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Book Review: Promise Me ~ Samanthe Beck and Robin Bielman

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Title: Promise Me
Author: Robin Bielman and Samanthe Beck
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: NA, Romance
Publisher: Entangled: Embrace
Date of Release: April 15, 2019
Pages: 278
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

As Kendall tries to escape memories of her past, she decides to house sit for her aunt in sunny California. Her first night there, she meets Vaughn and saves his life… not knowing her life will not be the same. She’s struggling with the decision of becoming a lawyer like her father or following her dreams of being an actress. Can Vaughn teach her to live in the moment?

Told from a dual point of view, you see the demons both Kendall and Vaughn are facing. This looks as though it’s set up to become a series, I think is great. You meet Kendall’s two step sisters and Vaughn’s two roommates. In the beginning, I wasn’t fond of her two sisters  due to their treatment of Kendall, but as the three sisters grow close, you grow to like them. I thought was absolutely adorable. He was understanding and patient… sometimes too patient, but I appreciated that about him. Kendall was trying at moments, but given her circumstances, I understood.

This was my introduction to Samanthe Beck and Robin Bielman and it was absolutely wonderful! I hope this becomes a series because I can’t wait to see where this goes!

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Book Review: Smoke and Key ~ Kelsey Sutton

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Title: Smoke and Key
Author: Kelsey Sutton
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Paranormal
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Date of Release: April 2, 2019
Pages: 304
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

Imagine waking up as you were falling, but you’re different than you remember. The difference… you’re dead. You don’t know how you died, you have no memories. Now, those who were with you are slowly disappearing, and you have to find out why before you’re next.

While this was a bit of a slow start for me, it was still an interesting story.  The characters and the plot kept you guessing. It was interesting to meet some of the characters, such as Smoke, Journal and Ribbon. The story is told from Key’s perspective and the details of the world created was great. There was a romance aspect but it’s wasn’t a main factor. Kelsey Sutton’s writing is stunning. It’s engaging and she tells quite the story. The pace was just a bit slow, which kept this from being a 5-star review. I’m interested to read more of her work.

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Book Review: Breaking His Rules ~ Aliza Mann

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Title: Breaking His Rules
Author: Aliza Mann
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Romance
Publisher: LoveSwept
Date of Release: April 2, 2019
Pages: 241
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

Ashton lived his dating life by a set of rules: 1.) Never date the prettiest girl in the room. 2.) No dates on Friday or Saturday night. 3.) No discussing family history… you get the gist. His mind is completely blown when he meets Terra, who makes him challenge every one of those rules. Terra has her own set of drama, in the name of an ex-husband. As they get to know each other a little better, the drama unfolds. Can Ashton get past her walls? Can Terra make him forget all of his rules?

I initially wanted to read this because I love interracial romance, and it had a great synopsis. LoveSwept hasn’t produced a book I didn’t like. Upon reading it I will say I was a bit nervous. Could this be the first book that doesn’t live up to my expectation? I have to say, it did live up to my expectations. I did have to get past a chapter or two, but it was totally worth it. While it does start off a bit slow, getting to know the characters, watching them interact with each other, watching the development… it gave the story so much depth and kept me enthralled. I am new to Aliza Mann’s work, but I would enjoy reading more of her work.

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Release Blitz & Book Review: The Time Traveler’s Guide to Modern Romance ~ Madeline J. Reynolds

THE TIME TRAVELER’S GUIDE TO MODERN ROMANCE BY MADELINE J. REYNOLDS

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The Time Traveler's Guide to Modern Romance by Madeline J. Reynolds 

The Time Traveler’s Guide to Modern Romance

by Madeline J. Reynolds

Publication Date: March 4, 2019

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Elias Caldwell needs more than his life in nineteenth-century England has to offer. He’d rather go on an adventure than spend one more minute at some stuffy party. When his grandfather gives him a pocket watch he claims can transport him to any place and time, Elias doesn’t believe it…until he’s whisked away to twenty-first-century America.

Tyler Forrester just wants to fall hopelessly in love. But making that kind of connection with someone has been more of a dream than reality. Then a boy appears out of thin air, a boy from the past. As he helps Elias navigate a strange new world for him, introducing him to the wonders of espresso, binge-watching, and rock and roll, Tyler discovers Elias is exactly who he was missing.

But their love has a time limit. Elias’s disappearance from the past has had devastating side effects, and now he must choose where he truly belongs—in the Victorian era, or with the boy who took him on an adventure he never dreamed possible?


