Today, I'm discussing one of my most anticipated romance reads of 2019: Meet Cute.
A huge thanks to Forever Publishing for my free copy.
Meet Cute by Helena Hunting
On her first day of law school, Kailyn ran--quite literally--into the actor she crushed on as a teenager, ending with him sprawled on top of her. Mortified to discover that the Daxton Hughes was also a student in her class, her embarrassment over their meet-cute quickly turned into a friendship she never expected. Unfortunately, she never saw his betrayal coming either...
Now, eight years later, Dax is in her office asking for legal advice. Despite her anger, Kailyn can't help feeling sorry for the devastated man who just became sole guardian to his thirteen-year-old sister. But when her boss gets wind of Kailyn's new celebrity client, there's even more at stake than Dax's custody issues: if she gets Dax to work at their firm, she'll be promoted to partner.
The more time Kailyn spends with Dax and his sister, the more she starts to feel like a family, and the more she realizes the chemistry they had all those years ago is as fresh as ever.
Will they be able to forgive the mistakes of the past, or will one betrayal lead to another?
Helena Hunting's latest novel is as captivating as expected.
This complex romance follows the story of Daxton Hughes and Kailyn Flowers--who once frenemies, are reunited when a tragic accident occurs.
Meet Cute is wonderful because it's a real-life romance. Unlike other love stories which often set impossible and unrealistic standards, Hunting's latest novel shows that while love is beautiful, it almost always turns up at the most inconvenient times.
Daxton and Kailyn are two people who are figuring out their life. Dax is dealing with loss while Kailyn is figuring out how to land her dream job. Their feelings for each other are complicated and could not have come up at a more difficult time, but despite it all, the pair is eager to make it work. For this reason, Meet Cute is a must read for fans of romance. Helena Hunting's latest features the elements of fate and romance while also being authentic.
If you have not purchased a copy, do so soon.
Have you read Meet Cute?
Today, I'll be discussing one of my favorite romances of 2019.
A BIG thank you to Forever Publishing for my free copy. The Friend Zone will be available on June 11th!
The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
Kristen Petersen doesn't do drama, will fight to the death for her friends, and has no room in her life for guys who just don't get her. She's also keeping a big secret: facing a medically necessary procedure that will make it impossible for her to have children.
Planning her best friend's wedding is bittersweet for Kristen--especially when she meets the best man, Joshua Copeland. He's funny, sexy, never offended by her mile-wide streak of sarcasm, and always one chicken enchilada ahead of her hangry. Even her dog, Stuntman Mike, adores him. The only catch: Josh wants a big family someday. Kristen knows he'd be better off with someone else, but as their attraction grows, it's harder and harder to keep him at arm's length.
The Friend Zone just might be one of my favorite reads of 2019. Abby Jimenez's debut novel is compelling, comical, and heartbreaking.
As previously mentioned, this book follows the story of Kristen Petersen and Joshua Copeland--two of the most genuine and candid characters featured in a work of romance. Kristen is witty, funny, and unapologetic. While Joshua is strong, determined, and big-hearted. Together, the pair is absolutely captivating.
Despite The Friend Zone being the author's first novel, Jimenez managed to create a wonderful narrative filled with both delight and heartbreak. Readers can expect to laugh-out-loud and even shed a tear or two.
This book is the perfect pick for readers who enjoyed Jojo Moyes' Me Before You or Christina Lauren's Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating.
Will you be picking up a copy of The Friend Zone? Have you read it already? Chat with me in the comments below or send me a message on Instagram!
Today, I'll be discussing one of Agatha Christie's earlier novels: The Seven Dials Mystery.
The Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie
Gerry Wade had proved himself to be a champion sleeper, so the other houseguests decided to play a practical joke on him. Eight alarm clocks were set to go off, one after the other, starting at 6:30 a.m. But when morning arrived, one clock was missing and it was evident that the prank had backfired with tragic consequences.
The Seven Dials Mystery might be my least favorite Christie novel (up to date).
At first glance, the storyline seems captivating. Unfortunately, this isn't the case.
Despite the novel beginning with the murder of Gerry Wade, the focus of the story shifts--making it less entertaining and quite confusing for the audience. The novel features a handful of twists that are meant to keep readers on their toes but instead result in disapproval and displeasure. By the time the mystery is solved, the story can only be described as anticlimactic.
Not much can be said without spoiling the story, so I'll keep it short. If you enjoyed The Secret of Chimneys, you may like The Seven Dials Mystery. I recommend skipping it nonetheless.
