The Juliet Spell by Douglas Rees {Review by Kayla}

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

3-stars
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Title: The Juliet Spell
Author: Douglas Rees

Synopsis:
I wanted the role of Juliet more than anything. I studied hard. I gave a great reading for it—even with Bobby checking me out the whole time. I deserved the part.

I didn’t get it. So I decided to level the playing field, though I actually might have leveled the whole play. You see, since there aren’t any Success in Getting to Be Juliet in Your High School Play spells, I thought I’d cast the next best—a Fame spell. Good idea, right?

Yeah. Instead of bringing me a little fame, it brought me someone a little famous. Shakespeare. Well, Edmund Shakespeare. William’s younger brother.

Good thing he’s sweet and enthusiastic about helping me with the play…and—ahem—maybe a little bit hot. But he’s from the past. Way past. Cars amaze him—cars! And cell phones? Ugh.

Still, there’s something about him that’s making my eyes go star-crossed…

GOODREADS

'

Review

I’m not swooning over this book but it was an easy read.

Read More

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.

GOODREADS

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.

Read More

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.

GOODREADS

Review

WHY DIDN’T I LOVE THIS?

Read More

Colossal – How big is too big? by Lexie Renard

3-stars
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Title: Colossal – How big is too big?
Author: Lexie Renard
Format: eBook Given in Exchange for an Honest Review by the Author

Synopsis:
Ashley has had bad luck in the dating world, as she is only aroused by men who are extremely well endowed. Zach is a shy guy who is afraid to scare or hurt women with his massive appendage. Through the help of a sassy drag queen and some random luck, this sweet couple might have a chance together, if they could stop being so timid and get things out in the open.

Will they ever get together and consummate their attraction? And is it even physically possible?
Come on, this is a romance story. There will be hot sex and a happy ending at some point.

GOODREADS

Review

Rating this book was really difficult for me.

Read More

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?

GOODREADS

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.

Read More

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.

GOODREADS

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.

Read More

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 . . .

GOODREADS

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!)

Read More

Clipped Wings (Clipped Wings #1) by Helena Hunting

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

3-stars

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.

Read More

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

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

3-stars

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)_/¯

Read More

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+

 

”Free” Reading Availability

Kindle Unlimited
Prime Reading
Audible Romance Package
(As of 01.20.18)