Gentleman Nine by Penelope Ward

3-stars
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Title: Gentleman Nine
Author: Penelope Ward
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Growing up, the three of us were friends.
He was the nerd.
I was the playboy.
She was the beauty.

Deep down, I only ever wanted her. I kept it inside because Rory and I made a pact that our friend, Amber, was off-limits.

He lied.

I went off to college, and he got the girl.
Amber never knew how I felt.
They were together for years—before he broke her heart.

Through it all and across the miles, she and I casually stayed in touch.
When my job sent me to Boston for a three-month contract position, Amber let me stay in her spare room.

Still reeling from her breakup, she’d sworn off men.
One night, I opened her computer to find the shock of my life. She’d hesitantly contacted a male escort company. Afraid to date and get her heart broken again, she was looking for sex with no strings.
Every emotion imaginable ran through me: protectiveness, jealousy—curiosity.
Amber had chosen Gentleman Number Nine and sent him a message.
She opened up to him, confessing, among other things, her physical attraction to her friend—me. But she considered me off-limits—and she thought I was a manwhore. (Ironic, considering the circumstances.)

Eventually, she set up a date to meet Gentleman Nine at a hotel.
When she showed up several nights later to meet him, she was stunned to see me standing there—with an offer I hoped she wouldn’t refuse.

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Review

I loved the premise of this story, it had so much potential, and it started off great… it just didn’t quite live up to what I was hoping it would be. And I’m not entirely sure why.

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{Review by Kayla} Keepers by Kenechi Udogu

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Keepers
Author: Kenechi Udogu
Series: The Mentalist Series
Format: eBook Received from Author in Exchange for an Honest Review

Synopsis:
The dust appears to have settled after the brief descent of the Progressive Empaths on Sandes. But, if there is any truth to Anthony’s story, Gemma and her friends know they might soon have to face the mysterious Keepers. Myth or real threat, one thing is certain; running is no longer an option, for any of them. Can Gemma protect the ones she loves without forming an unlikely alliance?

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Review

The moment I found out that this was told in Gemma and Russ’s point of view I got so excited!

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King of Code by CD Reiss *New Favorite Author Alert*

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: King of Code
Author: CD Reiss
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Taylor Harden is a tech hero on the edge of fame and untold wealth, until a hacker freezes his company and holds it hostage.

Harper doesn’t want much from Taylor.

All he has to do to get his company back is teach her how to please a man. Step by step, and for every step she’ll unlock a piece of his system.

Kissing unlocks a partition.

Touching unlocks another.

Using your mouth to…

How far is this crazy woman going to go?

They hate each other. They can’t keep away from each other. They’re decoding each other with every step, until all Harper’s secrets are revealed, and Taylor risks losing his heart as well as his company.

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Review

Why have I waited so long to read a book by CD Reiss… Particularly this book?

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A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: A Court of Frost and Starlight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Hope warms the coldest night.

Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve.

Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

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Review

Note: This review the wrought with A Court of Thorns and Roses/Mist and Fury/Wings and Ruin spoilers, so if you haven’t read any of those books yet, skip this review.

If you haven’t read this book, however, no worries.

I keep wanting more Rhys and Feyre and the thought that this is the last book from their POVs is heartbreaking, but understandable.

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I Flipping Love You (Shacking Up #3) by Helena Hunting

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: I Flipping Love You
Author: Helena Hunting
Series: Shacking Up #3
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
SHE’S GOT CURB APPEAL

Rian Sutter grew up with the finer things in life. Spending summers in The Hamptons was a normal occurrence for her until her parents lost everything years ago. Now Rian and her sister are getting their life, and finances, back on track through real estate. Not only do they buy and sell houses to the rich and famous, but they finally have the capital to flip their very own beachfront property. But when she inadvertently catches the attention of a sexy stranger who snaps up every house from under her, all bets are off…

HE’S A FIXER UPPER

Pierce Whitfield doesn’t normally demo kitchens, install dry wall, or tear apart a beautiful woman’s dreams. He’s just a down-on-his-luck lawyer who needed a break from the city and agreed to help his brother work on a few homes in the Hamptons. When he first meets Rian, the attraction is undeniable. But when they start competing for the same pieces of prime real estate, the early sparks turn into full-blown fireworks. Can these passionate rivals turn up the heat on their budding romance — without burning down the house?

