Fallen by Lauren Kate

There are a lot of reviews loving this book. And I lot of reviews mocking it. This will be neither. I didn't even rate it. I made it to 50% and could not take anymore. Thoughts - 1) yes it feels like Twilight - the boring version. 2) the writing was bland. 3) I never… Continue reading Fallen by Lauren Kate

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Just One Night by Lauren Layne

I liked Riley. And Sam seemed okay. But they were awful together. Insecure. Dishonest. No vibe. This was the brother's-best-friend bit. While I like Layne's writing and her characters were okay the story really grated on me. There were plot holes big enough to swallow a house. I was suspending reality more than I do… Continue reading Just One Night by Lauren Layne

How To Date A Douchebag by Sara Ney

Major parts of this book drove my crazy. Cute banter and an adorable heroine salvaged it overall though. This is a typical jock/nerd romance. Those are frequently a cute fun read. I read this one in one sitting. James was wonderful. Sassy and funny. Focused without being weird and over the top. Some of her… Continue reading How To Date A Douchebag by Sara Ney

No Man’s Mistress by Mary Balogh

This was a enemies-to-lovers historical with an unexpected twist and fair-to-moderate drama. I do not enjoy the enemies-first trope bc it makes me uncomfortable. I'm a fan of the chase - not the bickering. The twist and the drama were a bit convoluted. A relatively simple storyline suddenly became bumpy. It wasn't poorly done -… Continue reading No Man’s Mistress by Mary Balogh

The Secret Mistress by Mary Balogh

There's something incredibly relaxing about a Mary Balogh book. First and foremost, I get to trust the book. I know I won't end up rolling my eyes or loathing a character. As a matter of fact, they generally have fantastic interesting characters (with charming idiosyncrasies) who flourish as the story progresses. Second, there's a rhythm… Continue reading The Secret Mistress by Mary Balogh

The Player and the Pixie by Penny Reid and LH Cosway

Lucy falls into a relationship with her brother's rugby teammate and sworn nemesis Sean. In the previous book in this series Sean played the important bad guy role. So it was great to get to peel back his layers and see how sweet he really is. What wasn't great was Lucy. I label these "toxic… Continue reading The Player and the Pixie by Penny Reid and LH Cosway