AREA 51: Pucked Series Deleted Scenes & Outtakes (Pucked, #4.1) by Helena Hunting

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars

AREA 51: Pucked Series Deleted Scenes & Outtakes (Pucked, #4.1) by Helena Hunting

[eBook Purchased from Amazon]

From Pucked Up:

Discover just how bad poor Miller “Buck” Butterson’s lukc really is in these deleted chapters, and fall even more in love with the snuggly, reformed manwhore.

From Pucked Over:

Revisit the sexiest, horniest and most prolifically active couple with outtakes and alternative POV’s from Randy Ballistic.

From Forever Pucked:

Check out a never before seen outtake, in which Violet defends her Area 51 position, and get a sneak peek at the first chapter of the Pucked sequel.

Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Review

Helena Hunting, God love her, is so good about throwing bones to her obsessive fans (like me) and sharing all sorts of outtakes. This book is just a snippet of outtakes she has shared for the Pucked series, and it was so much freaking fun to read.

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Scribbler of Dreams by Mary E. Pearson

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Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars

Scribbler of Dreams by Mary E. Pearson

Romeo and Juliet had the right idea. About dating the enemy that is. They were true to their hearts.

Kaitlin Malone know what it’s like to date the enemy. She was raised to hate the Crutchfields, and absolutely does – until she meets Bram Crutchfield. It turns out he’s a great guy – one she could talk to, share things with…even love. But when Kaitlin gives her heart to Bram, her world spins out of control. Soon the Crutchfields are her friends and she’s a traitor to her own family.

To make things worse ,Bram was raised to hate the Malones,especially Kaitlin’s father – who murdered Bram’s dad. Bram doesn’t know Kaitlin is a Malone. If he did he would hate her, too.

What’s a star-crossed lover to do?

Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Review

Scribbler of Dreams was an amazing novel that I really enjoyed and the title is perfect for the story.

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Fifteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton

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Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars

Fifteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton

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Chelsea isn’t looking forward to her summer at the lake. It’s the first time her family has been there since her grandmother died, and she can’t break out of her funk. But her summer takes a turn for the better when she meets a boy who works in the bookstore. Josh is cute, sweet, funny…and best of all, seems to like her as much as she likes him. As the days pass by in a blur of boat rides, picnics, and stolen kisses, she can’t believe how lucky she is. No one has ever made her feel so special, or so beautiful.

But Chelsea knows her days with Josh are numbered. She’ll be heading home at the end of the summer—and he’ll be staying behind. Will this be Chelsea’s summer of love? Or will it be the summer of her broken heart?

Synopsis from Goodreads

Review

Chelsea Silver is a redheaded 15-year-old with a love for books and writes down any memorable moments. After arriving at the cottage, in California, Chelsea discovers a new and amazing bookstore where she first meets Josh – a tall, mature bookworm that seems to be as distracted as Chelsea is.

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To Love Jason Thorn by Ella Maise

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Overall Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars

To Love Jason Thorn by Ella Maise

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

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Jason Thorn… My brother’s childhood friend.

Oh, how stupidly in love with that boy I was. He was the first boy that made me blush, my first official crush. Sounds beautiful so far, right? That excitement that bubbles up inside you, those famous butterflies you feel for the very first time—he was the reason for them all. But, you only get to live in that fairytale world until they crush your hopes and dreams and then stomp on your heart for good measure. And boy did he crush my little heart into pieces.

After the stomping part he became the boy I did my best to stay away from—and let me tell you, it was pretty hard to do when he slept in the room right across from mine.

When tragedy struck his family and they moved away, I was ready to forget he ever existed.

Now he is a movie star, the one who makes women of all ages go into a screaming frenzy, the one who makes everyone swoon with that dimpled smile of his. Do you think that’s dreamy? I certainly don’t think so. How about me coming face to face with him? Nope still not dreamy. Not when I can’t even manage to look him in the eye.

Me? I’m Olive, a new writer. Actually, I’m THE writer of the book that inspired the movie he is about to star in on the big screen. As of late, I am also referred to as the oh-so-very-lucky girl who is about to become the wife of Jason Thorn.

Maybe you’re thinking yet again that this is all so dreamy? Nope, nothing dreamy going on here. Not even close.

Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Review

This was such a cute, unique story that was executed very well! The entire premise: a girl who has been in love with her brother’s best friend for most of her childhood becomes a successful author who writes a story based on this love, then, when that book is optioned for a movie, that same boy she loved is offered the part as the main character. Such a fun premise that didn’t disappoint.

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The Sexy One (One Love #1) by Lauren Blakely

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Overall Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars

The Sexy One (One Love #1) by Lauren Blakely

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

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Let me count the ways why falling into forbidden love is not my wisest move…
1. She works with me every single day.
Did I mention she’s gorgeous, sweet, kind and smart?
2. She works in my home.
Playing with my five-year-old daughter. Teaching my little girl. Cooking for my princess. Which means…
3. She’s the nanny.
And that makes her completely off-limits… But it doesn’t stop me from wanting her. All of her.

