Free Ebook & Audible Sale Haul (And More!): 7.24.17

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One day I will learn that in order for me to even make a dent in all of the books I own, I need to stop obtaining them faster than I can read them.

That day is not today.

Here are all the books that have been added to my (virtual) shelves recently.

 

Audible – Listens You’ll Love Sale – $4.95 Each

Audible recently had an awesome sale and two of the books that were on my wish list were under $5, so I grabbed them!

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

I have been stalking this book since it was compared to A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. I was delighted to see it on sale!

Goodreads synopsis:

Howl's Moving CastleSophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl’s castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there’s far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.

Goodreads | Amazon | Audible

Paper Princess by Erin Watt

This was on my wishlist for awhile. It’s gotten a lot of mixed reviews from my Goodreads friends, but I was curious enough about it to give it a shot since it is on sale.

Goodreads synopsis:

Paper PrincessFrom strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.

Goodreads | Amazon | Audible

 

Purchased Kindle eBooks

Beginner’s Guide: Love and Other Chemical Reactions (Talking Nerdy Book 1) by Six de los Reyes

This one takes place in the Phillipines and was only 99 cents. I found this book on this awesome list over on Ellie Reads Fiction. It was already on my TBR list on Goodreads, so I grabbed it!

Goodreads synopsis:

Beginner's Guide Love and Other Chemical ReactionsFalling in love is a chemical reaction.

Just ask Kaya Rubio, twenty-five year-old Molecular Genetics graduate student and research assistant. Fed up with her spinster aunts’ relentless reminders and unsolicited advice regarding her Single Since Birth status, she designs a scientific, evidence-based methodology to find her a suitable partner in time for her cousin’s wedding. As any good scientist knows, any valid experimental design requires a negative control. Enter the most unsuitable candidate for a potential boyfriend: the messy, easygoing, café owner Nero Sison. Her null hypothesis? Going out with Nero would establish her baseline data without catalyzing the chemical reaction she seeks.

But when Kaya’s recorded results refuse to make sense, she is forced to come to the conclusion that there are some things in life that are simply, by nature, irrational and illogical. And that sometimes, chemistry doesn’t always happen inside a lab.

Goodreads | Amazon

 

Audible – Gifted

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

The author of this book, whose email list I’m subscribed to, offered to send a copy of her book via Audible for free! It was already on my TBR list, so I was super excited about this! I love the cover so much!

Goodreads synopsis:

Across the UniverseSeventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone—one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship —tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

Goodreads | Amazon | Audible

 

Books for the Readers & Writers Tampa Event

I’m not done researching all the authors that will be attending this event, however of the authors I’ve researched, these two books were both free and had interesting plots, so I downloaded them in preparation for the event!

NORMAL (Something More Book 1) by Danielle Pearl

Goodreads synopsis:

NormalRory is broken, and now suffering from a debilitating anxiety disorder, wrought with precarious triggers, she moves across the country to escape the source of her troubles. Her plan is anonymity, but that’s easier said than achieved for the new girl having a panic episode outside of calculus. The worst part? There’s a witness – and a gorgeous one at that.

Sam is a walking trigger for Rory. Incredibly handsome, built like the star athlete he obviously is, and undoubtedly popular, Sam outwardly represents everything Rory despises about high school. But as the fates keep throwing them together, a connection sparks that neither ever expected, and certainly couldn’t ignore.

But Sam has issues too, and Rory’s past won’t just stay in the damned past. When friendship evolves into something deeper, can a girl utterly destroyed by the worst kind of betrayal and a boy battling demons of his own ever have a normal relationship? Is that even what they want? Find out in NORMAL, a gritty story of trust and abuse, heartbreak and salvation, and if they’re lucky – love. This is not a flowery romance – not for the faint of heart.

Goodreads | Amazon

Fallen (Chronicles of the Fallen Book 1) by Julie Morgan

Goodreads synopsis:

FallenLisa Adams wants what every other woman wants: The perfect job. The perfect home. The perfect guy. When she receives the opportunity of a lifetime, Lisa has no idea what she’s actually signed up for. Her boss, who is tall, dark and incredibly sexy, starts making advances towards her and she’s having a hard time telling him no. Lisa begins seeing things that are scaring the Hell out of her. Nightmares are leaving her frightened.

Then there’s this new guy that’s come into her life. He brings a new light into the darkness that threatens to claim Lisa. He’s mysterious, heartwarming and kind. Not to mention the most beautiful man she’s ever met. But something with him seems to be off.

Faced with love, seduction, sacrifice and deceit, Lisa will find herself being pulled in two directions; one pursues her to claim her soul and the other will sacrifice everything to save her.

Goodreads | Amazon

 

FREE Kindle eBooks

Ok, guys, no judgment for how many freaking free ebooks I get from Amazon. Bookbub will be the death of me. Or, at least the death of my free time.

I’m not going to bother posting all the book covers/synopsis and my reasons for downloading all of these books because my criteria for downloading free ebooks is simply that they look vaguely interesting. Because, I mean, bargain! You never know when you will come across a hidden gem! That’s how I found Neanderthal Meets Human by Penny Reid!

 

What books have you added to your collection lately?

Friends Without Benefits (Knitting in the City #2) by Penny Reid

book review

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

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Friends Without Benefits (Knitting in the City #2) by Penny Reid
[Audiobook purchased from Audible]

Friends Without Benefits

Synopsis from Goodreads. Full book details here.

