New Covers for The Grace trilogy!

Titles: Desolate ~ Disgraceful ~ Absolution

Series: Grace Trilogy
Author: Autumn Grey
Genre: Mature YA/Coming of Age Romance
Release Date: Available NOW
Cover Design: Okay Creations
Absolution Photographer: Lindee Robinson Photography

Good and bad. Dark and light. Right and wrong. Everything blurs together in the war that rages inside my head.

I had it all figured out: finish high school, attend seminary, and finally answer my calling. Becoming a priest was all I ever wanted.

Until I wanted her.

Grace Miller.

The girl who was always out of my reach. The one who still steals my breath with just a look. I didn’t know she would become my temptation and vice, and quite possibly, my ruin.

With a crossroads before me and my head a battlefield, can I choose sides without losing a part of who I am?

I knew it was wrong, but I did it anyway. I fell for him.


His half smiles and those blue eyes that pulled me deeper, threatening to drown me. But he was never mine to keep. Like all good and rare things, it came to an end. And I erected a wall around my heart to prevent suffering that pain again.

Dimples and gray eyes changed all that. He smashed through my defenses and stole what was left of my heart.

Until my past returns.

Now my heart is a war zone, past and present battling for my forever.

They say lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice. I have the burns to prove that isn’t true.

Who knew falling in love could hurt so much?

We made mistakes and betrayed our hearts. And in the end, everything went up in flames. Walking away from the devastation isn’t an option.

Not when I’m at the center of it all.

Three hearts hang in the balance. A choice must be made. Keep one and let one go.

No matter what I decide, someone is getting burned. There’s no winning this battle. No one ever said love is easy. But I never knew it would be this hard.

Love can be a poison, and sometimes, it’s the only thing that can save us.

Autumn Grey is a hopeless romantic and loves stories with HEA. She is the author of the Havoc series (Havoc, Obliterate, Mend), Fall Back Skyward and Breaking Gravity. And just like her characters, she is quirky, sometimes funny and definitely flawed. She writes sexy contemporary romances full of drama, steamy kisses and happy ever afters.


December 2020 Wrap Up

Check out my December Wrap Up video here or keep reading!

Total Books Read: 38
Currently Reading: 1
Rereads: 0
Buddy reads: 0
Readathons: 1 – Smutathon
ARCs: 1


1 Stars: 0
2 Stars: 1
3 Stars: 4
4 Stars: 10
5 Stars: 15
All-Time Favorites: 8


NA: 5
Adult: 32
YA: 3
Contemporary: 28
Paranormal: 1
Historical: 2
Sci-fi: 3
Fantasy: 3
Nonfiction: 1
Non-romance: 2
Graphic novel/Manga: 0


Audio: 22
Ebook: 14
Physical: 1


Books with Diverse Characters and/or Authors: 12


2 Stars

#38 Kissing the Coronavirus by MJ Edwards – a ridiculous 16 page novella in which a scientist hooks up with, you guessed it, the Coronavirus. Yes, he is green.

3 Stars

#37 The Naughty List by Ellie Mae Macgregor
– a super short Christmas novella in which the heroine hooks up with bearded lumberjack buff Santa.
#36 Tempting Dusty by Helen Hardt – a childhood friends-to-lovers cowboy romance with bull riding.
#35 The Black Fox (The Dirty Heroes Collection #1) by Brianna Hale – a super taboo Zorro retelling (stepfather/stepdaughter romance)
#34 Before I Ever Met You by Karina Halle – Age gap, father’s work friend romance.

4 Stars

#33 Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett – YA Contemporary second chance romance with a Sherlock Holmes fan heroine who is trying to solve a mystery with her coworker/hero.
#32 Fans Only by B. Love – friends-to-lovers steamy novella where two friends decide to start a Fans Only account.
#31 Teach Me (There’s Something About Marysburg #1) by Olivia Dade – workplace grumpy/sunshine single dad romance between two teachers.
#30 Gifting Me to His Best Friend (A Touch of Taboo #2) by Katee Robert – holiday menage novella where a couple invites the husband’s best friend into their relationship.
#29 Within These Walls (Walls #1) by JL Berg – emotional novella where the heroine has been in and out of the hospital with a heart condition and the grieving bad boy hero works at the hospital.
#28 Treasure of the Abyss (The Kraken #1) by Tiffany Roberts – alien romance with tentacles.
#27 Same Time Next Year by Jenna Bennett – super short novella about a couple who meets in the same connecting hotel rooms on the same day every year.
#26 My Big Fat Fake Wedding by Lauren Landish – childhood frienemies to lovers marriage of convenience romcom.
#25 Breaking Gravity (Fall Back #2) by Autumn Grey – forbidden professor/student relationship where both are talented cellists.
#24 Slammer by Tabatha Vargo – non-romance novella about a prison nurse who falls for a dangerous prisoner.

5 Stars

#23 Barbarian’s Touch (Ice Planet Barbarians #7) by Ruby Dixon – beloved blue alien romance
#22 Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo – YA contemporary written in verse about two girls who find out they have the same father after he dies
#21 The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury – Aladdin retelling where the genie is female and the romance is between her and Aladdin
#20 Hoops Holiday (Hoops #2.5) by Kennedy Ryan – Short emotional holiday novella with between a sports reporter and a retired basketball player with an adorable meetcute
#19 Three Women by Lisa Taddeo – nonfiction following three different women: one who had a relationship with her teacher in high school, one who is cheating on her husband, and one is a swinger
#18 Xeni (Loose Ends #2) by Rebekah Weatherspoon – marriage of convenience for an inheritance
#17 His Beauty by Jack Harbon – brutal taboo Beauty and the Beast retelling where the Beast stays a beast and never turns human
#16 The Takeover (The Miles High Club #2) by TL Swan – romcom romance between a single mom widow heroine who owns a drowning communications company and the owner of a large communications company who wants to take it over
#15 The Stopover (The Miles High #1) by TL Swan – romcom about a woman gets upgraded to first class and has a one night stand with the hero who sits next to her, then a year later is hired at his company
#14 See Me After Class by Meghan Quinn – romcom between a outside-the-box teacher and a by-the-rules teacher
#13 The Setup by Meghan Quinn – new adult college sports romance where the hero and heroine are reluctantly set up by their parents
#12 That Second Chance (Getting lucky #1) by Meghan Quinn – small town romcom between a new-to-town woman and volunteer fire fighter with a love curse
#11 The Redemption (Filthy Rich Americans #4) by Nikki Sloane – addictive, super taboo, steamy romance with a bunch of rich people being ridiculous, but, like, still really good
#10 The Deception (Filthy Rich Americans #3) by Nikki Sloane – “”
#9 The Obsession (Filthy Rich Americans #2) by Nikki Sloane – “”

All-Time Fav

#8 Husky by Jessa Kane – short, steamy novella with a romance between a woman who recruits a husky bartender to model her clothes
#7 King Sized by Jessa Kane – short, steamy novella with a forbidden romance between a husky, submissive bodyguard and new queen
#6 The Rakess (Society of Sirens #1) by Scarlett Peckham – feminist historical romance between a woman who has made the best of being “ruined” and a widower single dad

Top 5

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I’m Back!

