Pucked (Pucked #1) by Helena Hunting

book review

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

5-stars

Pucked (Pucked #1) by Helena Hunting

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

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Goodreads synopsis:

With a famous NHL player for a step-brother, Violet Hall is well acquainted with the playboy reputation many hockey stars come with. She’s smart enough to steer clear of those hot, well-built boys with unparalleled stamina. That is until she meets the legendary team captain—Alex Waters.

Violet isn’t interested in his pretty, beat-up face, or his rock-hard six-pack abs. But when Alex inadvertently obliterates Violet’s previous misapprehension regarding the inferior intellect of hockey players, he becomes more than just a hot body with a face to match.

In what can only be considered a complete lapse in judgment, Violet finds out just how good Alex is with the hockey stick in his pants. But what starts out as a one-night stand, quickly turns into something more. Post-night of orgasmic magic, Alex starts to call, and text, and e-mail and send extravagant—and quirky—gifts, making him difficult to ignore, and even more difficult not to like.

The problem is, the media portrays Alex as a total player, and Violet doesn’t want to be part of the game.

 

Review

I was not expecting to love this novel as much as I do. That’s right. LOVE, not like or enjoy or be entertained by. Pucked had so many of the elements I adore in a good book: great characters, laugh out loud moments, cringey moments, and tons of butterflies.

I adored Violet’s quirks and how straight up weird she could be. Her character was over the top, but believable. And I’ve never read a character quite like Alex before. He managed to be dorky and charismatic, a badass and a softy all at once and effortlessly. Both characters were unique, but believable, something that is not always easily pulled off.

The storyline wasn’t anything particularly unique or anything, however, given the characters, it didn’t even matter. I seriously laughed out loud during several scenes and swooned during several more.

I’m so excited about my discovery of this series and this author!

 

Audiobook Performance: 4 Stars

4-stars
This was a dual narration.

I don’t think I’ve ever heard Muffy Newtown narrate before, but she’s absolutely fantastic. She was able to capture Violet’s quirks wonderfully.

As for Nathan Everett, while I didn’t have any issue with his performance, his Canadian accent was a little much for me. I get that Alex is Canadian, but it was almost distracting sometimes.

PS – this and the next three books in this series are free with the audible romance package!

 

Butterfly Rating: 5 Stars

5-stars
So many butterflies! There are several parts in this book that took my breath away with the amount of butterflies I had swarming around in my belly, and that typically isn’t the case when it comes to hilarious books.

 

Re-read Worthiness: Yes

Yes! In fact, I’ve already re-read parts of it lol!

 

Bookshelf Placement: Yes

I definitely need these books for my bookshelf display!

 

New Book Boyfriend: Yes

Alex is absolutely adorkable yet a total jock. I love everything about him.

 


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Playing the Player by Lisa Brown Roberts

book review

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

5-stars

Playing the Player by Lisa Brown Roberts

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Goodreads Synopsis

Trina Clemons needed the money. Why else would she – the most organized, prepared student in school – spend the summer as a nanny and partner with the biggest slacker ever? Now she’s ready to tackle nannyhood with her big binder of research and schedules. Just don’t ask her about the secret job of “fixing” the bad habits of a certain high school player…

Slade Edmunds prefers easy hook-ups, and Trina is definitely not his type. She’s all structure and rules, while Slade wants to just have fun. Fortunately, Trina has no idea about the bet Slade made with his best friend that he can totally get her to unwind by the end of summer…

Then the weirdest thing happens. There’s chemistry. A lot of it.
But nothing gets between a boy and a girl like a big, fat secret…

 

Review

Right away, when I saw the title of this book, I knew it was going to be amazing! I loved Playing the Player so much.

This book gave me everything from a lighthearted story to a romance full of butterflies. It was the kind of book that wouldn’t make sense to have a book two, even though you really want one. I read this book so fast to see what happens next, but I never wanted it to end.

