Minute Reviews [31]

Posted July 7, 2019 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review, Minute Reviews / 0 Comments

Minute Reviews

Oh hey, it’s time for more Minute Reviews! Once again I’m terribly behind on reviews and this is the best way I know to knock out a few at once. Each of the books in this post are first half of 2019 reads. Some are VERY early 2019 reads. ??‍♀️

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Minute Reviews [31]99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: January 29, 2019
Publisher: William Morrow
Format: eARC, 368 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
My rating:
Heat level: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne Flame

Darcy Barrett has undertaken a global survey of men. She’s travelled the world, and can categorically say that no one measures up to Tom Valeska, whose only flaw is that Darcy’s twin brother Jamie saw him first and claimed him forever as his best friend. Despite Darcy’s best efforts, Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99%. That’s the problem with finding her dream man at age eight and peaking in her photography career at age twenty—ever since, she’s had to learn to settle for good enough.

When Darcy and Jamie inherit a tumble-down cottage from their grandmother, they’re left with strict instructions to bring it back to its former glory and sell the property. Darcy plans to be in an aisle seat halfway across the ocean as soon as the renovations start, but before she can cut and run, she finds a familiar face on her porch: house-flipper extraordinaire Tom’s arrived, he’s bearing power tools, and he’s single for the first time in almost a decade.

Suddenly Darcy’s considering sticking around to make sure her twin doesn’t ruin the cottage’s inherent magic with his penchant for grey and chrome. She’s definitely not staying because of her new business partner’s tight t-shirts, or that perfect face that's inspiring her to pick up her camera again. Soon sparks are flying—and it’s not the faulty wiring. It turns out one percent of Tom’s heart might not be enough for Darcy anymore. This time around, she’s switching things up. She’s going to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers.

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 (and I think many other readers) had high hopes for Sally Thorne’s sophomore novel. I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews for it, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s not The Hating Game. I didn’t want it to be The Hating game. I was looking for something different, but with the same style and charm. And I feel like I really got that with 99 Percent Mine.

The characters were super quirky (and dare I even say a little “weird”) in this book. It was a little tough for me to get a read on both Darcy and Tom, but once I did I was all in. I’m a sucker for an unrequited love/brother’s best friend book (even if I want to smack said brother for being a jerk). Darcy was sassy. Tom was a really nice guy. I thought they were both likable, and I enjoyed how things progressed before them. It was a fun, swoony and charming. It wasn’t THG, but I loved it for what it was.

Favorite Quotes:

“Why are you always trying to convince me that you’re not perfect? To me, you are. Completely perfect. Believe me, I’ve undertaken a worldwide census. No one else measures up.” 

“Once someone’s mine, they’re gonna stay mine. One hundred percent, forever. You know what I’m like.”

“No one else is kissing you anymore. Your mouth is mine.”

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About Sally Thorne

Sally Thorne lives in Canberra, Australia, and spends her days writing funding submissions and drafting contracts (yawn!) so it’s not surprising that after hours she climbs into colorful fictional worlds of her own creation. Sally believes that romance readers are always searching for intensity in their next favorite book—and it isn't always so easy to find. The Hating Game is her first novel.

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Minute Reviews [31]Baking with a Rockstar by Jasmin Miller
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: February 26, 2019
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 356 pages
How I got it: From the author
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
My rating:
Heat level: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne Flame

When a rockstar and a single mom become roommates, delicious sparks are bound to fly.

Rockstar Hudson Mitchell is over the glitz and spotlight of the music industry. Desperate for a break from the fast-paced life of fame, he retreats to the one place that has always been home.

Brooksville, California.

It's the same place where Charlie has taken refuge, trying to build a life for herself and her young daughter. The quiet, small-town atmosphere and her new bakery venture are exactly what she needs to pick up the pieces of her shattered past.

As they spend more time together, neither of them is prepared for the effect Charlie has on Hudson, and how important she would become for his career.

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

It’s always exciting when someone you know (whether online or IRL) publishes a book. I was thrilled for Jasmin, who I’ve known through Instagram for ages, pubbed her first book. While rockstars aren’t my go to, I was still excited to read Baking with a Rockstar. It was a super sweet, swoony and utterly charming debut.

I love a good single parent story. That alone had me wanting to read this book, despite my overall thoughts on rockstar heroes. Charlie was a wonderful heroine and mom. Hudson wasn’t the stereotypical rockstar and I was thankful for that. Their slow burn relationship started off with a meet cute that was absolutely adorable, built into a friendship that made me smile and then a romance that made me swoon. I loved their chemistry and legit smiled my way through basically the entire book. And those scenes with Hudson and Mira, Charlie’s daughter? SWOON CITY.

Favorite Quotes:

This kiss is everything. It makes me feel alive in a way I’ve never felt before—all-consuming and powerful. It goes deeper than just a physical connection, making me drown in the overwhelming sensation of it all.

“I didn’t know what was missing from my life until you showed up. I want you so badly, I can barely think straight anymore.”

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About Jasmin Miller

Jasmin Miller is a professional lover of books and cake (preferably together) as well as a fangirl extraordinaire. She loves to read and write about anything romantic and never misses a chance to swoon over characters. Originally from Germany, she now lives in the western US with her husband and three little humans that keep her busy day and night.