Whew! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything here on the blog! I’ve been so focused on my BookTube channel that this kind of fell to the wayside, but my goal in 2021 is to bring it back!

I will be posting some of the same content on both platforms to make my life easier, but also, just in case some people prefer reading blogs to watching videos, you can choose your own adventure if you will. 

I’ll also be posting reviews which you can also find on my Instagram. And some blog-only content.

My latest video that I posted today is a little harder to translate into a blog because I gave a tour of my planners. If you’d like to check out the video, you can do so here:

If you can’t tell, I have a lot going on. I work full time (from home lately), I’m helping my two little ones with e-Learning as I’m trying to work from home, I have an Etsy shop, a BookTube channel, this blog, a Bookstagram, and a husband and family. If you can’t tell, I love being busy… and I love being organized.

That’s where my planners come in.

Right now I have a few planners and journals:

  1. My bullet journal
    – yearly goals
    – yearly overview
    – monthly overview
    – daily to-do lists in a weekly spread format
    – monthly memories in photos
    – monthly gratitude
    – monthly memories
    – monthly brain dumps
    – monthly stats
    – monthly favorites
    – monthly playlists
    – washi tape swatches or “swatchies”
    – theme design ideas
  2. My Digital Reading Journal
    – Authors backlists to read
    – Series to finish
    – Misc TBRs
    – Physical books to buy
  3. My Digital Tracker Journal
    For this I just made fun layouts to keep track of my stats for YouTube, Twitter, Etsy, Instagram, and my period
  4. My Digital Food/Mood/Symptom/Exercise Journal
    I may or may not keep this Digital. I’m kind of thinking I may want to use a physical notebook for this one, but tracking my food and symptoms is really important because I’m manging Multiple Sclerosis with diet and lifestyle changes, so I have to pay really close attention to what I’m eating.
  5. My Asana Calendar
    Asana has become my everything. I couldn’t live without it. I use it for work as a project management tool and I collaborate with my team on it, but for myself, I use it more as a calendar. This is where I plan all my videos and posts. I love how i can include all my notes in each task and move everything around. It’s all beautifully color-coded and it’s just perfect!
  6. My Google Calendar
    I forgot to talk about this in my video, but Google Calendar is where I have all my personal events. My husband and I share our Google Calendars with each other so we always are on the same page.
  7. Google Keep
    Google Keep is basically like a digital post it note organization tool. You can make a bunch of simple notes, tag them, and color code them. This is where I have templates for videos and posts that I refer to often. it’s also where I keep all of my video and post ideas and notes.

How do you keep yourself organized?

Recent Reads: June 14-27

I read a total of 14 books between June 14 & June 27 and there were so many great ones!

All of the books I mention in this video can be found and purchased on my storefront here.


