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Hey all,

I hope everyone, no matter where you live, is enjoying the last weeks (hopefully) of winter.  I know I am sure tired of the damp, cold weather I’ve been having where I live.  So ready for warmer weather and steady sunshine!

Anyway, I just want to let you all know I am having knee surgery.  Some of you may remember I’ve had a surgery in the past already.  But this time it’s my other knee.  I am actually looking forward to fixing it so all is good!  

That said, this blog will be pretty quiet for a couple of weeks from this day forward. While I will have some releases/promos going out during that time, those are scheduled.  The good thing here is I will be able to enjoy more reading.  😉

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Professional Reader Reviews Published10 Book Reviews

Hi!

June 9, 2016

So this is my new blog.  On here I will review all the books I read.  Right now, nearly all my reviews can be found on Goodreads. As I continue to work on this blog I will sort and add my older reviews into categories. I am looking forward to this project as this is something I have wanted to do for a long time. I love to read and I love to write.  So I hope you will visit this blog from time to time and watch it grow.

Christine

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RELEASE BLITZ ~ Title: A Risky Prospect, Series: River Reapers MC #2, Author: Elizabeth Barone, Genre: Romantic Suspense, Release Date: March 18, 2019

 

Title: A Risky Prospect

Series: River Reapers MC #2

Author: Elizabeth Barone
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: March 18, 2019
Blurb
Brash social worker
Olivia has been through her own personal hell and come out the other side,
tattered but determined to make things better in her corrupt town—no matter the
cost. Her roommate’s current situation is the perfect place to start.
When ex-con Cliff’s
wild ol’ lady Olivia comes to him and the River Reapers for help, he’s on
board. His vigilante motorcycle club can get the job done, and it’ll help
convince Olivia to take the next step in their relationship.
But when Olivia’s
traumatic past walks through the club’s doors, there’s no stopping her from
doing whatever it takes to settle her own score. Even if it means crossing a
line that Cliff might not be able to pull her back from.
If you like dark romances with vengeance, heat, and a
hero who makes you swoon, you’ll love A Risky Prospect, Book 2 in
the River Reapers MC series.

Buy A Risky Prospect now!

AUTHOR’S NOTE: You
must read Book 1, A Disturbing Prospect, before reading A
Risky Prospect
.

 

