The Redemption (The Club #3) by Lauren Rowe

3-stars
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Title: The Redemption
Author: Lauren Rowe
Series: The Club
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
“There’s never been a love like ours and there never will be again. We’re the greatest love story ever told. Our love is so pure and true, we’re the amazement of the gods.” – Jonas Faraday

In this heart-racing installment of THE CLUB SERIES Jonas Faraday continues his quest to overcome his demons. But is he fated for a lifetime of heartbreak and tragedy—or will he finally find his redemption?

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Review

This is the first of Lauren Rowe’s books that wasn’t a win for me. It was bound to happen at some point, right? And, you know what? That’s ok.

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Lick (Stage Dive #1) by Kylie Scott

3-stars
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Title: Lick
Author: Kylie Scott
Series: Stage Dive Book 1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this.

Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure as hell never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.

One thing is for certain, being married to rock and roll’s favourite son is sure to be a wild ride.

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Review

Anytime I read a 3-star book, I always question myself.

It makes me wonder if maybe I’m not fully paying attention or if the timing was wrong… sometimes those things play a part, I’m sure.

For this particular book, it just didn’t do it for me and I don’t think it was timing.

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Four Letter Word (Dirty Deeds #1) by J. Daniels

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Four Letter Word
Author: J. Daniels
Series: Dirty Deeds Book 1
Format: Audiobook Purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Fate. Hate. Love. Lies.

Which four letter word will change their lives forever?

Sydney Paige was never so mortified to hear the words “wrong number” in her life. She meant to tell off the guy who broke her best friend’s heart but unleashed her anger on a perfect stranger instead. And now her world is turned upside down by the captivating man who wants to keep her on the line.

Brian Savage is living a life he’s quickly come to hate-until Sydney’s wild rant has him hooked and hungry for more. Soon the sexy woman on the phone becomes the lover in his bed. But Brian has secrets, and the closer he lets Syd get, the harder it is to shield her from the devastating mistakes of his past . . .

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Review

I find that less and less I pick up books based on synopsis alone – without recommendations from Goodreads friends and fellow book bloggers, but the premise of this book definitely caught my attention. Even though I hadn’t heard any buzz about this book, when I saw it was on sale on Audible, I decided to give it a try. (It also helped that SebYo was one of the audiobook readers!)

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Clipped Wings (Clipped Wings #1) by Helena Hunting

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

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Clipped Wings (Clipped Wings #1) by Helena Hunting

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

An emotional love story that follows the touch-and-go relationship of Hayden and Tenley; two young people who desperately want to love and be loved but are afraid to completely let go of their pasts.

As Hayden and Tenley navigate their newfound but slightly unstable relationship, they want to trust each other, but Hayden is hiding a dark and shameful past that he doesn’t ever want Tenley to find out about. And Tenley has secrets of her own that could make Hayden run away forever. When Tenley asks Hayden to put a beautifully elaborate tattoo across her back, the two form what they thought was an unshakeable bond. But when Tenley’s past shows up on her doorstep, will Hayden stand by her side…or run?

Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Review

Helena Hunting is an insta-read author for me, so I dove into this book without reading anything about it or the series. All I knew was that she wrote it and it has a crossover book with my favorite series of hers, Pucked.

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Alex (Cold Fury Hockey, #1) by Sawyer Bennett

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

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Alex (Cold Fury Hockey, #1) by Sawyer Bennett

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

Hockey star Alexander Crossman has a reputation as a cold-hearted player on and off the rink. Pushed into the sport by an alcoholic father, Alex isn’t afraid to give fans the proverbial middle finger, relishing his role as the MVP they love to hate. Management, however, isn’t so amused. Now Alex has a choice: fix his public image through community service or ride the bench. But Alex refuses to be molded into the Carolina Cold Fury poster boy . . . not even by a tempting redhead with killer curves.

As a social worker, Sutton Price is accustomed to difficult people–like Alex, who’s been assigned to help her create a drug-abuse awareness program for at-risk youth as part of the team’s effort to clean up his image. What she doesn’t expect is the arrogant smirk from his perfect lips to stir her most heated fantasies. But Sutton isn’t one to cross professional boundaries–and besides, Alex doesn’t do relationships . . . or does he? The more she sees behind Alex’s bad-boy facade, the more Sutton craves the man she uncovers.”

Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Review

Alex is a d*ck. No, seriously, he really is and to be honest it was kind of obnoxious. But I’ll prob read the rest of the series ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Starry Nights by Daisy Whitney

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

 

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

3-stars

Starry Nights by Daisy Whitney

Seventeen-year-old Julien is a romantic—he loves spending his free time at the museum poring over the great works of the Impressionists. But one night, a peach falls out of a Cezanne, Degas ballerinas dance across the floor, and Julien is not hallucinating.

The art is reacting to a curse that trapped a beautiful girl, Clio, in a painting forever. Julien has a chance to free Clio and he can’t help but fall in love with her. But love is a curse in its own right. And soon paintings begin to bleed and disappear. Together Julien and Clio must save the world’s greatest art . . . at the expense of the greatest love they’ve ever known.

Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Review

Starry Nights was an interesting story, one that I never really read anything like it.

