Thursday, September 16, 2021

Stay With Me by Nicole Fiorina

Stay With Me (Stay with Me, #1)Stay With Me by Nicole Fiorina
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am a little torn on my rating for this one. When it first started, I was devouring it. It was so different than I was expecting and I loved how our characters were all older.

This does deal with some very intense topics including mental health, rape, and sexual abuse. Most of the characters are dealing with trauma and it does come out as you read. I really liked the vulnerable parts when we would learn more around each person. However; we really did not get much except around Mia and Ollie.

This really slowed down for me though. I found the games between the friends to be repetitive and dragging the story. Everyone is at Dolor for something and I would have liked to see a little more of that represented. There was not enough happening in the middle to keep my interest and I found myself skimming as I did still want to find out what happens.

This really does pick up towards the end though. We have some twists thrown in that I did not see coming.

Overall, this was ok but I was expecting much more. I was expecting it to be very emotional and even though it does deal with dark topics, it did not grab on to my heart strings like I wanted it too. I would continue on with the series if it ever came to audio, but not sure I would pick up the rest for physical reads.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

When Sparks Fly by Helena Hunting

When Sparks FlyWhen Sparks Fly by Helena Hunting
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was sent this book from the publisher/publicity team. My ratings and reviews will be my own personal opinions and are in no way influenced by publishers or authors who may have sent me books to review.

This may be my favorite Helena Hunting so far! I could not put this one down and I highly recommend the audiobook. I ended up reading this one in one day.

The first half of this was a five star read for me. This had my heart pounding as certain moments as it does deal with some more serious issues especially based on the families past. The audiobook just brought the right intensity to these parts and I found myself in tears waiting to see what would happen.

Once everything happens though, it does slow down. It did get repetitive at times and started to drag a little towards the middle. I needed more to happen after such an amazing start.

I loved how Avery had a group of guy friends as it just reminded me of me.

If you love friends to lovers, I would say give it a try.

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Monday, September 13, 2021

Greek by Kandi Steiner

Greek (Palm South University, #7)Greek by Kandi Steiner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 Stars

I am a huge Palm South fan and am so sad to say goodbye to these characters. I love them all and could follow their lives forever. I really need more of Bear and Erin!

I could easily see this being a TV series as it just has a little bit of everything. The finale was everything I needed it to be. Yes, there were some moments where I was like “why is this happening”, but it all came together in the end.

There were so many fitting moments that just made me cry knowing that this was it. Overall, a really nice ending and a story I will never forget.

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Saturday, September 11, 2021

It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey

It Happened One Summer (Bellinger Sisters, #1)It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ok, so this one is so hyped so I was a little hesitant to pick it up. However; I enjoyed it. The romance was super cute and I loved the Captain! It was different on that aspect, but otherwise it did not really have anything that set it apart from others. Do not get me wrong, I still enjoyed it and am giving it four stars as it was still a really fun read.

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Friday, September 10, 2021

Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai

Girl Gone Viral (Modern Love, #2)Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I wish this had a prologue to explain Katrina and her past. The story was a little confusing and I never connected with why she needed so much security. I would have liked to have known much more around this as it would have made the story flow a little better. I know we get pieces throughout, but it just did not all work for me.

The story was very slow moving. I found myself drifting a little during the audiobook as not much was happening. The romance was very immature as well with just lusting and gradual bumping into one another. I did like the idea of the romance including Jas’ being a bodyguard.

Sadly, this one just fell flat for me.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

The Pass by Rebecca Jenshak

The Pass (Smart Jocks, #5)The Pass by Rebecca Jenshak
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am a huge Smart Jocks fan and I think I gave every book in the series so far five stars. I have been so excited for this one and it took me too long to actually pick it up. I was excited to jump into this world and these characters again.

The series as a whole can be read as standalones. However; I feel this one was very disconnected from the others. It read a little more youthful than the others. At times I found the behaviors and situations very immature. It all just fell flat for me.

Sadly, I did not love this one. However; this is still one of my favorite series that I will recommend to everyone.

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