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Review

Despite being a huge Helena Hunting fan, I wasn’t too excited about this novel. I’m not sure why. I mean, I’m a huge fan of HGTV and romance, so you’d think the combo would be perfect for me, but it seemed… I don’t know… cheesy I guess. Likely because of the title.

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Recovered by Jay Crownover

4-stars
Overall Rating: # Stars
Title: Recovered
Author: Jay Crownover
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
It was hate at first sight…

Affton

I hated Cable James McCaffrey.

He was entitled, spoiled, a user…and an addict.

He was out of control and didn’t bother trying to hide it.

He had everything anyone could want but still seemed miserable and lost.

Every move he made, every mistake he stumbled his way through, rubbed me the wrong way. However, I couldn’t stop myself from trying to save him from himself when no one else would. In the sweltering heat of the summer, Cable taught me that having it all means nothing if you can’t have the one thing you want more than anything else.

Cable

I was obsessed with Affton Reed.

She was rigid, uptight, and no fun. There was something about her innate goodness that called to me.

She acted like she was above all the normal faults and failures that clung to the rest of us like the scent of smoke after a fire.

I was infatuated with her, but that didn’t stop me from acting like she didn’t exist.

In the scorching heat of summer, Affton taught me that there is always a way back from the brink of despair. She showed me that the trick to having it all was realizing that it was already there, in my hands. All I had to do was hold onto it.

The road to recovery is full of twists and turns no matter who is in the driver’s seat.

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Review

This was a classic case of, “Almost, but not quite,” for me.

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Geekerella (Starfield #1) by Ashley Poston

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Geekerella
Author: Ashley Poston
Series: Starfield #1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible
Synopsis:
Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck and her dad’s old costume, Elle’s determined to win – unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons – before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he has ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake – until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Part-romance, part-love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

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Review

As someone who is married to a Mega Geek (and who is somewhat of a geek herself) I totally appreciated all the references to the different fandoms that Geekerella slipped in. Particularly the use of the work, “Frack.”

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American Prince by Sierra Simone

3-stars
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Title: American Prince
Author: Sierra Simone
Series: New Camelot Series
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
I’ve been many things.

I’ve been a son and a stepbrother. An Army captain and a Vice President.

But only with Him am I a prince. His little prince.

Only with Maxen and Greer does my world make sense, only between them can I find peace from the demons that haunt me. But men like me aren’t made to be happy. We don’t deserve it. And I should have known a love as sharp as ours could cut both ways.

My name is Embry Moore and I serve at the pleasure of the President of the United States…for now.

This is the story of an American Prince.

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Review

WHY DIDN’T I LOVE THIS?

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{Review by Kayla} Matched by Ally Condie

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Matched
Author: Ally Condie
Series: Matched #1

Synopsis:
In the Society, officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.

Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one…until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow—between perfection and passion.

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Review

For a while now, I’ve been looking forward to reading this book. Although at first, it was a little confusing, I finally understood what was happening and it was so intense I couldn’t stop reading!

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Neanderthal Marries Human (Knitting in the City #1.5) by Penny Reid

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Neanderthal Marries Human
Author: Penny Reid
Series: Knitting in the City #1.5
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
There are three things you should know about Quinn Sullivan: 1) He is madly in love with Janie Morris, 2) He’s not above playing dirty to get what (or who) he wants, and 3) He doesn’t know how to knit.

After just five months of dating Janie, Quinn—former Wendell and unapologetic autocrat—is ready to propose marriage. In fact, he’s more than ready. If it were up to Quinn, he would efficiently propose, marry, and beget Janie with child all in the same day—thereby avoiding the drama and angst that accompanies the four stages of pre-matrimony: engagement, meeting the parents, bachelor/bachelorette party, and overblown, superfluous wedding day traditions. But Janie, much to Quinn’s dismay, tosses a wrench in his efficacious endeavors and challenges him to prove his devotion by going through the matrimonial motions, no matter how minute and mundane.

Will Quinn last until the wedding day? Or will he yield to his tyrant impulses?

Regardless, one thing is for certain, Quinn Sullivan will have to learn to expect the Spanish Inquisition (i.e. the unexpected) if he plans to have and keep Janie Morris as his wife.

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Review

This is a series that I constantly ask myself why it is taking me so long to read. I’ve read 3 books from this series and really enjoyed every one of them, but I’ve also waited months between each book.

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