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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Shooter (Burnout #1) by Dahlia West

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Overall Rating: 3 Stars

3-stars

Shooter (Burnout #1) by Dahlia West

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

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Chris “Shooter” Sullivan has returned to his home town of Rapid City, South Dakota to pick up the pieces of his life shattered by a roadside bomb in Iraq. He only wants to focus on holding what’s left of his old unit together, running his garage where he builds custom bikes and cars, and pretending that his murdered father’s motorcycle gang doesn’t exist.

Hayley Turner is a young woman with her own traumatic past. Fresh off the bus from Nowhere, USA, all she wants is a job and a place to live, until it’s time for her to leave again. She doesn’t want to make friends, or enemies, least of all the ex-Army Ranger who obviously doesn’t like her. She bristles under his watchful eye. He’s even got her convinced she’s bad news.

But circumstances force two people who don’t need anyone to need each other more and more. The more Chris gets to know Hayley, the harder it is to stay detached. And the more Hayley gets to know Chris, the more she realizes she’s been alone for so long she might never recover from it.

Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Review

A decent beginning to what may be a great series, but who knows if I’ll ever actually pick up the next book. Here’s why: neither of the main characters drew me in. Both of them were pretty forgettable and the chemistry between them was only so-so.

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Easy Love (Boudreaux #1) by Kristen Proby

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Overall Rating: 3 Stars

3-stars

Easy Love (Boudreaux #1) by Kristen Proby

[Audiobook Purchased from Amazon]

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Eli Boudreaux’s family has built ships and boats in Louisiana for generations. He comes from a hard-working, wealthy family and his empire is growing by leaps and bounds. At thirty, he is the youngest CEO to ever head Bayou Enterprises, co-chairing with his eldest brother. His head for business and his no-nonsense work ethic is also quickly making him the best the company has seen in generations. His staff admires him, women adore him and Eli’s family is solid. But he’s recently discovered that someone on the inside of his business is stealing from him and he’s determined to find out who.

Kate O’Shaughnessy is hired by companies all over the world to slip inside and investigate every member of the organization from the CEO down to the custodial staff to find the person or persons responsible for embezzling. She’s excellent at blending, becoming part of the team, and finding the weakest link. She’s smart, quick-witted, and she’s now been hired by Bayou Enterprises, specifically Eli Boudreaux. The attraction is immediate and the chemistry is off the charts, but Kate has heard all about Eli’s playboy past and she has a job to do. Sleeping with the boss isn’t a part of that job, even if just the sound of her name rolling off that Cajun tongue and the way he fills out a designer suit does make her sweat.

Eli’s southern charms surprise Kate. The man whose reputation labels him as a ruthless, callous womanizer is not the man she’s coming to know intimately. He’s generous, protective and makes her smile. Cracking through Kate’s cool, reserved demeanor and discovering her love of sexy, expensive lingerie is a challenge Eli can’t resist, but her sweet nature, love of family and sense of humor pull at him in ways no one else ever has.

But when the person responsible for trying to single-handedly dismantle Eli’s empire comes to light, and it’s time for Kate to move on, to what lengths will Eli go to keep the woman he’s fallen in love with by his side?


Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Review

This book was a solid 3-star read in every way for me. And by that I mean, it was entirely mediocre; the story, the writing, the characters, it was all just OK.

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Down to You (The Bad Boys #1) by M. Leighton

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Overall Rating: 3 Stars

3-stars

Down to You (The Bad Boys #1) by M. Leighton

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

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Goodreads synopsis:

The scorching tale of one girl, two brothers and a love triangle…that’s not. Olivia Townsend is nothing special. She’s just a girl working her way through college so she can return home to help her father run his business. She’s determined not to be the second woman in his life to abandon him, even if it means putting her own life on hold. To Olivia, it’s clear what she must do. Plain and simple. Black and white. But clear becomes complicated when she meets Cash and Nash Davenport. They’re brothers. Twins.

Cash is everything she’s always wanted in a guy. He’s a dangerous, sexy bad boy who wants her in his bed at any cost. He turns her insides to mush and, with just one kiss, makes her forget why he’s no good for her. Nash is everything she’s ever needed in a guy. He’s successful, responsible and intensely passionate. But he’s taken. Very taken, by none other than Marissa, Liv’s rich, beautiful cousin. That doesn’t stop Olivia from melting every time he looks at her, though. With just one touch, he makes her forget why they can never be together.