4 stars
This is a graphic novel that is basically a series of scenarios that will be very relatable to true introverts. I am much more of an extroverted introvert, so there were some things that I didn’t fully relate to, but I totally understood. The illustrations were adorable and I read this book within an hour. I think this book would make a great gift for your introvert friends who don’t get enough love in this noisy world.
4 Stars
I saw that a friend of mine on bookstagram was reading a couple of Whitney G novels and this was one of them. It definitely inspired me to pick it up since it was my birthday and her novels tend to be short and sweet – like a little treat on a day of relaxation.
This book had so many great romance tropes happening in it. First of all, the heroine, not unlike Whitney G, is a successful author of short, self-published, steamy romance novels. She joins this sort of pen pal ish service that is supposed to be strictly platonic and starts talking to this guy. At first he’s a douche, but then they work things out. Turns out he is her dad’s good friend. So there is a forbidden and age gap scenario.
I have to be honest, I didn’t love this at first. I really didn’t like the way the hero was talking to our heroine at all and I worried he wouldn’t redeem himself.
He did and I ended up really enjoying this. Whitney G does what few authors can when it comes to steamy novellas: she builds chemistry quickly and crafts a believable romance in otherwise outlandish settings. Her and Katee Robert are my two very favorite short, steamy, romance writers for that reason.
5 Stars
I finally did it! I read a Tessa Dare novel and everyone was right. I freaking loved it.
This book is about a woman who is incredibly introverted and to avoid having to do the typical coming out in society thing, she makes up a pretend boyfriend. A Scottish soldier who, it turns out, actually exists.
He has been receiving her letters and learns all about her from them, so when he shows up unexpectedly at the house she inherited because of her fake engagement to him, she’s obviously surprised.
For those who don’t normally like historical romances, I think Tessa Dare is the perfect place to ease your way into the genre. Her heroines aren’t annoyingly innocent and naive. Her books feel modern even though they are not.
This had so many elements of a great romance: fake dating, a little bit of enemies-to-lovers, and an adorable meetcute.
I can’t wait to read more Tessa Dare!
5 Stars
This is a coming-of-age memoir about a mixed-race gay teen who eventually finds himself when he discovers drag, written in verse. Obviously I can’t personally speak for the rep in this novel, but I can tell you that it was beautifully written.
I’m a big fan of modern poetry and though I connected a little more with the poetry in The Poet X a little more, I still really liked this one. While I loved the audiobook, I have seen a few pages of the book and I wish I had it as I was reading as well.
I feel like this book is so important for young people to read, to help them see outside of their boxes – or to help them find themselves on page. To help them not feel so alone.
Cherry Magic! Thirty Years of Virginity Can Make You a Wizard?! 1
4 stars
My very first official manga was gifted to me by my sweet friend, @genkireader, for my birthday. There was definitely a learning curve when it came to reading this. I was messaging her on Instagram with questions like, “Wait, this book is backwards, where do I start? Do I read right to left or left to right?” It was surprisingly more difficult than I expected, but I REALLY enjoyed this book. So much so that I ended up buying a few more of her favorites.
This book was quirky and cute. It’s about a guy who has developed the power to read people’s mind through touch and he thinks it is because he’s a 30yo virgin. He ends up reading the mind of a charasmatic, good-looking guy in his office and discovers that he is attracted to him. So many adorable moments ensue, a ton of over-thinking and awkwardness, but also super sweet, swoony moments, too. I feel like this will speak to any of us who overthink every little thing when we are falling for someone. Especially when it is unexpected.
Thank you, De’Siree for this gift, it was like you gifted me a piece of yourself because I know how much you love these stories. Lovelovelovelovelove.
3 Stars
This is a cute romance between a buff, tattooed nanny who begins working for a savant young surgeon and mother of two girls.
This book was fine, though I didn’t see anything special about it. Maybe I gave in a little to the hype surrounding it and that was the issue, but mostly the romance was just ok. I felt like it was a little rushed, I wished there was more pining and more of a forbidden aspect to this, but it seemed like they both gave in pretty quickly.
5 stars
This was a super angsty, emotional story about a girl and a guy who are both dealing with terrible tragedy and find solace in each other. The first night they meet is filled with unbelievable chemistry, it’s almost too good to be true.
And it turns out to be. Because it turns out he is her high school teacher.
The heroine was held back in school because of a medical condition, so she is 19 years old and a senior. He is a young teacher, in his early twenties, so the age gap isn’t really a thing, but it doesn’t make it any less forbidden.
When they realize the situation, it’s heartbreaking because of how intense their first meeting was. A series of super angsty things happen and it’s all very intense, but in the best epic love kind of way.
I was rooting for this couple the entire time, but not only that, I loved the heroine’s relationship with her step siblings even with all that drama.
5 Stars
This is a super relevant fictional story that is somewhat reminiscent of The Hate You Give.
This is about a boy in the ROTC in high school who is falsely accused of stealing by a racist, hateful police officer who ends up beating him until he is unconscious which stirs protests in his town that is sick of this constantly happening.
Sound familiar?
What’s interesting about this story is how it follows the perspective both of the victim and a white boy that goes to his school who is linked to the police officer.
I was completely invested in this story, while also cautious. I was super curious about how this book would end. Would it be far too optimistic or would it be realistic?
When I finally came to the end, I very much appreciated it. It was hopeful without being naive. It left questions that we still need answers to, but it didn’t feel too unresolved that it leaves you unsettled. I almost took it as… let’s let current events tell us how this story is going to end.
5 Stars
I read this sweet, heartwarming graphic novel with my girls. They adored it from the very first night we read it before bed.
This story is about a prince who likes to wear dresses and hires, in secret, a dressmaker to make him custom dresses.
I didn’t tell them what it was about, I wanted them to discover it on their own and ask questions as they came up.
Books are an essential parenting tool for me.
The girls begged me every night to keep going. They loved the characters in this book and they were excited to see what was going to happen.
This entire book, but especially the ending was so adorable. I absolutely loved it and can’t wait to read more from this author. Especially if I can share the experience with my girls.
5 stars and 4 stars
A lot of my friends have read and loved this series, between that and the premise, I’ve been super excited to read it.
This is about a woman who is a sex addict and her best friend she’s in a fake relationship with who is an alcoholic.
This is a super angsty, dark, gritty series so far with such a strong romance. These are extremely troubled characters who are using their relationship and each other to hide their addictions.
I found this book, ironically enough, addicting to read and I can’t wait to read on in the series.
The second book did seem to drag on a bit, I feel like it could’ve been half as long as it was, but I know it was necessary.
5 Stars
I am absolutely LOVING these Brown sisters books! Chloe’s book was fantastic, but I think this one might be my favorite so far.⁣
Dani is a smart, independent savvy woman who is not interested in a long term relationship. Zaf is basically the complete opposite.⁣
The two of them have not had much more than a nice rapport – he’s the security guard at the school she teaches at, until Dani gets trapped in an elevator and Zaf rescues her. This wouldn’t be a big deal if the entire rescue didn’t get caught on film and go viral.⁣
The “going viral” thing seems to be really popular lately and it’s not normally something I would gravitate towed. Honestly, I tend to prefer if romance novels just pretend that social media didn’t exist. I think it’s tricky including anything involving technology in contemporary romance novels only because things change so rapidly, it’s easy to become outdated.⁣
However, I didn’t care what this book was about, I knew I was going to read it and fully expected to love it … and I was right.⁣
As always, Talia’s steamy scenes are SO on point, but more than anything, she writes sweet heroes SO well. I adored Zaf with everything I am. I can’t handle how much I love his side job and that despite being a big guy, he’s a big softie. ⁣
And, of course, I adored Dani. I love how badass and confident and independent she is, even if it does complicate her relationships.⁣
5 Stars
I borrowed this on a whim from my library. I’ve been reading a few nonfiction books lately and have enjoyed all that I’ve picked up.⁣
I have to admit, though, I loved this one the most.⁣
I didn’t realize Michelle’s father had MS. As soon as she mentioned his symptoms, my stomach dropped and I just KNEW it. It’s always hard for me to read about people who have Multiple Sclerosis, especially nonfiction because I’m always wondering if that will be me and when.⁣⁣
As a romance reader, I adored Michelle and Obama’s romance. I officially ship them SO hard. Watching their relationship unfold was so satisfying and adorable.⁣
I’m not a big crier while reading, but I got choked up so many times. When she talked about visiting the VA, when she talked about Sandy Hook… it wasn’t overly dramatic, but it was enough to have me covering my mouth with my hand trying not to cry.⁣
I’ve always admired this woman, but even more now than I did before learning more about her. ⁣


Hello, 35.


I just wanted to pop in here really quick to say I CAN’T BELIEVE I’M HALFWAY THROUGH MY 30’S!

I swear, time has sped up like crazy since I had kids.

Speaking of the kiddos, they have been absolutely adorable all day today. Violet has been calling me her birthday girl and Roree has been orchestrating little surprises all day.

I’ve spent the day reading, organizing books, and working on projects. Basically, it has been a perfect birthday.

I have a birthday zoom call with family this evening as well.

I hope you are all having a great day, too!