There are three things you need to know about Elizabeth Finney: 1) She suffers from severe sarcastic syndrome, especially when she’s unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her like Nico Manganiello, and 3) She knows how to knit.

Elizabeth Finney is almost always right about everything: the musical merits of boy bands are undervalued by society, “benefits” with human Ken dolls are better without friendship, and the sun has set on her once-in-a-lifetime chance for true love. But when Elizabeth’s plans for benefits without friendship are disarmed by the irritatingly charismatic and chauvinistic Nico Manganiello- her former nemesis- she finds herself struggling to maintain the electric fence around her heart while avoiding electrocution or, worse, falling in love.

 

Review

Though this book took time for me to really like the characters (and though I never really ended up liking the heroine very much), it most certainly made up for all the initial aggravation toward the end. I’ll definitely be reading the next book in the series!

My feelings toward the two main characters, Elizabeth and Nico, swayed significantly as I read this book. In the beginning, I didn’t mind Elizabeth, but Nico seemed like a complete jerk. He smoked, he was on a trashy TV show, and he was kind of douchey.

By the time Nico started growing on me, Elizabeth started driving me absolutely insane. I just did not understand her decisions at all. While I don’t always have to agree with a character’s decisions, I at least like to understand their reasoning behind their decisions.

With Elizabeth, at least initially, I just did not get her.

None of these annoyances, however, were enough to keep me from finishing the book, and I think most of that had to do with Nico. Once Nico moved away from the cocky pigheaded persona, I began to fall in love with him enough that I could (somewhat) tolerate Elizabeth continually making poor decisions.

The last quarter of the book redeemed everything for me, though.

Between getting peeks at Quinn (swoon) and Janie, the knitting group’s dynamics, and Elizabeth finally seeing the light — there was so much great stuff happening that the book quickly went from a 3-star rating to a 4-star rating.

Though I have a hard time remembering who is who in the knitting group, I love and envy their friendship dynamic.

I also found it interesting that this book had two different versions of the sex scenes. I’ve never seen a book that did that. I, of course, don’t mind the detail, but I can see how it would be nice for someone who prefers glossing over those scenes.

 

Audiobook Performance: 4 Stars

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This would’ve been a 5-star rating if the reader’s version of Nico’s voice didn’t make me roll my eyes a few times. Her voice acting was fantastic, but Nico’s voice just totally took me out of the story a few times.

 

Butterfly Rating: 3 Stars

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There were definitely butterflies while reading this book, but they weren’t swarming constantly or with great significance.

 

Re-read Worthiness: 2 Stars

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While this book definitely made me want to reread Neanderthal Seeks Human (Book 1), I don’t know that I’ll be reading this one again.

 

Bookshelf Placement: Maybe

We’ll see how the rest of the series is! If I like most of the books in the series, I’m going to have to buy them all to display!

 

New Top Book Boyfriend: Nah

Nico most certainly is not my type, and though I can look past that with some characters, I don’t think I could with Nico’s character. It’s not that he isn’t swoony, he definitely is, but he just isn’t quite swoony enough for me.

 


Grab a copy of Friends Without Benefits by Penny Reid

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A Princess Companion: A Retelling of the Princess and the Pea (The Four Kingdoms Book 1) by Melanie Cellier

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Review by Kayla

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

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A Princess Companion: A Retelling of the Princess and the Pea (The Four Kingdoms Book 1) by Melanie Cellier

The Princess Companion

Synopsis from Goodreads | Full book details here

One dark and stormy night, lost and alone, Alyssa finds herself knocking on the door of a castle.

After a lifetime spent in the deep forest, Alyssa has no idea what to expect on the other side.

What she finds is two unruly young princesses and one very handsome prince. When Alyssa accepts the job of Princess Companion she knows her life will change. What she doesn’t know is that the royal family is about to be swept up in unexpected danger and intrigue and that she just might be the only thing standing between her kingdom and destruction.

This retelling of the classic fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea, reimagines the risks and rewards that come when one royal family goes searching for a true princess.

Danger and romance await a woodcutter’s daughter in a royal palace.

 

Review

Currently, I’m really loving the retelling of fairy tales! I think it is so interesting to look at fairy tales with a different point of view. Now that I’m older I can still really enjoy fairy tales (it’s almost like they age with me!) And because I’m a romance book fan I love the retelling of fairy tales, even more, when the book includes a love story.

A Princess Companion was really good.

Alyssa, the main character, gets lost in the wood and tries to find shelter because there is a storm coming. She comes across the Winter castle, which belongs to King Henry, Queen Eleanor, Princess Max, and the twin princesses Lilly and Sophie.

Alyssa is welcomed into the castle and stays in the guest room, which she thinks for a woodcutter’s daughter like herself, is much too fancy. After a restless night and breakfast with the royal family, she accepts a job as a princess companion for the twins.

Alyssa later falls in love with the prince, but there are many obstacles in their path to happiness.

I think it’s really important when it comes to books that retell original stories that they don’t follow too much of the original story but just enough and I think that the book did just that, it gave its own twist to the story but also if you didn’t know it was a retelling of the princess and the pea it would remind you of it, and to me that is very crucial.

