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Review: Wicked and The Wallflower by Sarah MacLean

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Hello, I am Isabel and I’m addicted to Sarah MacLean. If nothing has confirmed it this book has. I need to finish reading her backlist and I need every other book in this new series immediately.

We open by meeting Felicity Faircloth who you might remember from book 3 in Scandal and Scoundrel series. Don’t worry though you really don’t need the backstory for this one, but you will finish it and want to go back to those it’s pretty arbitrary details overall.

Either way I love the fact that this world ties into my favorite series by MacLean and we follow quite possibly the most interesting wallflower I’ve ever met. Felicity is full of independence, surprises and no fear of her emotions when comes down to getting what she wants. Devil is the king of the underground and running ice… Well more than ice but really that’s the key point. We follow Felicity and Devil as they both try to play each other for different means. I’ll leave the plot at that.

Let’s talk about the writing and how amazing this book is. I have read 7 of her books to date and this one is my favorite. The world building was incredible, I could see it all so vividly it was incredible. I can’t wait to see the rest of this world!

This is a must read for any of my romance friends 5/5 stars go pick this up!

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Review: Royal Treatment by Tracy Wolff

 

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Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Series: Yes

Book number in series: 2 of 2

Rating: 3.5

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Royal Treatment starts off extremely strong and well paced. Garrett and Lola have a chance run in at a local lake. It becomes apparent that Lola is a take no shit kinda girl and awesome. Garrett is your troubled hero who Wolff manages to make realistic and likeable. His struggles make sense and are well thought out.

 

There is some treatment with the mental health issues that rubbed me the wrong way. I do want to caution those who have triggers around PTSD and torture/abuse to not read this or go in with the knowledge it is there.

 

But onto the happier things. I really enjoyed my time with these characters. We had just enough drama to keep you interested between the sex. I loved watching Lola and Garrett develop as people on their own and together. Outside of one moment that had me going WHYY I was really happy with how they interacted.

 

I have not read the first book in this series, but like most romance it works as a stand alone quite well.  So pick it up if you want a fun contemporary royal story.

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Review: Pretending He’s Mine by Mia Sosa

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This is my first Mia Sosa book and it won’t be my last. I’ll preface this by saying I bought the first book as soon as I finished this one and I’m excited to read the sequel.

I found the story itself really engaging and enjoyable. We follow Ashley and Julian in the age old trope (that is oh so good) around the older siblings Best Friend. Years of pent up sexual tension come bubbling to a head as Ashley crashes at Julians house AND they have a pretend relationship. I was sold on the premise almost immediately.

Pretending He’s Mine is well written but lacks in some of the things I generally look for in romance. There is to much in the other characters heads for my taste. We read a lot about both Julian and Ashley fantasizing about each other instead of seeing them take action. Much less the fact it took a long time for them to really act anything out.

The positives of this book are more than the negatives though. I loved how the family dynamics were handled and how much growth we saw with the characters. They had relatively healthy family relationships and the drama of the entire book was pretty minor. I liked that it felt more real and not as unrealistic issues we often read about in contemporaries. Also the conflict and resolution happened pretty quickly. I did have my yelling at the book moment when Ashley and Julian hit their main conflict, but we got to see them fix their problems like adults.

Overall I enjoyed my time with these characters and left interested enough to buy the first book and want to read book 3. This really is the epitome of a solid 3 star read for me. I liked it but that’s about it. Perfect palette cleanser too after a heavy read!

If it sounds up your alley be sure to pick it up!

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Review: Take the Lead by Alexis Daria

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Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Series: Yes

Book number in series: 1 of 2

Rating: 4/5

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First things first. This book was killer. Seriously a new favorite. I have a new auto buy author. I am blown away by this book. It was more than I expected and I can’t wait to read the sequel.

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Review: Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

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Genre:  YA Science Fiction

Series: Zenith

Book number in series: 1 of ??

Rating: 2.5/5

 

 

 

 

I truly appreciate a good space adventure. I’m a Mass Effect addict yes even to this day 1-3 are amazing! I loved the series so much. I love a good team up adventure as well, enemies to friends or former lovers to friends to lovers again tropes. Zenith promised a lot of things I thought I would love. It didn’t deliver on all those items.

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Review: Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

 

 

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Series: Kingmaker Chronicles

Book number in series: 2 of 3

Rating: 3/5

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I really adored the first book in this series A Promise of Fire. I really feel like Amanda Bouchet has created a really amazing world here. It’s a beautiful blending of mythology and a new fantasy world of sorts. The sequel wasn’t as good as the first, but I’m still left interested.

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Finish it Friday: The Broken Earth Series by N.K. Jemison

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I finished my first trilogy wrap up. Now it’s time to start on the next one. This series was started via book club and I LOVED the first one. It’s definitely time to come back to it though and finish the whole series in one go.

If you’re curious on my initial thoughts of book one you can watch the book club here.

The book covers for this series are just jaw droppingly gorgeous too. I’m a little sad there aren’t hardcovers for it.

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I started The Fifth Season reread at work this week and am left feeling like wow why did I wait so long!

Have you read this trilogy? If no get to it!

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Something on Sunday January 7, 2018

 

I can’t believe we are one week into the new year now. But here we are and I’m kind of excited for the new year and new opportunities.

Grateful For…

I’m just really grateful for the people around me. My friend Ness and I just launched a youtube channel to talk about romance books called Happy For Now. I’m beyond excited for it all.  Also it’s a lot less scary entering into something like this with a friend.

Excited for…

This new photo challenge I’m partaking in. Instead of 365 photos a year i’m shooting for 1 a week to be tucked away into my planner each week. I’m bad about taking photos that aren’t the dogs so this will motivate me. Plus it’s got some prompts. It’s #QHphotochallenge on instagram.

So far so good on the first week of the new year. How was yours? Anything good coming up for you?