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Quick Wrap-Ups + Mini Reviews

It’s been months since I’ve done any kind of wrap-ups and I don’t think I’ve done any reviews. So I’m going to quickly summarize my thoughts on the books I’ve been reading these last few months…

April 2017:

33140405Naughty Boss by Whitney G.

⭐⭐⭐

This was my first Whitney G. read after reading my favorite novellas Reasonable Doubt. I was craving more of her work and although I enjoyed it, Nuaghty Boss was nothing compared to RD. Maybe I was expecting too much after reading those novellas but this came up a little short for me. This didn’t stop me from reading any more of her books, though. I’ll talk about those a little later.

 

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Charade by Nyrae Dawn

⭐⭐⭐

I came across this author because her second book was in the clearance section at Barnes & Noble. I picked it up and even ordered the third installment and the first installment on Amazon. I wasn’t sure what this book was about but it was a fun read. It was one of those where I wasn’t in a hurry to pick it up and read it but whenever I did, I didn’t want to put it down. I look forward to reading the rest of the books in the series.

May 2017:

 

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin⭐⭐⭐⭐

I was dreading finishing this series. When I first read TUMD, I loved it. Re-reading the first two books reminded me of why I enjoyed this series so much. It was dark and had its spooky moments. It took me this long to finish it because I didn’t want to leave the characters, then I found out that Noah Shaw was going to have his own series and I quickly jumped on it so I can be ready for his story. I had the book the day it came out and was super happy to finish it.

 

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Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

What a beautifully written story. I kind of predicted the ending, rather it was more of a hunch, and wasn’t too surprised that that’s what it was. Still, I loved everything about it. It was raw and it was real. It resonates with what is going on in today’s society, and if this doesn’t open your mind and your eyes, then there is something wrong with you. It was a tough read at some points, but I think that was the premise. It’s not a fun read and it will most likely hit close to home, but I definitely recommend this book to those looking for a more diverse read. One of my favorite books of 2017.

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Dirty Doctor by Whitney G.

⭐⭐⭐

This was another miss of Whitney G.’s for me. I still enjoyed it as the wit and humor of all Whitney’s characters is very entertaining, but other than that I found the characters annoying and the plot was just too quickly wrapped up. This still didn’t dissuade me from reading her books, though 😉

 

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This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is the first book by Jennifer E. Smith that I actually finished. I’ve started a few of her other books but never seemed to catch my interest past the first few pages. But for some reason, this one was the one to get me to fall in love with her writing. She develops her characters so well as well as her

 

June 2017:

Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren ⭐⭐⭐⭐

As much as I enjoyed this book, it was a three-star rating for me. The one subject in this book that I appreciated above everything else was that it spoke about sexism in a working environment. This is a topic that is still taboo and needs to be open to a wider range of people. Overall, I loved reading about the jobs of these TV/movie agents in Hollywood and enjoyed the chemistry between the two main characters. Having read Beautiful Bastard a few years ago (and loving it), I was expecting it to be much steamier than what it really was, but to be honest, I was okay with that.

Bossman by Vi Keeland⭐⭐⭐

I’ve been on such a contemporary romance kick that a lot of these books starting to blur a little bit, and with this one in particular, I was reading two books at one time (the other one being Cocky Bastard) and ended up loving the other one more than this one. The heroine in this book was smart and funny but to me she was missing some spunk. Especially in comparison to the hero of this story who came on strong and was aggressive in his pursue of her. The attraction was hot and again, the witty banter between the two main characters was funny and very entertaining. Vi Keeland has a way with words, let me tell you! 😉

Mister Moneybags by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward⭐⭐⭐⭐

This would have been a five star for me had it not been for the lying on the main character’s part. For me, starting any kind of relationship on that kind of note is a deal breaker, no matter the intentions. That’s just a small pet peeve of mine. I know in this case it’s fictional, but to me it’s still cringe-worthy. Other than that, this was another great red for me. Vi Keeland teamed up with Penelope Ward and I have to say, they know how to write great characters. Was a fun summer read.

Stuck-Up Suit by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward⭐⭐⭐⭐

I rated it for stars only because there is no option for “3.5” on Goodreads. I mentioned earlier how I don’t like relationships based on lies, well, I despise when a story involves a manipulative ex. It almost bothered me to the fact that I wanted to stop reading but I wanted to support Keeland and Ward since I really enjoy their character development and the I loved the banter between these two characters. I loved how the heroine handled the situation with the ex and especially how she could keep up with the hero of this story. Overall, I really enjoyed this book, fast moving story plus excellent characters.

Sincerely, Carter by Whitney G.⭐⭐⭐⭐

To me, a great and long-lasting relationship is when it starts off as a friendship because you’ve already seen them at their worst and you know what that person is capable of and you know their heart and understand where they came from. Those are my favorite kind of love stories. Which is why I enjoyed this one so much. These two characters have such a strong connection, you just know they’re meant to be together. I didn’t too much like how they would literally put their significant other on hold for each other, but I guess those side relationships weren’t all that important to them in the first place. I wasn’t expecting such a sweet story from Whitney G. especially after reading a steamy series of hers previously. But I really liked this one and definitely recommend it.

Sincerely, Arizona by Whitney G.⭐⭐⭐

This short novella, however, I could have done without. Whitney G. mentions that she would have added it as an epilogue to Sincerely, Carter and I really wish she would have done that. It was already short, but a lot of the details could have been cut. It was a sweet and fun short read.

Cocky Bastard by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Okay, so the hero in this story is Australian. Enough said.

But seriously. It was a sexy, fun read that I finished this one in a matter of days, I couldn’t put it down. The two main characters meet in Nebraska, of all places, and their mini adventure begins from there. I wanted the whole book to be on this high but then all of a sudden we get thrown to a “two years later” dealio that caught me off guard. Regardless, it was an enjoyable read from beginning to end and highly recommend it.

July 2017:

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Ego Maniac by Vi Keeland⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Apparently, I have a thing for guys that are full of themselves, because these heroes that Keeland and Ward write about I happen to fall in love with (shhh! Don’t tell my bf!) Not only is he charming and sexy, but with the addition of a funny and gorgeous redheaded heroine, you know this relationship is going to be steamy! These characters were well developed and had such depth to them it was hard not to enjoy this book. They’re both perfect characters who are perfect for each other with the perfect chemistry. This was another winner for me 🙂

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