It was about paintings coming to life with magic muse dust and other events that relied heavily on fantasy. It takes place in Paris. When Julien makes a new friend Bonheur, he realizes he is not going as crazy as he thinks and he soon comes to realize that his love for art is now in a whole new perspective.

Not only does he discover that he plays a big role in the art world, but he also discovers that the paintings are alive and the painted people are coming out of their frames! One girl, in particular, comes out of her painting at night in the museum like all other paintings do.

The terrible part is that she is trapped and Julien is falling for her. And the paintings are dying.

Overall this book wasn’t one of my top favorites. I wish there was a little more to Clio and Julian’s relationship.

I think this was an interesting story that I, ultimately, enjoyed reading.

 

Butterfly Rating: 1 star

1-star
I didn’t get any butterflies.

 

Book Boyfriend Rating: 3 stars

3-stars

 

Age Recommendation: 12+

 

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Something About You (FBI/US Attorney #1) by Julie James

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

3-stars

Something About You (FBI/US Attorney #1) by Julie James

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

Of all the hotel rooms rented by all the adulterous politicians in Chicago, female Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde had to choose the one next to 1308, where some hot-and-heavy lovemaking ends with a death. And of all the FBI agents in Illinois, it had to be Special Agent Jack Pallas who gets assigned to this high-profile homicide. The same Jack Pallas who still blames Cameron for a botched crackdown three years ago—and for nearly ruining his career.
Into each other’s arms…

Work with Cameron Lynde? Are they kidding? Maybe, Jack thinks, this is some kind of welcome-back prank after his stint away from Chicago. But it’s no joke; the pair is going to have to put their rocky past behind them and focus on the case at hand. That is, if they can cut back on the razor-sharp jibes—and smother the flame of their sizzling-hot sexual tension.

Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Review

This book was the epitome of a 3 star read for me. It was decent, but I was super meh about it the entire time I read it.

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Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials by Rosalind Wiseman

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Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

3-stars

Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials by Rosalind Wiseman

Looking for a new beginning after a terrible mean girl past, Charlie Healey realizes there’s no escaping high school drama…

Charlie Healey thinks Harmony Falls is the beginning of a whole new life. Middle school was brutal. But high school is Charlie’s big chance to start over and stay out of drama, except that on her first day she runs into Will, her ex-best friend, who had moved away. Now a varsity athlete and hotter than Charlie remembered, Will hangs with the crowd running the school. But Charlie doesn’t understand their power until an innocent delivery guy falls victim to a near-deadly hazing prank.

Torn between doing what’s right and her secret feelings for Will, Charlie must decide whether to turn in her very best friend or live with the guilt of knowing what he did.

Rosalind Wiseman’s first novel for young adults is a fresh, funny, and juicy read about friendship, betrayal, and how far some will go to be accepted.

Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Review

Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials had me smiling and continuously turning the pages!

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The Juliet Club by Suzanne Harper

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Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

3-stars

The Juliet Club by Suzanne Harper

Italy . . . Shakespeare . . . but no romance?

Kate Sanderson inherited her good sense from her mother, a disciplined law professor, and her admiration for the Bard from her father, a passionate Shakespeare scholar. When she gets dumped, out of the blue, for the Practically Perfect Ashley Lawson, she vows never to fall in love again. From now on she will control her own destiny, and every decision she makes will be highly reasoned and rational. She thinks Shakespeare would have approved.

So when she is accepted to a summer Shakespeare symposium in Verona, Italy, Kate sees it as the ideal way to get over her heartbreak once and for all. She’ll lose herself in her studies, explore ancient architecture, and eat plenty of pasta and gelato. (Plus, she’ll be getting college credit for it—another goal accomplished!) But can even completely logical Kate resist the romance of living in a beautiful villa in the city where those star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet met and died for each other? Especially when the other Shakespeare Scholars—in particular Giacomo, with his tousled brown hair, expressive dark eyes, and charming ways—try hard to break her protective shell?

“In fair Verona, where we lay our scene . . . “

Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Review

The Juliet Club was an interesting story. The novel was written in 3rd person omniscient and was written in a way I was not expecting.

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Eye Candy (Real Love #1) by Jessica Lemmon

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Overall Rating: 3 Stars

3-stars

Eye Candy (Real Love #1) by Jessica Lemmon

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

Jacqueline: As an adult woman–and the vice president of a marketing firm–I shouldn’t be waiting by my office window to ogle the mystery man who jogs by every morning at 11:45. Sure, he’s a gorgeous, perfect specimen of the human race, but I can’t bring myself to hit on a total stranger. However, my best friend-slash-colleague Vince Carson thinks I should do more than talk to the guy. In fact, he’s borderline obsessive about “getting me laid.” (His words.) But the more time we spend together, the more it’s clear: The one I’m falling for is Vince.

Vince: Jackie Butler’s got it bad for some pompous, over-pumped A-hole who struts his stuff past her window. That doesn’t bother me. I know she deserves nice things. What does bother me is that she friend-zoned me big-time last year, so I can’t ask her out myself. But what if I set her up with Mr. Steroids? Then, when he breaks her heart, I can swoop in and save her like the nice guy I am. Everything’s going according to plan . . . until we share a ridiculously epic kiss. And suddenly anything is possible.

Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Review

This was a cute, if predictable/formulaic, friends-to-lovers book that I enjoyed, but didn’t particularly love.

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