Review: Lucky in Love by Kaise West || Blog Tour || Predictable yet a fun read!

Welcome to my tour stop Lucky in Love by Kasie West hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club. You can view the full tour schedule here.


Title: Lucky in Love
Author: Kasie West
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 352 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: July 25th, 2017 by Point
Source: I received an eARC of this book for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

In this new contemporary from YA star Kasie West, a girl who wins the lottery learns that money can cause more problems than it solves, especially when love comes into the picture.

Maddie doesn’t believe in luck. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment —

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun… until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.


Lucky in Love is my first Kaise West novel. I’ve been wanting to pick up her books for a long time now and when I got this chance, I didn’t waste the opportunity. This was a fun and light-hearted read and I devoured it in two sittings.

Maddie is someone who believes that anything can be achieved through hard work and dedication and not by luck. She picks up a lottery ticket on a whim and to her surprise, she ends up as the winner. When words get out, everyone starts treating her differently except Seth, her co-worker at the zoo who hasn’t heard the news yet and she likes it just the way it is. When she finds herself falling for him on top of every other problem, will she run or finally face her feelings?

This was such a cute read. Although the plot was predictable, I did enjoy how everything was executed. Maddie is the last person to believe in luck and she can’t believe herself when she wins the lottery. I liked the fact that she wasn’t selfish, her first thought was to get her family out of debts and help her brother which she did as soon as she got the money. Although I didn’t like how her brother’s attitude began changing but he did show hopes of being redeemed. Maddie also starts to get extra attention in school from basically everybody, I can understand how uncomfortable that have been but Maddie did handle everything maturely. I did feel bad for her when her best friends also treated her differently due to which the ending didn’t come as a shock.

Anyway, Maddie was also someone who loved animals and hence the time she spent working at the zoo was one of her absolute favourites. Seth was such a sweet guy, he was the only one who treated her like a normal person. I really wish we had got to see more of him. I enjoyed the romance between Maddie and Seth but I wasn’t blown away by it, I seriously had hoped to see them together for more scenes that we got. Nonetheless, I loved them together, more especially after a certain fact is revealed.

Overall, Lucky in Love was a sweet read. I enjoyed the plot and the characters. I liked the chemistry between Seth and Maddie. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Yes.


Author Bio:

I write YA. I eat Junior Mints. Sometimes I go crazy and do both at the same time. My novels are: PIVOT POINT and its sequel SPLIT SECOND. And my contemporary novels: THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, ON THE FENCE, THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND, PS I LIKE YOU, and BY YOUR SIDE. My agent is the talented and funny Michelle Wolfson.

Author Links:

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Purchase Links:

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So guys, what are your thoughts on this book? Which books have you read so far by this author? Which is your favourite?

Review: Chasing Vivi by A.M. Hargrove || Blog Tour || Where the chasing was the most fun

Welcome to my tour stop of Chasing Vivi by A.M. Hargrove hosted by Social Butterfly PR.


Title: Chasing Vivi
Author: A.M. Hargrove
Standalone
Genre:
Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]
Heat Rating:
Pretty warm
Format:
Ebook
Published: July 13th, 2017
Source:
I received an eARC of this book for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Vivi Renard—a blast from the past—wasn’t supposed to affect me like this.

When I knew her ten years ago she was nothing more to me than a highly functioning brain.
Hell, I paid her to do my homework.

Only now … she’s drop dead gorgeous but had the nerve to turn me down for a date … several times.
No one turns me—Prescott Beckham—down for anything.
I’m on a mission and won’t stop until I’m firmly planted between her thighs, hearing her moan my name.

Her plump red lips have me dreaming filthy things and acting like a kid with his first crush.
If I can’t have her, I don’t want anyone else to either.
What’s worse is I want to own every single bit of her.

Except there’s a slight problem.
Vivi can’t stand me.
Even the old let’s be friends again thing failed.
She tossed it back saying we were never friends to begin with.

