{Review by Kayla} Keepers by Kenechi Udogu

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Keepers
Author: Kenechi Udogu
Series: The Mentalist Series
Format: eBook Received from Author in Exchange for an Honest Review

Synopsis:
The dust appears to have settled after the brief descent of the Progressive Empaths on Sandes. But, if there is any truth to Anthony’s story, Gemma and her friends know they might soon have to face the mysterious Keepers. Myth or real threat, one thing is certain; running is no longer an option, for any of them. Can Gemma protect the ones she loves without forming an unlikely alliance?

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Review

The moment I found out that this was told in Gemma and Russ’s point of view I got so excited!

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I Flipping Love You (Shacking Up #3) by Helena Hunting

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: I Flipping Love You
Author: Helena Hunting
Series: Shacking Up #3
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
SHE’S GOT CURB APPEAL

Rian Sutter grew up with the finer things in life. Spending summers in The Hamptons was a normal occurrence for her until her parents lost everything years ago. Now Rian and her sister are getting their life, and finances, back on track through real estate. Not only do they buy and sell houses to the rich and famous, but they finally have the capital to flip their very own beachfront property. But when she inadvertently catches the attention of a sexy stranger who snaps up every house from under her, all bets are off…

HE’S A FIXER UPPER

Pierce Whitfield doesn’t normally demo kitchens, install dry wall, or tear apart a beautiful woman’s dreams. He’s just a down-on-his-luck lawyer who needed a break from the city and agreed to help his brother work on a few homes in the Hamptons. When he first meets Rian, the attraction is undeniable. But when they start competing for the same pieces of prime real estate, the early sparks turn into full-blown fireworks. Can these passionate rivals turn up the heat on their budding romance — without burning down the house?

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Review

Despite being a huge Helena Hunting fan, I wasn’t too excited about this novel. I’m not sure why. I mean, I’m a huge fan of HGTV and romance, so you’d think the combo would be perfect for me, but it seemed… I don’t know… cheesy I guess. Likely because of the title.

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Recovered by Jay Crownover

4-stars
Overall Rating: # Stars
Title: Recovered
Author: Jay Crownover
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
It was hate at first sight…

Affton

I hated Cable James McCaffrey.

He was entitled, spoiled, a user…and an addict.

He was out of control and didn’t bother trying to hide it.

He had everything anyone could want but still seemed miserable and lost.

Every move he made, every mistake he stumbled his way through, rubbed me the wrong way. However, I couldn’t stop myself from trying to save him from himself when no one else would. In the sweltering heat of the summer, Cable taught me that having it all means nothing if you can’t have the one thing you want more than anything else.

Cable

I was obsessed with Affton Reed.

She was rigid, uptight, and no fun. There was something about her innate goodness that called to me.

She acted like she was above all the normal faults and failures that clung to the rest of us like the scent of smoke after a fire.

I was infatuated with her, but that didn’t stop me from acting like she didn’t exist.

In the scorching heat of summer, Affton taught me that there is always a way back from the brink of despair. She showed me that the trick to having it all was realizing that it was already there, in my hands. All I had to do was hold onto it.

The road to recovery is full of twists and turns no matter who is in the driver’s seat.

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Review

This was a classic case of, “Almost, but not quite,” for me.

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Neanderthal Marries Human (Knitting in the City #1.5) by Penny Reid

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Neanderthal Marries Human
Author: Penny Reid
Series: Knitting in the City #1.5
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
There are three things you should know about Quinn Sullivan: 1) He is madly in love with Janie Morris, 2) He’s not above playing dirty to get what (or who) he wants, and 3) He doesn’t know how to knit.

After just five months of dating Janie, Quinn—former Wendell and unapologetic autocrat—is ready to propose marriage. In fact, he’s more than ready. If it were up to Quinn, he would efficiently propose, marry, and beget Janie with child all in the same day—thereby avoiding the drama and angst that accompanies the four stages of pre-matrimony: engagement, meeting the parents, bachelor/bachelorette party, and overblown, superfluous wedding day traditions. But Janie, much to Quinn’s dismay, tosses a wrench in his efficacious endeavors and challenges him to prove his devotion by going through the matrimonial motions, no matter how minute and mundane.

Will Quinn last until the wedding day? Or will he yield to his tyrant impulses?

Regardless, one thing is for certain, Quinn Sullivan will have to learn to expect the Spanish Inquisition (i.e. the unexpected) if he plans to have and keep Janie Morris as his wife.

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Review

This is a series that I constantly ask myself why it is taking me so long to read. I’ve read 3 books from this series and really enjoyed every one of them, but I’ve also waited months between each book.

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That Touch of Magic (Nodaway Falls #2) by Lucy March

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: That Touch of Magic
Author: Lucy March
Series: Nodaway Falls #2
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Stacy Easter has seen better days. Being a librarian is a labor of love—if only paying her bills were half as much fun. What’s a single, bookish beauty in sleepy Nodaway Falls, New York, supposed to do?

To make ends meet, Stacy decides to develop her special…powers. Everyone can use a touch of magic now and then, right? Soon she’s got clients lining up to receive her signature potions—until a few of them go awry. Meanwhile, her own life has just taken a storybook turn: Leo North, the official One Who Got Away, is back in town.

