Minute Reviews [24]

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Minute Reviews

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Minute Reviews [24]A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole
Series: Reluctant Royals #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: February 27, 2018
Publisher: Avon Books
Format: eARC, 384 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:
Heat level: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne Flame

Between grad school and multiple jobs, Naledi Smith doesn’t have time for fairy tales…or patience for the constant e-mails claiming she’s betrothed to an African prince. Sure. Right. Delete! As a former foster kid, she’s learned that the only things she can depend on are herself and the scientific method, and a silly e-mail won’t convince her otherwise.

Prince Thabiso is the sole heir to the throne of Thesolo, shouldering the hopes of his parents and his people. At the top of their list? His marriage. Ever dutiful, he tracks down his missing betrothed. When Naledi mistakes the prince for a pauper, Thabiso can’t resist the chance to experience life—and love—without the burden of his crown.

The chemistry between them is instant and irresistible, and flirty friendship quickly evolves into passionate nights. But when the truth is revealed, can a princess in theory become a princess ever after?

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In Review My Thoughts

Confession time: I pretty much picked A Princess in Theory up initially because of the absolutely gorgeous color. There’s no sense in denying that’s what initially drew me to it. I’ve also been interested in adding some diversity to the romance I’m reading, so that made me want to read it even more. Once I actually read the blurb, I knew I absolutely had to read it. I’m so glad I did, too.

Who doesn’t love a good royal romance? I know I do. There’s something about the “regular girl” and prince/king/whatever pairing that just works for me. The added twist here of Naledi and Thabiso actually being betrothed while they were kids made it even better. It had a definite second chance(ish) feel to it and that’s basically catnip to me. From the beginning when Thabiso was lying about his identity and pretending to be a commoner through the time spent together getting to know each other — and themselves, in some respect — again, I loved it all.

The characters were fantastic, too. Ledi was a totally kickass heroine. I’d be friends with her in real life in a heartbeat. I was girl crushing on her pretty hard after only a couple chapters. I appreciated her humor, drive and intelligence. She was so easy to relate to. Thabiso was so freaking swoony I almost didn’t know what to do with myself. I’m a total sucker for a hero who is all in and only has eyes for one woman. He totally wore his heart on his sleeve and I loved it.

A Princess in Theory was a hit. It was fun and sexy and even delivered some feels. I can’t wait to see what’s next for the Reluctant Royals series. I’ve had heart eyes for the cover of A Duke by Default since I first saw it, but now that I know the words inside are just as fantastic as the cover, I have total grabby hands.

FAVORITE QUOTES

He didn’t expect a happily ever after like in the slim white romance books of his youth. He expected excitement, and it looked like Naledi could provide just that.

“I feel like my entire life has been me trying to keep everything together, but right now I want to fall apart. And I want you to be the guy that makes me.”

“This is the Velcro thing, isn’t it? The not sticking? Ledi, if you haven’t noticed, let me tell you, I’m stuck. Intractably so.”

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About Alyssa Cole

Alyssa Cole is an award-winning author of historical, contemporary, and SFF romance. Her Civil War-set espionage romance AN EXTRAORDINARY UNION is the winner of the American Library Association's RUSA Best Romance for 2018. She's contributed to publications including Shondaland, The Toast, Vulture, RT Book Reviews, and Heroes and Heartbreakers, and her books have received critical acclaim from The New York Times, Library Journal, Kirkus, Booklist, Jezebel, Vulture, Book Riot, Entertainment Weekly, and various other outlets. When she’s not working, she can often be found watching anime with her husband or wrangling their menagerie of animals.

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Minute Reviews [24]The Ones Who Got Away by Roni Loren
Series: The Ones Who Got Away #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: January 2, 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Format: eARC, 354 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:
Heat level: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne Flame

It's been twelve years since tragedy struck the senior class of Long Acre High School. Only a few students survived that fateful night—a group the media dubbed The Ones Who Got Away.