But I’m the king at playing ruthless games.
So she’d better be ready to drop her thong, because Vivi is going to end up in my bed sooner … or later.
And I’m pretty damn sure it’s going to be sooner.


I usually turn my head in the other direction when a cover with a male model with abs are there but something about the blurb of this book made me want to pick it up and I’m glad I did because this book didn’t disappoint.

When Prescott Beckham comes face to face with Vivi for the first time in years, he’s absolutely smitten. Vivi isn’t the same as he remembered during his school years. Prescott wants her but Vivi wants nothing to do with him, she still hasn’t forgotten how he simply used her in school and never stood up for her. Will Prescott be able to win over Vivi?

Although the plot of this book was predictable, it was quite a fun read. Vivi used to be the chubby and nerdy girl in school and not for once, anybody took any action against it, not even the school authority. She and Prescott were not even friends to begin with, she just helped him with his homework in return for some quick cash. Although Vivi always harboured a crush on him, she never acted on it. Vivi had left that life long ago, now with a bod to die for, Vivi is struggling to pay her debts after she had to sacrifice her career to take care of her ailing mother. Vivi and Prescott come face to face after years and instantly, Prescott can’t take her eyes off her. The question that bothered me was would he have noticed her in the first place if not for her figure? At first, I didn’t like the fact that Prescott only wanted her because now she was beautiful and not fat anymore. But slowly as he gets to know her this time, he falls for her completely.

I enjoyed the fact that Vivi didn’t give herself away so easily, she was such a strong woman and didn’t rely on anyone. Prescott had to earn her way to her heart which was quite a hard work in my opinion. But he genuinely cared about her and those feelings scared them both. They slowly learned to accept those feelings and move forward with them. Prescott’s issues with his dad pained me, I really hated to see him suffer because of a petty man like that but I really loved Lynnie, his secretary who was like a mother figure to him. But he did have awesome grandparents who cared about him so much.

The chemistry between them was really, really good and I loved the angst, though it wasn’t a major factor. The story sailed smoothly, however, the last few chapters kind of became a little monotonous. However, that didn’t bother me much and I was satisfied with the ending. The high school reunion was one of the best parts of this book. I loved how they both made peace with their past but also taught a lesson to the ones who deserved it.

Overall, Chasing Vivi was an enjoyable read. The plot was executed smoothly and the I enjoyed reading about the characters. I liked the romance between Vivi and Prescott and easily finished the book in two sittings. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Yes.


Author Bio:

One day on her way home from work as a sales manager, USA Today bestselling author, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast-forward. If she didn’t do something soon, it would be too late to write that novel she had dreamt of her whole life. She slammed on the brakes, made a crazy decision, and quit her job. Then she reinvented herself as a Naughty and Nice Romance Author.
She fancies herself all of the following: Reader, Writer, Dark Chocolate Lover, Ice Cream Worshipper, Coffee Drinker, Grey Goose Aficionado, and #WalterThePuppy Lover. If you’re around her for more than five minutes, you’ll soon notice she has a tendency to talk you ear off.

Author Links:

Website || Facebook || Twitter || Instagram || Amazon|| Goodreads

Purchase Links:

Amazon US || Amazon UK || Amazon CA || Amazon AU


So guys, what are your thoughts on this book? Have you read any other book by this author?

Dual Review: Geekerella and Words in Deep Blue || (A Little) Unpopular Opinion alert!

Title: Geekerella
Author: Ashley Poston
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 320 pages, Ebook
Published: April 4th, 2017 by Quirk Books
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale.

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.


When Elle’s favourite fandom, Starfield is getting a brand new movie, she is over the top excited but it quickly dies down because her favourite character is going to be played by none other than Darien, the rich and spoiled teen star. Despite the fact, she still wants to visit ExcelsiCon where the price money of the cosplay competition might be her way out from her evil stepmother. And on top of that, she can’t stop thinking about the mysterious stranger she has been texting lately. When all goes up in flames, what will Elle finally do?