When Trina, the organized good girl, needs money, she takes a deal on babysitting and mentoring her partner, Slade, the careless playboy, who she can’t stand, and try to teach him not to be so careless. Things start out a little rocky to say the least, but soon after, Trina starts to realize that Slade might be a better nanny then her and things heat up between them.

One thing that I really like is the boy and girl points-of-view. In the back of my mind I think, “Wow, that must be so hard to write in a guys point of view as a girl, and vise versa.”

One thing that I needed in this book is more of Trina and Slade as a couple! Slade was such a player until Trina and him were together.

Ultimately, I really did love this book and is the kind of book that you could read over!

 

Book Boyfriend Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars
Slade, despite his sense of fashion and the shoe lace he uses to tie his hair back, he still gets me. No one is immune to his charming spell, not me or Trina!

 

Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars
I think if I had a little more to Slade and Trina’s relationship it would be a 5/5. But the butterflies this book gave me, I couldn’t sit still. I was so eager to find out what happened next and when I was done with be book, I re-read my favorite parts! You know a book is good when you read parts over again that gave you butterflies before, and then after reading it again giving you the same butterfly sensation! And this book did just that!

 

Kayla’s Age Recommendation: 13+


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Priest by Sierra Simone

book review

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

5-stars

Priest by Sierra Simone

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]
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Goodreads synopsis:

There are many rules a priest can’t break.
A priest cannot marry. A priest cannot abandon his flock. A priest cannot forsake his God.

I’ve always been good at following rules.
Until she came.
My name is Tyler Anselm Bell. I’m twenty-nine years old. Six months ago, I broke my vow of celibacy on the altar of my own church, and God help me, I would do it again.
I am a priest and this is my confession.

Full book details here.

 

Review

This book could have gone so wrong in so many ways, but instead it was so right and I have no idea how the author pulled it off. Scenes that could’ve been seriously eye-roll worthy had me swooning instead. Quotes that should’ve had me shaking my head in disgust instead had my jaw dropping in awe. And that has everything to do with Sierra Simone and her incredible writing, character building, and storytelling.

Before reading the book, I expected either a really raunchy, out-of-control book with gratuitous steamy scenes or something really cheesy. What I hoped was that the book would be a slow burning story about forbidden love. What I ended up with was something in between. This book somehow managed to be a slow-burn, yet insta-attraction all in one. It left you longing for more, yet satisfied.

Along with marveling at the author’s writing style, I am almost more impressed with her knowledge and detail about Catholicism… and her ability to use terminology and practices in a very… er… creative way.

I highly recommend this book… to those who aren’t immediately offended by a romance about a priest. Because if just the thought of this book offends you, the content will certainly push you over the edge.

 

Audiobook Performance: 5 Stars

5-stars
Can I give a bajillion stars? Because dear lord Jacob Morgan, your voice is magic. I don’t just highly recommend that readers listen to this audiobook, I almost insist on it simply because I feel like the sound of Jacob’s voice was just as thrilling as the content.

 

Butterfly Rating: 5 Stars

5-stars
All the butterflies. All of them. I don’t know how the butterflies could float through all the steam, but they managed.

 

Re-read Worthiness: Heck yes

Actually, I’ve already re-listened to some of my favorite parts.

 

Bookshelf Placement: Yes

Absolutely. It’ll definitely be a conversation starter, that’s for sure. Especially with the subtitle “Priest: A Love Story”

 

New Book Boyfriend: Yes

Hot Priest, please be my book boyfriend!

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The Room Mate (Roommates #1) by Kendall Ryan

book review

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

3-stars

The Room Mate (Roommates #1) by Kendall Ryan

[Audiobook purchased from Audible]

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Goodreads synopsis:

The last time I saw my best friend’s younger brother, he was a geek wearing braces. But when Cannon shows up to crash in my spare room, I get a swift reality check.

Now twenty-four, he’s broad shouldered and masculine, and so sinfully sexy, I want to climb him like the jungle gyms we used to enjoy. At six-foot-something with lean muscles hiding under his T-shirt, a deep sexy voice, and full lips that pull into a smirk when he studies me, he’s pure temptation.

