Wednesday, 24 June 2020

[Blog Tour Review] SECRETS OF THE WORLD'S WORST MATCHMAKER (The Baileys, #7) by Piper Rayne


Source: Received an egalley to give an honest review.
Also purchased Kindle copy on Amazon CA.
Release Date: June 23, 2020
Number of Pages: 301 (ebook)

DESCRIPTION

Imagine you’re a matchmaker and you realize too late you’re in love with your childhood best friend. You only have yourself to blame—you’re the one who matched him and now he’s engaged to be married. When you find yourself in this position there’s a few secrets you’re going to need to keep…

Secret #1 – Smile when he tells you the happy news, even if your heart cracks in half.

Secret #2 – Don’t compare yourself to his beautiful French fiancée. You’re just as beautiful.

Secret #3 – Don’t tag along to the tux fitting with him alone. Just no.

Secret #4 - Don’t help him learn to dance to his wedding song.

Secret #5 – Erase all memories of the two of you through the years when lines blurred for even the briefest of moments.

And the one you never saw coming…

Secret #6 –Definitely, don’t stand and object—someone else might just do it for you.
G E T   Y O U R   C O P Y   N O W !

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA
Amazon AU
| Amazon DE
B & N | Google Play | Kobo | Apple

REVIEW

For someone who doesn't typically gravitate towards friends-to-lovers romances, I have read a bunch of them lately, and I've been loving them all, but I have to say that SECRETS OF THE WORLD'S WORST MATCHMAKER has been my favourite! It's been on my radar for a while, and I've been so excited for it!!! :D

I absolutely LOVE this series so much! It's my favourite of Piper Rayne's so far, and I have loved getting to see so much of the Bailey siblings! Each book honestly just makes me love this series more and more. I've been eagerly waiting for Juno and Colton's book since we've been seeing little pieces of the two of them pining after each other for ages...and I have to say that I thought it was completely worth the wait!

I love how we've seen how close Juno and Colton are in the other books, and that Piper and Rayne showed us some amazing little flashbacks throughout this book that really added to the whole friends-to-lovers aspect of the story. I love that they've been friends for so long, that they've relied on each other, supported each other, and just genuinely always been there for each other for years. They've pushed the boundaries of their friendship more than once, but their love for each other (both outwardly as friends...and secretly in a romantic sense), is so strong and it was so wonderful to see! I loved these two so, so much! :D

Overall, I thought that SECRETS OF THE WORLD'S WORST MATCHAMKER was fantastic!

It was definitely dramatic and had some seriously angsty parts, but I loved finally getting to see what Juno and Colton both thought about their relationship...and about each other! And I really, really loved seeing their relationship evolve! They were adorable and so fantastic together! I also loved how Colton has been a part of the Bailey family for years. I loved seeing both Juno and Colton finally express themselves...and I loved how deeply they already knew one another! I don't think I've ever fully felt a deeper friendship in a friends-to-lovers romance before now. I could genuinely picture Juno and Colton being besties when they were in Elementary school...and I really loved that. It was so sweet! If you love friends-to-lovers, I think you'll definitely love this one...and even if it isn't your go-to romance trope, trust me...this one is worth trying!!! I love, love, loved it!

Star Rating: ★★★★★




What do you think?

Does SECRETS OF THE WORLD'S WORST MATCHMAKER sound like something you'd enjoy?
And are you a fan of friends-to-lovers romances?

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

[Release Day] SECRETS OF THE WORLD'S WORST MATCHMAKER (The Baileys, #7) by Piper Rayne



I've been a fan of Piper and Rayne's The Baileys series right form the start, and I swear that I grow to love it more and more with each book...and now that we're onto book 7, Secrets of the World's Worst Matchmaker, this still holds true!

Today happens to be the release day for Juno and Colton's book and you guys, I am so excited for you all to read this one!!!



SECRETS OF THE WORLD'S WORST MATCHMAKER
(The Baileys #7)

by Piper Rayne
Release Day: June 23, 2020

DESCRIPTION:

Imagine you’re a matchmaker and you realize too late you’re in love with your childhood best friend. You only have yourself to blame—you’re the one who matched him and now he’s engaged to be married. When you find yourself in this position there’s a few secrets you’re going to need to keep…

Secret #1 – Smile when he tells you the happy news, even if your heart cracks in half.