May 2020 Wrap Up

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*= I am trying to make a more conscious effort to read books by authors of color. I know many others are as well. Moving forward, I will be annotating books by authors of color with an asterisk. Please let me know if I missed one or mislabeled one.


Total: 28
DNF: 3
Rereads: 0
Ebooks: 7
Physical Books: 2
Audiobooks: 19
1-Stars: 0
2-Stars: 0
3-Stars: 8
4-Stars: 8
5-Stars: 12


*Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson
I received this as an eARC from Netgalley. This is a contemporary romance about a woman whose mother-figure has passed away, leaving behind her 4 adoptive sons. Some of them want to close her knitting store, but one wants to keep it open and enlists the help of our heroine. The author, Kwana Jackson, also goes by KM Jackson, is a Black author. She has a big backlist of contemporary romance novels under the KM Jackson pen name that I definitely want to check out.

I think this book was just a case of bad timing and burn out for me. I found myself skimming pretty early on in this book because it felt like the story wasn’t moving forward at all. Scenes were lasting too long to keep my attention. It was actually pretty disappointing because I was really excited about this book! I don’t knit, but I crochet, and I liked hearing about yarn and knitting in Penny Reid’s Knitting in the City series, however, I had to put this one down.

Becoming Mrs. Lockwood by LI Lynn

I talk more about this in my 7yo Picks my TBR video, but this was a book that Roree picked out for me. I think I heard this is a Twilight fanfiction, but it’s another one that reads like fanfiction, however, is extremely different than the original. It’s about a girl who is on vacation with her mom in Las Vegas, but hasn’t been able to see any sights since her mom is gambling all day and night. Since she is underage, she can’t go with her. All of that felt like a stretch to begin with, but then this super hot guy spots her from across the room and immediately is in love with her and takes her out to see Las Vegas. There is also an age gap in this, but it isn’t a good one. She’s a very immature 18 year old who is still in high school. This is mentioned when they first meet, yet he still pursues her. It just… rubbed me the wrong way. Like, how can this be instalove and still be a 500+ page contemporary romance. I DON’T UNDERSTAND!

Taming Her Mountain Man (Bear’s Tooth Mountain Man #1) by Cameron Hart

I read this for the Weekend Contemporaryathon, so I talk more about that in my Contemporaryathon Vlog. It’s about an adoptive girl that is running away from her shady adoptive parents to her estranged grandmother’s cabin in the mountains where she meets this older, loner mountain man who is running away from his past. This is a novella, so it’s obviously very instalovey. What put me off of it was the main character and the instalove wasn’t done well. She’s another one who is SO immature that I was weirded out by the age gap. I think I’ve found that I don’t mind age gaps as long as there isn’t a big difference in maturity levels.


3 Stars


Remind Me (Magnolia Sound #1) by Samantha Chase

This was a book I just randomly listened to off of Hoopla before I realized I have a limit on how many books I can read on that app. My library just got Hoopla, so I’m still learning. To be completely honest, I remember next to nothing about this book and the next one on this list.

If I remember correctly, it is a second chance romance about a girl who has moved away from a small town in North Carolina. She had a summer fling with her grandfather’s neighbor, but she moves away to NY to be a successful woman in tech (as they do in these types of romances). A hurricane is threatening the town and they are being asked to evacuate, but her grandfather is refusing to leave, so the hero stays with him.

I want to take a moment here to talk about this. I live in FL and have lived through many hurricanes. Some that were scary (Irma), some that fizzled out to be nothing but some wind and rain. Either way, living here my whole life has taught me that when there is a mandatory evacuation, you GTFO ASAP. Hurricanes can and have flattened entire communities.

Anyway, this book was just meh. I didn’t really care about the characters. There wasn’t a lot of chemistry. It was just ok.

The Royal Treatment (Alaskin Royal Family #1) by MaryJanice Davidson

I recently did a video talking about the books that got me through my Twilight hangover back in the day, and Mary Janice Davidson’s Undead series was on this list. When I came across this book on Audible Escape, I was curious to see how her contemporary romances would be.

And it was as I expected. Just meh. This is an alternative/futuristic reality in which Alaska is it’s own country or something weird like that. Anyway, they have a king there who is looking for a wife who would make a good princess for his son. He ends up setting up our main character with his son.

A couple of things were weird about this. First, the who Alaska thing seemed unnecessary, like, just make up a country like everyone else does. Second, she didn’t really do anything that I saw for the King to think she was so amazing. Something I did find interesting, was this was almost opposite of instalove. Both of them seemed pretty neutral about each other aside from sexual chemistry until the very end. I actually really appreciated that.

Also, the synopsis calls this book erotic. It’s not. If I did steam fans like Steph, I’d give this one 3 steam fans.

PS It’s Always Been You Part 1 by Lauren Blakely

I read this one for the Weekend Contemporaryathon and talk about it in that vlog. Let’s be real, I read this for Scott Eastwood’s narration… and it was pretty disappointing. The book and his narrating. He had a lot of awkward pauses. Anyway, the time it’s going to take me to tell you what this book is about is pretty much as long as it took me to listen to this audiobook. It’s about this daredevil, reality TV show guy who once hooked up with this girl who is some sort of historian, but ends up ditching her for his career, until one day they end up having to work together. And that’s it. That’s the whole story. The End.

Abducting Abby (Dragon Lords of Valdier #1) by SE Smith

I 100% do not remember reading this book at all. This is what happens when I go crazy adding audiobooks to my favorites in Hoopla (which I use as my TBR) because I got over-excited about having a new service.

This is a short, smutty, sci-fi romance that I picked up because… dragons. Abby creates and sells luxury artwork from her cabin in the mountains when one day an alien space ship crash lands in the woods near her and she ends up saving the guy inside not realizing that he’s a dragon shifter.

Now that I’m remembering the story, I did enjoy reading this one, it just wasn’t anything particularly special. I think I may actually move on in the series, though. If you like the whole fated mates thing, you’ll like this one. It’s no IPB, but it’s good for IPB hangovers. Averie – you should totes give this one a try!

Fire in His Blood (Fireblood Dragon #1) by Ruby Dixon

Ruby Dixon is the author of IPB, and I was super interested to see how her other books are. This series is a fated mates dragon shifter post-apocolyptic romance. It’s pretty long, I was expecting it to be short like IPB, but it’s not. And I feel like I would’ve liked it better if it was. It just got a little repetitive. I did like when there is a communication barrier between the hero and heroine in these types of books. Especially when the hero recognizes that she’s his mate, but she’s like WTF, dude, back off. And I especially, especially like when they respect consent despite the communication difference. I’m over here like, “IF AN ALIEN DRAGON SHIFTER WHO HAS INVADED OUR PLANET CAN UNDERSTAND CONSENT, WHY CAN’T YOU, BROCK?”