I really, really enjoyed this book but ultimately there was nothing new. This book was too similar with my all time favourite book Cinder and Ella by Kelly Oram (which was soooo good, it even had a sequel which released a couple of months ago) which follows the same theme and even the execution and frankly, it had more depth. That’s why I was kinda disappointed with this book because of the so freaking similarity! That’s why I cut off one star. Anyway, the writing was the saving grace of this book, I loved the voice and the humour in this story and the characters definitely lived up to my expectations. Starfield had a great role in Elle’s childhood, it was her and her dad’s thing and her mother was quite involved too. So, when they announced a new major movie for the franchise, she was over the moon but she didn’t trust Darien to do justice to her favourite character.

“Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.”

Elle and Darien were both so different from each other yet kind of similar. Elle had to face the wrath of her step-mom and step-sisters every single day while Darien struggled every moment to prove himself he was worthy of the role he got and not because of his family background. He was seriously dedicated to his work and he wanted to bring the character of Prince Carmindor to life so that the whole would finally believe he was a different person than what the press led on. Anyway, the actual adventure began on ExcelsiCon which was such a fun adventure. My favourite scene was the entry one where the guard was like get out and then she walked in with the free pass and stuff and he was what the… That was a freaking awesome scene!!

“I’ve met my doom, and it isn’t even breakfast yet.”

The texting between Elle and Darien started accidentally but they continued texting even when they resolved the initial confusion of texting the wrong person. Somehow, they felt connected over their shared love of Starfield. Their first face-to-face interaction started off as hate which slowly melted into something much more. I loved these two together but I wanted more. The ending was a bit (well a lot) unrealistic but I did enjoy it. The grand gesture was indeed really sweet. Among the minor characters, I did enjoy Cal, Elle’s step-sister but Chloe (the other step-sister) was a nightmare along with the step-mother. Elle’s friend (whose name for the love of God, I can’t remember right now) was a major support for her and yay for diversity!

Overall, Geekerella was a fun read. I enjoyed the plot although it was too predictable though the characters won my heart. I enjoyed the banter between Elle and Darien. The writing was beautiful and laced with wit and humour and the pace was even throughout the book. I definitely hope to read more by this author.

Recommend it?

Yes.


Title: Words in Deep Blue
Author:  Cath Crowley
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 254 pages, Ebook
Published: August 30th, 2016 by Macmillan Australia
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Love lives between the lines.

Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came.

Now Rachel has returned to the city—and to the bookshop—to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction, and the escape. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore. She can’t see her future.

Henry’s future isn’t looking too promising, either. His girlfriend dumped him. The bookstore is slipping away. And his family is breaking apart.

As Henry and Rachel work side by side—surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages—they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.


Rachel and Henry used to be best friends before she moved away and broke off all contacts with him. She tried to confess her feelings towards him once but when she got no response, she gave up hope. Now, after a few years, she’s back in town but she’s not the same person anymore after she lost her brother. Seeing Henry brings up old memories which Rachel wants to forget but Henry is not ready to let her go again. What will happen when the truth about everything comes out?

“The past is with me; the present is here. The future is unmapped and changeable. Ours for the imagining: spreading out before us. Sunlight filled, deep blue, and the darkness.” 

I had seen mostly glorious reviews of this book everywhere and this book was about books!! So obviously, I didn’t hesitate to pick it up. I LOVED the books part of this book but the romance was where it all went down. Henry had always fancied Amy and they always had an on and off relationshipdespite this fact Rachel decides to confess her feelings for him but when her confession letter goes unanswered, she doesn’t try again. I loved Rachel but I honestly didn’t care for Henry, even a bit. I mean, he put Amy first before everything else, even his family’s bookshop when it was pretty clear to the whole world that Amy just cared for herself but his obsession with Amy knew no bounds. I seriously hated how he wined for Amy throughout the entire book and just clearly ignored what was in front of him.