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Madeline J. Reynolds is a YA fantasy author living in Chicago. Originally from Minneapolis, she has a background in journalism and has always loved storytelling in its various forms. When not writing, she can be found exploring the city, eating Thai food, or lost in an epic Lord of the Rings marathon.

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I thought this was a very endearing story of two different time periods colliding. Elias Caldwell comes from the 19th century where everyone views him as a disappointment. Tyler is from the 21st century and his stepmother is wicked. Elias finds out after a dreadfully embarrassing incident, his grandfather time traveled and now is bequeathing the time travel watch to Elias so he can find his own adventure. I thought this was absolutely adorable. I think Elias may be my favorite character in this story. His personality and curiosity were endearing to read. Traveling from the 19th century where it was frowned upon to be yourself to modern day where it’s basically accepted can be jarring. It was nice to have Tyler there to help Elias adjust. I loved the dual point of views, but I thought the romance aspect was a little lacking. I think it would have been better for Elias and Tyler to be companions. I wouldn’t say the romance felt forced, I could see a relationship developing with a little more time. This was my first story by Madeline J. Reynolds and I’ll be adding her to my list of authors to look for in the future!


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Book Review: The Darkest Star ~ Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Title: The Darkest Star (Origin Series, Book 1)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Publisher: Tor Teen
Date of Release: October 30, 2018
Pages: 358
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

I’m not even sure where to start! We finally get Luc’s story! And it all starts with a broken promise…

Evie Dasher is probably one of the best friends you can ever have. Not wanting to let her friend, Heidi, go clubbing alone. What she did not anticipate was the club getting raided and meeting Luc, the club owner. Evie can’t explain it, but she is drawn to Luc, not realizing there was something special about her. She makes all types of assumptions about Luc, some are close, but others are way more than even she can imagine. As she gets closer to Luc, danger lurks and she’s closer to finding out the truth. Is it a truth she can handle?

OMG… I loved this story! You get updates from some of your favorite characters of the Luxen series, kinda like a “Where are they now?” situation. Luc is an awesome character. He’s witty, highly intelligent, literally has the best collection of t-shirts, and has a depth to him you don’t get in previous books. It’s interesting how close to reality some of the actions in this story are. You get to meet some interesting characters and some you will just out and out hate. The story doesn’t end with a cliffhanger, but I can’t wait for book 2!

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Book Review: Pirate’s Passion ~ Lisa Kessler

 

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Title: Pirate’s Passion (Sentinels of Savannah #2)
Author: Lisa Kessler
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Date of Release: November 12, 2018
Pages: 300
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

This post is late because I’ve read this book twice in a row! If I thought I loved the first one, this one takes the cake! And it’s longer, so I get more Keegan! What do you do when the lead singer of your favorite band is an immortal pirate… and is sexy as all get out?! You help him keep his immortality! The interactions between the two are striking and passionate! For a guy who didn’t consider romance to be in his cards, He has quite the thing for Char… and who doesn’t love a smart girl!? The writing is impeccable and kept me wanting to more. Between the love scenes and all the action, I couldn’t get enough. Please let there be a book 3!

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Book Review: Barreled Over ~ Jenna Sutton

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Title: Barreled Over (Trinity Distillery, Book 1)
Author: Jenna Sutton
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Jenna Sutton
Date of Release: December 26, 2017
Pages: 369
Format: Kindle (NetGalley)

Every now and again, you read a book that frustrates you… but you love it! That is this book for me!! “Barreled Over” is about Ava Grace, one of country music’s biggest stars, and Jonah Beck (known to friends and family as Beck), son of the family that is synonymous with bourbon. While Ava Grace is battling her record company who wants her top broaden her fan base of just women, with wacky ideas of how to do that, Beck is trying to make a name for himself. Together, they can help each other, and find love at the same time!

Everything about this story is adorable and funny, with great characters. While the two main characters have some not-so-great things in their in past and I  understand why they are the way they are, I found myself almost liking the secondary characters more than the main characters. As this is my first book by this author, it felt as though I should already know some of the characters. It didn’t detract from the story, but it did make me wonder if I was missing out.

The chemistry between Ava Grace and Beck is wonderful. They have great banter and the chemistry is instant. What I loved about this book is the bourbon lessons you get! I know it’s not the point of this book, nor is it meant to be the focus, but I thought it was fascinating and a nice addition to the story. I am intrigued to see where this series will go, as I enjoyed getting to know Ava Grace and Beck.