Today’s mini reviews are all about the contemporary romance. Two of the books I’m talking about are aimed at adults and one is a YA books. All three are books that I immensely enjoyed and totally recommend you curl up with.
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Anything for You by Kristan Higgins
Also by this author: Waiting On You, In Your Dreams
Series: Blue Heron #5
Also in this series: Waiting On You, In Your Dreams
Published by HQN Books on December 29th 2015
Format: ARC, eARC
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Before you get down on bended knee...
...you should be pretty darn sure the answer will be yes. For ten years, Connor O'Rourke has been waiting for Jessica Dunn to take their on-again, off-again relationship public, and he thinks the time has come. His restaurant is thriving, she's got her dream job at Blue Heron Vineyard--it's the perfect time to get married.
When he pops the question, however, her answer is a fond but firm no. If it ain't broke, why fix it? Jess has her hands full with her younger brother, who's now living with her full-time, and a great career after years of waitressing. What she and Connor have is perfect: friends with an excellent benefits package. Besides, with her difficult past (and reputation), she's positive married life isn't for her.
But this time, Connor says it's all or nothing. If she doesn't want to marry him, he'll find someone who does. Easier said than done, given that he's never loved anyone but her. And maybe Jessica isn't quite as sure as she thinks...
Basically I will always always recommend a Kristan Higgins book if you are looking to make your foray into contemporary romance. I have yet to be underwhelmed or disappointed by her books. Plus, there’s a pretty sizable backlist. This is super exciting because I know there’s a yet to be read Higgins book waiting for me just when I need it. Of course, I picked up and began reading Anything For You, the fifth of the Blue Heron series at the perfect time. I read it over the course of two days at the end of July.
I am still a little surprised that I read Anything For You so quickly as I was in the throes of the first trimester exhaustion. Friends, that is a massive vouch for this book. So, the latest in the Blue Heron series features characters that we’ve met in basically all of the previous books. It is about Jessica Dunn and Connor O’Rourke.
The two come from different sides of the train tracks. Yet, they have this undeniable chemistry and a long history. The book opens up with Jessica turning down Connor’s proposal. Then there’s a few chapters of back story and eventually we’re back in the present. I really appreciated the back story as it makes sense why Jessica is so guarded.
Like all of the Kristan Higgins books I’ve read so far, Anything For You contains some swoon worthy moments as well as bits that made me tear up a little (although maybe I can attribute that to hormones). Regardless, I loved seeing a happy ending for characters that I was already invested in. If you’re wondering if you need to read the previous books to read this one, the answer is no. However, I do think that reading all the other books in the series first is a good idea because you’ll have familiarity with the characters. Also, the series is really quite good.
Other Reviews of Anything For You by Kristan Higgins:
- That’s Normal – “I did absolutely love it“
- Reading Is My Super Power – “Everything Kristan Higgins writes is still impeccable“
- (Un) Conventional Book Views – “the overall story as well as the plot and the sub-plots were well executed“
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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Published by HarperCollins on August 9th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary Women, Romance, Contemporary, Humorous, General
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Debut author Sally Thorne bursts on the scene with a hilarious and sexy workplace comedy all about that thin, fine line between hate and love.
Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
2) A person’s undoing
3) Joshua Templeman
Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.
Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.
I actually in a blue moon decide to throw over reading by mood and to pick up books that other bloggers recommend. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne is as book that arrived at my house totally unexpected. I remember reading the cover and thinking yep this sounds like my kind of book but when will I get time to read it. I put it on my nightstand where it just sat for a super long time. That is, until I saw Ginger of G Reads Books mention it either on Twitter or Facebook. She was raving and that was exactly the push I needed to start it.
THANK GOODNESS FOR GINGER’S RECOMMENDATION. Friends, I devoured The Hating Game. I mean, this was one of those read instead of watch Netflix sort of reads. By the way, these days it is very hard for me to resist Netflix and Facebook and Jezebel. With The Hating Game, it was easy to forego my usual time wasters and slip into Thorne’s debut novel.