“Words do matter. They’re not pointless. If they were pointless then they couldn’t start revolutions and they wouldn’t change history and they wouldn’t be the things that you think about every night before you go to sleep. If they were just words we wouldn’t listen to songs.” 

Now, onto the good parts. The letter library!! It was seriously such an epic thing. I so wished something like that existed where I lived because it just sounds so intriguing and mysterious. All the different and unique stories conveyed through the letters were just so beautiful. Another part that I loved was the letters between George, Henry’s sister and Cal which was really heartbreaking since we understand from the very beginning that their love story is doomed. Despite everything, Henry had redeeming qualities but it was already too late for me to completely care about him but I was glad he was there when Rachel needed him. I enjoyed the other minor characters too. I also enjoyed the family aspect of this book.

Overall, Words in Deep Blue is a story about love, loss and grief. This book has its moments but it majorly falls short where the romance comes in. Nonetheless, the writing was beautiful and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, what are your opinions on these two books? Have you read them yet or are they still in your tbr? What were the best thing and the worst thing you felt about these two books?

Review: The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott || Where the romance gave me butterflies in my stomach

Title: The Butterfly Project
Author: Emma Scott
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]
Heat Rating: Warm
Page Count and Format: 276 pages, Ebook
Published: February 28th 2017
Source: Won in a giveaway! (Thanks Raven!)
My Rating:

 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

“Where you are is home…”

At age fourteen, Zelda Rossi witnessed the unthinkable, and has spent the last ten years hardening her heart against the guilt and grief. She channels her pain into her art: a dystopian graphic novel where vigilantes travel back in time to stop heinous crimes—like child abduction—before they happen. Zelda pitches her graphic novel to several big-time comic book publishers in New York City, only to have her hopes crash and burn. Circumstances leave her stranded in an unfamiliar city, and in an embarrassing moment of weakness, she meets a guarded young man with a past he’d do anything to change…

Beckett Copeland spent two years in prison for armed robbery, and is now struggling to keep his head above water. A bike messenger by day, he speeds around New York City, riding fast and hard but going nowhere, his criminal record holding him back almost as much as the guilt of his crime.

Zelda and Beckett form a grudging alliance of survival, and in between their stubborn clash of wills, they slowly begin to provide each other with the warmth of forgiveness, healing, and maybe even love. But when Zelda and Beckett come face to face with their pasts, they must choose to hold on to the guilt and regret that bind them, or let go and open their hearts for a shot at happiness.

The Butterfly Project is a novel that reveals the power of forgiveness, and how even the smallest decisions of the heart can—like the flutter of a butterfly’s wings—create currents that strengthen into gale winds, altering the course of a life forever.


The Butterfly Project was seriously a heart-melting read. I felt the love, I felt the pain, I felt the heart-wrenching emotions that the characters went through which made it impossible to put this book down. I truly enjoyed the ride!

Zelda still considered herself guilty for not being careful which led to the abduction of her sister when she was a kid. Beckett Copeland did something unthinkable, which led him to spend two years in jail. Now, he’s out and he prays for forgiveness everyday but is not able to led a simple life as guilt eats him alive every single day. When the two meet, there’s something between them they both can’t ignore. Will they choose their past actions to guide their present or will they be finally able to move forward together?

“Where you are is home.”

I seriously fell in love with this book. Zelda and Beckett’s past had not been forgiving with them. Whereas Zelda felt the helplessness to save her sister while she was abducted in front of her eyes, Beckett did something he didn’t imagine he could ever do to someone. Both of them are broken inside. Zelda’s only hope of salvation is by completing her graphic novel where she feels she’ll do her sister some justice and Beckett writes letters afters letters asking for forgiveness to the one person he wronged without getting any replies for years. Their fates cross by chance and when Zelda in forced to take Beckett’s help, a slow and strong bonding starts developing between the two.

“I once read that you fell in love like how you fell asleep: slowly at first and then all at once.”