Secret #2 – Don’t compare yourself to his beautiful French fiancée. You’re just as beautiful.

Secret #3 – Don’t tag along to the tux fitting with him alone. Just no.

Secret #4 - Don’t help him learn to dance to his wedding song.

Secret #5 – Erase all memories of the two of you through the years when lines blurred for even the briefest of moments.

And the one you never saw coming…

Secret #6 –Definitely, don’t stand and object—someone else might just do it for you.
G E T   Y O U R   C O P Y   N O W !

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Psssst...for a limited time you can get this one at a special promo price since it's just released, but you better act fast because it'll be going up to its regular price soon! ;)

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I've already devoured this one, and I have to tell you guys...it was AMAZING! I've been eagerly waiting for Juno and Colton's book since we keep seeing snippets of them in the other books and I've been absolutely desperate for them to finally admit their feelings and come together...and it was so worth the wait!!! I'll be posting my review tomorrow, so feel free to come check it out once it's up. ;)

I don't typically read a lot of friends-to-lovers romances, but I do love it when I'm able to see a couple as side characters beforehand! It really amps up that tension between them and lets me genuinely see and feel how strong their connection is...and I looooove a good slow burn!

What do you think?
 
Are you a fan of the best friends to lovers trope?

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Review: ALWAYS RED (Chasing Red #2) by Isabelle Ronin

Source: Received from Netgalley.
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: November 7, 2017


Description:
Chasing Red is the Wattpad phenomenon with over 130 million reads, and one million reads each week. Revised and with new original content, it will be published in two volumes, Chasing Red and Always Red. New readers and fans alike will fall in love with Red and Caleb--over and over again.

THE RIVETING CONCLUSION TO RED AND CALEB'S EPIC STORY
Veronica "Red" Strafford's painful past has made trusting Caleb Lockhart difficult. But Red might have pushed Caleb away one too many times...

I want you to fight for me. Just as I fought for you. But you wouldn't.
I stood there, staring after him, tears pouring down my face.

What just a few of IsabelleRonin's 130 million Wattpad readers are saying:
"This is the only book that I have read more than 5 times... One of the best books I have ever read."--Chelovskalova_ti

"This book took me through an emotional roller coaster! I love everything about it!"--infinity_and-beyond3

"Most amazing thing I've ever read. The characters are just so real and possess such pure, raw emotions and passion."--lollyhes

"Chasing Red possibly qualifies as the best novel I've read in my life. I was so addicted to it... So in love that I couldn't stop reading."--XxSandrelleGarciaxX

REVIEW

Well, well, well! The first book was dramatic and this one certainly was, too!

When I read the previous book in this duology, CHASING RED, I couldn't put it down...it left off on quite the cliffhanger, and I was absolutely desperate to get my hands on a copy of ALWAYS RED! Once I got a copy and started reading, I couldn't put it down either!

I have to admit that I didn't love this one quite as much as the previous book...I think with a lot of romances that are duologies, I'm a bit of a tougher sell when it comes to concluding the story--probably because the break between the two books builds up my expectations. I'm pretty sure that's really what kept me from loving this one as much as the first here. I had that time to build up what I wanted to happen in ALWAYS RED, whereas with CHASING RED I just dove right in full throttle. While I didn't love it quite as much as CHASING RED, I still really enjoyed ALWAYS RED. Caleb and Red were wonderful together...and I loved their relationship so much!

In fact, there were so many things that I loved about this book, but it did have some moments that were a bit too dramatic for me, which made me like it less than the first one. However, some parts were handled so well that it had me absolutely ecstatic! I love, love, loved how consent was handled in this book! Caleb always made sure Red gave consent before doing anything which I really appreciated! The first book was a total slow burn and it finally boiled over in this one...it was super worth the wait!

When I'd originally written down my review I mentioned that I was hoping we'd get a story where Kara and Cameron get back together...and you guys, that's what the third book, SPITFIRE IN LOVE, is all about!!! I'll definitely be reading that soon. :D I'd recommend this series to romance readers who love fast-paced stories, slow-burn romances, and lots of drama. ;)

Star Rating:

★★★★.5



What do you think?
Do Chasing Red and Always Red sound like books that you'd like?
Has anyone read Kara and Cam's book, Spitfire in Love, yet?

