think? Let’s start off by saying I loved Karina Halle’s The Artist Trilogy and I was excited for this book. And let’s not forget my obsession with this book cover. But this book was mediocre, at parts it was great, but the second half of the book was majorly boring. Because this is a romance novel with sex, I wasn’t surprised by it. But when it is there for like 30% of the book with the plot moving no where, I was bored. For those who read The Artist Trilogy probably know how unusual that was.

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Back to the beginning though. Linden and Steph are suppose to be best friends that made a pact to marry each other if they are single at 30. The first thing I noticed straight away though, this was not a platonic relationship. They have lusted over each other for years already, which means that their get together was inevitable and this wasn’t really “best friends to lovers” story.

As main characters I liked them both and I did enjoy their pent up frustrations for the first half of the book. They were fairly funny and and not too typical for a romance novel, but still some clichés were found (obviously they have issues with their families etc.). Supporting characters did not really shine through, which kind of makes me questions other books in this series, but I might still read them because of the covers. I’m so shallow!

The actual storyline was obviously predictable, but I didn’t expect much to begin with. Karina Halle did make the reading quite compelling, so I don’t complain much. There could have been less clichés and misunderstanding for my taste. I don’t understand why these books seem to have a formula: guy and girl like each other, guy and girl are dancing around each other, guy and girl get together, guy and girl are extremely happy, guy and girl break up for some stupid reason, guy and girl end up together. Maybe I should just read some m/m, f/f romances, I’ve been told that straight people romances are boring, LOL.

You should read this book if you want to shut down, but to be fair, there are better fluffy romances out there.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Yours truly

on Aflame by Penelope Douglas.

I CAN’T EVEN CONTAIN MY EXCITEMENT. Obviously, I read it in one go, right after it was released at midnight. I’ve been waiting for this since January!!! And it was absolutely worth it!!! Let me just totally fangirl this review and then I think I might be ready to think about something else.

Synopsis:

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From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Bully, Until You, Rival, and Falling Away comes the sizzling conclusion to the Fall Away series.

The tables have turned. Now I have the power—and it’s his turn to beg…

Everyone wants to be me.

Maybe it’s the sway of my skirt or the way I flip my hair, but I don’t care. Even though their attention is the last thing I crave, I just can’t stop. I dominate the track, the speed rattles my bones, and the wind and the crowd screams my name.

I’m her. The girl driver. The queen of the race. And I’m surviving—something he thought I’d never do.

They all still talk about him. Did you see Jared Trent on T.V? What did you think of his last race, Tate? When is he coming back to town, Tate?

But I refuse to care too much. Because when Jared does come home, I won’t be here.

Tatum Brandt is gone. I’m someone new.

Review: (*may contain mini spoilers*)

My hands were literally shaking when Aflame came up on my kindle. That’s how excited I was for this. And it did not disappoint! If you have been reading my reviews for awhile, you know that Jared Trent is my ultimate book babe. And Tate is someone I wish I could be! I feel like there are million things I want to tell you, but my mind just turned into a mush. This review is not articulate at all.

Okay. Let’s start with Jared. After seeing him again in Aflame, I completely understand Ms Douglas’ reason to break my favourite book couple of all time. I had full trust in her, but I still wasn’t sure if the break up was necessary. However, the portrayal of Jared was so incredible, that I was so bloody happy that she broke them up at the end of Falling Away. Jared had undeniably grown as a son, as a friend, as a brother and as a boyfriend. I couldn’t believe it was possible to love him more. Jared, you ruined my love life!

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Tate, the perfect Tate… What I admire the most about her is her strength. And in this book, she proved again how independent, strong, smart and just overall how beautiful she was. I completely understood her determination to ignore Jared and just show him how much better off she was without him, because…GIRL POWER! Aflame really did have a strong message towards girl power, because of its amazing girl characters like Juliet, Fallon and even Katherine. Basically, this book was everything I loved, wanted and much much more.

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I’m glad that no one saw me reading Aflame, because I must have looked like a total idiot with my outbursts of laughter and crying. Or just generally swooning. I loved this book so much, I can’t even describe it to you. It was an absolute sensation, seriously. I loved that there wasn’t unnecessary drama, but it was truly a story how to soul mates are reuniting!

