Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother’s insistence. She is now the bestselling and award winning author of numerous smart and sassy romance novels. A champion of the genre and its readers, she is also the author of the non-fiction book Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation Of Romance Novels, Explained and has written for The Huffington Post, NPR, Bustle.com and more. Maya lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Call Me, Maybe is my first Ellie Cahill book, but I have heard great things about her book When Joss Met Matt and I absolutely loved the blurb here. This book unfortunately left me with mixed feelings, and I didn't really know what to think after having finished. While I really enjoyed parts of this book, I have to say that there were things I definitely had some issues with.
Clementine Daly is used to being the black sheep of her family. An almost scandal a few years prior has kept her under the thumb of everyone in her family, and now she is headed to California to do right by the family with her brother. But just before take-off, her phone is mistaken for that of a stranger's and there is no choice but to spend the week with the wrong phone before they can meet back up to exchange them. Soon though, Justin Mueller is no longer just the person with her phone, but he is also the sexy voice on the other end that she can't get enough of. Justin wants more, and just when it looks like things could go somewhere, he finds out that she hasn't been telling him the truth. But can he get over everything that she hid from him and take a chance on a future with her?
I liked both Clementine and Justin. They had great banter and were super fun to read about. I loved their flirty texts and seeing them get to know one another. I am always a sucker for a romance that starts off with the couple getting to know one another through texts and emails, and these two definitely had a great connection forming. Unfortunately I didn't care for the fact hat Clementine kept the secrets for as long as she did here. At first it was understandable. After everything she had been through and with her family being who they were, it was easy to see why she would do what she did. But as she got to know Justin, it no longer made sense and she even got to the point where she was suspicious of him when he had been nothing but truthful with her. I knew it was going to blow up in her face, and I was just hoping it would come from her. I really don't care for the fact that she never was honest with him, and it came out the way it did without her telling him herself.
I also felt like while the first half of this book was super cute and I was really enjoying it, the second half just seemed to lose everything that I had been loving. It was almost as if the author just ran out of steam, and the story just sort of lost it's way. Though I didn't like how Clementine had handled things, I also didn't care for how Justin treated her either. It just felt like two completely different characters in the second half of the book, rather than those that we had been getting to know in the first half. I ended up rating this book 3 stars, because while the first half was a 4 or 5 star read for me, the second half was more like a 2 star read. I really wish that the second half of this book had been more like the first half, because I was really loving this story so much. While Call Me, Maybe wasn't my favorite story, I will definitely give Ellie Cahill another chance in the future. I liked her writing style and I think that this one just lost it's way a bit.
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I have to admit that when I read the blurb for Ink & Lies by S.L. Jennings, I knew I had to read this book. It just instantly drew me in, and I knew the story would be unlike anything I have ever read before. I definitely wasn't disappointed, and this book was truly unique. It almost felt like two separate stories, as the first half had a completely different feel than the second half did. While the first half was light and funny and had me laughing out loud, the second half was emotional and angsty and brought out all the feels.
August and Fiona have been best friends for years. They have been each other's everything, yet they have never crossed the friendship line. August is an author, and he writes under the pen name Hope Hughes. He sells romance though he doesn't believe in it. But when he is forced to face some truths about his life, he quickly begins to realize that maybe he hasn't just been lying to everyone else all his life, but also to himself.
I really struggled at times with both Fiona and August. Don't get me wrong, these two were absolutely perfect for one another. I loved their friendship, and it was clear that it went much deeper even if neither of them acknowledged it. But I really wanted to shake these two at times. I couldn't figure out how they couldn't get their acts together, and sometimes they were so hurtful to one another. I hated seeing them go through everything that they were, and it really broke my heart at times. But I also never gave up hope that these two could figure it all out, even if it wasn't happening as fast as I would have liked.
Overall, this book was such an emotional read. It was definitely a roller coaster, and I couldn't put it down. I think that there was so much happening for these two and while they didn't always handle things the best, it did feel real and believable. While I didn't absolutely love what was happening, it did bring all the feels and was the kind of book that had me invested right from the start. I loved that this was told from the male POV though, and I think that just added to the unique experience here. I think that fans of Jennings will really enjoy this story, and those unfamiliar with her work will enjoy it as well. I am a huge fan of friends to lovers books, and this was unlike any that I have ever read before. This book is worth the read, and I look forward to more from Jennings in the future.
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Elizabeth Michels is an award-winning author of Regency Romance, including the Tricks of the Ton series and the Spare Heirs series. Elizabeth was raised in South Carolina and attended Park University in Missouri. After graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Interior Design, she settled in a lake-side town in North Carolina and began writing romance novels. When she is not creating plots and concocting characters, she is caring for her husband and little boy. Elizabeth Michels is a lover of happily-ever-afters in real life and in books. She invites you to read her stories, get lost, and enjoy.
The premise of the book was sort of unique and interesting. Andi thinks that Ryan is his brother. Andi had a really really bad experience with the brother, Nolan, so of course she sets out to punish Ryan...because she thinks he's Nolan. Andi hatches one plan which is cute and funny but doesn't really punish Ryan because he's such a good sport. She then comes up with another plan that is totally ill advised and which completely backfires. The backfiring, however, is a good thing for both Andi and Ryan. It starts them on the path to what is supposed to be a one week strictly after dark agreement but quickly becomes a really sweet romance. Andi thinks there's no way the week s going anywhere because she is still holding a grudge against the person she thinks Ryan is. Ryan thinks it can't go anywhere because he doesn't believe in HEA. Also, Ryan figures out that Andi thinks he's his brother but keeps failing to mention it and you just know that isn't going to end well. Toss in some really cute/creative dates, a little bit of steam and the intrigue of Andi being a romance writer in the book, and you have the story here.
I don't have that much to say in the way of commentary. The book was predictable but not in a bad way, it was just very familiar...like a good friend. There is great development of the feelings between Ryan and Andi. I guarantee you will be rooting for their romance before it's over. The book moves at a good pace, despite being able to guess the end from the beginning, I never felt bored. I like Andi as a character and I really liked the fact that she used to be chunky. I thought that was an interesting twist. The only thing that I found kind of annoying was Ryan's failure to tell Andi who he really was. I just couldn't make any sense out of it. Still, I recommend this book for those of you who like your sweet romances with a side of sex.
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