Fresh out of a messy breakup, he doesn’t want any entanglements. But I can resist, right?

I’m holding strong until the third night of our new arrangement when we get drunk and he confesses his biggest secret of all: he’s cursed when it comes to sex. Apparently he’s a god in bed, and women instantly fall in love with him.

I’m calling bullshit. In fact, I’m going to prove him wrong, and if I rack up a few much-needed orgasms in the process, all the better.

There’s no way I’m going to fall in love with Cannon. But once we start… I realize betting against him may have been the biggest mistake of my life.

Review

I had pretty high hopes for this novel, and maybe that was its downfall. Or maybe it is because I’m kind of over the douchey guy with few redeeming qualities save for his good looks and abilities in bed.

Given that this book received 3 stars from me and not 1 or 2 proves that I didn’t hate it. I certainly understand why people like it, but these days, especially in the midst of a book slump, I’ve been waiting to stumble across books that make the butterflies go crazy and this one just didn’t do it for me.

I’ve always said that how I feel about a book has a lot to do with my moods, but I also feel like if a book is great, it’ll capture my attention no matter what.

I think the fact that I went ahead and reread the entire A Court of Thorns and Roses series in the middle of reading this book says a lot.

As for the characters, our heroine Paige, was pretty bland. Our hero, Cannon (I love that name!), was cocky and good in bed – that’s actually all I gleaned from his personality. It was such an eyeroll for me. Particularly when his biggest “issue” was that girls just loved sleeping with him so much that they fell in love with him. Sigh.

In an effort to not just be complaining during this review, I will say that the writing was decent, the roommate trope is a cute idea, and that I’m positive this book will appeal to those that really like the cocky-jerk-who-falls-in-love thing.

I guess I like my cocky guys with a little less jerk and more beneath the surface. *cough* Rhysand *cough*

Audiobook Performance: 4 Stars

4-stars
This book switched POVs, so we had two narrators for this audiobook. I really liked the girl, and in a rare turn of events, I liked her a bit more than the guy! His voice, while very nice with great acting, was a little too dorky (not in a bad way!) for the character.

Butterfly Rating: 1 Star

1-star
Hence why I needed to incorporate some Rhysand into my life while reading this book.

Re-read Worthiness: Nope

Bookshelf Placement: No

New Book Boyfriend: No


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Just One Wish by Janette Rallison

book review

Review by Kayla In Love & Words Teen Reader

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars

Just One Wish by Janette Rallison

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Goodreads Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Annika Truman knows about the power of positive thinking. With a little brother who has cancer, it’s all she ever hears about. And in order to help Jeremy, she will go to the ends of the earth (or at least as far as Hollywood) to help him believe he can survive his upcoming surgery.

But Annika’s plan to convince Jeremy that a magic genie will grant him any wish throws her a curveball when he unexpectedly wishes that his television idol would visit him. Annika suddenly finds herself in the desperate predicament of getting access to a hunky star actor and convincing him to come home with her. Piece of cake, right?

Janette Rallison’s proven talent for laugh-out-loud humor, teen romance, and deep-hearted storytelling shines in a novel that will have readers laughing and crying at the same time.

I always enjoy books with normal people falling in love with celebrities.

It didn’t take me long to finish Just One Wish by Janette Rallison. I started the book at night and then finished it the next afternoon. It made me tear up a little and I appreciate books that inspire emotion.

17-year-old Annika, the main character, has a 6-year-old brother, Jeremy, who has cancer. She believes in positive thinking, so she makes him believe there was a genie who gave her three wishes and she has two left that she saved for him.

She thinks he will wish for the Robin Hood toy he has been wanting from his favorite TV show but instead wishes for the real person. Determined, Annika travels four hours from Nevada to California to try to talk to Steve Raleigh, the actor who plays Robin Hood.

Soon after, she finds herself falling in love with him. After she makes a bet with Steve, she makes a trip back to Nevada, but things don’t work out the way Annika thought they would.