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Minute Reviews [31]The Perfect First by Maya Hughes
Series: Fulton U #1
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: April 25, 2019
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eARC, 342 pages
How I got it: From the author
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
My rating:
Heat level: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne Flame

Persephone Alexander. Math genius. Lover of blazers. The only girl I know who can make Heidi braids look sexy as hell. And she’s on a mission. Lose her virginity by the end of the semester.

I walked in on her interview session for potential candidates (who even does that?) and saw straight through her brave front. She’s got a list of Firsts to accomplish like she’s only got months to live. I’ve decided to be her guide for all her firsts except one. Someone’s got to keep her out of trouble. I have one rule, no sex. We even shook on it.

I’ll help her find the right guy for the job. Someone like her doesn’t need someone like me and my massive...baggage for her first time.

Drinking at a bar. Check.

Partying all night. Double check.

Skinny dipping. Triple check.

She’s unlike anyone I’ve ever met. The walls I’d put up around my heart are slowly crumbling with each touch that sets fire to my soul.

I’m the first to bend the rules. One electrifying kiss changes everything and suddenly I don’t want to be her first, I want to be her only. But her plan was written before I came onto the scene and now I’m determined to get her to re-write her future with me.

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 became an early fan of Maya Hughes back in 2018 with her debut, Shameless King. For whatever reason (or more specifically “too many books, too little time”), I didn’t keep up with her Kings of Rittenhouse series, but I was excited to see she was launching a new NA series. The Perfect First sounded like a fun and sexy read. And you know what? It was!

This isn’t the first “virgin looking to lose her virginity” book I’ve read, but this one still stands out from the pack for me. I really liked both Seph and Reece. Who doesn’t love to see a geekier girl land a football player? I sure do. They have a fun meet cute, what with Reece thinking Seph was going to help him with his PR and Seph thinking Reece showed up for her interview of candidates to help with her virginity. ? I really enjoyed watching this slow burn unfold between them, and watching each character really come into their own made it all the better.

Favorite Quotes:

I wanted sweaty, crazy, blow your socks off, curl your toes sex, dammit. I wanted intense feelings and to finally let go for once.

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About Maya Hughes

Maya has always loved romance novels, one look at her Kindle will confirm that. She started writing her first romance novel while pregnant with her third child. One of her best friends said she should go for it and she hasn’t looked back. Now her romance writing addiction has replaced her romance reading addiction.

You can find her writing on her foldable keyboard and phone anytime inspiration strikes. She feels super weird talking about herself in third person. I write stories about characters with flaws and painful pasts, so I can heal them with my words and bring them together with their perfect match. The path is paved with love, laughter and lots of steamy nights!

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Minute Reviews [31]Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: May 28, 2019
Publisher: Gallery Books
Format: eARC, 288 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
My rating:
Heat level: One FlameOne Flame

For as long as she can remember, Bronx-born Naomi Powell has had one goal: to prove her worth among the Upper East Side elite—the same people for which her mom worked as a housekeeper. Now, as the strongminded, sassy CEO of one of the biggest jewelry empires in the country, Naomi finally has exactly what she wants—but it’s going to take more than just the right address to make Manhattan’s upper class stop treating her like an outsider.

The worst offender is her new neighbor, Oliver Cunningham—the grown son of the very family Naomi’s mother used to work for. Oliver used to torment Naomi when they were children, and as a ridiculously attractive adult, he’s tormenting her in entirely different ways. Now they find themselves engaged in a battle-of-wills that will either consume or destroy them…

Filled with charm and heart and plenty of sex and snark, this entertaining series will hook you from the very first page.

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

Lauren Layne is one of my favorite authors, so naturally I was thrilled she was writing a new series. The early teases sounded so good. When the cover for Passion on Park Avenue was released, I basically swooned. (I’m a little bit in love with NYC, ok?) I started hearing early buzz for the book that slightly tamped down my excitement, but I still wanted to read it. I’m glad I did, too. It was a wonderful book, even if I thought it felt a little more like women’s fiction than romance with the fade-to-black. (Not that it’s a bad thing, mind you. It’s just not what I’ve come to expect from her.)

I really did love Naomi and Oliver. Their story had plenty of ups and downs. Emotional roller coaster, anyone? But with the angst was a healthy dose of chemistry, laughs and a slow burn that I just couldn’t wait to catch flame. Unfortunately it never really exploded because of the fade-to-black. BUT, the characters (including the ladies Naomi made the pact with) and storytelling made up for that and made this a thoroughly enjoyable read. All in all, the Central Park Pact series is off to a promising start, with wonderful writing and characters I definitely want more from. I can’t wait to read the next book!

Favorite Quotes:

“The next time you look at me like you want me to kiss you, I will.”

“You’re no longer a puzzle I’m interested in solving.”

Her heart might belong to Oliver. But her pride was still her own.

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About Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne used to work in e-commerce. She wore cute shoes and real-person clothes like an adult.

Then she was like, nope, changed into her pajamas and started writing romance novels.

She believes in sarcasm, weekday happy hours, and happily ever after.

She lives in the Seattle-area with her husband and jumbo Pomeranian.

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