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Excerpt
Pressing
the doorbell for Olivia’s place, I step back. Only the porch light is on. No
light shines from inside. I can’t imagine she and her roommate are already in
bed. I raise my fist and knock, a soft three-tap, just in case.
From the
other side, I hear a soft meow: Dio.
“Hey
buddy.” He meows again. I picture him rubbing his cheek against the door.
“I guess no one else is home. I’ll see you later.”
Turning, I chuckle.
Olivia’s got me talking to her cat now.
She’s got
me doing all kinds of things—like picking up her father. I wanted to see her
before I left, even if only to wish her luck for her first day at DCF. Maybe
see if there’s anything I should know before meeting him, or if there’s
anything she wants me to scope out before she meets him.
She isn’t
home, though, so there’s not much I can do, other than go back to the club
house and try to get some sleep.
I walk
slowly back to the Screamin’ Eagle. The last thing I want to do right now is go
to bed, mostly because I don’t want to get up at the ass crack of dawn to drive
all the way to Lewisburg. Traveling by train would take longer, and neither my
President or Treasurer were willing to pony up for a plane ticket. Worst of
all, I have to take a cage. It’ll be more comfortable than riding all the way
down, but the more I ride, the less I want to be in a car.
I swing
onto the bike and grab my helmet. Securing it in place, my fingers pause.
Olivia might be working tonight. That would explain why she isn’t home. There’s
also a chance she’s at my cousin’s, but I’d rather not ride all over town
trying to track her down. If she’s already at the club, I might be able to talk
her into staying the night. That way she can crash in my room after work, and I
can see her before I go. Maybe even see her naked.
Two birds,
one stone.
With that
happy thought, I fire up the Screamin’ Eagle, wincing a little as I imagine
poor Dio hiding from the noise. Ever since Eli, he’s been so skittish. If
Olivia hadn’t already killed him, I’d kill the motherfucker myself. Who the
hell tries to kill a tiny, defenseless kitten?
I wish
she’d told me what was going on before it got that bad.
That’s
Olivia for you. She can take care of herself, which is one of the things I love
most about her.
I nearly
stomp on the back brake.
I love her.
It’s a
whole-body realization. The road tips upward, the bike falls down into the sky.
I float for a moment, fingers and toes tingling. Then I slam back into my seat,
the bike firmly on 63. Somehow I still have my balance.
I have to
tell her. I’ve never been good at keeping my feelings to myself. My father’s
headstone is proof of that. It’s either tell her, or walk away, and I already
know I can’t do that.
I can’t
tell her, either.
She shut me
out when I suggested we move in together. I can only imagine what she’ll do if
I tell her I love her.
I love her.
The more I
repeat it, the more woozy my stomach is, like I’ve had a few drinks and I’m
warmed all the way through. At the same time, it makes me need a
drink.
There’s a
good chance I don’t really love her.
I have no
idea what it feels like to be in love. I know what it’s like to love someone—my
little cousin. I know what it means to be loved—my cousin again. But the odds
that I wholly, truly love the first woman I laid eyes on after getting out—not
to mention fucked in the back of a station wagon—are slim to none.
I’ve been
lonely for so long, I’m just imprinting on her.
That’s got
to be it. Because there’s no way someone like me can really love her, not now.
What I think I feel for Olivia can’t be real.
Not after
twenty years of crushing in noses with my fists. I don’t deserve it.
She doesn’t
deserve me.
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Author Bio
Elizabeth Barone writes books starring badass belles who
chose the other path because her life is just as offbeat. Before publishing her
debut novel, she was a chef, web designer, apprentice teacher, and retail
soldier, but writing is her first love. It took a debilitating autoimmune
disease to make her realize it was time to chase her dream.
Elizabeth is the author of over a dozen contemporary romance
and suspense novels. She lives in Connecticut with her real-life book boyfriend
(husband) Mike and their feisty little cat Squirt.
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RELEASE BLITZ ~ Title: Twisted Tales of Mayhem –  A Motorcycles, Mobsters and Mayhem 2019 Special Edition Anthology, Authors: Various, Genre: Romantic Suspense, Release Date: March 18, 2019

 

Title: Twisted Tales of Mayhem – 

A Motorcycles, Mobsters and Mayhem 2019

Special Edition Anthology

Authors: Various

 