Have you read The Seven Dials Mystery?
Today, I'm back with an Agatha Christie mystery...
Towards Zero by Agatha Christie
Lady Tressilian, an elderly woman confined to her bed, has invited several guests to her seaside home at the end of the summer. Guest Nevile Strange, incurs her displeasure by inviting both his current and former wife, thus causing awkward misunderstandings and tension between the group.
But events soon turn when Lady Tressilian is killed and Superintendent Battle finds himself in a labyrinthine maze of clues and deception.
What reason could someone have of killing the old woman? Could it have been greed or jealousy, or is something much sinister at bay?
Towards Zero is one of Christie's fine novels. Nonetheless, it can't be described as great or stand out. Despite being enjoyable, the novel lacks a memorable cast of characters and a unique storyline. Because of this, the book is great for readers who are looking for a quick and easy read but not for those trying out the author's works.
Like in other Christie stories, the novel is set at the home of a very wealthy host. The host is found dead, and soon, every guest and employee is a suspect. At first, the narrative is interesting because it makes readers wonder who would gain from the victim's death. Unfortunately, the outcome becomes predictable in the early stages of the mystery.
For avid readers of Agatha Christie, this is a good pick. However, if you're not very familiar with her stories, it's best to opt for a different mystery.
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Today, I'm discussing Colleen Hoover fan favorite Maybe Someday.
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
At twenty-two years old, Sydney has a great life: She's in college; working a steady job; in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter; and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her--and she is left trying to decide what to do next.
Soon, Sydney becomes captivated by Ridge, her mysterious neighbor. She can't take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there's something about Sydney that Ridge can't ignore, either.
Finally, when their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one...
While I understand why people would really enjoy this book, I can't seem to love Hoover's work.
A couple of weeks ago, I read It Ends with Us. And now, after finishing Maybe Someday--one of Hoover's most talked about novels--I've come to terms with the fact that her books might just not be for me.
Despite enjoying the author's writing style, I have a hard time connecting with her storylines and characters. Maybe Someday for example, features a really dramatic storyline and very unlikeable characters.
As much as I want to love Hoover's stories, my inability to connect with them makes it really difficult. Because of this, I'm coming to you all for help. If there's any Colleen Hoover book you think I might enjoy, send me a message on Instagram or comment down below!
In the meantime, I'll be checking out other romances.
Have you read Maybe Someday?
Today, I'll be discussing My Favorite Half-Night Stand.
My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
Millie Morris has always been one of the guys. A UC Santa Barbara professor, she’s a female-serial-killer expert who’s quick with a deflection joke and terrible at getting personal. And she, just like her four best guy friends and fellow professors, is very single.
So when a routine university function turns into a black tie gala, Mille and her circle make a pact that they’ll join an online dating service to find plus-ones for the event. There’s only one hitch: after making the pact, Millie and one of the guys, Reid Campbell, secretly spend the sexiest half-night of their lives together, but mutually decide the friendship would be better off strictly platonic.
But online dating isn’t for the faint of heart. While the guys are inundated with quality matches and potential dates, Millie’s first profile attempt garners nothing but dick pics and creepers. Enter “Catherine”—Millie’s fictional profile persona, in whose make-believe shoes she can be more vulnerable than she’s ever been in person. Soon “Catherine” and Reid strike up a digital pen-pal-ship...but Millie can’t resist temptation in real life, either. Millie will have to face her worst fear—intimacy—or risk losing her best friend, forever.
Can Christina Lauren do any wrong? This duo has written wonderful novels: Josh and Hazel, Roomies, and Love and Other Words. My Favorite Half-Night Stand is no exception.
Along with Josh and Hazel, Half-Night Stand is one of my C.L. favorites.
The greatest thing about this novel is that the characters, storyline, and writing are equally wonderful.
The protagonists, Millie and Reid, are complex and real. But the supporting cast adds a lighthearted element. Chris, Ed, and Alex are funny and genuine. Like Millie and Reid, they have flaws and insecurities. However, it's their strengths--their loyalty and compassion--that makes them memorable characters.
The plot of My Favorite Half-Night Stand is especially splendid. It very accurately represents dating in the 21st century: dating apps, awkward dates, and the occasional catfish. Though the story can be a bit predictable and cliche, it's impossible not to enjoy it.
Additionally, C.L.'s writing is as captivating as always. It's eloquent but also concise and easy to understand.
Altogether, My Favorite Half-Night Stand is a marvelous novel and a great pick for fans of romance.
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