King of Code by CD Reiss *New Favorite Author Alert*

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: King of Code
Author: CD Reiss
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Taylor Harden is a tech hero on the edge of fame and untold wealth, until a hacker freezes his company and holds it hostage.

Harper doesn’t want much from Taylor.

All he has to do to get his company back is teach her how to please a man. Step by step, and for every step she’ll unlock a piece of his system.

Kissing unlocks a partition.

Touching unlocks another.

Using your mouth to…

How far is this crazy woman going to go?

They hate each other. They can’t keep away from each other. They’re decoding each other with every step, until all Harper’s secrets are revealed, and Taylor risks losing his heart as well as his company.

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Review

Why have I waited so long to read a book by CD Reiss… Particularly this book?

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A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: A Court of Frost and Starlight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Hope warms the coldest night.

Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve.

Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

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Review

Note: This review the wrought with A Court of Thorns and Roses/Mist and Fury/Wings and Ruin spoilers, so if you haven’t read any of those books yet, skip this review.

If you haven’t read this book, however, no worries.

I keep wanting more Rhys and Feyre and the thought that this is the last book from their POVs is heartbreaking, but understandable.

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Geekerella (Starfield #1) by Ashley Poston

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Geekerella
Author: Ashley Poston
Series: Starfield #1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible
Synopsis:
Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck and her dad’s old costume, Elle’s determined to win – unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons – before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he has ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake – until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Part-romance, part-love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

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Review

As someone who is married to a Mega Geek (and who is somewhat of a geek herself) I totally appreciated all the references to the different fandoms that Geekerella slipped in. Particularly the use of the work, “Frack.”

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{Review by Kayla} Matched by Ally Condie

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Matched
Author: Ally Condie
Series: Matched #1

Synopsis:
In the Society, officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.

Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one…until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow—between perfection and passion.

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Review

For a while now, I’ve been looking forward to reading this book. Although at first, it was a little confusing, I finally understood what was happening and it was so intense I couldn’t stop reading!

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{Review by Kayla} Fated Loss by Claudia Caren (Red Rose and Black Ash #1)

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Fated Loss
Author: Claudia Caren
Series: Red Rose and Black Ash #1
Format: eBook Recieved in Exchange for an Honest Review

Synopsis:
For two years, her memories were lost.

For two years, she believed a lie.

For two years, thousands of lives rested in her hands. But she didn’t even know.

Because she can’t remember her past, Rose Kristal thinks she is an ordinary girl until her sixteenth birthday. On that day she discovers she is far beyond ordinary. On that day she remembers what she had forgotten. Now with thousands of people in peril, Rose needs to take back what has been stolen from her.

Second by second, time ticks down and challenges pile up as Rose struggles to reclaim her kingdom from a vile tyrant. One who is determined to vanquish her. And to make matters more complicated, she is falling for a kind guy with a deadly secret.

But Rose’s biggest fear—losing the one she loves to the prophecy.

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Review

THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING!

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A Little Night Magic by Lucy March

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: A Little Night Magic
Author: Lucy March
Series: Nodaway Falls Book 1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She’s been working at the same Nodaway Falls, New York, waffle house since she was a teenager; not a lot of upward mobility there. She’s been in love with Tobias, the cook, for the last four years; he’s never made a move. Every Saturday night, she gathers with her three best friends—Peach, Millie, and Stacy—and drinks the same margaritas while listening to the same old stories.

Intent on shaking things up, she puts her house on the market, buys a one-way ticket to Europe, and announces her plans to her friends… but then she meets Davina Granville, a strange and mystical Southern woman who shows Olivia that there is more to her life than she ever dreamed.

As Liv’s latent magical powers come to the surface, she discovers that having an interesting life is maybe not all it’s cracked up to be. The dark side of someone else’s magic is taking over good people in town, and changing them into vessels of malevolence. Unwilling to cede her home to darkness, she battles the demons of her familial past and her magical present, with those she loves at her side… and in the cross fire.

Can the most important things in life—friendship, love, magic, and waffles—get her through the worst that the universe can throw at her?

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Review

I actually read this book several years ago, on a complete whim, and it has been on my favorites list ever since.

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Review: Shacking Up (Shacking Up #1) by Helena Hunting

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Shacking Up
Author: Helena Hunting
Series: Shacking Up Book 1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Ruby Scott is months behind on rent and can’t seem to land a steady job. She has one chance to turn things around with a big audition. But instead of getting her big break, she gets sick as a dog and completely bombs it in the most humiliating fashion. All thanks to a mysterious, gorgeous guy who kissed—and then coughed on—her at a party the night before.

Luckily, her best friend might have found the perfect opportunity; a job staying at the lavish penthouse apartment of hotel magnate Bancroft Mills while he’s out of town, taking care of his exotic pets. But when the newly-evicted Ruby arrives to meet her new employer, it turns out Bane is the same guy who got her sick.

Seeing his role in Ruby’s dilemma, Bane offers her a permanent job as his live-in pet sitter until she can get back on her feet. Filled with hilariously awkward encounters and enough sexual tension to heat a New York City block, Shacking Up, from NYT and USA Today bestselling author Helena Hunting, is sure to keep you laughing and swooning all night long.

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Review

I so wish I read this series in order now that I’ve read this book.

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With Visions of Red Series by Trisha Wolfe

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: With Visions of Red
Author: Trisha Wolfe
Series: With Visions of Red Books 1-3
Format: Kindle eBooks purchased from Amazon (Audiobook Purchased from Audible)

Synopsis:
Passion and lust ignite. Dark and light battle. This explosive first installment of the Broken Bonds series sets the exhilarating pace for a cat and mouse game where no one knows who’s really pulling the strings.

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Review

Excuse me while I pass out from the intensity of this series.

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Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Foolish Hearts
Author: Emma Mills
Format: Hard copy purchased from Amazon
Synopsis:
A contemporary novel about a girl whose high school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream leads her to new friends—and maybe even new love.

The day of the last party of the summer, Claudia overhears a conversation she wasn’t supposed to. Now on the wrong side of one of the meanest girls in school, Claudia doesn’t know what to expect when the two are paired up to write a paper—let alone when they’re both forced to try out for the school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

But mandatory participation has its upsides—namely, an unexpected friendship, a boy band obsession, and a guy with the best dimpled smile Claudia’s ever seen. As Claudia’s world starts to expand, she finds that maybe there are some things worth sticking her neck out for.

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First of all… I need to thank Peachy over at Book Dragon Lair for introducing me to this book because… OMG I loved it SO MUCH!

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Born, Madly (Darkly, Madly Duet #2) by Trisha Wolfe

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Born, Madly
Author: Trisha Wolfe
Series: Darkly, Madly Duet #2
Format: eBook purchased from Amazon

Synopsis:
Duet: a performance by two.

But who is acting, and who is devolving?

A buried past is unearthed, and Grayson Sullivan—AKA The Angel of Maine—retaliates against the system who made him, deploying psychological warfare on the woman who initially set him free. Dr. London Noble probes deep into the mind of the killer she’s fallen for, searching for answers, as a copycat killer threatens their unity. Are they partners, lovers, or enemies? One final trap will reveal all.

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Review

This was a twisted, dark, beautiful, and satisfying ending to this duology.

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