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: March 18, 2019
About the Anthology
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Contributing Authors
VIKING
Sapphire Knight
When it comes to his club and his woman, he’s a savage.
Always has been, always will be.
HATCH
Piper Davenport
When the beloved Sargent at Arms for the Dogs of Fire MC
finds himself falsely incarcerated, his woman must move heaven and earth to
release him, while holding back a pack of ravenous bikers whose bite is worse
than their bark.
ABOUND WEDDING
Ryan Michele
Cooper and Bristyl are tying the knot. With the Ravage MC in
attendance, what could go wrong?
“GUST” LOST VALKYRIES MC
Esther E. Schmidt
Have you ever disassembled a ticking bomb? I have. Steady as
fuck hand, the longest last breath, and the will to live. There’s nothing I
can’t do and I have to admit, with all my brothers claiming an Old Lady, I’ve
been craving to claim one. Circumstances aside, I never in a million years
thought it would be Paisley.
SERVICE AND SACRIFICE
MariaLisa deMora
Amanda lost her husband to war. Alex lost part of himself.
Together, they’ll discover hope and peace can be found in the most unexpected
of places.
ONE WEEK
Colbie Kay
I’ve never been a man to follow rules, but one night I went
too far, crossing lines that should have never been touched. I’m about to break
the rules again, but this time I’m ready to make her mine. Only one problem
stands in my way, she’s getting married in one week.
OUR
NOTORIOUS NIGHT
K E Osborn
Doing deals in a hotel room seemed like the safe option. No
outside eyes, no mess, no damn fuss. What I didn’t count on was being
blindsided by a feisty maid who ended up seeing far too much. Now she’s a
problem – my problem. But maybe that problem will surprise me in a way I never
saw coming.
DUKE
Jack Davenport
Home from a war my country hated me for, I’m looking for my
place in the world, managing to find myself in jail instead. But when a vision
of perfection walks up the jailhouse steps, I’m lost. Now I just have to
convince her to get lost with me.
VIPER
Lilly Atlas
With his shiny new patch and legacy blood, Viper’s life is
dedicated to one day becoming president of the Devil’s Tribe MC. One look at
the beautiful and terrified Cassandra has him questioning everything his club
stands for. Never had loyalty to his club taken a back seat, but how could he
ignore the pleading in those green eyes?
WRAITH
Kathleen Kelly
The Harbingers of Death MC have wronged me. They don’t know
it yet, but I’m coming for them. They will all pay. For she will be avenged.
SPADE
Harley Stone
When a near-death experience brings a sexy Latino biker into
her life, Jessica will be tempted to throw her cautious nature to the wind.
Will Spade’s charm and panty-melting smile be enough to make this good girl go
wild?
WHISKEY RIDER
Vera Quinn
Two people on different paths when their world’s collide.
One by chance and the other by plan. No promises made but even the best of
plans can unravel over time.
BIRTHRIGHT
Shelly Morgan
Gemma DelBene is the daughter of the most infamous mafia
Crime Lord and sister to the next in line. But what happens when her mother and
brother are brutally murdered and her family is left without an heir?
DEMETRI
Sandy Alvarez & Crystal Daniels
Demetri- Ruthless ruler of the Volkov empire. If you’re not
with me your against me. I give no second chances. Glory Keller- she’s feisty,
independent, sexy and I’m going to make her mine. Thirsty for power, someone
crosses the line, threatening to take her and my empire away from me. Now, I’m
out for blood. No use in hiding from the devil himself- I will find you.
THE BIKER’S PROTECTION
Daphne Loveling
When a mysterious biker starts hanging out in the bar where
Samantha works nights, she thinks he’s just interested in a one night stand.
What she doesn’t know is that she’s been placed under Crow’s protection… and
he’s about to risk his own life to keep her safe.
OUTLAW JUSTICE
Jaime Russell
Justice needs to be served. But whose way; his or hers?
TAKEN TO THE CLEANER
Ginger Ring
You know you’re having a bad day when the man hired to keep
an eye on you is one that makes people disappear. Permanently.
HEX
Morgan Jane Mitchell
When Onyx O’Connor’s father dumps her in their old home
town, a tattooed, bad boy takes an interest. Discovering he’s not who he seems,
she finds out, neither is she
DIRTY LITTLE SECRET
Kailee Reese Samuels
Keep your secrets simple and your lies dirty.
PELIGRO
Angie M Brashears
In a world where love is a ghost story, no one is safe. Not
even familia. Peligro.
LEATHER AND LACE
K.A. Ware
Biker bitch royalty, strippers, a club whore, and a
bachelorette party…what could go wrong?
ROAR
Xavier Neal
What happens when Lion accidentally finds his Lioness?
RECKLESS ANGELS MC
Amy Davies
Reckless Angels MC are my life. I work hard and play hard
and can have any woman I want, but there’s only one woman for me. Why do I push
her away when all I want to do is to pull her close to me and never let go?
It’s time I work hard to get my own angel.
STYX AND STONES
Kristine Allen
I’m the Enforcer for the Demented Sons MC, I don’t do beach
hook-ups with a prim-ass school teacher. And I sure as hell don’t obsess over
the chick afterward. But that’s exactly what I did.
RYDER
Crimson Syn
Hate simmers between the Hellbound Lovers and the Devil’s
Syndicate. But when love and jealousy collide, decisions will be made, and
there’s no saying who might get burned.
BADGER
Teagan Brooks
When the girl who broke his heart years ago shows up at the
Blackwings MC clubhouse for the president’s daughter’s wedding, Badger, the VP,
is not only shocked, he is pissed. But a few words from his best friend’s wife
leaves him with more questions than answers. And Badger never lets anything go
unanswered.
TORQUE
Linny Lawless
Torque, the owner of Hardcore Cycles is only focused on one
thing, the V-twin engines that come into his shop. There’s no time for women or
love, that is until Ronnie, a raven-haired beauty comes into his sights. When
the biker beauty needs help, Torque’s primal instincts kick in, and there’s no
stopping him when it comes to protecting the woman he loves.
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RELEASE BLITZ ~ Title: Rebel Saint, Author: Adriane Leigh, Genre: Contemporary Romance, Release Date: March 18, 2019