This is the first book in the Four Kingdoms series. The books should be read in order. (I will have more reviews on all of the books in the series)

 

The Four Kingdoms Reading Order

  1. The Princess Companion: A Retelling of The Princess and the Pea (Book One)
  2. The Princess Fugitive: A Reimagining of Little Red Riding Hood (Book Two)
  3. Happily Ever Afters: A Four Kingdoms Novella
  4. The Princess Pact: A Twist on Rumpelstiltskin (Book Three)
  5. A Midwinter’s Wedding: A Four Kingdoms Novella
  6. The Princess Game: A Reimagining of Sleeping Beauty (Book Four)

 

Kayla’s Age recommendation: 12+

Although this book did not have any age recommendations, I would recommend ages 12+ (This is a clean story). I think anyone would like this book if they like the retelling of fairy tales with a nice little love story (like most fairy tales have).

 

Butterfly Rating: 2 Stars

2-stars

This book really didn’t give me many butterflies at all. If you currently like romance books that give you butterflies, this probably won’t be the book for you unless you like the retelling of fairy tales no matter what.

 

Book Boyfriend Rating: 3 Stars

3-stars

I think Max, the Prince of Arcadia was better for Alyssa, the woodcutter’s daughter, than me Although he had some amazing features and actions in the story I don’t think I would have 5/5 rating for my liking even though he was really good in the story.

 


Grab a copy of A Princess Companion

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To Be Read ASAP List (July 2017)

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In putting together this list of books, I soon realized that this list is far too long for my comfort level. What I’m showing here is only a fraction of my full To Be Read As Soon As Possible list… which is only a fraction of my To Be Read list.

Le sigh.

In any case, most of these books I have not purchased yet. Books that make the cut on the particular list are books that have come highly recommended by multiple sources, are ARCs, or they are books written by authors who will be attending the Readers & Writers event in Tampa next month.

 

Popular on Goodreads

The books found in this section have recently been popular on my Goodreads feed and caught my eye because of several high reviews from friends who have similar taste in books as I do.

Damaged Like Us (Like Us, #1) by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie

I’ve seen this all over my Goodreads feed with rave reviews. The premise sounds super interesting. I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

Goodreads | Amazon

damaged like usMaximoff Hale is a force of nature. A ship unwilling to be steered. Headstrong, resilient, and wholly responsible — the twenty-two-year-old alpha billionaire can handle his unconventional life. By noon, lunch can turn into a mob of screaming fans. By two, his face is all over the internet.

Born into one of the most famous families in the country, his celebrity status began at birth.

He is certified American royalty.

When he’s assigned a new 24/7 bodyguard, he comes face-to-face with the worst case scenario: being attached to the tattooed, MMA-trained, Yale graduate who’s known for “going rogue” in the security team — and who fills 1/3 of Maximoff’s sexual fantasies.

Twenty-seven-year-old Farrow Keene has one job: protect Maximoff Hale. Flirting, dating, and hot sex falls far, far out of the boundary of his bodyguard duties and into “termination” territory. But when feelings surface, protecting the sexy-as-sin, stubborn celebrity becomes increasingly complicated.

Together, boundaries blur, and being exposed could mean catastrophic consequences for both.

 

Beautiful Mistake by Vi Keeland

After recently finishing Bossman and hearing about this book, I definitely want to see if I will enjoy another Vi Keeland novel. While I didn’t love Bossman, I’m not ready to give up on Vi Keeland yet!

Goodreads | Amazon

beautiful mistakeThe first time I met Caine West was in a bar.
He noticed me looking his way and mistakenly read my scowling as checking him out.
When he attempted to talk to me, I set him straight—telling him what I thought of his lying, cheating, egomaniacal ass.
You see, the gorgeous jerk had wined and dined my best friend–smooth talking her into his bed, all along failing to mention that he was married.
He deserved every bit of my tongue-lashing and more for what he’d done.
Especially when that lazy smile graced his perfect face in response to my rant.
Only it turned out, the man I’d just told off wasn’t the right guy.
Oops. My mistake.
Embarrassed, I slunk out without an apology.
I was never going to see the handsome stranger again anyway, right?
That’s what I thought…until I walked into class the next morning.
Well, hello Professor West, I’m your new teaching assistant.
I’ll be working under you…figuratively speaking.
Although the literal interpretation might not be such a bad thing—working under Professor West.
This was going to be interesting…

 

Him (Him #1) by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

This book was recommended to me by a few people. I also have a new appreciation for sports romance, so I’m pretty excited to pick this one up!

Goodreads | Amazon

HimJamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wise-cracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation. So what if things got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp the summer they were eighteen? It was just a little drunken foolishness. Nobody died.

Ryan Wesley’s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend into a bet that pushed the boundaries of their relationship. Now, with their college teams set to face off at the national championship, he’ll finally get a chance to apologize. But all it takes is one look at his longtime crush, and the ache is stronger than ever.

Jamie has waited a long time for answers, but walks away with only more questions—can one night of sex ruin a friendship? If not, how about six more weeks of it? When Wesley turns up to coach alongside Jamie for one more hot summer at camp, Jamie has a few things to discover about his old friend… and a big one to learn about himself.

 

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Though this isn’t something that I’ve been reaching for lately (I’m much more into contemporary adult romance as of late), this book has had so much hype, I’m super intrigued anyway.

Goodreads | Amazon

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and VirtueHenry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

 

Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapata

Gah! This needs to hurry up and come out on audio! All of my MZ books that I’ve read (and plan on reading) are on audio, so I don’t want to break tradition. However, if it doesn’t come out soon, I’m going to have to just grab the ebook. My friends have had mixed reactions to this book, but I have a feeling I’m going to love it.