Racked and Stacked (Blacktop Cowboys #9) by Lorelei James

I read this for a secret TBR that I’m in the middle of right now because when I do secret TBRs it takes me years, so I’m not going to talk about this one too much. Just know it’s a cowboy romcom, enemies to lovers.

Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner

This was an ARC I received from Netgalley. It’s Berkely’s first F/F published romance, which is awesome for the author. And I think this is OWN voices, but I’m not sure. I had super high expectations going into this one – I didn’t realize how high until the book didn’t meet them. It’s about a woman who works in the entertainment industry, I think she’s a director or producer, and her assistant. The media thinks that they are dating because of something that happens while paparazzi were around. This is a SUPER CRAZY INSANE slow burn. Like… the first kiss doesn’t even happen until 75% into this book. Don’t get me wrong, I adore slow burn. Mariana Zapata is my favorite contemporary romance author, but the burn was so slow in this one, it affected how I felt about the relationship. I started not caring after awhile whether they got together or not.

I can see how some of the scenes were supposed to be super full of tension, but I think because it took so long for the relationship to develop, I just wasn’t as invested.

Shy Girls Write It Better (Some Girls Do It #1) by May Sage

I read this one for Contemporaryathon and talk about it in the vlog. It’s about a woman who writes erotic romance and accidentally gives her hot boss a copy of one of her manuscripts instead of a report and instead of getting mad, he wants to give her real life BDSM experience because she writes it so badly.

Overall, this was pretty good for a short, smutty read. I don’t love the overly innocent, inexperienced heroine to begin with, so that definitely affected my rating. Also the fact that she’s supposed to be a super successful romance author and she knows she sucks at writing BDSM, but yet she continues to do it? I don’t know, something about that entire aspect of the premise was off to me and I think this book would’ve been better without it.

I did really like that the hero wasn’t your stereotypical alpha, though. That was refreshing.

4 Stars

Point of Retreat (Slammed #2) by Colleen Hoover

I read this book for Contemporaryathon. It’s the sequel to Slammed which is Colleen Hoover’s debut novel, a contemporary romance involving slam poets. Obviously it’s so much more than that, I mean, it’s Colleen Hoover. At first I wasn’t sure if this book was necessary before reading it, but Layken and Will’s story definitely wasn’t done.

*Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist #1) by Renee Ahdieh

Renee Ahdieh is a Korean-American author and this book was a unique twist on Mulan. This book was as beautiful and badass as the cover.

I’ve always been partial to the story of Mulan, but I love how much more intricate this story was in comparison.

Our main character doesn’t magically have all sorts of powers and though she is a badass, it’s because of her quick-thinking bravery, and resilience, not any magical skill.

The writing was also one of my favorite things about this book. It was beautiful and fit so well with the story itself. I felt like I was experiencing everything our main character did, right beside her.

*The Marriage Game by Sara Desai

I received this ARC from Netgalley. I believe this is an OWN voices novel. It’s a fun enemies to lovers romance where our main character, Layla, moves home with her big family after a humiliating break up that essentially lost her her job. Her father sets her up, not only with the office above his restaurant, but also with some arranged marriage prospects (without her knowledge). Little does she know, he also rented out the space to Sam, CEO of a corporate downsizing company. Read my review here.

*The Fire Between High & Lo (Elements #2) by Brittainy C Cherry

My monthly Brittainy C Cherry novel. If you don’t know, I discovered BCC this year and fell in love with her books. I’ve been reading at least one of her backlist titles per month. She is a Black author, by the way.

This is a sunshine and grumpy, friends-to-lovers romance about two teenagers who have very rough home lives. Our hero’s mother is struggling with bad addiction which has trickled down to him and has been affecting him since he was a young child. Our heroine’s mother, though successful, is cold and disinterested. Though they come from completely different backgrounds, there is a lot they have in common that bring them together and they become really good friends.

This wasn’t my favorite BCC. That being said, It was still a really good, emotional story that I’ve come to expect from her. I think the main reason why I couldn’t give this 5 stars as I have literally every other BCC I’ve read, is because there is a lot of drug use and addiction in this novel and it’s just not my favorite thing to read about.

Mind Reader by Kirsty McManus

I read this book for Contemporaryathon and talk about it in my vlog as well. This is one of those novellas that I found for free on Kindle and downloaded because it sounded fun. The hero can see other people’s soul mates and knows when they will meet. Until he meets our heroine, a woman who works in the STEM field who thinks it’s all BS. Their paths cross and sparks fly.

This book is perfect for those who prefer a lot less steam. It’s very fade-to-black.

This book was a lot of fun to read. I had a lot of expectations going into this book, and I expected it to be pretty predictable, but it surprised me a few times. Though the beginning as a little rough, it starts from the hero’s POV and he was kind of douchey, but the book ended up being super sweet.

*The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa

I believe this is OWN voices for the latinx rep. It’s a romantic comedy between a woman who has been left at the alter and the groom’s best man and brother. Because of this, it is a hate-to-love, but it’s so much more. The hero is dealing with issues of his own self worth in comparison to his brother (the ex-groom). The heroine is dealing with prejudice in the workplace.

I feel like this book is a little underrated. It’s not my favorite enemies to lovers, but I think it is a lot better than many of the reviews I’ve read for it were. There are a lot of complaints about the male narrator in the audiobooks and I agree, but it didn’t completely put me off of the book because of it.

I thought that the humor was really good, it was awkward in some areas, and the issues both of the characters were dealing with played out really well.

*Girl Gone Viral (Modern Love #2) by Alisha Rai

Alisha Rai is a South Asian American writer. This was a refreshingly diverse bodyguard romance with fantastic panic disorder rep. Katrina is an ex-model and divorcee to a very wealthy man, she also suffers from debilitating panic attacks, so when a couple in a coffee bar live tweet an interaction between herself and a man who approached her and it goes viral, she’s not only in danger, but it also triggers her anxiety. Her long-time bodyguard whisks her away from the spotlight and sparks fly.

I almost didn’t read this, but I’m so glad I didn’t listen to some of the sub-par reviews, because I really enjoyed this book. First of all, it’s a bodyguard romance and he’s been pining after her for a long time. There is also great anxiety rep.

