4 Star Mini-Reviews: Misadventures on a Night Shift, The Silent Patient, Playing for Keeps, Special Delivery, & The Virgin Gift

Happy weekend, book lovers!

Anyone else want to spend the entire weekend watching and re-watching To All the Boys & PS I Still Love You?

#TeamJohnAmbroseFOREVER

Anyway, that was entirely unrelated to this post.

I thought I’d share some mini reviews with you today. These are books that I’ve read within the last few months – all of which just happen to be rated 4 stars.

 

Misadventures on a Night Shift by Lauren Rowe

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★★★★
My favorite Lauren Rowe book is another book that she wrote for the Misadventures series called Misadventures of a College Girl. So when I saw that she wrote another book for it, I was really excited to read it. I didn’t even read the synopsis, I just went in blind. Which is typically what I do for her books in any case, because I’ll read anything she writes.

This book gave me everything I expect from Lauren Rowe: Great banter, steamy chemistry, laughs, but it didn’t quite reach epic levels like some of her books do. While she is the queen of instalove – one of the only authors who can pull it off, in my opinion – I wasn’t quite feeling it in this one.

If you like rockstar romances, though, this is a really great take on one involving a rockstar who is staying at the same hotel his romantic interest works at.

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The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides


★★★★
In my attempt to read more thrillers (and also my botched attempt at reading all the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards winners) I picked this book up. I’ve heard a lot about it on Booktube and in the Book Blogosphere as well.

I should preface this by saying, I very rarely read thrillers and mysteries, so it doesn’t take much to shock me or throw me off. I’m not privy to the “typical” devices these types of novels have because I simply don’t read many, so despite being pretty bored through the majority of this book, when the twist hit, it hit me hard.

I did not see the big reveal coming and it took this book from a 2-3 star rating to a 4 star rating.

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Playing for Keeps by Kendall Ryan


★★★★
Kendall Ryan is a romance author whose backlist I am determined to get through for many reasons. She is beloved in the romance community – and for good reason. When I saw that this book was available on Audible Escape and I read the synopsis, I knew I had to pick it up.

It’s a hockey romance, second chance romance, brother’s friend romance, forbidden romance… all the great tropes rolled into one.

While this didn’t quite compare to some of the other hockey romances I’ve read and loved (Pucked, Him/Us Duet) it still is up there on the list.

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Special Delivery by Lauren Blakely


★★★★
This was an audiobook that I listened to around Christmastime. It was short and sweet, and I knew it would be refreshing because that’s what Lauren Blakely books are to me. They’re a nice palette cleanser.

This book started off so strong. The chemistry and banter between the two main characters (both of whom have sworn off relationships of any sort) was so on point. I was immediately shipping them.

I don’t typically like Christmasy books, but I was really enjoying this one. Until the end. To be fair, I should’ve known that this was going to be a trope that I don’t like simply by the title, but somehow it went completely over my head.

Goodreads

 

The Virgin Gift by Lauren Blakely


★★★★
This is another book I probably shouldn’t have picked up because I’m not a fan of the virginal heroine. I get easily annoyed by a goody-two-shoes heroine, however, the premise of this one sounded intriguing and it was on Audible Escape and super short, so I dove in.

And I was pleasantly surprised!

The story involves neighbors who have had a platonic relationship up until the hero discovers the heroine’s sexy to do list/wishlist and the thought of some douchebag doing these things with her – taking her virginity – worries him, so he offers. I ADORED the concept.

And the virginal heroine was tolerable mostly because she wasn’t the picture of pure innocence, I mean, she made the list afterall. If anything she was empowered by her sexuality, even though she’d never actually done any of the things she listed. I really, really appreciated that.

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Hitched (Imperfect Love Vol. 1) by Kendall Ryan

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Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Title: Hitched
Author: Kendall Ryan
Series: Imperfect Love Vol. 1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Marry the girl I’ve had a crush on my whole life? Check.

Inherit a hundred-billion-dollar company? Check.

Produce an heir… Wait, what?

I have ninety days to knock up my brand-new fake wife. There’s only one problem—she hates my guts.

And in the fine print of the contract? The requirement that we produce an heir.

She can’t stand to be in the same room with me. Says she’ll never be in my bed.

But I’ve never backed down from a challenge and I’m not about to start now.

Mark my words—I’ll have her begging for me, and it won’t take ninety days.

On the heels of her smash hit and New York Times bestselling SCREWED series, Kendall Ryan brings you HITCHED, a romantic comedy that delivers heart and heat. A NYC playboy turned business mogul has ninety days to win over the woman he’s always desired in order to save his father’s company. One tiny problem: She hates his guts.

GOODREADS

Review

Book slumps are hard. My book slump when I read this was particularly hard on this book.

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Books I Didn’t Finish (May 2018)

With so many books in my TBR pile, many of which I already own, I can be pretty picky.

If a novel doesn’t grab my attention by the first 50 or so pages, I set it aside and start a new book.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that at some point I won’t go back to it and try again. Sometimes it’s simply timing and my mood. I’m a total mood reader and since reading is strictly something I do for pleasure, I never force myself to read a book that doesn’t interest me.

This month, in particular, I was pretty moody. I kept starting and stopping books just because I couldn’t get into them. In this post I’ll be listing all the books that I moved to my DNF list.

 

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Book Haul April 2018

It’s the end of April… and you know what that means…

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Sorry, I know I already used that meme in a previous post, but it’s so good, I can’t help myself.

This month’s haul is not nearly as insane as most of my hauls have been… and, better, I read quite a few of these books already — some even twice!

Here are the books I got in April!

Cover images link to Goodreads.

 

Hard Copy

Giveaway Win

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
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Audiobooks

Preorder

With Visions of Red by Trisha Wolfe
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Audible Spring Sale

Drunk Dial by Penelope Ward
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King of Code by CD Reiss
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xo, Zach by Kendall Ryan
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Gentleman Nine by Penelope Ward
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Recovered by Jay Crownover
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eBooks

Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas
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Have you read any of these books? What books have your gotten your hands on this month?

 

 

 

The Room Mate (Roommates #1) by Kendall Ryan

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Overall Rating: 3 Stars

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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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Book Haul: Audible’s Win-Win Sale

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Audible has done it to me again.

They have a sale going on now that I just couldn’t pass up. $4.95 for some fantastic audiobooks that have been waiting for me on my To Be Read list, along with several favorites that I already own. If you’re an Audible member, I highly recommend checking out this sale. Some of these audiobooks retail for $30+ and they are on sale for less than $5 until Sept. 17.

I should mention now that I am in no way affiliated with Audible, I’m just an avid listener and I probably keep them in business with how many audiobooks I purchase. #obsessed

Anyway, onward to the haul and favorites from Audible’s Win-Win sale!

 
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