Monday, 8 June 2020

[Surprise Release Day] SUMMER FLING, a #FREE anthology with short summer stories from Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward, LJ Shen, Willow Winters, Helena Hunting, RS Grey, & Sarina Bowen!


SUMMER IS HEATING UP!
Six FREE standalone summer themed short stories!

COVER CREDIT:
Cover designer: Sommer Stein, Perfect Pear Creative


For a Good Time Call by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
Ever see For a good time call scribbled on the bathroom wall of a bar? Sure you have. Ever wonder what would happen if you had a few too many drinks and actually called the number? Well now you don’t have to wonder anymore, because I’ll tell you… It blows up in your face when you suddenly realize who Mr. Good Time is.

Eternal Sunshine by L.J. Shen
Adam Mackay is my brother's best friend, turned Hollywood heartthrob, who is now my brand new, infuriating boss.
Sounds complicated? You have no idea...

Stay Right Here with Me by Willow Winters
I can’t tell you how many mistakes I’ve made sitting in this very spot in this small town bar. Watching the iron doors swing closed as the broad-shouldered man who just walked in sits across from me, I already know he’s on that list of, “I shouldn’t have done that...”

Damsel Dude in Distress by Helena Hunting
I thought I was helping a damsel in distress. Turns out my damsel was actually a hot dude with some bad luck. It started with a broken down car and ended with a gross motel, an indoor campout and a set of Kama Sutra sheets.

The Beach R.S. Grey
I’m not supposed to be on vacation with my best friend’s older brother. I’ve wanted him for so long, and now we’re unexpectedly alone in a tropical paradise. Naturally, I packed a lot of bikinis, but I should have brought armor if I want to have any hope of surviving my week away with Noah Martin…or should I say, Dr. Martin.

Lucky Shotby Sarina Bowen
Rookie sports agent Bess Beringer gets a real education on the night of her first glitzy New York business dinner. But the things she learns have nothing to do with roster rules or contract negotiation. Luckily, rookie hockey player Mark "Tank" Tankiewicz is a pro-level teacher...




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Oh boy! I am so excited to read these sexy short stories!!!!

What about you?


Thursday, 21 May 2020

[Review] A SECRET FOR A SECRET (All In #3) by Helena Hunting

Source: Egalley through work/Canadian distributor, Thomas Allen & Son.
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Release Date: May 12, 2020
Number of Pages: 304 (Paperback)

DESCRIPTION

From New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting comes a new romance about trading secrets, breaking the rules, and playing for keeps.

My name is Ryan Kingston, and I’m a rule follower. I’ve never been in a fistfight. I always obey the speed limit. I don’t get drunk, and I definitely don’t pick up random women at bars.

Except the night I found out that my whole existence has been a lie.

I got drunk. And picked up a stranger.

Her name was Queenie, and she was everything I’m not: reckless, impulsive, and chaotic. We did shots and traded secrets. And ended up naked at my place.

She left me a thank-you note in the morning and her panties as a parting gift. But no way to contact her.

Six weeks later I’m sitting in the first official team meeting of the season, and there she is. I neglected to mention that I’m the goalie for Seattle’s NHL team.

And Queenie? Turns out she’s the general manager’s daughter.
G E T   Y O U R   C O P Y   N O W !
Amazon US | Amazon Canada | Indigo

REVIEW

 

Oh boy, this book was an emotional roller coaster and I loved every minute of it! 

This Book In 5 Words:

Amazing. Sexy. Addictive. Passionate. Phenomenal.

King was absolutely AMAZING...and exactly what I hoped he'd be: a stand-up amazing man, but with a secret edge to him that only came out around his "Queen," our lovely main character, Queenie, who I adored! She was sassy, pure chaos to King's calm, and flawed in a very realistic and authentic way. I loved both her and King to bits! Their chemistry was so, so sexy and they complemented each other in the most wonderful of ways! I loved getting to see their relationship grow! 

