Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Review: Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren

Source: Received an ARC from Simon & Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher: Gallery Books
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Number of Pages: 350 (Paperback)


Description:
All’s fair in love and work. The first standalone romance by New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren (Beautiful Bastard) is a sexy, compulsively readable romantic comedy that dives headlong into the thrill and doubt of modern love.

Despite the odds against them from an embarrassing meet-awkward at a mutual friend’s Halloween party, Carter and Evie immediately hit it off. Even the realization that they’re both high-powered agents at competing firms in Hollywood isn’t enough to squash the fire.

But when their two agencies merge—causing the pair to vie for the same position—all bets are off. What could have been a beautiful, blossoming romance turns into an all-out war of sabotage. Carter and Evie are both thirtysomething professionals—so why can’t they act like it?

Can Carter stop trying to please everyone and see how their mutual boss is really playing the game? Can Evie put aside her competitive nature long enough to figure out what she really wants in life? Can their actor clients just be something close to human? Whether these two Hollywood love/hatebirds get the storybook Hollywood ending or just a dramedy of epic proportions, you will get to enjoy Christina Lauren’s heartfelt, raucous, and hilarious romance style at its finest.


Well I had to take a pause while reading this one because of some blog tours, but I'm so glad that I was able to get back to DATING YOU / HATING YOU! I definitely didn't want to stop reading either times that I picked it up and it was constantly making me chuckle, gasp, grin, and smirk. While it wasn't my favourite Christina Lauren book, and I'd probably give it a 4.5 rather than a 5 (but I love this writing duo so I'm always going to round up for them :P), I did love Evie and Carter and their story was fantastic!

The things that held me back for this one honestly had to do with the fact that I've loved their Beautiful series and Wild Seasons series so much. This is the only place I'd take off that half a star. Both series have a wide cast and the further you get into the series, the more you love all of the characters and that's what I missed here. The characters were all fantastic and vibrant and I loved them, but I would've loved more of them! I wanted more of Steph, Michael and their daughter, Morgan. I wanted more Amelia and Daryl...and maybe to know more about Eric, too. I think I've just been spoiled by their other books that way or maybe they're so skilled at writing compelling side characters that I want all that I can get. Haha

As far as the romance goes, it wasn't quite what I expected actually. I was expecting a dynamic similar to Beautiful Bastard, but that's not even close. Evie and Carter had fantastic chemistry. They did great banter, had some adorkable flirtations going on, and were just downright amazing together. I was expecting them to have a hate-to-love type story but it was more new fledging lovers to reluctant rivals, which I actually really enjoyed. It made their dynamics really interesting and I loved seeing them get together. I loved the moments that we got of them together so much. Dating You/Hating You definitely isn't Christina Lauren's steamiest book, but the parts that are there are fantastic and they didn't disappoint! ;)

Overall, I absolutely adored this romance and while I could've done with more moments with the side characters and I wouldn't have minded a bit more steamy parts, I was extremely happy with Evie and Carter as a couple!!! I can't wait to read what Christina Lauren comes up with next!




What do you think?
Are you a fan of Christina Lauren?
Does Dating You/Hating You sound like something you'd like to read?

Monday, August 14, 2017

Release Day Blitz: The Soul Mate (Roommates #4) by Kendall Ryan


I've gushed about her on Twitter, but I don't think I've shared my love of all things Kendall Ryan on my blog yet, but that changes today!! I finally read one of her books earlier this year, and I've been hooked ever since!!! I've really started to love her Roommates series, and guess what?! The newest book in the series releases today! 

That's right, today is the "due date" for her Kendall's new book, The Soul Mate

Is anyone else as ridiculously excited as I am? I've had this book pre-ordered for months now and I'm so glad that I can finally read it! 

In case Kendall Ryan and The Soul Mate are new to you, here's a bit about them:

THE SOUL MATE
By Kendall Ryan
Release Day – August 14, 2017

From New York Times Bestseller Kendall Ryan comes a sexy new stand-alone novel in her Roommates series.