The chemistry between Zelda and Beckett was undeniable. I loooved how much Beckett cared about Zelda but never-ever crossed the over possessive line. The relationship between the two developed slowly which made the romance seriously awesome! One of the things I loved about this book was that despite how much their past haunted them, they were brave enough to take a chance about falling in love. And the lesson they learned from each other’s company was rather invaluable and it melted my heart how Beckett was there beside her when she needed him the most! He was true gentleman! At first Beckett was a bit reluctant, but then he became so much involved with the graphic novel of Zelda’s. It didn’t remain her only salvation, it became theirs.

“Wasn’t love a kind of chaos theory? One small look, one smile or one word could alter the course of a life forever.”

Zelda never trusted anyone to share her story with but she found that in Beckett. He was the one she could truly trust and be herself. It was his presence that calmed her down the most but it also gave butterflies in her stomach. I was engaged in their story from the very beginning till I turned the last page. I also enjoyed the family aspect of this book, however little that may be.

Overall, The Butterfly Project was a fantastic read, a story about forgiving oneself and healing. I loved how the plot was executed and I fell in love with the characters and their story. I loved the romance between Zelda and Beckett. The writing was beautiful and smooth and the pace was even throughout the book. I’m really looking forward to pick up more books by this author.

Recommend it?

Yes!


So guys, have you read this book yet? What are your thoughts on it?

Review: The Perfectly Imperfect Match by Kendra C. Highley || Imperfectly adorable!

Title: The Perfectly Imperfect Match
Author: Kendra C. Highley
Series: Suttonville Sentinels, book 3 [Can be read as a standalone]
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Slightly warm
Page Count and Format: 218 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: July 10th 2017 by Entangled: Crush
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating: 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Pitcher Dylan Dennings has his future all mapped out: make the minors straight out of high school, work his way up the farm system, and get called up to the majors by the time he’s twenty-three. The Plan has been his sole focus for years, and if making his dreams come true means instituting a strict ” no girls” policy, so be it.

Lucy Foster, needlepoint ninja, big sister to an aspiring pitcher, and chicken advocate, likes a little mayhem. So what if she gets lost taking her brother to baseball camp…at her own high school? The pitching coach, some hotshot high school player, obviously thinks she’s a hot mess. Too bad he’s cute, because he’s so not her type.

Problem is, they keep running into each other, and every interaction sparks hotter than the last. But with Dylan’s future on the line, he has to decide whether some rules are made to be broken…

Disclaimer: This book contains a crazy night of moonlit skinny-dipping, a combustible crush, and kisses swoony enough to unwind even the most Type A athlete.


This book was just so freaking cute and adorable!!! I loved it so much, this book was a quick read and it was the perfect mixture of everything I loved! You can read my review of book 1: The Bad Boy Bargain, here and book 2: Swinging at Love, here.

After Dylan’s initial heartbreak, all he wanted to do was focus on his baseball career. But when Lucy Foster enters his life, a lot of things start to happen differently. And after their first meeting, he doesn’t want anything to do with her, despite everything the chemistry between them is undeniable. Both of them are complete opposites, would a relationship between them be ever possible?

The plot of this book was fun and engaging. We first got a glimpse of Dylan in book 2 of this series where he fell for the same girl as his best friend. But now, he’s over that fact and he only wants to focus on his baseball. Dylan and Lucy come face to face for the first time when Lucy comes to drop off her brother for baseball coaching under him. And that’s when their face off starts! This book is not exactly enemies to lovers but quite close to that and I enjoyed every moment of it. The tension between them was quite palpable and I looved the angst! Both Dylan and Lucy were completely different from each other, whereas Dylan was the uptight and career oriented, Lucy was living in the moment kind of girl and hence, they balanced each other perfectly. 

Underneath everything, Lucy had another side other than the carefree attitude. She took care of her mother, did stitches and embroidery in their shop and also took care of her little brother while her father served in te army. I enjoyed the family aspect of this book too. Especially Otis, Lucy’s little brother. He was just so damn adorable! And he reminded me a little of my kiddie brother. His insecurity was understandable when he voiced his opinion why he didn’t want them to date. But when he saw his sister hurt and crying, the way he defended Lucy’s honour in front of Dylan was just damn, too adorable!!! That scene was one of my absolute favourite in the entire book.