So, The Hating Game is about Lucy and Josh. They are both executive assistants at a publishing company that has just had a merger and is now run by two CEOs. Those from Lucy’s publisher tend to be a bit more creative and easy going. Those from Josh’s publisher tend to be more numbers oriented and logical. So, naturally Lucy and Josh hate each other. So much so that they have these little games devised to annoy each other.
Of course, this is a contemporary romance and my favorite trope of all LOVE HATE RELATIONSHIPS. Yes, that’s right, you know eventually the relationship turns from hatred to something kind of like lust and love. Oh and I forgot to mention, Lucy and Josh are up for the same promotion which just fuels the fire. So, get your hands on The Hating Game by Sally Thorne if you’re into romance books where the characters have major chemistry and where it’s funny and immediately engaging.
Other reviews of The Hating Game by Sally Thorne:
- Smexy Books – “so adorable, so romantic, funny, the best banter“
- Maryse’s Book Blog – “a fun, well-written comedy romance“
- Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile – “this book is sizzling“
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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill
Also by this author: Being Sloane Jacobs, The Trouble with Destiny
Published by Random House Children's Books on October 11th 2016
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Performing Arts, Film, Romance, General, Social Themes, New Experience
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Perfect for fans of Jennifer E. Smith and Huntley Fitzpatrick, you'll love this funny and sweet contemporary romance about a Southern girl ready for a ho-hum summer until she meets the boy of her dreams who happens to be an international pop star.
Sometimes love stories go off script. Another sultry Georgia summer is about to get a lot hotter. Dee Wilkie is still licking her wounds after getting rejected by the precollege fine arts program of her dreams. But if she'd gone away, she wouldn't have been around to say yes to an unbelievable opportunity: working on the set of a movie filming in her small Southern town that just happens to be starring Milo Ritter, the famous pop star Dee (along with the rest of the world) has had a crush since eighth grade. It's not like Dee will be sharing any screen time with Milo--she's just a lowly PA. And Milo is so disappointingly rude that Dee is eager to stay far away from him. Except after a few chance meetings, she begins to wonder if just maybe there's a reason for his offensive attitude, and if there's more to Milo than his good looks and above-it-all Hollywood pedigree. Can a relationship with a guy like Milo ever work out for a girl like Dee? Never say never. . . .
I’ve read all of Lauren Morrill’s books that she has released so far, and I have to say that they really do hit the spot for me. My Unscripted Life, her latest book certainly did the trick as well. I have such a soft spot for fun, light contemporary young adult reads that feature romance. While this book isn’t quite Anna & The French Kiss swoon worthy, I did like it as much as Famous In Love.
Dee Wilkins is consigned to a dull summer spent at home in her small Georgia home town while her best friend is away at a summer program. You see, Dee was rejected from an art program which hits her hard because an artist is her identity. It would be like if you or I were rejected from a reading program. Anyways, by happenstance Dee ends up somehow getting a job as a production assistant for this movie that her longtime celebrity crush, Milo Ritter is starring in.
Dee has a lot of preconceived notions and they are about to get changed this summer – her notions about her future artistic career, about celebrities and more. Friends, sometimes those wish fulfillment contemporary young adult books just really hit the spot. My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill is super adorable and is such a fun lighthearted read. I definitely was team Dee and Milo forever. I laughed at the attempt for a color war. Dee’s parents were awesome.
I think that readers who want a light book with a happy ending and some laughs should read My Unscripted Life. I think you’ll like this book if you already have enjoyed Morrill’s previous books. Just know going in that this book likely won’t change your life, but it’ll add some levity to your reading. You will like this book if you just want a fun read with celebrities and people who are just now learning about the twists life can take.
Other reviews of My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill:
- Crossroad Reviews – “The romance in this is fluffy, fun and for fans of this author“
- Sue’s Reading Corner – “Overall, I wouldn’t recommend My Unscripted Life to anyone“
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