Goodreads | Amazon

Dear AaronRuby Santos knew exactly what she was getting herself into when she signed up to write a soldier overseas.
The guidelines were simple: one letter or email a week for the length of his or her deployment. Care packages were optional.
Been there, done that. She thought she knew what to expect.
What she didn’t count on was falling in love with the guy.

 

Already Purchased

The books on this list are either sitting on my Kindle (in my TBR ASAP collection) or I have them in my Audible library.

 

Truth or Beard (Winston Brothers, #1) by Penny Reid

I’ve been dying to read this series forever. I fell in love with Neanderthal Seeks Human when I grabbed it for free on Kindle and when I saw this for free, I absolutely had to grab it. This is a pretty popular series among my fellow rom book friends.

Goodreads | Amazon

Truth or BeardBeards, brothers, and bikers! Oh my!

Identical twins Beau and Duane Winston might share the same devastatingly handsome face, but where Beau is outgoing and sociable, Duane is broody and reserved. This is why Jessica James, recent college graduate and perpetual level-headed good girl, has been in naïve and unhealthy infatuation with Beau Winston for most of her life.

His friendly smiles make her tongue-tied and weak-kneed, and she’s never been able to move beyond her childhood crush. Whereas Duane and Jessica have always been adversaries. She can’t stand him, and she’s pretty sure he can’t stand the sight of her…

But after a case of mistaken identity, Jessica finds herself in a massive confusion kerfuffle. Jessica James has spent her whole life paralyzed by the fantasy of Beau and her assumptions of Duane’s disdain; therefore she’s unprepared for the reality that is Duane’s insatiable interest, as well as his hot hands and hot mouth and hotter looks. Not helping Jessica’s muddled mind and good girl sensibilities, Duane seems to have gotten himself in trouble with the local biker gang, the Iron Order.

Certainly, Beau’s magic spell is broken. Yet when Jessica finds herself drawn to the man who was always her adversary, now more dangerous than ever, how much of her level-head heart is she willing to risk?

 

Paper Princess (The Royals, #1) by Erin Watt, Elle Kennedy, and Jen Frederick

This book has been popular, but with mixed reviews from what I’ve seen. Some people love it, some people hate it, so when I saw it on sale for under $5 on Audible, I figured I’d give it a shot.

Goodreads | Amazon

Paper PrincessFrom strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.

 

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

I’ve been wanting to read this book since so many people have compared it to A Court of Mist and Fury. Being that ACOMAF is probably my favorite novel of all time, I’ll take it! This was on sale for under $5 on Audible recently as well, so I picked it up at the same time as Paper Princess.

Goodreads | Amazon

Howl's Moving CastleSophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl’s castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there’s far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.

 

Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin by Mariana Zapata

I think anyone who has read nearly any of my previous blog posts recently has an understanding of my current obsession with Mariana Zapata. I read The Wall of Winnipeg and Me then immediately bought every single MZ audiobook available. I’m not exaggerating. I had to stagger my MZ reading so that I wouldn’t burn myself out, but this one still remains on my ASAP list.

Goodreads | Amazon

Rhythm, Chord, & MalykhinTwenty-six-year-old Gaby Barreto might be a lot of things (loyal, sarcastic, one of the guys and a pain in the butt depending on which family member you ask), but dumb isn’t one of them. When her twin brother invites her to go on tour as his band’s merch girl, she isn’t exactly screaming at the top of her lungs with joy.

With no job opportunities pounding on her door, an ex-boyfriend she would still like to castrate, and no end in sight to moving out of her parents’ house in Dallas… it would be dumb to say no to the chance of a lifetime. Two bands, three continents, one tour. Spending the next ninety-plus days with three beloved idiots and eight complete strangers shouldn’t be a big deal, right?

If only the singer of the headlining band didn’t have tattoos… a great personality… a fantastic body… and if he wasn’t so funny….

Let’s be real: Gaby never had a chance against Sacha Malykhin.

 

Under Locke by Mariana Zapata

Again, this was purchased during my “OMG I MUST READ ALL THE MARIANA ZAPATA BOOKS EVER” binge. My sister recently finished this one and said it was likely her favorite of all MZ’s books. Super excited to dig into this one!

Goodreads | Amazon

Under LockeHe was my boss, my brother’s friend, a Widower, an ex-felon, and a man I’d seen casually with a handful of women. But he was everything that gripped me, both the good and the bad. Worst case scenario if things turned awkward between us, I could go somewhere else. I’d gotten over epic heartbreak before, one more wouldn’t kill me.

After moving to Austin following six months of unemployment back home, Iris Taylor knows she should be glad to have landed a job so quickly… even if the business is owned by a member of the same motorcycle club her estranged father used to belong to. Except Dex Locke might just be the biggest jerk she’s ever met. He’s rude, impatient and doesn’t know how to tell time.

And the last thing they ever expected was each other.

But it was either the strip club or the tattoo shop.

… she should have chosen the strip club.

 

Beginner’s Guide: Love and Other Chemical Reactions (Talking Nerdy #1) by Six de los Reyes

I’ve seen this book on a few lists recently and when I found out it was free on Kindle, I had to grab it!

Goodreads | Amazon

Beginner's Guide : Love and Other Chemical ReactionsFalling in love is a chemical reaction.