Stacy’s best friends, Peach and Liv, are more concerned about the state of her heart than the side effects of a few rogue magic spells. But someone with dark intentions is crossing magical wires all over Nodaway Falls, and those closest to Stacy are at risk. Can Stacy conjure up a way out of this mess with her life—and maybe even her love life—intact?

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Review

I’m so glad that I found out about the rest of this series, it’s been so fun following these characters around… and being introduced to new ones along the way.

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Better When He’s Bad by Jay Crownover

4-stars
Overall Rating:4 Stars
Title: Better When He’s Bad
Author: Jay Crownover
Series: Welcome to the Point #1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Welcome to the Point

There’s a difference between a bad boy and a boy who’s bad . . . meet Shane Baxter.

Sexy, dark, and dangerous, Bax isn’t just from the wrong side of the tracks, he is the wrong side of the tracks. A criminal, a thug, and a brawler, he’s the master of bad choices, until one such choice landed him in prison for five years. Now Bax is out and looking for answers, and he doesn’t care what he has to do or who he has to hurt to get them. But there’s a new player in the game, and she’s much too innocent, much too soft…and standing directly in his way.

Dovie Pryce knows all about living a hard life and the tough choices that come with it. She’s always tried to be good, tried to help others, and tried not to let the darkness pull her down. But the streets are fighting back, things have gone from bad to worse, and the only person who can help her is the scariest, sexiest, most complicated ex-con The Point has ever produced.

Bax terrifies her, but it doesn’t take Dovie long to realize that some boys are just better when they’re bad.

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Review

It’s been awhile since I’ve read a book by Jay Crownover and this book reminded me why I love her books so much.

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Tangled (Tangled #1) by Emma Chase

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Tangled
Author: Emma Chase
Series: Tangled Book 1
Format: Audiobook Purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Drew Evans is a winner. Handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. He has loyal friends and an indulgent family. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed?

He’ll tell you he has the flu.

But we all know that’s not really true.

Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. She refuses to let anything – or anyone – derail her path to success. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating.

Then, just when Drew is on the cusp of having everything he wants, his overblown confidence threatens to ruin it all. Will he be able untangle his feelings of lust and tenderness, frustration and fulfillment? Will he rise to the most important challenge of his life?

Can Drew Evans win at love?

Tangled is not your mother’s romance novel. It is an outrageous, passionate, witty narrative about a man who knows a lot about women…just not as much as he thinks he knows. As he tells his story, Drew learns the one thing he never wanted in life, is the only thing he can’t live without.

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Review

Drew is a total a**hole. He was exactly the arrogant, close-minded, self-important jerk that I’ve unfortunately had the displeasure of interacting with both in social and business settings, so to say I did not like his character is a gross understatement.

In fact, the first chunk of this book made me so uncomfortable because of how accurately the author portrayed this kind of man.

That being said… you saw the rating. Now, why would I give 4 stars to a book in which the narrator is so unlikeable? Because… he wasn’t. God help me, I actually found him hilarious after I groaned and rolled my eyes and “ugh-ed” my way through the first few chapters.

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Hero (Morgan Brothers #3) by Lauren Rowe

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Hero
Author: Lauren Rowe
Series: Morgan Brothers #3
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
The first time I laid eyes on Lydia Decker, I couldn’t speak. Or breathe. Or string two coherent thoughts together.

And I don’t mean any of that figuratively.

I’m not talking about a guy being floored by the sight of a gorgeous woman—although, of course, Lydia is gorgeous beyond words.

No, when I first laid eyes on Lydia Decker—my physical therapist—I was lying flat on my back in the ICU, high as a kite on painkillers, breathing on a ventilator, my bones as broken and splintered as my spirit.

When I first laid eyes on Lydia Decker, she was a ray of light in the dark. Hope for the hopeless. A salve for my singed and battered soul.

She said she’d been assigned to fix me. That she was there to bring me back to life. She said helping me was her calling.

And then she touched me. Physically, emotionally, spiritually. She healed me.

And I fell in love.

But what I didn’t know… what I couldn’t possibly know… was that Lydia Decker needed fixing far more than I ever did.

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Review

Hero was a love at first sight romance that I absolutely didn’t mind.

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Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

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Review

Though this book took a little while for me to get in to, once I finally got over the hump, I was thrown into another one of Laini Taylor’s beautiful fantasies and loving every second of it.

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Broken Ties (Prequel, The Mentalist Series) by Kenechi Udogu

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Broken Ties (Prequel Novella)
Author: Kenechi Udogu
Series: The Mentalist Series
Format: eBook provided in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis:
Paul Colt has a problem, and it is not one most teenage boys face. Yes, he likes a girl; one he’s pretty certain he’ll do foolish things for, given the chance. But he can’t go after her, or any other girl for that matter. That’s what he gets for being an Averter; forced to toe the line for the propagation of the collective. He knows some rules are okay to trifle with, and there are some which should never be broken. The gravest of them all?

Don’t fall in love.

Ever.

This is the story of how Paul breaks that rule.

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Review

First thing’s first, I was so intrigued when I found out that the book was in Paul and Nora’s point of view!

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