Liv Arias thought she'd never return to Long Acre—until a documentary brings her and the other survivors back home. Suddenly her old flame, Finn Dorsey, is closer than ever, and their attraction is still white-hot. When a searing kiss reignites their passion, Liv realizes this rough-around-the-edges cop might be exactly what she needs...

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In Review My Thoughts

I’ll admit, I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into when I first picked up The Ones Who Got Away. I have this habit of requesting or buying a book and then not reading the blurb or anything about it before I start reading. That’s exactly what happened here, so I didn’t this book was about the survivors of a school shooting. That’s an emotional subject for me, but that didn’t stop me from reading (and loving) this book. It was addictive and I couldn’t read it fast enough.

Olivia and Finn were everything. My heart broke for the tragedy they endured in high school. It broke nearly equally for the fact they were separated so long. I got it though. Things were complicated. One thing was for sure, however, there was absolutely still something between them. It didn’t take long for both of them to realize it either. What ensued was a swoony and sexy second chance, amidst the memories of the classmates they lost and everything that led up to that fateful night. (And what came after, naturally.)

The Ones Who Got Away could’ve very easily been an overwhelmingly emotional book. I’m glad it wasn’t though. Don’t get me wrong, the book wasn’t without emotions, but I didn’t feel like I was drowning in them either. I feel like there’s a fine line between sensationalizing the events of a tragedy like the one the Long Acre students endured and paying respect to them and the impact they have on the survivors. Roni found the right balance here. There were sad moments, but there was more hope than fear or sadness.

I’m so glad this book kicks off a new series. I was in no way shape or form ready to give up the Long Acre characters. I’m a greedy reader who wants ALL THEIR STORIES. (Or, at the very least, the stories of the women who are closest to Olivia.)

FAVORITE QUOTES

“To the outside world, this was a tragedy. Something people discuss over dinner, shake their heads at, or get political about. To us, this was our life, our school, our friends.” 

“Kiss?”
“No. Pretend we’re the people we used to be. Those people don’t exist anymore. They’re ghosts.”
 

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About Roni Loren

Roni wrote her first romance novel at age fifteen when she discovered writing about boys was way easier than actually talking to them. Since then, her flirting skills haven’t improved, but she likes to think her storytelling ability has. After earning a master’s degree in social work from LSU, she worked in a mental health hospital, counseled birthmothers as an adoption coordinator, and did management recruiting in her PJs. But she always returned to writing.

Though she’ll forever be a New Orleans girl at heart, she now lives in Dallas with her husband and son. If she’s not working on her latest sexy story, you can find her cooking, watching reality television, or picking up another hobby she doesn't need--in other words, procrastinating like a boss. She is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and a winner of the prestigious RITA Award.

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Minute Reviews [24]The Coaching Hours by Sara Ney
Series: How to Date a Douchebag #4
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: February 5, 2018
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eBook, 342 pages
How I got it: Kindle Unlimited
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
My rating:
Heat level: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne Flame

THERE ARE NO DOUCHEBAGS IN THIS STORY.

Well, there are, but they’re not who this story is about.
This story is about me—the coach’s daughter.
When I moved to Iowa to live with my dad, the university's take-no-prisoners wrestling coach, I thought transferring would be easy as pie—living with my father would be temporary, and he'd make sure his douchebag wrestlers left me alone.
Wrong on both counts.

ASSHOLES ALWAYS COME OUT OF THE WOODWORK WHEN THE STAKES ARE HIGH.

A bet is placed, and I'm on the table. After one humiliating night and too much alcohol, I find the last nice guy on campus. And when he offers to rent me his spare bedroom, I go all in. It’s time for the nice guy to finish first.
Midnight chats and spilling my problems turn to lingering touches. Lingering touches turn to more.
And the ultimate good guy has the potential do more damage than any douchebags ever could.

In Review My Thoughts

I discovered Sara Ney and the Douchebags at the perfect time — right before the release of The Coaching Hours! I had just enough time to binge the first three books in the series, fall totally in love and only have to wait a few weeks for the fourth and final book. While I’m sad there are no more douchebags, I loved how this series wrapped up.