I really liked this book, but I wanted a little more to the story especially more to Steve and Annika.

Kayla’s Age Recommendation: 12+

This is a clean novel.

Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars

New Book Boyfriend: 4 Stars

4-stars
He did things that were so nice and made me really like him.


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The Air He Breathes (Elements #1) by Brittainy C. Cherry

book review

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

3-stars

The Air He Breathes (Elements #1) by Brittainy C. Cherry

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

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Goodreads synopsis:

I was warned about Tristan Cole. “Stay away from him,” people said. “He’s cruel.” “He’s cold.” “He’s damaged.”

It’s easy to judge a man because of his past. To look at Tristan and see a monster. But I couldn’t do that. I had to accept the wreckage that lived inside of him, because it also lived inside of me.

We were both empty. We were both looking for something else. Something more. We both wanted to put together the shattered pieces of our yesterdays. Then perhaps we could finally remember how to breathe.

Review

I didn’t love this book and it could very well be completely my fault. I blame Franggy Yanez, the cover model. You see, I met him at Apollycon 2017 a few months ago and when I looked up the covers he was on, this one popped up and I added it to my TBR. Then, when I saw that the audiobook was on sale, I bought it immediately without ever really reading the synopsis.

You see, without knowing that this is, I guess, romantic suspense, all the epic drama that unfolded toward the end didn’t so much as surprise me with delight as it did make me pause with a WTF look of epic proportions on my face. I found myself wondering, “Where the heck did this come from?”

The book was well written, that is likely its saving grace for me. The story was a little too, I don’t know, convenient in how things happened. Not sure if that is the right word, but my husband is watching Star Wars as I’m trying to write this review and I keep typing Darth Vader and having to delete it.

Anyway, I didn’t find either of the main characters particularly likable, there were several plot holes that I couldn’t get past, and the story made me roll my eyes a few times.

However, again, the writing was redeemable. In fact, I’d love to read a straight-up romance (without unnecessary drama) by this author for that reason.

Audiobook Performance: 4 Stars

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Funny thing, but I don’t usually like books that are first person narratives that switch perspectives back and forth, however, I like audiobooks that have male and female voice actors for both parts. Do you see my issue here?

Anyway, both performers did a pretty darn good job.

Butterfly Rating: 0 Stars

0-stars
There weren’t really any swoon-worthy points for me in this book.

Re-read Worthiness: No

Hard pass.

Bookshelf Placement: Maybe

If I found this at a used bookstore for less than a dollar I’d buy it because, well, Franggy.
Franggy Yanez

New Book Boyfriend: No

I really, really didn’t like Tristan and he never really redeemed himself for me.

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We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han

book review

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

5-stars

We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han

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Goodreads synopsis

It’s been two years since Conrad told Belly to go with Jeremiah. She and Jeremiah have been inseparable ever since, even attending the same college– only, their relationship hasn’t exactly been the happily ever after Belly had hoped it would be. And when Jeremiah makes the worst mistake a boy can make, Belly is forced to question what she thought was true love. Does she really have a future with Jeremiah? Has she ever gotten over Conrad? It’s time for Belly to decide, once and for all, who has her heart forever.

Review

We’ll Always Have Summer is the last book in the Summer series. And it kept me guessing until the very end! Since this is a love triangle between Belly, Jeremiah, and Conrad, every time I thought it would be Conrad, I would think it was Jeremiah, and then when I thought it would be Jeremiah, I would think it was Conrad!

I like books like this because it’s not predictable and boring. But once I got to the very end, it finally made sense and I should have seen it coming, but for some reason I didn’t. I’m not going to mention who Belly ends up with because I want you to have the same surprise as I did! I’m going to keep the review on what happens in the book fairly vague because this book has some surprises.

The book starts out when Belly and Jeremiah have been dating for 2 years. But later on, Belly finds out the horrifying truth that could break up Jeremiah and Belly. But when Jeremiah makes an unpredictable move, everything changes. Just when Belly thought Jeremiah was the one and only, Conrad makes Belly doubt herself.

