3 Star Mini-Reviews: Crew by Tijan, Broken Prince by Erin Watt, Black Sheep by Meghan March, Top Secret by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy, Verity by Colleen Hoover

These are some books that I’ve read within the last few months – all of which just happen to be rated 3 stars.

 

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Crew (Crew #1) by Tijan

★★★
This was the first book that I read by Tijan and though I wasn’t too impressed with this initial book, I’m still absolutely willing to read more books from this author. I think the main reason why this book didn’t necessarily work for me is that though the book revolves around high school students, it read much more like an adult contemporary novel. The students essentially had gangs that ran the school with no consequences. I was so distracted by how these characters were acting and I couldn’t get past it. Aside from all of that, I did enjoy reading this. I really liked the romance in it and I like her writing style. I think the next book I plan on reading by Tijan will be Enemies.
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Broken Prince (The Royals #2) by Erin Watt

★★★
I had no intention of reading this book. I gave the first book 3 stars. However, my coworker read and loved this series and basically forced me to read it. This book was as ridiculous as the first book in this series. I am not a fan of bully romances, I feel like the heroes never make up for how horrible they are in the beginning. Granted, I didn’t despise Reed nearly as much in this book as I did in the first. That could be because it’d been a while since I read the first book and I forgot how much he pissed me off, but I have no intention of rereading that one, so… here we are. I actually enjoyed the first part of this book, but then it just got ridiculous and I was done. All three of these stars are applied to the first half of the book.
Goodreads

 

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Black Sheep (Dirty Mafia Duet, #1) by Meghan March

★★★
So, this book ends on a cliff hanger – fair warning. I think it’s fair to assume most duets will have the first book end of a cliff hanger, but this one was pretty intense. And, you know what? I never read the second book because, honestly, I didn’t care. I think this book had a lot of potential, but it did something that I get annoyed with in romances. It focused way too much on how hot and sexy the characters were, the romance moved slowly at first, then rushed way too quickly, and I didn’t feel any chemistry between the love interests.
Goodreads

 

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Top Secret by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

★★★
This book was kind of a disappointment for me. I love this duo. Their Him/Us duet was one of my favorites, so I was SO excited about this book, but unfortunately, this one fell kind of flat. There just wasn’t enough swoony romance in it and the entire time our main character is cheating on his girlfriend. I felt like that was never really addressed. It also just made me feel uncomfortable a lot of the time. I can’t put my finger on why, perhaps it has to do with the deception aspect of this book? The premise was promising, but it just didn’t live up to expectations.
Goodreads

 

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Verity by Colleen Hoover

★★★
I don’t read thrillers and Colleen Hoover doesn’t normally write thrillers. That’s not why this didn’t vibe with me. I love CoHo, I love her characters and I love her writing. This book, however, I didn’t so much love the characters. Usually, I fall hard for her heroes, but I was pretty indifferent to the hero in this book. Most of the stars from this book goes to the shock value and the creep factor. It was nearly intolerable as a parent reading the horrifying book that Verity was writing. I almost stopped reading several times. Also, the believability just wasn’t there. Though the ending was unexpected, it was kind of a letdown.
Goodreads

 

Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers #1) by Sarina Bowen

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Rookie Move
Author: Sarina Bowen
Series: Brooklyn Bruisers #1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
The first novel in a sexy new series featuring the hockey players of the Brooklyn Bruisers and the women who win their hearts—from the USA Today bestselling author of the Ivy Years series.

In high school they were the perfect couple—until the day Georgia left Leo in the cold…

Hockey player Leo Trevi has spent the last six years trying to do two things: get over the girl who broke his heart, and succeed in the NHL. But on the first day he’s called up to the newly franchised Brooklyn Bruisers, Leo gets checked on both sides, first by the team’s coach—who has a long simmering grudge, and then by the Bruisers’ sexy, icy publicist—his former girlfriend Georgia Worthington.

Saying goodbye to Leo was one of the hardest things Georgia ever had to do—and saying hello again isn’t much easier. Georgia is determined to keep their relationship strictly professional, but when a press conference microphone catches Leo declaring his feelings for her, things get really personal, really fast….

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Review

I started reading this series because I adore the True North series by Sarina Bowen and there is a crossover book between this series and that one.

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True North Series Books 1-5 by Sarina Bowen

Title: True North Series
Author: Sarina Bowen
Series: Books 1-5
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Mini-Reviews

This series was my first time reading a book written only by Sarina Bowen.

I adored the Him/Us duet by this author and Elle Kennedy, so was pretty excited to see what Sarina Bowen could do on her own.

And let’s just say… I’m SOLD.

I’m such a sucker for contemporary romance series that follow either a group of friends, a team, or a family – in which you learn to love all the characters and anticipate reading all of their stories.

This series follows members of the Shipley family as well as some of the people that work on their orchard.

The setting was its own character in these novels, and though I don’t typically gravitate toward romance novels that take place on farms, I’m glad I started the series despite it.

Here are my mini-reviews for each book in the True North series that I read:

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Us (Him #2) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Us
Author: Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Series: Him
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Five months in, NHL forward Ryan Wesley is having a record-breaking rookie season. He’s living his dream of playing pro hockey and coming home every night to the man he loves—Jamie Canning, his longtime best friend turned boyfriend. There’s just one problem: the most important relationship of his life is one he needs to keep hidden, or else face a media storm that will eclipse his success on the ice.

Jamie loves Wes. He really, truly does. But hiding sucks. It’s not the life Jamie envisioned for himself, and the strain of keeping their secret is taking its toll. It doesn’t help that his new job isn’t going as smoothly as he’d hoped, but he knows he can power through it as long as he has Wes. At least apartment 10B is their retreat, where they can always be themselves.