Despite all the differences, Dylan and Lucy both wanted to give them a chance. The chemistry between them was the off the charts and even they saw that. Their relationship escalated quickly and I have no complaints in that matter. I freaking loved the romance between them so much! Albeit, Dylan did mess up and to make up for his wrongdoing, the things he did was the sweetest ever and it melted my heart.

Overall, The Perfectly Imperfect Match was a fantastic read! The plot was executed neatly and I fell in love with each and every character! I loved the chemistry between our two main leads, Lucy and Dylan. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I can’t wait to read more by this author!

Recommend it?

Yes!


So guys, what are your thoughts on this book? Have you read any other book by this author?

Review: Artificial Sweethearts by Julie Hammerle || Utterly cliched and predictable

Title: Artificial Sweethearts
Author: Julie Hammerle
Series: North Pole, Minnesota, book 2 [Can be read as a standalone]
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 229 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: July 10th 2017 by Entangled: Crush
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

It’s not chemistry between Tinka Foster and Sam Anderson that made them agree to fake date. With her parents trying to set her up with an annoying pro-track golf student, and intentionally single Sam’s family pressuring him to bring a date to his brother’s wedding, they could both use a drama-free summer.

So it’s not his muscular arms and quick wit that makes Tinka suggest they tell everyone they’re both taken. Definitely not. And it’s not butterflies that makes a kiss for appearances during the lake party go on way too long—so long that Sam wishes it were real.

But Tinka keeps people at arm’s length—she’s always been second best, even to her parents. And her relationship-for-show could crush everything when she realizes she’s done with fake, pretend, and second-best.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains bikinis at the lake, a lot of making out in dark theaters, and a meet-cute you’ll read twice.


I didn’t have much expectation for this book but still, I wanted a fluffy and cute read but I got nothing and this book massively bored me too. Anyway, you can read my review of book 1: Any Boy But You, here.

When Tinka comes home for her holidays, she finds her life uprooted as her parents have moved to a totally different place without even telling her for once. Also, she can’t overcome the guilt of the mistakes she did in the past. When her parents try to set her up with a boy of their choice, she quickly takes the closest option available, make Sam Anderson her fake boyfriend. But Tinka always runs when things turn complicated for her, so when her feelings for Sam begins to feel more than fake, what will she do?

The  plot of this book was utterly predictable. I am now losing count on how many fake boyfriend books I’ve read until now and seriously, it is kind of getting boring. But still some books with the same trope manage to surprise me but unfortunately this was not one of them. Sam and Tinka engage in the fake charade to get away from the unnecessary pressure from both of their families but soon the fake feelings begin to feel like real. Like the title, Artificial Sweethearts, this book kind of felt artificial too. I couldn’t feel any chemistry between our two main protagonists, Tinka and Sam and hence I couldn’t enjoy the romance either.

Another thing that I quite didn’t like was how Tinka’s family acted. It’s clear how the death of Tinka’s little brother still affected all of them but instead discussing and taking with Tinka, they chose the other way out. This I-don’t-care family trope really irritates me, I mean, most of the books I read, either the parents are dead or they don’t understand/care about their kids. Seriously, the real world doesn’t function like that!! Not everybody is like that. Anyway, I did like how finally Tinka stood up for herself which finally led to her parents confessing too. But shouldn’t the parents step up first, after all Tinka is just a kid too.

Anyway, I didn’t enjoy the other minor characters much either. Jane was a good friend to Tinka but she was too irritating sometimes and Karen simply didn’t want to give Tinka another chance at all which is understandable because Tinka was the one who messed it up in the first place. Though Tinka redeems herself, I just didn’t care much about her and hence my lack of interest. But I did enjoy how everything was tied up in the end.