I had to take away a star only because I felt like the build up of tension between these two characters was so good, but when they finally got together, I was a little let down and I couldn’t put my finger on why exactly.

*Desolate (Grace #1) by Autumn Grey

Autumn Grey has officially been added to my list of authors I need to read their entire backlists alongside Brittainy C Cherry, Mia Sheridan, and Sarina Bowen. Autumn doesn’t have as many books in her backlist as the others, so I’m going to have to pace myself.

I didn’t know what this book was about going into it for Contemporaryathon. I just saw the author’s name and picked it up. Autumn is a Black author, by the way. I recently read Fall Back Skyward by her after buying it from her at Shameless Book Con last year, and I fell in love with it.

This book is a forbidden new adult romance between a man who is planning on becoming a priest and a woman who is wrongfully considered the town whore. As soon as I realized the premise in this book, I was hooked. And the characters, oh my goodness, the characters and their chemistry were so potent. From the moment they met and how fascinated our hero is with the heroine, despite his dedication to God. How he can’t seem to tear himself away from her.

I will say, my only complaint is that this is a cliff hanger. It is part of a trilogy which is complete and I will be reading on in it. That and the hero started driving me crazy at the end because he wouldn’t make a freaking decision, but like I said, I loved this book.

5 Stars

Sick Kids in Love by Hannah Moskowitz

I need to preface this by saying that I know Hannah Moskowitz has said some problematic things on Twitter recently. I haven’t seen them myself, I’ve only seen references, but I do want everyone to know that going into this novel.

With that being said, this book was such a great and refreshing representation of chronic illness in YA. I have Multiple Sclerosis and though none of the characters in this book have that exact illness, they do have their own and they do have similar experiences and thoughts.

The two meet at, I believe, an infusion center. Some place that many with chronic illnesses are very familiar with. And there is great chemistry and bonding and banter from the beginning. There were so many moments where I found myself nodding vigerously as they talked about healthy people vs. people with chronic illnesses. What it’s like to be surrounded by healthy people when you are not. Being limited and defined by your illness. Big topics that were well portrayed.

I definitely felt seen.

Grin and Beard It (Winston Brothers #2) by Penny Reid

I’m slowly but surely making my way through this series and so far I’ve been loving every second of it. Normally I’m not a big fan of the fame element in a romance novel, but it was a little easier to swallow with this book because it was the heroine who is famous. Our heroine is a comedic actress who gets rescued by our hero, a park ranger, in a small town where she is filming her upcoming movie.

Fame plays a big part in this, which I normally don’t like, but there was something about the dynamic between her outgoing, charisma mixed with his southern charm that I loved.

Beard Science (Winston Brothers #3) by Penny Reid

So far the first book is still my favorite, but this comes in close second. This is Cletus’s story, and he’s such a big weirdo I was wondering who he was going to end up with. It was NOT the heroine. Where Cletus is super smart and manipulative and quirky, our heroine is very polished and put together and naive. She has lived under her mother’s thumb working at a very successful bakery.

Nobody in town takes her seriously, especially Cletus, until she blackmails him and they are forced together. Soon, he realizes there is a lot more to this seemingly shallow woman.

I loved this book so much more than I thought I would, given the main character. I thought, when we were first introduced to her that she was going to get on my nerves, but honestly, her character growth and unexpected depth made me change my mind entirely.

And I’m such a fan of quirky heroes, so I loved Cletus, too.

Powertools: Collection 1 (Powertools 1 & 2) by Jayne Rylon

You guys. I never would’ve expected a super steamy reverse harem novel would be so high on my list, but here we are.

I talk a lot more about this book in my Contemporaryathon vlog, but in short, I loved this book because though it was ridiculous, there was a strong romance in both of the two short stories. I also was totally into the whole summer vibe of the first book and the immersive autumn vibes of the second book. Also, the hero in the second book is so swoony and I fell so hard for him.

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (Mackenzies & McBrides #1) by Jennifer Ashley

Yay! A historical romance I LOVED! I knew it was only a matter of time until I found one that hit the spot for me and it was absolutely this one.

This was a rec from a comment on one of my videos and they freaking nailed it.

This is a historical romance between a widow and a man with autism. Of course, back then, they just thought he was mad and threw him and everyone treated him so horribly because of it. Seriously, my heart absolutely broke. However, our heroine is the only one who truly understood him, or at least didn’t look down on him. I also absolutely loved her. Because she has her husband’s fortune, she doesn’t need to marry. In fact, men are lining up for her. She also isn’t a naive, innocent virgin. She knows what she wants and she goes after it. She’s smart and witty.

This was everything I am realizing I love in a romance novel.

*Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda

This freaking book.

So, I haven’t seen this musical yet, but I am such a huge fan of Lin-Manuel Miranda and the music – especially Jonathan Groff’s song, though, I’m biased because I’m obsessed with him. I’ve watched performances and interviews and I’m so excited about finally getting to see this on Disney Plus on July 3. I can’t contain myself.

I actually downloaded this audiobook when it went on sale a while ago, but I picked it up on a whim last week and finished it in a day because I became obsessed.

I loved seeing how this musical became the phenomenon it is. I loved hearing Lin’s thought process behind creating it. How he wanted to depict these historical figures in a modern, much more diverse way, using a genre of music that was not associated with Broadway at all. From the choreography to the costumes – it was absolutely fascinating.

I just… I need July 3 to be now.

Lover Her or Lose Her (Hot & Hammered #2) by Tessa Bailey

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this one. So many people complained about how the hero was way to alpha for them and I kept thinking, “Well, jeez, if he’s too alpha for them, he’ll definitely be too alpha for me.” But, honestly? He wasn’t.

I mean, don’t get me wrong, he’s definitely alpha, but I adored his reasoning for it.

Anyway, this is a second chance romance between a married couple who have a ton of chemistry in bed, but have lost touch of each other in every other way. So, when our heroine has had enough, she decides to leave her husband.

But he is not having it. To him, she is his everything. It’s kind of the opposite of The Bromance Bookclub because he thinks everything is fine since the sex is still really good, but that’s not the case. I loved how this book really dove into love languages and how both people must understand the other’s language and support it.

And there was so much longing, it made my heart hurt. Yes, he was very alpha. He very much wanted to be the one who provided for his wife, however, I wasn’t bothered by it AT ALL.