Black and white turns to shades of gray when Olivia discovers the boys are hiding something, something that should make her run as far and as fast as she can. But it’s too late to run. Olivia’s already involved. And in love. With both of them. Both brothers make her heart tremble. Both brothers set her body on fire. She wants them both. And they want her. How will she ever choose between them?

Review

The first thing that comes to mind as I write this review is… what the eff just happened? Also, how am I supposed to write this review without giving away all sorts of spoilers?

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The Room Mate (Roommates #1) by Kendall Ryan

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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.

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

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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.

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Big Shot by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde

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Overall Rating: 3 Stars

3-stars

Big Shot (Book Boyfriend #1) by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde

[Audiobook and ebook Purchased from Audible and Amazon]

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Goodreads synopsis:

Fall in love with your next Book Boyfriend . . .

Wes Sinclair is a notorious heart-breaker, a hot as sin bad boy with a panty-dropping smile no woman can resist. Except for his prim and proper adversary, Natalie Prescott, who seems immune to his flirtatious charms. While she’s become a permanent fixture in his dirtiest, most scandalous fantasies, she wants nothing to do with him, or his seductive promises. Challenge accepted. His goal? To bring her to her knees, make her beg, and show her just how good being bad can be.

Review

I’m going to preface this review by saying I just came off of a major swoonfest after re-reading Hearts in Darkness and reading Love in the Light and Forever in the Light by Laura Kaye for the first time. Does that have to do with the low star rating on this book? I don’t know.

This story fell woefully short for me and I was pretty disappointed. First of all, the series is called Book Boyfriend and that’s kind of my thing, secondly, I’d heard good things about this book. However, I felt no connection to the characters and the story was a little too formulaic (which doesn’t always bother me).

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Beast by A. Zavarelli

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Overall Rating: 3 Stars

Beast (Twisted Ever Book 1) by A. Zavarelli

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

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Goodreads synopsis:

Once upon a time, I believed in fairytales.

But then he took me.

And he taught me that life isn’t a fairytale.

He is scarred. Broken.

A dark and wild thing.

His beauty is violent and his words are cruel.

His heart is a shadowed landscape where nothing can grow.

He tells me he could never care for me, and he proves it every day.

He’s destroyed my life.

Tortured me.

And worse…

He’s trained me to beg for his affection.

This prison is a place where sunlight doesn’t reach.

He taught me that hate is born in darkness.

And then he taught me that sometimes love is too.

Full book details here.

Review

Beast was my first dark erotic romance and I wasn’t prepared. I’m not sure anyone could be entirely prepared for something that pushes (or downright annihilates) boundaries as much as this novel does, but, again, that’s coming from someone who is completely new to this genre. I found that I had to suspend reality quite a bit to really enjoy this novel. But once I did, I was able to really get into it.

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Bossman by Vi Keeland

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Overall Rating: 3 Stars

3-stars

Bossman by Vi Keeland

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Synopsis from Goodreads. Full book details here.

The first time I met Chase Parker, I didn’t exactly make a good impression.

I was hiding in the bathroom hallway of a restaurant, leaving a message for my best friend to save me from my awful date.

He overheard and told me I was a bitch, then proceeded to offer me some dating advice.

So I told him to mind his own damn business―his own tall, gorgeous, full-of-himself damn business―and went back to my miserable date.

When he walked by my table, he smirked, and I watched his arrogant, sexy ass walk back to his date.

I couldn’t help but sneak hidden glances at the condescending jerk on the other side of the room. Of course, he caught me on more than one occasion, and winked.

When the gorgeous stranger and his equally hot date suddenly appeared at our table, I thought he was going to rat me out.

But instead, he pretended we knew each other and joined us―telling elaborate, embarrassing stories about our fake childhood.

My date suddenly went from boring to bizarrely exciting.

When it was over and we parted ways, I thought about him more than I would ever admit, even though I knew I’d never see him again.

I mean, what were the chances I’d run into him again in a city with eight million people?Then again…

What were the chances a month later he’d wind up being my new sexy boss?

 

Review

I feel bad giving this book 3 stars, because that makes it seem like I didn’t enjoy it. I did. But, I just didn’t find anything outstanding about it. At least, nothing 4 or 5 star-worthy.

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