The greatest part of this book is that both Conrad and Jeremiah love Belly so, so much. This book was very enjoyable and never got old.

Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars

Book Boyfriend Ratings:

3 stars for Conrad and 2 stars for Jeremiah
Although they both did some things that made me like them, they also both did things that I didn’t, but Conrad I found was a little more likable then Jeremiah. But I don’t think either of them would be one of my book boyfriends just because of their actions.

Age Recommendations: 13+

Barnes and Noble said ages 12-17 and another site said 14+. I would agree more the 14+ instead of Barnes and Noble’s age recommendation because I think 12 years is a little bit too young, but I also think 14+ is a little too old for the minimum so I would recommend ages 13+ read this.

This is the last book in the Summer series and it is very crucial you read the books in order:

  1. The Summer I Turned Pretty
  2. It’s Not Summer Without You
  3. We’ll Always Have Summer

Nico (Ruin & Revenge #1) by Sarah Castille

book review

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars

Nico (Ruin & Revenge #1) by Sarah Castille

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

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Goodreads synopsis:

Las Vegas Mafia boss, Nico Toscani, is used to getting what he wants, whether it is having the City of Sin under his rule or a beautiful woman in his bed. But when he meets his match in the gorgeous, headstrong Mia Cordano, the daughter of a rival crime lord, all bets are off. . .

Sexy computer hacker, Mia, struggles to break free of her ruthless father’s Mafia ties…but she can’t resist the powerful and seductive Nico, who will stop at nothing to possess her. With their families locked in a brutal war for control of the city, Mia and Nico enter into a forbidden game. Will they surrender to the passion that burns between them—and risk tearing apart their families? Or will Nico be forced to betray the only woman who sets his blood on fire?

 

Review

If I gave half-stars, this would be one. This was very close to being a 5 star read, but it did include a few of my least favorite romance novel cliches. It also included one of my current favorite romance novel tropes (couples who are forced into a relationship in some way and end up falling in love) almost canceled out what I didn’t like about the book.

Nico was my first mafia romance and it did not disappoint.

I’ve been kind of “over” the whole alpha male thing lately and while Nico was definitely an alpha male, he was still very respectful of Mia… and his reason for being an alpha male makes a lot more sense because he’s, well, a Mafia boss. I mean, you don’t have a better excuse than that. He wasn’t an alpha just because he was rich or a CEO, he’s a freakin’ Mafia boss. It’s life or death if he shows weakness.

The author did a great job balancing both characters really well: a strong, feminist female and a badass alpha male.

I loved that the fact that Nico had a conscience and a heart despite his lifestyle didn’t take away from his ultimate character. He didn’t suddenly become a whiny, lovesick boy drooling all over the woman he falls in love with, which was nice. He was stubborn and strong, but he was also in love and extremely respectful toward Mia. I appreciated that.

As for that one subtracted star…

The steamy scenes included so many of my least favorite words and phrases, but mostly, what almost ruined the whole thing for me was the opening scene. Nico and Mia wasn’t quite instalove, but it was definitely insta-attraction, which normally isn’t too bad, but I guess I’m just over romance novels that harp on how hot and perfect and sexy the characters are.

I will say I am amazed with how many ways authors figure out how to describe how attractive a human being can be. (insert subtle eyeroll).

The book easily redeemed itself and those are just personal preferences and definitely have more to do where my mindset is lately, not necessarily with the quality of the book.

 

Audiobook Performance: 5 Stars

5-stars
FIVE MILLION STARS. Aiden Snow’s deep, rumbling voice and incredible voice acting skills were beyond perfect for this book. Yummmmmm.

 

Butterfly Rating: 3 Stars

3-stars
Not a ton of butterflies in this one.

 

Re-read Worthiness: Maybe

If it takes me awhile to get to the other books in this series, I may reread this one to refresh my memory. And I may even like it more the second time.

