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

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Damaged Like Us
Author: Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
Series: Like Us #1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible
Synopsis:
Don’t date your bodyguard.
It was the one rule he had to break.

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

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

He is certified American royalty.

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

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

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

The Like Us series is a true series, one continuous timeline, that follows a family of wealthy celebrities and the people that protect them. Damaged Like Us can be read and enjoyed without reading any of Krista & Becca’s other novels.

 

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Review

This book was a solid 4 star read for me.

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Autoboyography by Christina Lauren *Favorite Read*

5-stars
Overall Rating:5 Stars
Title: Autoboyography
Author: Christina Lauren
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Three years ago, Tanner Scott’s family relocated from California to Utah, a move that nudged the bisexual teen temporarily back into the closet. Now, with one semester of high school to go, and no obstacles between him and out-of-state college freedom, Tanner plans to coast through his remaining classes and clear out of Utah.

But when his best friend Autumn dares him to take Provo High’s prestigious Seminar—where honor roll students diligently toil to draft a book in a semester—Tanner can’t resist going against his better judgment and having a go, if only to prove to Autumn how silly the whole thing is. Writing a book in four months sounds simple. Four months is an eternity.

It turns out, Tanner is only partly right: four months is a long time. After all, it takes only one second for him to notice Sebastian Brother, the Mormon prodigy who sold his own Seminar novel the year before and who now mentors the class. And it takes less than a month for Tanner to fall completely in love with him.

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Review

Christina and Lauren knocked it out of the park with this one. Out. Of. The. Park.

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Us (Him #2) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Us
Author: Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Series: Him
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Five months in, NHL forward Ryan Wesley is having a record-breaking rookie season. He’s living his dream of playing pro hockey and coming home every night to the man he loves—Jamie Canning, his longtime best friend turned boyfriend. There’s just one problem: the most important relationship of his life is one he needs to keep hidden, or else face a media storm that will eclipse his success on the ice.

Jamie loves Wes. He really, truly does. But hiding sucks. It’s not the life Jamie envisioned for himself, and the strain of keeping their secret is taking its toll. It doesn’t help that his new job isn’t going as smoothly as he’d hoped, but he knows he can power through it as long as he has Wes. At least apartment 10B is their retreat, where they can always be themselves.

Or can they?

When Wes’s nosiest teammate moves in upstairs, the threads of their carefully woven lie begin to unravel. With the outside world determined to take its best shot at them, can Wes and Jamie develop major-league relationship skills on the fly?

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Review

It was so nice being back in Wes and Jamie’s world again

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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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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli / Love, Simon Movie/Book Review

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

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Review

I had the opportunity to screen this movie before it officially came out… and I am so grateful that I did!

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars
5-stars

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

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Goodreads synopsis:

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Review

Oh, Rainbow, you’ve done it again. You’ve made me fall in love with your characters, your writing style, and your story-telling. I could easily see myself falling into a vicious cycle between this book and Fangirl — reading and re-reading each one over and over again.

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

book review

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

5-stars

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

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The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

Goodreads synopsis:

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

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

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

Review

And, so, it appears I have a new book to add to my favorites list and it has everything to do with my obsessive love with the main character, Monty. While I enjoyed the story, it is Monty’s character and his charming, hilarious cluelessness that made me fall in love with the story. Pair that with the strong supporting characters and this book makes it to my Top 5 list!

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Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

book review

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

5-stars

HIM by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

[Audiobook purchased from Audible]

Him

Goodreads synopsis:

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

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

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

Full book details here.

Review

Him was either the best choice for my first m/m romance or it was the worst. It was so freaking good that it either has ruined all the rest that I will read after it, or it has set the tone for the rest. I guess only time will tell.

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