Or can they?

When Wes’s nosiest teammate moves in upstairs, the threads of their carefully woven lie begin to unravel. With the outside world determined to take its best shot at them, can Wes and Jamie develop major-league relationship skills on the fly?

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Review

It was so nice being back in Wes and Jamie’s world again

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Coming Soon: Mini-Reviews {July 2018}

It’s Sunday and I’m currently listening to late 90’s/Early 2000’s music and avoiding chores, how about you?

As you may or may not know, I pretty much write and post reviews for every book I read. This means that, unless it is a new release, the full reviews I post are of books that I read several weeks prior.

I try to write full reviews right after I read a book, but they won’t get posted for several weeks.

After seeing a few other blogs post spoiler-free mini-reviews (which I love), I decided to give it a try once a month as a little preview for what is to come.

 

Here are the reviews that are coming up over the next few weeks + their mini-reviews!

 

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Reading List: May 2018

Hello, May!

I have a Summer resolution and that is to go to the beach more. I’m literally minutes away from the beach and around only an hour away from one of the best beaches in the US and I’ve gone maybe 3 times last year.

It’s very sad.

This weekend I’ve vowed to take a family trip to the beach.

The beach is a great place to get in some reading! So, I’m going to share with you the books I’m planning to read this month and talk about the books I read last month.

I read a total of 11 books and re-read 3 in April.

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Favorite Reads from April 2018

First of all, happy release day to Sarah J Maas! A Court of Frost and Starlight is out and I couldn’t be more excited!

May is sure to be an exciting month with the release of Legendary by Stephanie Garber and Trisha Wolfe’s Broken Bonds series on audio.

But, I’m getting ahead of myself. We’re talking about favorite reads from April, so let’s get on that.

I read a total of 12 books this month and 5 of them are new favorites.

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Favorite Sports Romance Novels

For someone who has been reading romance novels since my teens, it’s kind of surprising that sports romances are fairly new for me. Especially considering my unhealthy obsession with Tim Tebow back in his college days.

Though I read a couple of sports romances before it, The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata was the first sports romance that made me really appreciate this subgenre.

I love how inspiring these types of novels can be, reading about how hard these athletes work to be the best in their sport. (And, let’s face it, if there is a novel about it, then obviously the athlete is the best.)

In honor of that, I’ve put together a list of my favorite sports romance novels. Keep in mind that I have not read a ton by a long shot, but these are my favorites out of the ones I have read.

 

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Porn Star (P*rn Star, #1) by Laurelin Paige and Sarina Bowen

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

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Porn Star (P*rn Star, #1) by Laurelin Paige and Sarina Bowen

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

Come on, you know you do.

Maybe you pretend you don’t. Maybe you clear your browser history religiously. Maybe you pretend to be aghast whenever someone even mentions the word porn in your presence.

But the truth is that you do know me.

Everybody knows Logan O’Toole, world famous porn star.

Except then Devi Dare pops into my world, and pretty soon I’m doing things that aren’t like me–like texting her with flirty banter and creating an entire web porn series just so I can get to star in her bed. Again. And again.

With Devi, my entire universe shifts, and the more time I spend with her, the more I realize that Logan O’Toole isn’t the guy I thought he was.

So maybe I’m not the guy you thought I was either.

Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Review

For some reason I didn’t have high hopes for this one, but man, I was totally proven wrong.

Maybe it is because I didn’t think any porny story (LOL) could be better than Lingus by Mariana Zapata, but this story was so different than that one. Lingus was a slow burn (of course) and this certainly wasn’t. The steam level was on red alert pretty much the entire time.

I freaking loved Devi. Loved her. I adored her parents and I loved how confident and comfortable she was in her body. I liked her reasons for being in The Business and felt like I completely understood her choices throughout the entire book (even when I wouldn’t necessarily have made the same choices) and that goes back to how well the authors wrote her character. I never (and shouldn’t) expect to agree with all of a main character’s decisions, but I should understand why they made them.

I felt like this book gave such an interesting, unique, and believable peek inside The Industry. I would say “honest,” but as I am not a porn star nor do I know anyone personally who is (I don’t think), I have no idea if it is an accurate portrayal, but I think all who have read this book can agree it’s gotta be pretty close.

It is worth mentioning quickly here that the writing is FANTASTIC. For such a seemingly shallow title and subject matter, it is written beautifully. Kudos!

 

Audiobook Performance: 5 Stars

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All the stars in the known and unknown universe to Jacob Morgan. As for CJ Bloom, I thought that I recognized her voice, but when I looked at her previous work, I didn’t recognize any titles. Anyway, she was great. I didn’t love her male voices, but it wasn’t horrible. I’ve heard so much worse (I’m looking at you, chick who narrated 50 Shades of Grey ::ultra cringe::)

 

Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars

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Logan and Dev are so freaking perfect for each other, I loved it.

 

Re-read Worthiness: Maybe

I don’t see myself rereading this in the near future, but I won’t discount it completely. This is part of a series and I may just fall in love with it!

 

Bookshelf Placement: Yes

Who wouldn’t want an extremely embarrassingly titled book out on display?

 

Book Boyfriend Rating: 4 stars

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Like I mentioned, Logan was perfect for Devi. Whereas I totally would have fallen for Tristan from Lingus despite him being a porn star, Logan was a little too porn starry for me, personally. But I still really liked his character!

 

”Free” Reading Availability

Kindle Unlimited
Prime Reading
Audible Romance Package
(As of 1.10.19)