Just ask Kaya Rubio, twenty-five year-old Molecular Genetics graduate student and research assistant. Fed up with her spinster aunts’ relentless reminders and unsolicited advice regarding her Single Since Birth status, she designs a scientific, evidence-based methodology to find her a suitable partner in time for her cousin’s wedding. As any good scientist knows, any valid experimental design requires a negative control. Enter the most unsuitable candidate for a potential boyfriend: the messy, easygoing, café owner Nero Sison. Her null hypothesis? Going out with Nero would establish her baseline data without catalyzing the chemical reaction she seeks.

But when Kaya’s recorded results refuse to make sense, she is forced to come to the conclusion that there are some things in life that are simply, by nature, irrational and illogical. And that sometimes, chemistry doesn’t always happen inside a lab.

 

Readers and Writers Tampa Event Books

The following books are written by authors who will be attending this event with me next month. In an ideal world, I’d read at least one book by every single author in attendance, but alas, that is not the case. Instead, I grabbed a couple of books that happened to be free on Kindle. My goal is to finish them before the event.

 

NORMAL (Something More Book 1) by Danielle Pearl

I’m always interested to see how authors write about anxiety disorders since I grew up with a really bad panic disorder.

Goodreads | Amazon

NormalIt’s the kind of situation most people would dread. Starting at a new high school, in the middle of my senior year, in a new town, in a new state. I know no one. No one knows me. That’s what I’m counting on.

A year ago, Aurora “Rory” Pine was just a normal teenage girl – just as sweet and naive as the fairy tale princess she was named after.

But this isn’t a year ago.

Rory is broken, and now suffering from a debilitating anxiety disorder, wrought with precarious triggers, she moves across the country to escape the source of her troubles. Her plan is anonymity, but that’s easier said than achieved for the new girl having a panic episode outside of calculus. The worst part? There’s a witness – and a gorgeous one at that.

Sam is a walking trigger for Rory. Incredibly handsome, built like the star athlete he obviously is, and undoubtedly popular, Sam outwardly represents everything Rory despises about high school. But as the fates keep throwing them together, a connection sparks that neither ever expected, and certainly couldn’t ignore.

But Sam has issues too, and Rory’s past won’t just stay in the damned past. When friendship evolves into something deeper, can a girl utterly destroyed by the worst kind of betrayal and a boy battling demons of his own ever have a normal relationship? Is that even what they want?

 

Fallen (Chronicles Of The Fallen Book 1) by Julie Morgan

So, maybe I have a thing for angels and demons. I have yet to find a really good romance novel involving angels, but my hope is that this is one of them since I’ll have the opportunity to meet the author next month!

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NormalLisa Adams wants what every other woman wants: The perfect job. The perfect home. The perfect guy. When she receives the opportunity of a lifetime, Lisa has no idea what she’s actually signed up for. Her boss, who is tall, dark and incredibly sexy, starts making advances towards her and she’s having a hard time telling him no. Lisa begins seeing things that are scaring the Hell out of her. Nightmares are leaving her frightened.

Then there’s this new guy that’s come into her life. He brings a new light into the darkness that threatens to claim Lisa. He’s mysterious, heartwarming and kind. Not to mention the most beautiful man she’s ever met. But something with him seems to be off.

Faced with love, seduction, sacrifice and deceit, Lisa will find herself being pulled in two directions; one pursues her to claim her soul and the other will sacrifice everything to save her.

 

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Introducing Kayla’s Teen Romance Reviews

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I am so excited to introduce my new partner-in-crime here on my little book boyfriend blog: my lovely and brilliant niece, Kayla!

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I’ve invited Kayla to share her reviews here on In Love & Words: The Book Boyfriend Blog to add a broader point of view for all those teen/YA readers out there, since I tend to read mostly in the New Adult and up age range.

Kayla is 13 years old and loves YA romance novels. She’s been devouring novels at a speed I am super jealous and proud of. So proud, in fact, that I bought her a Kindle recently. I’m all about encouraging reading at a young age.

Kayla is more than just my sidekick, she’s like my clone that has been tweaked to perfection — all my faults wrung out, leaving only the best traits behind.

She’s gotten up and read original poetry at Open Mic nights with me, she writes short stories just like I used to at her age, she loves romance novels and gets lost in the butterflies, her imagination is as big as her heart, which is to say, huge… She’s going to be a great addition to the blog and I think you’ll love her just as much as I do.

So, if you’re into clean, PG-13 YA romance reads, be sure to follow Kayla’s reviews!

 

Learn More About Kayla, In Her Own Words

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Hi, my name is Kayla. I am 13 years old and in 8th grade. I love to read novels and write short stories and poems. I have a huge imagination and I love to be creative. I do a lot of D.I.Y. projects because I am obsessed with skincare (I like making spa & beauty products from scratch). One day, I hope to own a beauty store. I spend most of my time hanging out with friends and family when I’m not reading.

 

As for my reviews…

Most of my reviews will be PG-13 YA romance books. Before I start to read a book I always like to look at the description to make sure I’m going to be reading something that I will enjoy. I also like to look up the age ranking for the book to make sure it is age appropriate for me. Usually will like to stick to books with characters who are ages 13-19. I’ll be giving age level recommendations for each of the books I read, too.

The best part of my reviews? The books I read are almost always free on Amazon. (Some books on Amazon can be free for only a limited time, so make sure that if you see a free book you like to buy it before the prices go up!)

 

Things I love

  • My family and friends
  • Writing stories
  • Reading
  • Beauty products
  • Skin care products
  • D.I.Y. projects

 

Favorite Romance Genres

I love them all!!!!