I have to also mention Madoc and Jax, who initiated my ultimately favourite scene from the Fall Away series. Their intervention to wake up Jared was so perfect! When Jared realised that he can’t just “fuck around” and has to get Tate back for good, I did a victory dance! The reason why I loved it so much was that Jared had his best friends explain it to him. And it just showed how much this group of friends care about each other.

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I could go on and on about Aflame, but I’m going to stop now. I can’t believe that this is the end of their journey, but I am so, so happy that they all found their happy endings. And when I miss them? I’m just going to re-read the series all over again! If you haven’t bought Aflame, go and BUY IT! Or if you don’t know Penelope Douglas, go read all of her books, because there won’t be one that would disappoint you. Thank you so much for this series!

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Rating: 6 out of 5, that’s how amazing this book is!

I hope you will read Aflame and drop a comment here!

Know-it-all

aflame by Penelope Douglas. RELEASE BLITZ.

By the time you’re reading it, I have probably finished AFLAME!!! And I’m probably melting, crying or laughing. Anyway, GO AND BUY AFLAME!

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Title: Aflame (Falling Away #4)
Author: Penelope Douglas
Genre: NA | Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 21, 2015
Organized by: As the Pages Turn

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Synopsis

The tables have turned. Now I have the power—and it’s his turn to beg…

Everyone wants to be me.

Maybe it’s the sway of my skirt or the way I flip my hair, but I don’t care. Even though their attention is the last thing I crave, I just can’t stop. I dominate the track, the speed rattles my bones, and the wind and the crowd screams my name.

I’m her. The girl driver. The queen of the race. And I’m surviving—something he thought I’d never do.

They all talk about him. Did you see Jared Trent on T.V? What did you think of his last race, Tate? When is he coming back to town, Tate?

But I refuse to care too much. Because when Jared does come home, I won’t be here.

Tatum Brandt is gone. I’m someone new.

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About Penelope Douglas

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Penelope Douglas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Fall Away series. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master of Science in Education from Loyola University in New Orleans. Penelope lives in Las Vegas with her family.

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on Love Surfaced by Michelle Lynn.

Hi there.

I haven’t posted a normal review in a while, so I brought you a light new adult romance called Love Surfaced. I have a long list to-read books waiting for me, but I thought a bit of cheese wouldn’t be so bad! So here it is.

Synopsis:

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The equations are simple.

Piper Ashby + Brad Ashby = Twin Siblings
Brad Ashby + Tanner McCain = Best Friends
Piper Ashby + Tanner McCain = Off limits

Tanner and I abided by the rules. We stayed on our designated sides of the relationship circle.

Ignoring swarming butterflies.
Brushing off skipped heartbeats.
Settling on lingering stares.

Here’s the secret … a hand extended over that invisible line once, exponentially changing the equation. I was convinced we could make our relationship work until Tanner broke the trust he embedded in me from the age of seven.

One deceit of mega proportions and the relationship we built for that short month vanished. I swore never to speak to him again and it’s worked. Until now—two years later, when my brother’s wedding places me face-to-face with the best man—Tanner McCain.

Leaving one equation to be solved. Can love surface twice?

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on The Duff directed by Ari Sandel.

Hi there!

I finally watched The Duff few days ago! I’ve read the book and from my review, you can tell I loved it! However, when I saw the trailer for the movie, I wasn’t very happy because it looked like “Mean Girls” and I was afraid that the message from the book would not translate into the movie. However, I was pleasantly surprised, so here’s my review of The Duff movie.

Synopsis:

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Bianca (Mae Whitman) is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as ‘The DUFF’ (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends (Skyler Samuels & Bianca Santos). Now, despite the words of caution from her favorite teacher (Ken Jeong), she puts aside the potential distraction of her crush, Toby (Nick Eversman), and enlists Wesley (Robbie Amell), a slick but charming jock, to help reinvent herself. To save her senior year from turning into a total disaster, Bianca must find the confidence to overthrow the school’s ruthless label maker Madison (Bella Thorne) and remind everyone that no matter what people look or act like, we are all someone’s DUFF. (C) CBS Films

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