I’m all about the trope-y romance and friends to lovers is one of my absolute favorites. Always has been, always will be. I was pretty much destined to adore Anabelle and Elliot. And boy did I ever. I loved the pace at which things developed between them. It didn’t feel rushed and instead gave me that sweet, slow burn I love so much when it’s done right. I really enjoyed both of the characters and it was nice to see another non-douchebag guy get the girl.

The Coaching Hours was a great read. I read it in more or less one sitting. It was sweet, sexy and overall fun to read. And now I have to confess that I wasn’t exactly honest earlier. I did love the way the series wrapped up, but I desperately wish it wasn’t the end. I would basically sell a kidney for Gunderson to get a book. I’d even take a novella, but I probably wouldn’t give up a kidney for that. I would happily read it though. I never thought he would get under my skin, but he did.

FAVORITE QUOTES

Those douchebags need to learn a lesson. And I’m just the girl to teach them.

Me: I had sex with my roommate. WHAT THE HELL DO I DO NOW?
Oz: You do it again. Duh.

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About Sara Ney

Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte's, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.

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Minute Reviews [24]Charming Hannah by Kristen Proby
Series: Big Sky #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: February 27, 2018
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 214 pages
How I got it: From the author
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:
Heat level: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne Flame

Hannah Malone loves her new town. Despite living in Cunningham Falls for five years, she’s still considered a “move in” by most of the locals, and that doesn’t bother her in the least. She’s the “new girl”, and she hasn’t regretted it for one day. This town is her sanctuary. Her home. The one place she finally fits in and feels safe after a lifetime of being different and running from the memories and a past so far away it can’t haunt her anymore.

As the newly appointed police chief, Brad Hull has the responsibility to keep his citizens safe and to maintain order. His roots in this town are deep—five generations deep, to be exact. Cunningham Falls, Montana is his town, and being a cop and protecting what’s his is his passion. Everything’s running like clockwork until a sassy redheaded doctor moves in and disrupts the order—and Brad’s focus.

She’s not just beautiful, funny, and strong. Hannah’s everything he’s been looking for in a woman. The chemistry is undeniable, and the heat in the bedroom is off the charts. Brad knew the minute he met Hannah that she was the one for him. He’s tenacious in his pursuit of her. But when the past catches up with Hannah, will Brad be able to protect her and their hearts?

In Review My Thoughts

I’ve been a big fan of Kristen Proby’s books since I read the first one a couple years back. First it was her Boudreaux series, then Fusion and Love Under the Big Sky. (No, I still haven’t read her With Me series. One of these days…) Charming Hannah is the latest in a long list of her books that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. The Love Under the Big Sky series was a big surprise for me. I didn’t think I’d like cowboy/western type romances as much as I did. Naturally I was thrilled to learn she was continuing in that world with this latest release.

Kristen gives good chemistry and swoony romance. (And blisteringly hot sexy times, more often that not.) Hannah and Brad delivered all of these things. Better yet? It was in a story with very little drama. I like when the adults in my romance books act like adults, so the usual misunderstandings don’t work for me. When things got tough, they talked it out. You know, like adults.

I really liked both Hannah and Brad, too. Hannah was super relatable at times for reasons I’m not going to get into in my review. You’ll understand when you read though. Brad was sexy as hell and gave me all the swoons. I do love a man who can bring the heat and he did just that. Did I mention he has an adorable dog, too? Bonus points!

Charming Hannah was a great read. I loved seeing the ladies from the Love Under the Big Sky series again and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next in this new chapter.

FAVORITE QUOTES

“Your body and your heart belong to me, Hannah.”

“You are not broken, sweetheart. You’re not a hot mess. You’re a human being, and sometimes life is just hard.”

“You make me feel things, Brad. Big things.”

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About Kristen Proby

Kristen is the author of the Amazon and USA Today bestselling With Me In Seattle series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong characters who love humor and have a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type; fiercely protective and a bit bossy, and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves.

Kristen spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.

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