 

Title: Rebel Saint
Author: Adriane Leigh
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: March 18, 2019

 

Blurb
She found herself on
the steps of St. Michael’s seeking shelter, what she didn’t expect was
temptation so sharp and sweet concealed beneath one snow-white collar.
He rescued her from rock bottom, desperate people squeezed
together by the desperate cracks of life, but their relationship was never
innocent. The thinly-veiled attraction combustible, magnetism so explosive it
rattles the very foundations of their belief.
But can their unholy
love story withstand the fall?

 

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Excerpt
“The dark
night of the soul? Mind telling me what the hell that was about?” The heavy
wooden door echoed through the tight chamber when it slammed against the door
jamb.
Bastien
remained still across the small sacristy, head bowed as he continued to work
quietly, deft fingers sliding thin, golden ropes of sacred fabric through his
fingers. “I’d rather know what you think.”
Frustration
thickened my blood. “I’m your dark night of the soul?! I think you went a step
too far.”
“If that’s what you call a step too
far I’d hate to hear what you call indecent.” His body was against mine in an
instant, my breasts heaving with shallow irritation and grazing the fabric of
his vestments.
This
profoundly infuriating man was under my skin like no one else had ever been,
and just like a bad tattoo, I’d pay a professional to gouge him out of my soul
if I could.
“This, for
instance,” he hissed, “is surely a step too close to your precious comfort
zone.” His body pressed closer, the deep ridge of his arousal cutting at my hip
and causing my throat to crack and turn to dust. “Don’t trick yourself into
believing that you know you more than
I do, Tressa.”
His dark
eyes glinted in the dim light, heartbeat vibrating in my ears the only noise in
the room. “What’s that supposed to mean?”
I couldn’t
catch my breath, his fingers crawling their way past my wrists, grazing the
underside of my elbows before his thumbs dug in and he was as far deep inside my
own heart as he could possibly go.
“You like
the dance, sweet dove, but just when things get intimate you pull away.”
His
scathing truth cut like a hot blade.
“No,” I
squeaked.
His soft
chuckle my only reply, my eyelids already glued shut in opposition of his
words.
“You think
you only show me the side of you you want me to see,” Bastien’s thumb danced
the arch of my brow, “but I see so much more than that.” His eyes flicked down
to my lips, hips working softly against mine.
“I’m
trained to see the broken parts you’ve spent a lifetime hiding. I’m trained to
be your light in the darkness, Tressa, but all that darkness,” his thumbs
worked inside my elbows, swaying me against his body as he grit against my
neck, “it weighs on me some days. Seminary doesn’t teach a flesh and blood man
how to channel all that darkness into…” he flexed behind his robes, my body
humming with pure desire for anything more he had to give, “productive
activities.”
I didn’t
have a reply for him, the way he swallowed my space and caused my heart to
thrum like a hummingbird was distracting enough, but his skin setting flame to
mine was beyond unbearable.
“What about
you, then?” I summoned my earlier anger. “You fancy yourself some sort of
holier than thou saint? Forgive me Father, but I call bullshit.”
Bastien’s
eyes held mine, the amusement chasing through his chocolate irises giving me
enough satisfaction to live on for days.
I squared
my shoulders. “You’re a prisoner to your belief.”
His
eyebrows rose, shock striking him before his face settled to that same
well-orchestrated calm he reserved for his parishioners. “You can bet I’m a
prisoner, but not for the reasons you think.”
His
admission caught me off guard, but not more than the next moment did.
His palms
caught my face, thumbs trailing down the warmth of my throat before he smashed
