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

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{1} Boy Toy by Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby 

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Liam

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.

Sadie

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…

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | BOOK DEPOSITORY 

Gift Guide under 50

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.

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05 Mini Book Reviews {The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen and All Grown Up by Vi Keeland}

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LRM_EXPORT_414518637632045_20190707_110134042{1} The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen

They say your first kiss should be earned.

Mine was stolen by a devil in a masquerade mask under the black Chicago sky.

They say the vows you take on your wedding day are sacred.

Mine were broken before we left church.

They say your heart only beats for one man.

Mine split and bled for two rivals who fought for it until the bitter end.

I was promised to Angelo Bandini, the heir to one of the most powerful families in the Chicago Outfit.

Then taken by Senator Wolfe Keaton, who held my father’s sins over his head to force me into marriage.

They say that all great love stories have a happy ending.

I, Francesca Rossi, found myself erasing and rewriting mine until the very last chapter.

One kiss.
Two men.
Three lives.
Entwined together.

And somewhere between these two men, I had to find my forever.

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | BOOK DEPOSITORY

Gift Guide under 50

To be honest, I was a bit apprehensive when I started reading The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen. I’m not into love triangles and Wolfe Keaton’s character scared me, irritated me. He’s an asshole, yep. But as soon as the story picked up (I don’t back down just because), I noticed how I became so invested with their story.

I was rooting for Francesca. I was rooting for Wolfe. I was rooting for them to make things work between them. He’s an asshole. He’s rough. She pushes his buttons. She’s undecisive. They misunderstand each other. They lack proper communication. They make me crazy.

See, their story and characters are definitely a far cry from being perfect. They were perfect at being flawed.

Especially Senator Wolfe Keaton. Seeing how his character changed was like seeing a platonic relationship bloom into a romantic one. It was such a sight to see that the walls he built around him since he was young…little by little cracked. The ice inside of him started to thaw and with warmth slowly slipping out. It was beautiful. Totally hands down to LJ Shen for writing such a great character development. I love it.

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04 Mini Book Reviews {Vicious and Ruckus}

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(Sinners of Saint #1)
by L.J. Shen

Emilia

They say love and hate are the same feelings experienced under different circumstances, and it’s true.The man who comes to me in my dreams also haunts me in my nightmares. He is a brilliant lawyer. A skilled criminal. A beautiful liar. A bully and a savior, a monster and a lover.

Ten years ago, he made me run away from the small town where we lived. Now, he came for me in New York, and he isn’t leaving until he takes me with him.

Vicious

She is a starving artist. Pretty and evasive like cherry blossom. Ten years ago, she barged into my life unannounced and turned everything upside down. She paid the price.

Emilia LeBlanc is completely off-limits, my best friend’s ex-girlfriend. The woman who knows my darkest secret, and the daughter of the cheap Help we hired to take care of our estate. That should deter me from chasing her, but it doesn’t. So she hates me. Big fucking deal. She better get used to me.

Gift Guide under 50

Vicious is vicious. For real.

“Nobody’s all good, just like nobody’s all bad.”, said by Vicious in the book and Emilia’s answer captured the exact feeling that I have towards him, “Sometimes I think you’re all bad,”.

Vicious, its story and characters got my head spinning and feelings all over the place. Everything about it got me all turned up. Everything is so complicated and so fcked up. Most of the time that I was reading it, it felt like I’m in a constant battle with my heart, mind and morals.

Vicious is a thought provoking novel, sure. But all the more, it will make you question yourself and your morals.

It’s a tough read, for me.

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03 Mini Book Reviews {Play it By Ear, Pretty Reckless and Filthy Gods}

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PLAY IT BY EAR (Backstage Pass #2) by Tara Frejas

SYNOPSIS

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What does it really take to be a champion?

When East Genesis Project’s Jo Yihwan reluctantly pinch-hits for injured band mate Steven Bae in a reality TV-slash-talent competition, he decides he’s only in it to win. After all, he is representing his band, and the All-Kill Champion title had some handsome perks attached to it.

But he didn’t expect to meet a gutsy, driven teammate like Ha Yoojung, or feel drawn to her incandescent spirit week after week after week. He didn’t expect her to be carrying a devastating secret that could cost them the grand prize, either.

What starts as a competition becomes so much more. With careers, a long-held dream, and honor at stake, can Yihwan and Yoojung’s hearts survive?