The smoking-hot one-night stand I was never supposed to see again?

Yeah, well, I might be pregnant, and he’s my OB-GYN.

Get ready to fall head over heels madly in love with the hottest OBGYN doctor you have ever met! This full-length standalone contains the most hilariously awkward lady-doctor visit, lots of playful banter and some good ol' fashioned baby-makin'!

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Kobo

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She's a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she's appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

Visit her at: www.kendallryanbooks.com for the latest book news, and fun extras

Now to get you just as excited as I am, here are some teasers!!!

TEASERS









 What do you think?
 Are you planning to add The Soul Mate to your TBR?
Is anyone already as excited about this one as I am?

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

[Review] Checkmate: This is Dangerous (Logan & Kayla #1) by Kennedy Fox

Source: Received a copy from the authors in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: July 6, 2017
Number of Pages: 232 (Kindle)


DESCRIPTION:

Logan Knight is a real life knight in shining armor. 
A detective godsend in a sleek black suit has me thinking less than secretive thoughts. Brooding and mysterious, he's the kind of guy every girl instantly notices. Between his seductive smirk and charming good looks, it's no wonder I can't help the way he makes me feel whenever I'm near him. 
Too bad he's unavailable—or so he says.

He thinks I'm a do-gooder who shouldn't get involved with a guy like him. His past is messy and relationships just add to that. He insists the timing is all wrong and he's devoted to his career, but I don't buy that excuse for a second. I see the way his body tenses and his jaw ticks every time another guy is around me. He just won't admit it, but I'm more determined than ever to show him what he's missing.

I'm a devoted animal rescuer and I'll risk everything to save them, but when a dramatic turn of events puts both our lives at risk, I'm positive Logan will write me off for good. But when he asks for my help with a personal crisis, I know it's my last chance to finally show him I can handle anything he throws my way—messy past and all.

He might think he has me all figured out, but I'll prove him wrong no matter what he thinks. This game of push and pull has me running in circles. One wrong move and we could both lose.

Checkmate, Knight.

PURCHASE LINKS:

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Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon AU | Amazon CA

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

A secret duo of romance authors team up under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox who share a love of You’ve Got Mail and The Holiday. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day, they decided to collaborate and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make your lady bits tingle and your heart melt. If you enjoy romance stories with sexy, tattooed alpha males and smart, independent women, then a Kennedy Fox book is for you!

CONNECT WITH KENNEDY FOX:
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REVIEW

I've been hooked on Kennedy Fox's books for a while now, so when I had the chance to sign up to read and review their newest book...the one that started Kayla and Logan's romance, This is Dangerous, I was so there!! 

Right from the first time we saw Kayla and Logan interact, I knew I would love their romance! And sure enough, once I started This is Dangerous, I couldn't put it down!


Wowzers!!! 

I've loved/really enjoyed the previous Checkmate books, but this one is definitely my favourite so far!! I absolutely adored Kayla and felt a major kinship with her. Her love of dogs, indulgence in bath bombs, and just overall love of all things donuts made me recognize her as a kindred spirit immediately! And Logan....oh, Logan. *dreamy sigh* I love Travis and Drew...but Logan, Logan is my man. I've always been a sucker for the broody guys, and my love of Veronica Mars Logan and Gilmore Girls Logan makes me immediately gravitate towards any other hunks named Logan, too, so this book was clearly meant to make its way into my hands. :P

The romance was AMAZING!!! The story was fast-paced and riveting--I didn't want to put the book down at all!! And the build-up and development of their relationship was absolutely wonderful! I've loved the idea of Kayla and Logan together from the first time we see them together in the previous books, but getting to see them actually come together in This is Dangerous was wonderful! They both have some darkness in their pasts, but they bring out the best in one another, and I love seeing them together soooo much!