Overall, Artificial Sweethearts was a predictable read. The plot was executed neatly but there was nothing new to it. I didn’t care for the characters much either. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Maybe.


So guys, what are your thoughts on this book? Have you read any other book by this author?

Review: Steal by Rachel Van Dyken || Blog Tour || Where the characters stole my heart


Welcome to my tour stop of Steal by Rachel Van Dyken hosted by Social Butterfly PR.


Title: Steal
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Seaside Pictures, book 3 [Can be read as a standalone]
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Adult]
Heat Rating: Warm
Page Count and Format: 283 pages, Ebook
Published: July 2nd, 2017 by Van Dyken Enterprises INC
Source: I received an eARC of this book for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

It’s easy to lose yourself in someone you love.

Easier to lose yourself in someone you hate…

I didn’t think it could get any worse than having to babysit a bunch of spoiled musicians on set ― keeping them out of trouble is a cakewalk compared to seeing my ex every day.

Seaside, Oregon isn’t big enough for the both of us.

She hates me.

I loathe her.

The plan was simple ― stay the hell away and make sure she gets to set on time.

What I didn’t expect was to be faced with our past in front of an audience ― and be forced to face it again.

It’s torture.

The way she looks at me.

The way I try to look through her.

Words left unsaid.

The lingering aftermath still as powerful as ever.

I feed the chasm between us, for fear that she’ll make me feel again ― and steal the last shred of heart I have left.

We have everything but each other.

It’s not enough.

Not when you’ve lost love.

And replaced it with the only thing left ― hate.


Steal was my first Rachel Van Dyken read and I don’t know why I haven’t picked up her books earlier. This book was such a great read and I enjoyed every moment of it.

It’s been a few years since Angelica broke Will’s heart but now she is back in his life. Not as a friend but as his client and although he decided to leave his past behind, he still can’t get her out of his mind. Despite the hatred, they both find themselves finding solace in each other. But when the bitter truth of the past is laid bare, can they ever move forward from that?

It’s easy to lose yourself in someone you love.
Easier still, to lose yourself in someone you hate.

Steal was a second chance romance which is one of my favourite tropes and I enjoyed how it was executed in this book. Will and Angelica used to be crazy about each other but one mistake and their lives are shattered. Will used to be part of a boy band before he became an agent, before his band broke up due to one the member, who used to be his best friend and Angelica may have had a part in that, even though it was unintentional. They finally come face to face but as agent-client. The feelings that they used to have for each other are still there but to get past that, they hurt each other more and more. The chemistry between them was palpable from the very start even though they didn’t want anything to do with each other because of their past.

Tears filled my eyes. And when they spilled over, I realized. I didn’t need him to kiss them away. To catch them. Because I knew who I was. Whose I was.
His.

The characters were extremely flawed and layered and I loved the character growth throughout the book. Angelica tried her best to keep her past mistakes in the past and not let that affect her present but Will did not let her forget that. I really felt Will was too selfish at times. And when the actual truth is revealed, I actually hated Will for playing the victim and putting all the blame on Angelica when he was equally to be blamed. Though Angelica forgave him, I wouldn’t have been able to so easily if I was in her place. Nonetheless, they balanced each other and they were imperfectly perfect for each other.

This book was definitely a heart-wrenching read. I felt so bad for both the characters and how much they were hurting though they were equally balanced with fun and humour. I was satisfied with how everything ended and how everyone was able to make peace with the past. I also loved the other characters in this series, though this book can be read as a standalone but I definitely intend to read the first two books in this series asap, I am especially eager to read Zane’s story.

Overall, Steal was a fantastic read. I loved how the plot was executed and I fell in love with the characters.I loved the romance between Will and Angelica. The writing was beautiful and smooth and the pace was even throughout the book. I can’t wait to pick up her other books!

Recommend it?

Yes.


Author Bio:

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

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So, guys what are your thoughts on this book? Have you read any other book by this author? If yes, which one is your favourite?