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High School Lover by Rose Croft–Review

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Rose Croft is a debut author and High School Lover is her debut book. I was unsure of what I was going to experience prior to reading, but I was pleasantly surprised. I had surmised that it was a ‘friends to lovers’ type of setting, but it is so much more.

Andrew and Loren are good friends but are also friends with Mike. Loren and Andrew’s relationship eventually transitions into a love relationship, however, not all are happy with their new pairing. Because of this, they are forced to breakup and eventually lose touch with each other. An unforeseen and unexpected moment happens in their life that brings them back together.

Now you need to read this book to see what happens up to this point and after their reunion. Rose wrote a well-written book that takes you on the journey of these two main characters from high school to adult. Many hard-hitting topics were discussed and written well. I believe that we all could be transported in time from our own high school self through adulthood. I, truly, felt for Loren and Andrew. There were many times that I was screaming in frustration (at both these two characters and Ms. Croft) for the quest that she had created.

Besides, teenager angst and adults that had communication issues. She touched upon the stereotypical ‘norms’ that unfortunately are present in modern society. The concept of ‘judging a book by its cover’ is well covered throughout. It made me stop and think about this concept in real life.

High School Lover is well written with good topics. The ending is phenomenal!! The pacing and flow of the book was consistent, except for a small portion of the middle. The progress was still forward, just at a slower pace than the rest of the book. As I mentioned though, the ending was spectacular and made it all worth it!!

Congrats Rose on a job well done!! PS…you will fall in love with John, Andrews brother. I can’t wait to read his story!

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American Cinderella by Krista Lakes–Blog Tour

Title: An American Cinderella
Author: Krista Lakes
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 1, 2018

 

Blurb
“I’d give up my whole kingdom to be with you. I want to be your Prince
Charming.”
Aria has a big heart but bigger problems. Her whole life is a mess thanks
to her controlling stepmother. But when she’s knocked over- literally- by the
hottest man she’s ever had the pleasure of tangling up her body with,
everything changes.
Henry Prescott, second-string rugby player for the Paradisa Royals, is
funny, sweet, charming, and oh-so-sexy. He’s got a rock hard body and tackles
her in bed as fiercely as he tackled her in the park. Knowing nothing about
rugby, but absolutely intoxicated by his accent, she finds herself falling for
him.
There’s only one problem: Henry Prescott doesn’t exist.
The man she thinks she loves is actually Prince Henry, second in line for
the throne of the nation of Paradisa. He’s the man who Aria’s entire department
has to impress for trade relations. And that makes Aria’s stepmother’s plans
even more dangerous.
He’s the man who could destroy her world or make all her dreams come
true.
He lied about being a prince… did he also lie about being in love?
NYT Bestseller Krista Lakes brings you this brand new sweet-and-sexy
royal romance. This standalone novel will have you cheering for an American
princess’s happily ever after.

 

Blog Review:

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Purchase Links

AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU

iBOOKS

Available at other retailers soon

 


Author Bio

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Krista Lakes is a
thirtysomething who recently rediscovered her passion for writing. She is
living happily ever after with her Prince Charming. Her first kid just started
preschool and she is happy to welcome her second child into her life,
continuing her “Happily Ever After”!
Author Links

 

Cheeky King by Nana Malone–Review

Before we go any further, if you HAVEN’T read Cheeky Royal…STOP! Cheeky King picks up right where Cheeky Royal ends, so you will need to read that one before this one.

In Cheeky King, we are now back in the Winston Isles where Sebastian is preparing for his coronation. There is one slight issue. He can’t seem to get past his time with Penny. He is hyper aware of his feelings for her, but also is having trouble acknowledging and addressing the fact that she deceived him.

Penny is also back home in the Isles, but her life is different from Sebastian’s. While he knows what is in store for his future, Penny is lost. She has always felt like she hasn’t fit in with the royal guard, but this has been her family’s calling for generations. She is torn between serving her country, even though she may not be happy or becoming an artist. What she does know is that it is torture having to see Sebastian on a semi-regular basis. Sebastian and Penny know that they could never happen, due to some archaic royal laws. However, Sebastian is king. He could change that, couldn’t he?