 

Favorite Books (at the moment)

 

Top 3 Book Boyfriends

  • Edward Cullen (Twilight)
  • Jared Howe (The Host)
  • Ian O’Shea (The Host)

Trust (Wrong #3) by Jana Aston

book review

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars

Trust (Wrong #3) by Jana Aston
[Audiobook purchased from Audible]

Trust

Synopsis from Goodreads. Full book details here.

“Knock knock!”
“Um… Who’s there?”

Yeah. That was me, on my last date. Before you feel sorry for me
you should know that I was the one telling the jokes. Jokes as in
plural, because I didn’t stop with just one. Of course not.

Hi, I’m Chloe Scott. The most awkward single girl in the city.
But I’m going to get it together. I am.

I’m going to learn how to date like a grown up.
I’m going to have an orgasm not given to myself.
I’m going to fall in love and live happily ever after.

Right after I get out of this interrogation room.

 

Review

I was not expecting to like this series so much, but I definitely do. This book, in particular, was filled hilarious cringy moments that had me covering my face saying, “Oh my God, I’d die.” I loved both of the main characters and adored seeing some old favorites from the series as well. All in all, this was a lighthearted, steamy, fun series that went out on a high note with Trust.

I’ve liked Chloe since the second book, Right, and I absolutely loved seeing her front and center in this book. She’s adorably awkward and I found that Boyd was the perfect match for her.

Books, like this one, that switch narrators are hit or miss for me. Sometimes it works really well, other times I almost prefer being kept in the dark. In this case, I think switching narrators worked out really well. It was funny to see how different the two perspectives were.

I love Jana Aston’s style of humor. The internal monologues are my absolute favorite thing about the books I’ve read so far. I can’t wait to read the rest of her novels (whenever she writes them!)

I’m so glad I stumbled upon this series!

 

Audiobook Performance: 5 Stars

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Erin Mallon is the female audiobook reader and she was absolutely perfect. She did a great job with the near constant internal monologues and differentiating them from actual speaking (which I know can be tricky for readers).

The male reader, Lance Greenfield, had the perfect FBI agent voice for Boyd: sexy and gravelly. His voice for Chloe was great. A lot of times when male readers try to do girl voices, it takes me out of the story and makes me giggle, but he was able to change the tone of his voice without making me roll my eyes. The acting for both readers was fantastic, I think it really added to the humor in the writing.

 

Butterfly rating: 3 Stars

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This is a high 3 stars, but still 3 nonetheless. I think part of it was because, though I liked Boyd, he’s definitely not my type. I didn’t swoon over him so much.

 

Re-read worthiness: 3 Stars

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Maybe! If I find some extra time and I want a light hearted sexy read, I may pick this series up again.

 

Bookshelf placement: Yes

I definitely need this whole series displayed. I love the colors of the covers and I’ve enjoyed the series enough for it to garner prime bookshelf real estate.

 

New Top Book Boyfriend: Nah

No offense, Boyd! You have a great name and you’re perfect for Chloe, but not so much for me.

 


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Bossman by Vi Keeland

book review

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

3-stars

Bossman by Vi Keeland

Bossman

Synopsis from Goodreads. Full book details here.

The first time I met Chase Parker, I didn’t exactly make a good impression.

I was hiding in the bathroom hallway of a restaurant, leaving a message for my best friend to save me from my awful date.

He overheard and told me I was a bitch, then proceeded to offer me some dating advice.

So I told him to mind his own damn business―his own tall, gorgeous, full-of-himself damn business―and went back to my miserable date.

When he walked by my table, he smirked, and I watched his arrogant, sexy ass walk back to his date.

I couldn’t help but sneak hidden glances at the condescending jerk on the other side of the room. Of course, he caught me on more than one occasion, and winked.

When the gorgeous stranger and his equally hot date suddenly appeared at our table, I thought he was going to rat me out.

But instead, he pretended we knew each other and joined us―telling elaborate, embarrassing stories about our fake childhood.

My date suddenly went from boring to bizarrely exciting.

When it was over and we parted ways, I thought about him more than I would ever admit, even though I knew I’d never see him again.

I mean, what were the chances I’d run into him again in a city with eight million people?Then again…

What were the chances a month later he’d wind up being my new sexy boss?

 

Review

I feel bad giving this book 3 stars, because that makes it seem like I didn’t enjoy it. I did. But, I just didn’t find anything outstanding about it. At least, nothing 4 or 5 star-worthy.

I’ve read several really great books lately and this one just didn’t quite live up to them. In particular, after reading Fangirl and the Anna and the French Kiss Series, I was a bit spoiled by great characters, not just the main characters, either.

With Bossman, it lacked those characters that you fall in love with. The ones that stick around long after you’ve closed the book.

There were also a few places where the book lost me. Some of Chase’s obsessive behaviors were unbelievable enough to take me out of the story. (Like when he was sitting outside Reese’s apartment for weeks at a time, every single night, all night long.) And the lighthearted take on sexual harassment in the workplace made me uncomfortable a few times.

Also, this was a case where I didn’t really understand why the hero was so in love with the heroine (hello, Twilight),  Maybe I’d be able to understand it more if I felt like Chase and Reese had more of a connection or if Reese’s character had something particularly alluring or unique about her.

Aside from those issues, I loved all the cringy moments (I laughed out loud, nervously, a few times), the steamy scenes were really good, and the epilogue was so satisfying and adorable.

I definitely want to read more of Vi Keeland’s books. This book had enough elements in it that I enjoyed, so I’m pretty confident I’ll find a book of hers that I’ll like a bit more than this one!

