06 Mini Book Reviews {Boy Toy, Say Yes and Bad Apple}

mini book reviews

{1} Boy Toy by Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby 

A brand new romantic comedy from your favorite snort-laughing duo!LRM_EXPORT_815240316219250_20190729_163939292


The moment Sadie Matthews walks through the daycare center door, I feel my world tilt in her direction. Again. I fell for her when I was fourteen, and I’m still not over her. Problem: she still thinks of me as a teen she used to babysit. But I’ve learned a few things about pleasing a woman in the last fifteen years. I can’t wait to show her how good it could be. I need to move quickly before I lose her again. This is more than a game to me, but I still plan to win.


I’ve just survived the worst year of my life. As a single mom of twin toddlers, I don’t have time for a man. I barely have time to finish a thought. Who knew that Liam McAllister would grow up to be so devastating? He’s everything my husband was not: tall, built, and willing to have a tea party with my girls.

I can’t possibly get involved with him. He’s too young for me. Too handsome. But he’s so persuasive…


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As a result of me looking for books with a younger guy-older woman trope, I came across Boy Toy by Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby.

Probably my favorite thing about this book is Liam and Sadie’s twin girls, Kate and Amy. I love reading about Liam doing things for them. How comfortable he is. How he easily fits their lives. Every scene with them are so /so/ heartwarming. Though, there are also times wherein they’re such a riot. Quirks and all.

Liam’s relationship with Sadie is pretty cute and sweet too. Age gap between them is okay. No minors involved here, so yep. They just click. They are in sync with each other. There’s enough level of maturity from both of them. I’m impressed with Liam and how he handled everything in the story.

I enjoyed Boy Toy a lot. It was totally a breeze to read.

{2} Say Yes by Elle Kennedy

LRM_EXPORT_814520269468839_20190729_162735838Maid-of-honor Emilia is looking for some stress-busting fun the night before her best friend’s wedding. And what’s more fun than a no-strings hook-up? Good thing there’s an app for that, and she’s in luck—the sexy stud she swipes right on is more than happy to fulfill all her sexual needs. Her hot night with “Dirk” is everything she knew it would be.

But this morning?

He looks a hell of a lot like the groom.

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Originally offered as a short story in the Mixtape Anthology alongside 11 other short stories, Say Yes is now available for your own reading pleasure FOR FREE simply for being a newsletter subscriber!

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In just a few chapters and pages, Elle Kennedy managed to establish such explosive chemistry between the lead characters, Dirk (😉) and Emilia.

Both looking for a hook-up.
At the same time.
At same place.

Dirk and Emilia ended up “matching” with each other. Small talk, few tumbles in the bed and in the morning they got a crazy surprising situation in their hands. Amidst the whirlwind of kisses, burning stares and touches, real life struggles and hang ups were thrown into the story. A touch of reality that I’m sure readers can relate to.

Despite the hiccup, Say Yes is a hilariously awkward/sexy novella. I’m sure you’ll end up craving for more of these characters.

{3} Bad Apple by Elle Kennedy

LRM_EXPORT_454574492967567_20190721_130845024A flirty standalone novel* from New York Times and international bestselling author Elle Kennedy!

One night with him will change her life…

Between her waitressing job, volunteer work, and college classes, there are never enough hours in Maggie Reilly’s day. Especially not for a relationship. Luckily, she’s got the perfect arrangement: a lover she meets three or four times a year. But when she shows up at the hotel expecting to hop into bed with one man, she accidentally ends up with another—Ben Barrett, Hollywood’s most notorious bad boy.

Ben, determined to lay low after another scandal, just wants some much-needed sleep. What he gets is a scorching make-out session with a gorgeous, naked redhead. He won’t accept her apology, but what he will accept is a place to hide out…and if there’s some hot, no-strings sex involved, why the heck not?

But Ben soon discovers that one week with his sassy, bed-hopping waitress is definitely not enough. He wants more. A lot more.

Now he needs to convince relationship-averse Maggie that a bad boy might be oh so good for her—and the best thing that’s ever happened to both of them.

* Previously published in 2008, Bad Apple (formerly Midnight Encounters) features almost entirely new content, including a point-of-view switch. Enjoy this new version of an old favorite!


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Bad Apple is a republished version of the previously released, Midnight Encounters. Same story but now boasts its new gorgeous cover and loads of additional content.

It follows the story of our wonderwoman extraordinaire, Maggie Reilly – waitress, volunteer and on top of that, a student. She has devoted her life to a perfect and seamless daily routine of work and study life. No room for relaxing. Just solely focused towards the end goal of making something out of her life. Be successful.

Making relationships and attachments a total x-mark for this gal. But…twice or thrice a year she meets up with Tony, the guy she rolls in bed with. On one of the rare nights that she was supposed to meet Tony, a mix-up happens.

She hops into bed, not with Tony, but with a stranger. Ben Barrett, our hunk actor that will make you swoon, enters the scene.

Maggie and Ben’s first encounter was shocking and racy – like what? But carry on.

Maggie’s got that fire in her. She’s pretty, witty and fiesty. Her situations were relatable. With the struggles of common people channeled through her character, we can see the difference between her life to Ben’s. But despite the card that life dealt her, I applaud her for being responsible, hard-working and goal-oriented. The need to loosen up was there but I can see where she’s coming from. I understand her.

On the other hand, we have Ben Barrett. He’s real, down to earth and swoon-worthy. He showed that being rich and famous has its downsides too. That at times, privacy could be non-existent and you’d wish you can trade anything for it. In the story, he has his own struggles too and he faces it together with Maggie.

I love how they’re total opposite; which makes them the perfect candidate to shake each others lives. Maggie offers him the sense of normalcy and realness and in turn he offers her the fun, thrill and excitement in life.

Bad Apple is an addictive and explosive read. I want more of Maggie and Ben. I wish there were more pages of it.


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