Along with loving King and Queenie, I loved seeing so much of the other All In couples (Lainey and RJ, and Bishop and Stevie), and I loved that we saw a lot of Violet, Alex, and their children...makes me very excited for one of Helena's future projects since there are some strong hints to two future novels--as always with Helena Hunting's books, I'm always eagerly waiting for more...I'm greedy like that with my faves. ;)
 

I honestly have nothing, but good things to say about A SECRET FOR A SECRET! I adored this book so, so much! I loved the characters, I loved the romance, and I absolutely loved how the story unraveled! I've yet to meet a Helena Hunting book that I didn't thoroughly enjoy and love, but her All In series is most definitely my favourite so far! Highly recommend it to anyone who loves sports romance, contemporary romances, sexy alpha heroes, and heroines that you can't help wanting to be best friends with! ;)

Star Rating:

★★★★★



What do you think?
Does A SECRET FOR A SECRET sound like a book you'd like?
Have you read any of Helena's books yet?

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

[Review] THE HUNTER (Boston Belles #1) by L.J. Shen

THE HUNTER
Boston Belles #1
by L.J. Shen
Release Date: May 10th, 2020

DESCRIPTION

Hunter

I didn’t mean to star in a sex tape, okay?
It was just one of those unexplainable things. Like Stonehenge, Police Academy 2, and morning glory clouds.
It just happened.
Now my ball-busting father is sentencing me to six months of celibacy, sobriety, and morbid boredom under the roof of Boston’s nerdiest girl alive, Sailor Brennan.
The virginal archer is supposed to babysit my ass while I learn to take my place in Royal Pipelines, my family’s oil company.
Little does she know, that’s not the only pipe I’ll be laying…

Sailor

I didn’t want this gig, okay?
But the deal was too sweet to walk away from.
I needed the public endorsement; Hunter needed a nanny.
Besides, what’s six months in the grand scheme of things?
It’s not like I’m in danger of falling in love with the appallingly gorgeous, charismatic gazillionaire who happens to be one of Boston’s most eligible bachelors.
No. I will remain immune to Hunter Fitzpatrick’s charm.
Even at the cost of losing everything I have.
Even at the cost of burning down his kingdom.
G E T   Y O U R   C O P Y   N O W !


About the Author

L.J. SHEN is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

Connect with L.J. Shen:

REVIEW


Oh my goodness!!!!

I absolutely adored this book! It’s definitely one of my top L. J. Shen books—not first because that place belongs to Vicious, but I think I’d put it second! I was hoping I’d love it, but it blew me away even more than I thought it would!

I loved Hunter and Sailor so much! He was charismatic, filthy, goofy, and somehow both sexy and adorable all at once, and Sailor was sassy, fierce, loyal, and dynamic! Hunter definitely started this book on the immature side, but he really impressed me by the end and I loved seeing his growth! He also had me cracking up constantly with his dirty jokes, the lingo he used, and just his comments and thoughts in general. He was hilarious, and Sailor was awesome, too. She was so witty and I loved when she sassed the other characters! I also really loved that there was a lot of Sailor’s, and Hunter’s families...also so neat that we got to see some Sparrow cameos (one of LJ Shen’s other books!)...and I really loved Sailor’s friend group, too!

While Hunter and Sailor were fantastic apart, I thought that they really brought out the best in each other when they were together,too! Hunter challenged Sailor to come out of her shell, pushed her to explore her boundaries, and he helped her accept passion into her life, and Sailor helped Hunter see his own hidden potential, pushed him to go against the confines he’d placed on himself, and gave him the support and acceptance he desperately needed. They were just soooo wonderful together!

I seriously cannot wait to read the rest of this series! It’s shaping up to be just as amazing as L. J. Shen’s Sinners of Saint series which I loooooved!!!! I also loved that this new series is centred around a group of girl friends with the whole “Boston Belles” while the previous series was centred around the guys—I think it’ll make for an amazing dynamic as the series progresses!!!

I definitely recommend this one to readers who are already fans of L. J. Shen already, but I also think this is the perfect starting place for new readers. THE HUNTER is extremely sexy--in fact, it's pretty dirty at times too—I loved it, but I know some readers prefer their romance a little tamer on the steamy side, so just giving a head’s up. ;) It’s funny and fun, and the romance will totally pull you in and keep you hooked to the page! 

Highly recommend!

Star Rating:

★★★★★



What do you think?

Does THE HUNTER sound like something you'd like to read?
Have you read any of L.J. Shen's books yet?