Content warnings: Mentions of sexual assault

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Play it By Ear follows thru East Genesis Project leader, Jo Yihwan, being paired with Ha Yoojung, a trainee, in a reality TV & talent competition called All Kill Champion. Everything about it felt authentic (like the news articles and comments from netizens, authentic af) and I was immediately sold to the idea. What started as an awkward butting of heads between Yihwan and Yoojung…gradually shifted into them being one of the show’s very competitive and creative duo. I adore their relationship, how they listen to each other’s opinions and how they take constructive criticisms. I love when they brainstorm for their performances and when they have to come up with out of the box ideas. The set-up about the competition and their experiences in it were easy to imagine. Also the EXO mentions in the book, a total win for me.

But then there’s a sudden twist in the story, one that hits too close with the recent headlines in South Korea. You may ask, what’s that? Know about the scandal after scandal being unearthed and big personalities from the entertainment, business (etc) industries linked? Okay, I think you get the hint already just by that.

We need more Ha Yoojung-like people in this planet. Seriously. She breaks down (whenever she cries I get teary eyed too) but at the end of it all she’s one tough gal. I applaud her guts to speak up and tell the world her story. Even though chances are people won’t listen to her. She choose to stand up for herself, for other women who possibly experienced it too. I love her. ❤️

The romance, check. It was there, cute even, but it didn’t overpower what this book wants to talk about. All the AmEnt and East Gen babies were great side characters. I’m keeping my eyes on you, Steven. I’m teased. 👀

I love this book and what it stands for. It wasn’t just about the fluff. It dived into something recent, crazy alarming, and I appreciate it so much that we have this narrative of Yoojung. Thank you, Tara. 💛

RATING: 4.5 STARS

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Mini Book Reviews: Changing Forever by Lisa De Jong and Ten Tiny Breaths & One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker

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CHANGING FOREVER
Author: Lisa De Jong (Website | Twitter)

SYNOPSIS

I’ve always let my past dictate my future, letting it paint a picture of exactly what I don’t want to be. Where I don’t want to end up.

Drake Chambers is as arrogant as I am stubborn. A college quarterback, a national star. I thought he was just another one of those guys … the type every girl should stay away from, but he’s carrying more than the weight of the football team on his shoulders.

He unravels the feelings and beliefs I’ve held onto for so long.

I thought we had it all figured out. Two people who’d finally found their happily ever after, but the past always has a way of sneaking into the present.

With one decision, everything changes … forever.

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Purchasing link: Amazon

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Changing Forever is a good read and addition to the Rain Series. Yes, there’s definitely feels between Emery and Drake but it wasn’t as emotional as When It Rains with Kate and Asher.

The plot for Changing Forever was quite simple. If you’re a keen observer or tries to note down some lines in your mind (and try to think if there are hidden messages behind it), I’m sure you’ll be able to figure out the story line/twist of this book even before reaching the 50% mark of the it. And I hate myself for being that! Though, I ended up still being surprised because it really did follow through with my guesses.

I love how the build up between Emery and Drake happened. It wasn’t an insta-love type or anything near rushed. There were parts of the story that tended to be a bit dragging (which I understood why it’s needed) because of the situations the characters were in and the decisions that they’ve made. Decisions that they were subjected to do because of them still chained to their pasts. There were some moments wherein I would want to jump inside the pages of the book already and shake some sense into them.

Lisa De Jong delivers another heartfelt book injected with important messages to her readers. Through this book, we see how one’s past can greatly affect his/her life if he/she doesn’t free his/herself from it. It somewhat limits us on what were supposed to do in life which is to enjoy and live it. Sometimes we tend to over think everything we do in life that we forget to have fun while doing it. I’m not saying that it’s bad to plan out and think about it but when you do it too much it defeats the purpose of fun, being in the moment and living our life to the fullest. Another thought that this book imparted to me is that some of the best things in life happens when it isn’t planned. Be spontaneous from time to time ’cause you’ll never know that it could probably bring out the best moments you’ll have in life.

All in all, I definitely recommend this book to you guys. To those readers who’ve read When It Rains already, I’m sure you’ll want to know and read about a book also set in the WIR’s world. The author tried to inject a few cameos of Kate and Beau … a mention or two about Asher. All good stuff.

“Two different people. Two different worlds. Two different dreams”

Rating: 4 stars

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