our lips together.
His kiss
defiled as much as it gave life.
He raped me
to the depths of my soul without ever removing a strip of my clothing.
“But that’s
where my beliefs with the church diverge.” He lips teased at the corners of my
mouth before his tongue darted out, tasting the bow of my top lip.
Oh sweet
fucking heaven.
“I happen
to believe it isn’t living if you’re not breaking a rule every now and again.”
He caught
the soft whimper on my lips with his, swallowing it instantly before his tongue
pushed past the barrier and he was sheathed in me again.
His taste,
far deadlier than I’d remembered.
“Despite
what my church may believe,” Bastien’s thumbs hooked at my shirt, the warm pads
of his fingertips sliding against my skin and cutting through my nerves like
hot butter, “I can’t renounce you.”
His palms
slid up my torso, divesting me of my shirt while one hand cupped a shiny
chalice, drips of wine already making their way between my breasts. Staining
the satin bra I wore, pooling in my navel, soaking a rebel river of red overtop
the elastic of my panties.
“I know the
taste of sin, sweet Tressa, I’ve tasted it every night in my dreams. Craving
you is a new and deadlier form of hell than the last I’d overcome.” He dropped
to his knees, the empty cup slipping to the floor and soaking his white robes
in scarlet before his tongue met my flesh in slow swipes, eyes glinting as he
held me flush to his mouth.
Soft mewls
formed on my lips as my body fell apart in his arms, limbs loose as he worked
his way up my body, tongue tasting every inch of the blessed wine from my skin
as he went.
“I am very
surely a prisoner to you, my sweet dove.”
Author Bio
Adriane Leigh is an Amazon Top 25 and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and erotic romance.
Raised in a snowbank in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, she was born with a book in
her hand and won her first Young Authors award before the age of ten. She
finished her first romance novel at 14, and hasn’t stopped playing with
words since. She earned a literature degree, co-founded and organized
international book conventions with RARE: Romance Author & Reader
Events, and has written more than 45 independent titles under various pen
names.
Married to her own Prince Charming, she now lives among the sand dunes of
Lake Michigan, and plays mama to two sweet baby girls. She’s a
romantic rebel and word junkie that believes wanderlust is life, is
part of the #goodvibetribe, and wishes she had more time to read and knit
scarves to keep her cozy during the arctic Michigan winters. Yoga pants,
puppies, and mac and cheese also help. Never miss a release! Get an alert
at: http://www.adrianeleigh.com

Praise
for Adriane’s work
“Sizzling
chemistry, a glamorous world, plot twists…a perfect combination held together
with Adriane Leigh’s addictive writing. I dove into this world, and didn’t want
to come up for air. I can’t wait for more!” – 
Alessandra Torre, Hollywood
Dirt


“Adriane
Leigh never dissapoints with equal amounts of heat and heart with all the sex,
suspense and scandal…Leigh’s newest mysterious hero will have you anxiously
flipping pages well into the night trying to uncover his secrets.” – 
Jay
Crownover, Marked Men

 

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RELEASE BLITZ ~ Breaking the Brat by Karma Kingsley ~ Available Now!

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Breaking the Brat by Karma Kingsley

Blurb:

Charlie Dixon

“Down for a little choke & stroke. I got you.” That’s the profile of my last Tinder date, and he was oh-so-disappointing. His “choke” was more like a light tap to the neck, and I couldn’t even bear getting to the “stroke.”

The word “intimidating” is one I hear pretty often. From almost every man I meet.

After a half dozen Tinder fails and another dozen setups, I’m resigning from dating. I’ll never meet a man who can handle me.