 

Audiobook Performance: 3 Stars

3-stars

Bossman had two audiobook readers due to the two POVs. The female reader’s voice was distracting. She sounded older than the main character and something about her voice was a little grating, however she did a great job with the male voices and I could easily distinguish different characters. She also did a great job acting. It was just her voice that I didn’t particularly like. The male audiobook reader was a great voice, but was a little on the monotoned side.

 

Butterfly Rating: 2 Stars

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The cringy moments in this book were probably the closest I came to having butterflies, but that doesn’t really count.

 

Re-read Worthiness: 1 Star

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Waaaaay too many great books on the horizon to reread this one! Though, I could be talked into rereading the epilogue!

 

Bookshelf placement: Nope

Though the cover model is one of the most attractive I’ve ever seen, I won’t be buying a physical copy of this book.

 

New Top Book Boyfriend: Nah

I actually really like Chase. I thought his story-telling quirk was hilarious and, of course, the epilogue was epic!

 


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Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

book review

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

5-stars

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (Purchased from Audible)

Isla and the Happily Ever After

Synopsis from Goodreads. Full book details here.

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

 

Review

This book was adorable from start to finish. It kicked off with what is one of the cutest scenes and the cuteness just did not end throughout the entire book. What a great ending to the series!

I loved this book for a combination of reasons: the love story, the characters, the interactions. I swear I had tiny little hearts floating all around me as I read this book.

I want to say that Isla is my favorite heroine in this entire series, but I think it is more Isla and Josh together that made me love her so much. Then again, I’ve loved Isla since her brief appearance in Anna and the French Kiss. When I initially saw she had her own book, I was super excited about it.

The pacing in this story was perfect. It absolutely flew by for me, yet it didn’t seem rushed at all. It didn’t take any time at all to pick up. I was hooked right from the start and there were zero lulls as I was reading. I constantly wanted to know what was going to happen next.

I really enjoyed many of the other characters in this book, though not as much as I did in the previous two books in this series. Likely because this was so Isla-and-Josh-centric, that we didn’t really get to know Isla’s family too well. It didn’t really bother me too much, not getting to know her family as well, but I do wish there was a little more about Kurt, Isla’s autistic best friend. I really wanted to learn more about him and their friendship.

Anyway, If you are in the market for a classic story about an epic love, I highly recommend Isla and the Happily Ever After.

 

Audiobook Performance: 2 Stars

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It is a wonder that this audiobook reader didn’t ruin the entire book for me. And that is something to be said for the book itself since the reader sounded like a robot and I could rarely differentiate between Isla and Josh through many scenes!

 

Butterfly Rating: 5 Stars

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All the butterflies in all the world swarming in my belly through 90% of this book.

 

Re-read Worthiness: 4 Stars

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If I wasn’t so excited about my recent book haul, I’d probably be listening to this again. However, the books in my queue are really exciting, so my obsessive reread will have to wait.

 

Bookshelf placement: Heck yeah!

I absolutely need this entire series on my shelf. I love the cover design and I just love this whole series.

 

New Top Book Boyfriend: Probably not

Though I love Josh’s personality, like I mentioned before, what made the romance aspect of this book so great was the two characters together. Separately, they are fine, but together they are perfect.

 


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Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

book review

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (Purchased from Audible)

Lola and the Boy Next Door

Synopsis taken from Goodreads. Full book details here.

Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

 

Review

In short…

Much like this entire series, Lola and the Boy Next Door is an easy, cute read with likable characters and a sweet storyline without any real lulls. It’s the kind of book you can accidentally read in a day and wonder where the heck the time went.

In depth…

Lola’s pants are on fire for 90% of this book and at first I didn’t know what to think about it. While I found myself asking, “WHY ARE YOU LYING???” constantly, it didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would. I think it is because I have a soft spot for quirky characters and Lola’s unique style was endearing.

Just like Anna and the French Kiss, I really enjoyed all of the main characters in this novel. I think, if I had to choose favorite characters (aside from Lola, of course) it would be Andy and Nathan, her dads. PS – I love that she has two fathers. They are beautifully flawed, but still manage to be great parents.

Though the love story is a little stereotypical (the ‘boy next door’ part of the title is accurate in many ways), it was still very sweet.

Initially, I was torn about Cricket’s character. It was obvious that he was in love with Lola from the beginning and I kind of was hoping she’d have to work for him a bit more, but it all ended up making sense in the end. Because, though she had his affection from the beginning, she still had to work to deserve it.

The appearance of Etienne and Anna was an extra little nugget of greatness. I’d almost forgotten how much I love Etienne! It almost makes me want to reread Anna and the French Kiss!

I’m excited about next book, Isla and the Happily Ever After. I’ve loved Isla since Anna and the French Kiss!

 

Audiobook Performance: 4 Stars

4-stars

Each of these books in the series has a different audiobook reader, and I’m not sure how I feel about it. I enjoyed this audiobook reader. She wasn’t my favorite, but she wasn’t distracting in any way. She did a great job with Etienne’s accent in the brief moments he was in the book. Accents can usually make or break an audiobook reader (as can doing opposite sex voices).

 

Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars

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I can’t say that I had steady-state butterflies throughout this book, but there were several parts that definitely hand me grinning, especially toward the end.

 

Re-read Worthiness: 3 Stars

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The chances that I will reread this book are slim, but that is only because I didn’t love it enough or have certain parts that I loved enough to hear again as opposed to reading something new.