While there is suffering going on, there is also a good amount of mystery involved with many twist and turns. It may appear as our two lovebirds have more to worry about than their burgeoning and floundering love life. There is a grander ‘chess game’ scheme going on that makes it impertinent that this mystery gets solved quickly.

I enjoyed this book duet. Penny and Sebastian had insane chemistry that was palpable through the pages. It was well written and fast paced.

King Size by Madison Faye–Review

Lexi Whitlow is taking the ‘heir and a spare’ phrase to a different level. She wrote with such feeling that you could appreciate its uniqueness and genuineness.

King Size follows around Norah and Owen (aka. Collin). Norah is an American from Charleston, South Carolina. She is an artist, adventurer and thrill seeker. Norah has been traipsing through Europe and on this particular night she is in Paris where she has been interning with a fashion photographer. Owen ‘the spare’ has troubles of his own. However, he manages to sneak away for one last night of fun, prior to returning to his real world and responsibilities.  He is immediately drawn into Norah at first sight, but has been using his middle name, Collin. She is not anything like the usual Paris fashionistas and he likes this quality about her. Needless to say, they have an amazing night together only for it to be over when the sun comes up and he gets an emergency phone call from home.

Norah is not immune to the troubles that effect Owen. After being mad, about being left in bed, she receives an awakening from home that may put her plans on hold. She has a childhood friend that she has remained close too that she is hoping can help her out. Eric is willing to help, but has an agenda of his own. Norah agrees to whatever he wants, because she would like to visit her friend from college. Let’s just say from here on out, her future is being carved out and she doesn’t even know what it is or why. Fate has a funny way of working things out.

King Size was cute, royal, romantic read that was fast paced. Writing was well done with multiple twists and turns and ‘no way’ moments. This newly formed couple will have many issues that they need to conquer, individually and together. This was one story that I was sad to have reached the end!

Royally Pucked by Pippa Grant–Review

Manning Frey has been involved in yet another scandal, that his father, the King of Stolland, must deal with. In dealing with this latest scandal, his father has banished Manning to the US to play for an NHL team. After all, he is only the fourth in line behind his brothers and nephew, so he truly is the spare to the spare to the spare of the heir. His only importance is that he betrothed to an annoyingly stuck up women who wants nothing to do with Manning. However, they are expected to get married when he turns thirty.

Gracie Diamonte owns the one and only bakery in her small town of Goat’s Tit, Alabama. By day, she is the sweet southern baker, but her dark side is that of ‘the world’s filthiest-minded baker’. Yep, she stares at dick pics all day and makes them into edible cookies. This topic alone brought many laughable moments throughout the book.

Overall, there were many laugh out loud moments. From Manning’s roommate/teammate Ares, to the ‘emotional support monkey’ of Manning’s betrothed and Gracie’s sister (Joey) and her business partner (Peach), there was never a dull moment.

Manning is put on an extremely short leash, so he has security around him all the time and finds it extremely difficult to shake them. In the beginning of the book, Gracie and Manning have a quick, but intense encounter following one of his games. Four weeks later, there is the newest spare to the throne. What follows is hilarity of a mess among the characters, while Gracie and Manning fight for their happily ending.

I realize this only a book and not true life, but I had a hard time with Manning just being sent off to play hockey despite his ranking in ascension to the throne. I guess I had a hard time reading his storyline in this aspect and NOT try to compare it too English royalty. It wasn’t a huge hang-up or made me like the book any less, it just seemed odd that a Prince could play a dangerous sport and not help the family even if he was banished to the US.  Him playing for the NHL was good grounding factor and made him more human and lovable.

Gracie kicked A@@. I loved her character. She mentioned many times about how stupid she was (she has dyslexia) and was perfectly happy living her life in Goat’s Tit. Upon meeting Manning though, she developed some balls (not as much as her sister), but enough to fight for what she wants. As much as I loved Gracie and Manning, I can’t wait for Ares’ book to come out. I need to get inside that monosyllabic, GIF sending giant to see how he ticks!!