In one last-ditch effort, I’ve let my best friend take me to one of her kink parties. Disappointment after disappointment have given me pretty low expectations, but then, I meet him. Angelo Tibéa. Tall, dark, with no fucks to give. He’s quite possibly exactly the man I’ve been waiting for.

Angelo Tibéa

I’m not the kind of man who dates. I don’t do dinners, I don’t do kisses and I definitely don’t take my sexual interests outside of the club. I built it for exactly that reason, to keep my darkness contained. But something about Charlie Dixon stirs up everything inside of me. I have to have her… No, more than that. I have to own her.

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Excerpt:

“Like everyone else here, you came to get fucked.” He spat the word out so roughly that it made me tremble.

He tucked his hand around the back of my neck and gave it a harsh squeeze. I nearly purred in response, leaning into his grip.

“Didn’t you?” he asked, tightening his fingers around my nape. I was certain I’d have the outline of his hand on me before the night was done.

“Didn’t you?” he asked again more shortly.

I hadn’t. I hadn’t really known why I’d come, aside from Naomi’s relentless nagging. But now, in that moment, it was definitely to get fucked. Specifically, fucked by him. In the most agonizing way.

“I asked you a question,” he bit.

“I heard you,” I snapped back. His intensity turned me on, but it also triggered a disturbing need to be a brat, to see just how far I could push. Just how much he was willing to do to me.

A slow, terrifying smile spread on his lips. “And you think not answering me is an option?” His grip squeezed tighter, so tight my neck throbbed under each individual finger wrapped around it. “It isn’t.”

I shrugged as much as I could, even though his hold kept me mostly in place. “Seems like it is to me.”

“You have three seconds to tell me.” He yanked my head to the side and leaned to speak closely into my ear. “Did you come here to get fucked?” He said each word deliberately, and it set my whole body on fire.

Yes, yes, yes. But I wouldn’t say that out loud. If he wanted to hear it, he’d have to make me say it.

“One,” he said, and the sound of him counting made my nipples tighten. God, I couldn’t wait for whatever happened when he got to three.

“I can tell you aren’t going to let me be gentle with you.” His lips brushed against my ear and I vibrated under his touch.

“Two.”

I rolled my eyes and he grinned a twisted sort of grin.

“Your safe word is red. Only use it if you need it.”

I smacked my lips. “I don’t need a—”

“Three.”

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📝Review📝 ~ 🌟 🌟 🌟 ~ Again, but Better ~ Author: Christine Riccio ~ Genre: #YA #Contemporary ~Expected Publication: May 7th, 2019!

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Again, but Better

Christine Riccio

Genre: #YA #Contemporary

My Rating: 3.5

Cover: 5

Publication: May 7th, 2019

Read: March 9th, 2019

POV: First-person single perspective

Hardcover: 384

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Synopsis

Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents…sounds ideal — but Shane’s made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance…what’s that?

Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time’s a ticking, and she needs a change — there’s nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She’s going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure!

Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart.

Shane comes to find that, with the right amount of courage and determination one can conquer anything. Throw in some fate and a touch of magic – the possibilities are endless.

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📝My Review📝

I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

3.5 Stars! I have a lot of thoughts so get comfortable.

Again, but Better was a book that I was highly anticipating. I have been watching Christine’s videos for years and I always genuinely enjoyed her content. So of course I was going to support her debut novel. That being said my opinion is not biased at all. I have the ability to separate artist from art. But overall I generally enjoyed this book. Contemporary is my least favorite genre so this book was already at a disadvantage but there are certain one’s that I enjoy! I feel like Again, but Better would have received a higher rating if it wasn’t for the writing/ language used and the overall plot. Before I get into that I want to remark that the second half of this book is what saved it for me, it was much more enjoyable and actually had a plot. The first half…eh not so much. Also this book has a “magical” element to it and I really did not expect that so I found that really fun and fresh!