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The other nannies in this city don’t call him the Sexy One for nothing. My boss, the amazingly wonderful single father to the girl I take care of every day is ridiculously hot, like movie star levels with those arms, and those eyes, and that body. Not to mention, the way he dotes on his little girl melts me all over. But what really makes my knees weak are the times when his gaze lingers on me. In secret. When no one else is around.

I can’t risk my job for a chance at something more… can I? But I don’t know how to resist him much longer either…

Synopsis from Goodreads.

 

Review

I almost loved this book. Almost. The only thing that took this from a 4 or 5 star rating for me was the instalove. Now, sometimes instalove doesn’t bother me. I’ve read several books in which it totally works out (the first two that come to mind are Captain and Ball Peen Hammer by Lauren Rowe), however, in this case. I really wanted that slow burn and was greatly disappointed when it didn’t happen.

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The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

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Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

Overall rating: 4 Stars

4-stars

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they’re rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen’s relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and—finally—a reunion in the city where they first met.

A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith’s new novel shows that the center of the world isn’t necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.

 

Review

Adventurous, meaningful, sweet love story, and a light hearted humorous book by Jennifer E. Smith. I really enjoyed reading this book and thought it was so great that the story revolved around Lucy and Owen, traveling around the world separately constantly pulling away from each other but somehow always finding a way to see each other.

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Just One Wish by Janette Rallison

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Review by Kayla In Love & Words Teen Reader

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars

Just One Wish by Janette Rallison

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Goodreads Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Annika Truman knows about the power of positive thinking. With a little brother who has cancer, it’s all she ever hears about. And in order to help Jeremy, she will go to the ends of the earth (or at least as far as Hollywood) to help him believe he can survive his upcoming surgery.

But Annika’s plan to convince Jeremy that a magic genie will grant him any wish throws her a curveball when he unexpectedly wishes that his television idol would visit him. Annika suddenly finds herself in the desperate predicament of getting access to a hunky star actor and convincing him to come home with her. Piece of cake, right?

Janette Rallison’s proven talent for laugh-out-loud humor, teen romance, and deep-hearted storytelling shines in a novel that will have readers laughing and crying at the same time.

I always enjoy books with normal people falling in love with celebrities.

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Nico (Ruin & Revenge #1) by Sarah Castille

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Overall Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars

Nico (Ruin & Revenge #1) by Sarah Castille

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

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Goodreads synopsis:

Las Vegas Mafia boss, Nico Toscani, is used to getting what he wants, whether it is having the City of Sin under his rule or a beautiful woman in his bed. But when he meets his match in the gorgeous, headstrong Mia Cordano, the daughter of a rival crime lord, all bets are off. . .

Sexy computer hacker, Mia, struggles to break free of her ruthless father’s Mafia ties…but she can’t resist the powerful and seductive Nico, who will stop at nothing to possess her. With their families locked in a brutal war for control of the city, Mia and Nico enter into a forbidden game. Will they surrender to the passion that burns between them—and risk tearing apart their families? Or will Nico be forced to betray the only woman who sets his blood on fire?

 

Review

If I gave half-stars, this would be one. This was very close to being a 5 star read, but it did include a few of my least favorite romance novel cliches. It also included one of my current favorite romance novel tropes (couples who are forced into a relationship in some way and end up falling in love) almost canceled out what I didn’t like about the book.

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Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin by Mariana Zapata

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Overall Rating: 4 Stars
4-stars

Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin by Mariana Zapata

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]
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Goodreads synopsis:

Twenty-six-year-old Gaby Barreto might be a lot of things (loyal, sarcastic, one of the guys and a pain in the butt depending on which family member you ask), but dumb isn’t one of them. When her twin brother invites her to go on tour as his band’s merch girl, she isn’t exactly screaming at the top of her lungs with joy.

With no job opportunities pounding on her door, an ex-boyfriend she would still like to castrate, and no end in sight to moving out of her parents’ house in Dallas… it would be dumb to say no to the chance of a lifetime. Two bands, three continents, one tour. Spending the next ninety-plus days with three beloved idiots and eight complete strangers shouldn’t be a big deal, right?

If only the singer of the headlining band didn’t have tattoos… a great personality… a fantastic body… and if he wasn’t so funny….

Let’s be real: Gaby never had a chance against Sacha Malykhin.

Review

This is the first Mariana Zapata book that wasn’t 5 stars for me, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it. I certainly did. I think the reason why I ultimately took away one star was because I just wasn’t as invested in the main characters as I’d been in her other books.

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Bells of Avalon by Libbet Bradstreet

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Overall Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars

Bells of Avalon by Libbet Bradstreet

[Audiobook Given in Exchange for Honest Review]

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Goodreads synopsis:

Thrust into a limelight she never chose, Katie’s been paired with Danny for as long as she can remember. Films, roadshow tours, and drugstore appearances…post-war Hollywood can’t seem to get enough of the sweetheart team. They’ll even fall in love one day. But young love seldom survives the fog wake of Los Angeles–a place of dreams and nightmares.

 

Review

Bells of Avalon was gorgeous and tragic with just a tiny glimmer of hope. This story has that softened, almost blurry feel of closeups in those movies from the 1950s and 60s, where everything is all gentle hues and violins. There is always that touch of sorrow in the romance… and that’s how this book felt to me.

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