 

Bookshelf Placement: Maybe

I definitely want to read the rest of the series, and if I really love the rest of the books, I’ll need the whole series on display!

 

New Book Boyfriend: Yes

I’m all for somewhat broody alpha males that are badass and still fully respect women!

 


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The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

book review

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

5-stars

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han (Summer Book 1)

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Goodreads synopsis:

Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer–they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

 

Review

This book made me laugh, smile, and cry! It’s one of those books that is just so good and filled with emotion that you can’t put it down. Let’s just say, I LOVED this book!

Belly, a forever childhood nickname for Isabella, is 15 when the book begins. She is a girl who just wants to be noticed. Belly claims that she measures her life in summer because that’s the best time of the year.

She goes to Cousins Beach every single summer with her mom and older brother Steven. Once they finally arrive at Susannah’s beach house, Belly’s mother’s best friend since they were children.

Belly has become such good friends with Jeremiah, and has had a crush on Conrad, Jeremiah’s brother, both of whom are Susannah’s sons. But every single summer, Belly is left out and unnoticed. When Steven, Jeremiah, and Conrad all hang out, Belly stays behind, uninvited. When Belly is noticed, she usually is made fun of being a “baby” since she is younger than all of them.

This particular summer is different. Belly is miraculously perceived. Both boys look at her in a way the never did before. But things get complicated with relationships and when Belly finds out a tragic truth.

I really enjoyed this book and appreciated the emotion. It could make you cry, but the whole story didn’t revolve around sadness, it balanced perfectly between good and bad that made my heart beat faster because of the intensity that made it even more amazing! And not only did it give me emotion, it gave me some butterflies too!

 

Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars

 

Book Boyfriend Rating

This was very hard for me because there is not 1, not 2, but 3 boys in this book! But, not all of them were her boyfriend, I just had to include them all in here but each for a different reason. For Jeremiah, I would give him a ⅗, he wasn’t the the best even though some things he did were cute, but he just wasn’t my favorite. For Conrad I’d give him a ⅖, in this first book he did things that are in my definitely not list! And as for Cam I’d give him a ⅗ because although he was nice, he didn’t appeal to me as much as I would have liked for a book boyfriend.

 

Kayla’s Age Recommendation: 13+

 

There are a total of 3 books in this series:

  1. The summer I turned pretty
  2. It’s not summer without you
  3. We’ll always have summer

 


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Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin by Mariana Zapata

book review

Overall Rating: 4 Stars
4-stars

Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin by Mariana Zapata

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]
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Goodreads synopsis:

Twenty-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.

Review

This is the first Mariana Zapata book that wasn’t 5 stars for me, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it. I certainly did. I think the reason why I ultimately took away one star was because I just wasn’t as invested in the main characters as I’d been in her other books.

I found a few of the things that Gaby did pretty immature and nonsensical for a 26-year-old. Particularly when it came to her ex-boyfriend. I also wanted more swoony moments with Sacha singing, but that could just be because I am a sucker for musicians. 🙂

Otherwise, I still really enjoyed this book and didn’t find that I was overly annoyed with any of the characters (just rolled my eyes a bit at Gaby a few times), I loved her relationship with her brother and his bandmates, and it was a fairly interesting story, if somewhat unoriginal.

Mariana is great about writing fun, down-to-earth friendships and relationships and this story was no different. If you love Mariana Zapata books, you’ll likely like this one as well. Definitely worth a read!

Audiobook Performance: 3 Stars

3-stars
The audiobook reader wasn’t bad, however, I couldn’t stand the male voices she did.

Butterfly Rating: 2 Stars

2-stars
Like I mentioned, I didn’t connect with the characters as much in this novel, therefore, I’m sorry to say, the relationship fell a little flat for me.

Re-read Worthiness: No

I likely won’t reread this one.

Bookshelf Placement: Yes

I plan on having a copy of every MZ book on my shelf!

New Book Boyfriend: No

Sorry Sacha!

 


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