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
OMG this book was so sweet, I couldn’t handle it. It’s a whimsical fantasy that, if I had to explain it in one word, it would be charming.

It’s about a man in his forty’s who has led a very mediocre life thus far. He lives for his job, which is to evaluate orphanages for extraordinary children for a very corporate overlord of a company. He’s sent on a highly classified job to check out this orphanage for especially gifted, some think dangerous, children.

It’s very elementary school x-men.

And oh my goodness, the character growth and the relationships that are built, both familial, romantic, and platonic are all so strong and vibrant. This book absolutely lives up to the hype.

Beach Read by Emily Henry

This is another book that absolutely lived up to the hype. Though the title might lead you to believe that this is going to be a fun, light read, it’s really not. There is a lot of substance behind this book that the title and cover do not allude to.

Aside from a swoony romance and hilarious banter and writing, we are dealing with grief, with loss, with resentment … a lot of heavy topics woven between this romcom story about two writers who have challenged themselves to write each other’s genre, one literary fiction, one women’s fiction/romance.

The Edge #0.5-2 by CD Reiss

These are all short, but super intense military suspense romance novels. I feel that the prequel is required reading for this series because it sets up the relationship so solidly, that despite the craziness that this couple goes through in later books, you root hard for them. The couple meet in a war zone, one a surgeon who works for 8 days straight saving lives and one a psychiatrist who is trying to keep him standing and sane – along with all the other medics and soldiers. I felt like this book was so well researched and gorgeously written. CD Reiss is called the Shakespeare of Smut for a reason. The steamy scenes were just as intense as the rest of the book.

I absolutely plan on reading the rest of this series!

Favorite Quotes from Beach Read by Emily Henry

I recently read and loved Beach Read, which came out today! So, I thought I’d share some of my favorite quotes from the book.


Sometimes I just missed liking people.


What’s it like writing Hemingway circle-jerk fanfiction?


I’d had two sips of Pete’s latte, and it was three sips too many.


Mom’s first diagnosis taught me that love was an escapee rope, but it was her second diagnosis that taught me love could be a life vest when you were drowning.




But whether or not I was actually succeeding at this book, I was writing it. It came in painful ebbs and desperate flows, as if timed to the waves crashing somewhere behind that wall of fog.


He laughed. “You know, maybe the reason you haven’t been able to finish your book is that you keep asking what someone else wants to read instead of what you want to write.”


Speaking of fire, sometimes his eyes seemed to be reflecting it, even though there wasn’t any. The car was nearly pitch-black for God’s sake. His eyes should be allowed, physically or morally, to glint like that. His pupils were disrespectful to the laws of nature.


I always feel like she’s drowning in life. In a good way. Like it’s rushing up her nose, you know?


“I knew you in college, January.”

“The seems like the biggest in a series of vast exaggerations you’ve made tonight.”

“Fine, I knew of you.”


“That,” he said while I was eating, and pointed at a pathetically small carousel. “That looks like it would have a really hard time killing me.”


“You’re as small as you are ridiculous.”

“So not very?”


“Come on, Gus,” I bumped his arm. “You can do it. Be adorable.”

His eyes darted to where I’d bumped him, then back to my face, and he scowled.

“I think you misunderstood me. I said adorable.


The hardest thing had turned out to be being angry with someone you couldn’t fight it out with.




How the hell were people in books always taking cold showers?


“You mother has been a lot of people in the twenty years I’ve known her, and I’ve had a chance to fall in love with every single one of them, Janie. That’s the key to marriage. You have to keep falling in love with every new version of each other, and it’s the best feeling in the whole world.”


“I just remembered what you said about the bookshelf,” he said in a gravelly voice. “You can’t even stop roasting me when I’m losing my mind over your body.”


We’d just had sex like the world was burning down around us, but if I ever got to kiss Gus again, I wanted it to be this version of him. The one who didn’t feel so weighted down by the world around him that he had to lean just to stay upright.


I can miss my dad and hate him at the same time.



Gus touched the side of my face. “I don’t need snowflakes.” He kissed me. “As long as I have January.”


This is how life feels too often. Like you’re doing everything you can to survive only to be sabotaged by something beyond your control, maybe even some darker part of yourself.

Sometimes it was your body. Your cells turning into poison and fighting against you. Or chronic pain sprouting up your neck and wrapping around the outsides of your scalp until it felt like fingernails sinking in your brain.


7-Year-Old Picks My TBR

Last month I had Roree, my 7 year old, pick out five books from my bookshelves for me to read and the order I should read them.

It took me this long to actually finish them because I had a bunch of ARCs to read and a few readathons, but I finally did it!

And this was the result:



Book #1: Fall Back Skyward by Autumn Grey

Why She Picked It: She loved the girl on the front cover’s hair – she thought she looked like a mermaid.

What It’s About: This is a contemporary epic romance about a girl who moves in next door to two brothers who both fall for her, but from the beginning, her heart belongs to the quiet brother who happens to be deaf, as opposed to the charming, outgoing brother.

What I thought: I ADORED this book. Autumn Grey is definitely going to be an author I read more of. Much like Mia Sheridan and Brittainy C. Cherry, I’m determined to read her backlist.

This book was heartbreaking and swoony. I adored how it was told and how it jumped timelines. When you’re first introduced to the characters, it is right in the middle of their story. I love how I was immediately invested in these characters and when you do get to see how they met and how things progressed, it’s so satisfying, but also heartbreaking because you know how the story is going to end.

Or at least you think you do.

Contemporary books don’t tend to have a lot of epic romances, but man, this one did. I was so in love with this couple.

I can’t even tell you how many butterflies I had while reading this book and I’m so grateful that my daughter picked this one out for me to read. It truly makes me wonder how many great books are sitting on my shelf, just waiting to be read and continuously being looked over.

Rating: 5 Stars ★★★★★



Book #2: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Why She Picked It: This faces out on my bookshelf and the cover drew her eye because of the metallic red on black.

What It’s About: This is a retelling of the Queen of Hearts’ origin story from Alice in Wonderland.

What I thought: Holy. Crap. Another amazing choice!

I’ve been reading Melissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles and I read Renegades as well, and I really enjoyed both of them, but, in Renegades in particular, I found it to be a little immature and I think that is what I was expecting from this book.

I was wrong.

This book is such a book hangover cure for Caraval because of the whimsy and magic that has the ability to absolutely sweep you away.