 

Bookshelf placement: I gotta!

Anna and the French Kiss has earned a spot in my shelf and since I really did enjoy this book, it’ll have to earn a spot as well!

 

New Top Book Boyfriend: Nope

While I thought Cricket was adorkable, he didn’t pull at my heartstrings like my top book boyfriends do.

 


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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

book review

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

5-stars

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (Purchased from Audible)

Fangirl

Synopsis taken from Goodreads. Full book details here.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

 

Review

Where have I been this book’s whole life? Seriously.

I’ve seen so much hype about this book and Eleanor & Park, yet it took me forever to pick up Eleanor & Park and even when I fell in love with that book, I still didn’t immediately read Fangirl as I should have. I’m kind of, maybe, a little bit mad at myself about it.

Because as much as I loved Eleanor & Park, I love Fangirl more.

I’ve been on such a reading roll lately. I’ve read so many great books in a row, I’m almost scared to start a new book for fear that it won’t live up to the greatness of all my previous reads lately!

Anyway, Fangirl. I’m not typically into books with a nerdy heroine. I have no idea why because I’m pretty nerdy myself (obv). However, I loved Cather and all of her anxieties and fangirling,

Rainbow’s characters are always so beautifully developed and multi-dimensional. There is so much truth to them and even when the characters kind of suck, you still understand why they are the way they are. This book was no different.

Cather’s twin sister, Wren, is such a believable character and, if done poorly, would’ve been incredibly annoying. But she wasn’t annoying. She was … human. And though I didn’t love her (like I loved Reagan, but more on that later), I understood her. I got why she was the way she was.

I loved how the twins’ relationship was portrayed. I’m super close to my sisters and I totally related to this on so many levels. My one sister and I are absolute opposites, like Cather and Wren, and I’ve felt disconnected from her at certain points in my life because of this, despite how close we’ve always been, and it hurt so much that when I read about Cather’s pain as she was dealing with the same thing, I could completely empathize. It hurt so good.

Side note: the names of these twin sisters, Cather and Wren, would’ve been super cheesy if this book wasn’t written by Rainbow.

So, about Reagan. Oh, Reagan. If you’ve been following my Goodreads updates as I read this book, you’re very familiar with my love affair with Reagan.

Bree's Fangirl Updates on Goodreads

Reagan, Cather’s new roommate, is brash and loud and unapologetic about being such a force in this book. She is probably one of my all-time favorite supporting characters ever written. She’s absolutely hilarious. I loved how she could be completely mean to Cather, but somehow still manage to be completely on her side.

Every introvert should have a “handler” like Reagan.

I have a soft spot for Cather and Wren’s father as well. I love how his mental illness was shown in this novel and how, despite it, he was still a really great father when he was lucid. (Single dad <3)

— Spoilery thing to follow–

Then there was Nick. Oh, Nick. I wanted him to be The One only because there was something so romantic about co-writing a story… until he turned into Mega Douche.

— Spoilery thing ended —

And, now, Levi. S.w.o.o.n. I loved him from the very beginning, even when I was angrily yelling at the book, screaming at Cather not to eff around with her roommate’s boyfriend. I didn’t want to hate Cather, but more than that, I didn’t want Reagan to hate Cather. I didn’t want any bad blood between them because I loved them as a duo way too much. I loved Reagan and Cather more than any other couple in the book.

Rainbow did such a great job with showing how magnetic Levi was as opposed to telling us about it. He didn’t have to be stereo-typical book boyfriend mega hot – his personality did all the attracting. He could’ve looked like a troll, but some of the things he said and did would’ve had me in love with him anyway.

SEE? I’M NOT SHALLOW! Not all my book boyfriends have to have rippling abs and perfect hair. Just, you know, some (most) of them.

Aside from the characters, the story was fantastic as well. I was left with some questions, though. Like, did I miss it? Did Cather finish writing Carry On in time? Did she kill off Bas? HELP ME!

Side note: Levi wearing Cather’s Carry On Shirt at the book release party is so effing adorbs.

And then the ending. Nobody knows how to end a book quite like Rainbow Rowell. Rainbow’s books end abruptly and perfectly and I always want more, but know that if I had more, it wouldn’t be quite as brilliant. I always find myself saying, “FML, but that was good.”

 

Audiobook Performance: 5 Stars

5-stars

Rebecca Lowman narrated Eleanor & Park as well as Fangirl and she did a fantastic job with both. She’s definitely one of my favorite narrators, now. This book also had snippets from Simon Snow stories that were narrated by Maxwell Caulfield, who has a delightful British accent. I always appreciate multiple narrators.

 

Butterfly Rating: 5 Stars

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I was not expecting to get so many butterflies from this book! After having read a few books that were a little light on the stomach-clenchy goodness, it was nice to have one that provided very active butterflies — especially toward the end of the book!

 

Re-read Worthiness: 5 Stars

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There is a very good chance that I will reach for this again, likely a print version so that I can underline and tag my favorite lines — there were so many beautifully written pieces in this book, I need to revisit them in print!

 

Bookshelf placement: Absolutely

I NEED this displayed on my bookshelf. It will likely even be displayed in the coveted top shelf display area in my library.

 

New Top Book Boyfriend: YES!

Just like the butterflies, it has been awhile since I had a new book boyfriend and I’m so excited to add Levi to my list of wonderful book boyfriends. His electric, outgoing, and incredibly sweet personality is everything I love.

 


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