Okay onto the critique’s…

Did I think this book read as a fan-fiction of Christine’s actual life? Yeah I really did. Just knowing so much about Christine from her videos I realized that her and the main character Shane are literally the same person. Unfortunately Christine was not able to separate herself from her character very well and that really took me out of the reading experience. They have all the same interests, quirks, personality traits, appearance, awkwardness, etc… I just really did not enjoy that. Eventually I got used to it but I really should not have to do that. This book was also full of references to her favorite things: Lost, Harry Potter, Taylor Swift, Dan Brown, etc…It became too much eventually and I groaned every time a reference was made.

The writing was not good. I’m sorry Christine, I understand it is your first novel so there is room to grow but it was just really unprofessional. I really hated that she used “like” in sentences. Her prose read very “immature teenage girl.” Fun? No it was annoying. Again I got used to it but I shouldn’t have to. We were also constantly told about things that happened but almost never shown. This book is in serious need of editing. I think Christine should write is again, but better. *buh dum tss* Get it? Not funny? Okay moving on.

Social Anxiety rep! Not great! I have social anxiety so seeing Shane claim she has it…really did not sit well with me. To me it really felt like she was trying to make social anxiety a cute and quirky thing. It’s not. It is an absolutely crippling form of fear that actually ruins people’s lives. Some people can never get over it. Social anxiety can manifest in different ways for everyone who has it but the way it was portrayed in this novel was not correct. Shane does not have social anxiety, she is just socially awkward. If she did have social anxiety she would be constantly thinking and obsessing over all the dumb stuff she said and did and running through a million different scenarios of how it could have gone. Social anxiety isn’t just “I’m awkward and say weird things LOL peace sign!!!” It is a crippling mental illness that actually prevents people from functioning “normally.” A lot of people like to claim they have social anxiety when most really don’t. Just a lesson for the future, don’t claim you have social anxiety unless you have been diagnosed by a professional. I am very passionate about social anxiety representation because, like I mentioned, I have it and it has been a struggle and a battle every day. I care so much about how it is presented to the general public because it is a mental illness that was slowly killing me for years before I decided I needed to seek out help. I don’t like when people turn social anxiety into a “cute” thing because it’s not cute…it is a spiraling rabbit hole that is extremely hard to climb out of. So just to wrap it up, I am not happy with the “social anxiety” scenes in this book.

The plot was pretty much nonexistent. Nothing really happened throughout the book except for stupid teenage melodrama (even though Shane is 20…I think?). A plot and a purpose arrived in the second half of the novel but that is all spoilery so I can’t talk about it but it was very entertaining. The first half was not good though. It took me weeks to get through the first half of the book I never wanted to pick it up.

I hate the character names. Pilot? Babe? Shane? Atticus? Sahra? The fact that all the character’s names were so weird really distracted me. DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THE FACT THAT SHANE’S LAST NAME IS PRIMAVERI. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? YOU CHANGED ONE LETTER FROM PRIMAVERA. While I pretty much liked all the characters…well I didn’t dislike them, I wish there was more of Atticus and Sahra.

Last critique is the portrayal of Italian families. Okay listen the portrayal of Shane’s Italian family really isn’t inaccurate, lots of Italian families are like that…mine included. But no one has to see that you know? It made me kind of uncomfortable to see my own family drama reflected in a book. This is a personal preference but still I could have done without the psycho Italian and overbearing family members.

Fans of Stephanie Perkins, specifically Anna & The French Kiss, will really enjoy this book. I think lots of contemporary fans will find it enjoyable. I generally enjoyed it but yeah I found it cringy as hell at times so it is not going to rank very highly for me. But everyone has different tastes and I genuinely know that a lot of people will enjoy this more than I did. I am also a very critical reader so many of the issues I had with this book probably would not bother other people. This is only Christine’s first novel, she has so much room to grow as a writer and I am eager to see that growth.

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Genre: Sexy Romantic Comedy

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Mission: Survive my best friend’s wedding, where I must play
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LEGACYI refuse to tarnish my family name. The doubts only fuel me to be the fiercest
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