Overall, I loved This is Dangerous! As always, the cliffhanger was soooo brutal, but this one is definitely my favourite of Kennedy Fox's Checkmate books so far and I can't wait to read the conclusion to Logan and Kayla's story, This is Beautiful!!!




Romance fans!! Have you started reading Kennedy Fox's books yet?
If you have, how are you liking them?
Which couple is your fave?
If you haven't, do you plan to start?

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

[#Giveaway]
The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger by Stephen King (Movie Tie-in Edition)




I'm going to start this giveaway post with a confessions...I have NEVER read a Stephen King book!

The Dark Tower movie releases this Friday, so the amazing Simon & Schuster Canada offered to send me a copy of the book to read, and I jumped at the chance!

I've been told to read The Dark Tower before, so now that I've gotten my hands on a copy of the new movie-tie in, I'm finally going to read it. I'm ridiculously excited to dig into this book...and guess what?!

Simon & Schuster Canada has generously offered to sponsor a giveaway, so I'm also giving away a copy, now if you're the lucky winner, you'll be able to start the series, too!

I'm going to keep this giveaway super simple!

Here are the terms:
- Must be 13 years or older
- Canada Only
- Giveaway ends on August 9th at 11:59 pm EST!
- Winner will be drawn randomly using Rafflecopter
- Winner will be contacted via email, and will have 48 hours to claim their prize before a new winner is drawn.

ENTER USING THE RAFFLECOPTER WIDGET BELOW:





Any other Stephen King newbies out there?
 If you win, will you keep the book or give it away?
And are you excited for the movie?

GOOD LUCK!!!

Monday, July 31, 2017

[Review] Rogue (Croak #3)
by Gina Damico

Source: Received a copy from the Canadian distributor in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher: Graphia (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Release Date: September 10, 2013
Number of Pages: 326 (Paperback)


Description from Goodreads:
Lex is a teenage Grim Reaper with the power to Damn souls, and it’s getting out of control. She’s a fugitive, on the run from the maniacal new mayor of Croak and the townspeople who want to see her pay the price for her misdeeds. Uncle Mort rounds up the Junior Grims to flee Croak once again, but this time they’re joined by Grotton, the most powerful Grim of all time. Their new mission is clear: Fix his mistakes, or the Afterlife will cease to exist, along with all the souls in it. 

The gang heads for Necropolis, the labyrinth-like capital city of the Grimsphere. There, they discover that the Grimsphere needs a reboot. To do that, the portals to the Afterlife must be destroyed…but even that may not be enough to fix the damage. Things go from bad to worse, and when at last the fate of the Afterlife and all the souls of the Damned hang in the balance, it falls to Lex and her friends to make one final, impossible choice.

This review is a long, long, long time coming!

Back when the first book in the series, Croak, came out my friend Zoƫ and I decided to read it together as a read-a-long, and we continued that trend all the way until Rogue...unfortunately when it first came our we were too buy to read it together, so it got swept aside, but we finally did it!! We finished the Croak trilogy. :P

I always struggle a bit writing reviews for final books in trilogies or series because I don't want to spoil anything, so forgive me for being SUPER vague, and for my brevity! After finishing Rogue, I was so conflicted!!! I loved it sooo much, but it also broke my heart! The characters are just as fantastic as they've always been, it was just as funny as the first two books (although this one was definitely much more sobering than the others), and the story still kept me absolutely hooked right up until the last page! 

Overall, Rogue was a wonderful conclusion to this trilogy! It had me on edge the entire time, made me laugh, and it made me cry...I was absolutely WRECKED when I finished reading it, but I was also very satisfied with the story, and I think if you loved the first two you've definitely love this one! If you're new to this trilogy I think it's perfect for fans of the TV show Dead Like Me, and for anyone who likes their humour a bit on the morbid side. ;)

Have you read any of the Croak trilogy yet?
If you have, have you finished Rogue yet?
And if you haven't started yet, do you think it sounds like something you would like?