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Hothead by Stella Rhys–Review

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Evie has had a recent run of bad times. Five weeks prior she was happy, engaged and looking forward to moving into a glorious apartment that she picked out for her and her fiancée. Now, she is continuously leaking tears, calling her ex just to hear his voice and find out what went wrong, and inquiring if they could get back together. Leave it to her ex, Mike, to give her false hope on that topic.

‘We could get back together, Evie. I mean that’s the plan. We’re soul mates. But I need some time apart first.’

Let me just preface this by saying, Mike is a total scumbag (as you will soon see when you read the book). There, now we can move on to the next topic.

Drew, Drew, Drew. (insert sigh) Drew is the cocky a-hole that you love to hate AND hate to love. Oh man, he was one delicious character and written so well. Drew is a pitcher in the MLB and in recent years, hasn’t had the best reputation. There is only one person that knows what makes him tick and what went on when certain names/topics are brought up and that is his agent, Iain. It is only recently that Drew finds out that the word ‘trade’ has been linked with him. He is upset and furious, because his best friend, Emmett is his agent’s partner and younger brother of the owner of his team. Iain has told him that he needs to clean up his act.

Drew ends up at a bar, where he is sitting in the corner sulking about this recent news. While sitting there he overhears a woman on the phone crying and begging to talk to whomever was on the other end (Evie was leaving a message for Mike). He interrupts her and they get into a heated argument which ends in a kiss. This very public scene turns into the latest headlines, ‘Drew Maddox publicly grovels with girlfriend.’ This turns into a plan initiated by his agent, to restore Drew’s wild ways and party lifestyle. Insert Evie. The plan is for her to play the part of girlfriend to fiancée who moves in with Drew, to give off the appearance of a solid, steady and stable relationship.

I loved Evie and Drew together. Each displayed their own character tics, but what was pleasant to read was the many layers to each character. Evie may have appeared to be a whiny, sniveling doormat, but she truly had an enormous amount of inner strength and eventually a positive self-esteem. As I said earlier, Drew was cocky and an a-hole on the surface, but when pulling those layers back, he was a big teddy bear.

This couple experiences ups and downs, rough times, good times, emotional times, but where does this lead to? Do they get their happily ever after? I completely recommend this book!

Cheeky Prince/Cheeky Royal by Nana Malone–Review

4 ‘Cheeky’ stars

There is a small prequel to Cheeky Royal named Cheeky Prince. It gives the reader a slight insight into Sebastian and Penny’s backgrounds.

The real story begins in Cheeky Royal where Prince Sebastian has left his island and has been gone for about six months. As a special request from the king, Penny is tasked to try and find Sebastian and bring him home. Hilarity and adventure ensues.

I enjoyed the main characters. Penny is a ‘Calamity Jane’ type girl, where what can go wrong, usually will. Then there is Prince Sebastian. He is a beast unto himself.  As progression to the throne goes, he is the next in line, but his real passion lies elsewhere. Unfortunately, he has been told by his father (the King) that when he takes the throne, it would be impossible to continue to pursue his true passion of photography. This is unacceptable to Sebastian and has his own plan in the making to get out of being king.

Besides Sebastian and Penny, there are few secondary characters that also bring this story to light. Penny’s best friend, Ariel, brings a lot of fun to the storyline, while pushing Penny out of her comfort zone. Sebastian’s cousin though, is an a-hole and not a good brooding a-hole that we love to read about. I loved some of the tension between the security team that works with Sebastian and Ariel. Do I see fireworks on the horizon for the best friend?

Cheeky Royal is a sweet, fun and easy read with no major plot twists, but there are episodes of mystery and intrigue. This does end on a cliffhanger to be continued in Cheeky King. Now hold your horses before you think, ‘a cliffhanger, aww man.’ Cheeky King is expected to be released the end of April, so we don’t have long to wait.

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