I knew how this story would end. I mean, it’s a villain’s origin story, so the sense of foreboding I had while reading this was warring with how much I was rooting for the romance.

And the romance.

It was SO good. It felt so much like the romance in Caraval. Epic and effervescent. But combined with the tinge of darkness because of who our main character ultimately becomes.

Rating: 5 stars ★★★★★



Book #3: Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan

Why She Picked It: She liked the cover of it because it looked like “Tie dye.”

What It’s About: This is about a very old witch in a teenager’s body, who is sick of how dark her life has become and decides to hide away at a retreat for magical beings.

What I thought: The premise of this is so good. I loved the idea of a witch who has grown tired of the dark privilege her so-called friends have to the point where she escapes to this tree-hugging, everyone-pitches-in-and-earns-their-keep farm. 


I hated the main character. She was so immature, yet was supposed to be something like a thousand years old! Yes, she was in a teenager’s body, but she threw tantrums and was rude and acted like a 13 year old brat.

I feel like this would’ve been so much better if it was new adult and she was in her early 20s, and, yes, being reluctant in a new lifestyle is fine, but acting like a brat – I just couldn’t handle it. And it makes me so mad because I love the title of this and I really do like this author, but I couldn’t handle the main character.

Rating: No rating. I DNF’d this book.



Book #4: Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Why She Picked It: She thought the girl on the cover was beautiful and she liked the flowers. She also liked the metallic blue.

What It’s About: This is a twist on the story of Mulan.

What I thought: This book was as beautiful and badass as the cover.

I’ve always been partial to the story of Mulan, but I love how much more intricate this story was in comparison.

Our main character doesn’t magically have all sorts of powers and though she is a badass, it’s because of her quick-thinking bravery, and resilience, not any magical skill.

The writing was also one of my favorite things about this book. It was beautiful and fit so well with the story itself. I felt like I was experiencing everything our main character did, right beside her.


Rating: 5 stars ★★★★★



Book #5: Becoming Mrs. Lockwood by KI Lynn

Why She Picked It: She liked the purple spine and the guy on the cover “looked cool.”

What It’s About: A high school girl whose mom ditches her while they are on vacation in Las Vegas, so she meets this older, rich guy in her hotel lobby who takes her out to see the sights since her mom didn’t.

What I thought: How can a book simultaneously be insta-lovey and also 500 pages. I just don’t understand.

The other thing I didn’t understand was what the heck the hero saw in the heroine. He’s infatuated with her because he sees her across the room staring at her phone for a really long time and somehow she’s “not like other girls.”

On top of that, when he does talk to her, he finds out she’s 18, but still in high school, yet he pursues her anyway.

And, of course, she’s virginal and innocent, yet super inappropriately flirty for having just met an older man.

I just… I couldn’t do it. I could not do over 500 pages of this nonsense.

Rating: No rating, DNF.

ARC Review: By the Book by Amanda Sellet

Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: By the Book
Author: Amanda Sellet
Format: eARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
As a devotee of classic novels, Mary Porter-Malcolm knows all about Mistakes That Have Been Made, especially by impressionable young women. So when a girl at her new high school nearly succumbs to the wiles of a notorious cad, Mary starts compiling the Scoundrel Survival Guide, a rundown of literary types to be avoided at all costs.

Unfortunately, Mary is better at dishing out advice than taking it—and the number one bad boy on her list is terribly debonair. As her best intentions go up in flames, Mary discovers life doesn’t follow the same rules as fiction. If she wants a happy ending IRL, she’ll have to write it herself.




A personal anecdote for you that, I swear, relates to this book: I work with a lot of ivy league graduates of the scholarly nature and our main character, Mary’s parents are so painfully, triggeringly, pin-point-perfectly depictive of those types of people.

I truly wondered if I would make it through this book with all the eye-twitching I had going on any time her parents spoke.

Mary’s parents have the uncanny ability to overcomplicate when communicating and they are in need of constant validation and awe with their usage of SAT words in normal conversation.

Honestly, that goes for everyone in Mary’s family. Including our narrator. I tolerated it because her voice makes total sense given her upbringing and obsession with classic novels.

The narrator honest-to-goodness threw in the word “erstwhile.” As soon as I read that, my eye started twitching because I have a vivid experience at work in which my boss’s boss tried to come at us with an email communication to the community using that word, and we (in the marketing/communications department) immediately vetoed it.

As I hit the 50% mark, I began to find Mary charming, funny, and observant, which made for a great reading experience and I fell more and more in love with her big, quirky family. Yes, even her parents whose arms must hurt from all the self back-patting.

I grew up in a big family (3 siblings, lots of cousins) and seeing it depicted in books and movies always warms my heart – especially when done well. It’s why I tear up watching Little Women and why I adored To All the Boys I Loved Before. This was no different.

I say the following with both praise and warning:
The writing style is very nobody-talks-like-that-but-we-love-to-see-it Dawson’s Creek meets SAT prep with a lot of Gilmore Girls, but with classic literature references instead of pop culture references. There is even a glossary of literature references made at the end of the book.

You know how there is a Rory Gilmore reading challenge? I totally could see a Mary Porter-Malcom reading challenge stemming from this book.

All that being said, I think this book is very self-aware. I believe (and hope) that it is meant to be tongue-in-cheek, in which case, it is done incredibly well.

And now, I shall gush, because it’s what I do best:

I loved seeing how Mary’s world clashed with contemporary high school – how she interpreted everyday high school drama and how everyday high schoolers interpreted her.

The friend group in this was so, so refreshing. All three girls have such vivid personalities with little focus on looks, which I so appreciated. I seriously WISH I had friends like those in high school. I’m many, MANY years out of high school and I even wanted to hang out with them.

And who would I be if I didn’t talk about the romance in this book?

YA romances can be pretty predictable, but I’m going to be honest, this one wasn’t nearly as predictable as most YA novels I read. There were SO many sweet, swoony moments. The type of tiny moments that are significant simply because of the build-up.

The inclusion of Mary’s diary entries were not extra fluff. They directed the story in significant, but subtle ways. They weren’t boringly long, they were short and sweet, but packed a punch.

When I closed this book (figuratively speaking because I read the eARC for this), I felt exactly how I hope to feel every time I open one… a little giddy, a little nostalgic, and a lot satisfied.

Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars


Re-read Worthiness: Maybe

Bookshelf Placement: Yes

I love the cover!

Book Boyfriend Rating: 5 stars