Half Truths by Claire Contreras

4.5 STARS

Release Date: October 21, 2019

SYNOPSIS: You’ve heard of these groups – the secretive ones that only the crème de la crème are invited into, the ones outsiders speculate about for centuries – I’m the second in my family invited to attend, but to them, I’m fresh meat. New blood. New money, too. They think they’ll elbow past me, that I’m here for their amusement, for them to walk all over, they’ll find out soon enough that I’m not. I may look like one of them, with my designer bags and clothes straight from the Parisian runways, but I’m not. I’m here for answers, to take revenge for blood spilled on their centuries-old Persian rugs.

I transferred here in search for answers about what happened to my older brother, who hightailed out of here, and my friend who seemingly disappeared into thin air. I certainly wasn’t here for the attention of the star hockey player, regardless of how much he willed my eyes his way. I wasn’t here for his scrutiny or his judgment or to read into his mysterious aura. I was here for the society, because only they held the answers I needed. That was, until I found out that in order to get those answers, I needed to to go through him. He’s saying if I want in, I have to play by their rules, follow their lead. It’s a game I’m willing to play. I may be the second person I know of to be invited into their society, but I’ll be the first to make it out intact.

REVIEW: Wow. I don’t even know how to start because I am a jumble of feelings. I still don’t even know how I feel and I finished it 10 days ago. This book pulled me right in and I could not have put it down even if I wanted to. Seriously, I had no idea how much I would enjoy this book, and it really wasn’t like anything I’ve read in a long time.

Claire Contreras spun a mysterious story that had me guessing at every turn, and I am damn impressed. I’m also kicking myself for waiting so long to pick this one up. I enjoyed each and every twisted turn. This is romantic suspense at its best and I lived for Mae and Fitz’s interactions throughout the story. It’s really interesting that I felt there was a lot of depth to this story, and yet I feel like I only got the smallest taste of this fascinating world Contreras had built. I sincerely cannot recommend this book enough and CANNOT wait for book two: Twisted Circles!

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The Hating Season by K.A. Linde

5 STARS!!!

Release Date: April 28, 2020

SYNOPSIS: Court Kensington is a thorn in my side. I’m hired to clean up his badboy image, which would’ve been easy if my life wasn’t falling apart.

First, I catch my movie star husband having an affair with his co-star. Then when I return to work, my job is at stake, because Court has gotten himself into trouble…again.

Instead of getting him back in line, I find myself falling for his charm. And into his bed. And against the wall. And, and, and…

Except Kensington charm shouldn’t work on me. Not when I’ve sworn to never ever sleep with a client.

I had good intentions.
I really did.
But we all know the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

REVIEW: Dear Lord this series is AMAZING! Seriously, K.A. Linde was a new-to-me author when I read the first book, The Lying Season, and I was hooked! When I met English and Court in the first book, I just knew it had to happen (even if English was married). K.A. Linde knows how to give major depth to her characters and getting to know these two throughout this story was so, so good. I knew this book would be great, but she really developed Court in a way that made me like him despite all the crazy stuff he’s pulled. And English is just such a ball buster in the best damn way. She is strong and fierce, and I loved her so much.

This series has moved to one of my all-time favorites and I cannot wait for the next book with Camden and Katherine–it’s going to be an emotional mess and I am here for it! I’d obviously recommend this whole damn series!!

Thank you to K.A. Linde for sending me a signed copy of this book that I will treasure always!

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The Rival Roomies by Piper Rayne

5 STARS! ALL THE DAMN STARS!

Release Date: May 12, 2020

SYNOPSIS I’ve loved him from afar. Though most times he’s only a foot away. I’m smart enough to know he’ll never be anyone’s forever. He checks all the bad boy boxes. Tattoos. Check. Motorcycle. Check. Chip on his shoulder. Check check.

If he wasn’t my neighbor and friend I may have thrown myself at him. Okay, yeah. I wouldn’t. Because guys like Dylan don’t want a woman who writes kid’s math textbooks under him in bed. Instead, I pathetically savor morsels of moments where I have his sole attention.

That was until his archenemy moved in with me. Now suddenly, Dylan’s moving in too and warning off the first guy in a long time who’s showing me interest. Could he finally see me as more than a friend, or am I just a prize to win and show off to his enemy?

REVIEW

I had VERY HIGH expectations for this book, and Piper Rayne exceeded them all! THIS BOOK WAS EVERYTHING I WANTED IT TO BE!!! First of all, the build up in the first two books made me so freakin’ excited for this one. I love the whole unrequited love between friends that isn’t actually unrequited. Their journey and self-growth just makes the story so rich. Getting more background on Dylan, Knox, and the newbie Jax had me rooting for Dylan even more and really understanding him. Plus, now I can’t wait for Jax and Knox to get their HEAs and I think I might just know who Jax ends up with!

Okay, now let’s talk about the AMAZING Rian. She writes math books for living. I love this for some reason and just want to be friends with her. Her parents are something else, and you really learn about their impact on her in this one. The way she cares about Dylan gave me all the feels. Her and Dylan may come from different backgrounds, but they have so much more in common than they know. Their back stories just made them so endearing and I needed them to get their HEA. Alright, I could seriously go on all day, but I don’t want to give anything away. Let’s just say, I would 100% recommend this series in general, but especially this book!!

Thank you to Piper Rayne and Wildfire Marketing Solutions PR for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Parental Guidance by Avery Flynn

5 STARS

Release Date: June 17, 2019

Publisher: Entangled

SYNOPSIS

All I want is to play hockey on the Ice Knights, instead, I’m in a viral video for all the wrong reasons and my mom—yes, my mom—has taken over my dating apps. Then, when I think it can’t get any worse, the fates deliver Zara Ambrose, a five-feet-nothing redhead with more freckles than inches and who’d rather be anywhere other than on a date with me. 

Now a bet with her friends and my PR nightmare have us both stuck in this go-on-five-dates-with-the-same-person hell situation. But if we band together, we can get the whole thing over with and go on with our lives. It’s perfect! No feelings. No future. No fuc— *ahem* fun. No naked fun.

What could go wrong? Nothing—as long as I remember the rules. Don’t notice the way she looks in a dress. Don’t react when she does that little shivery sigh thing whenever we touch. Don’t think about the fact that she’s never had a toe-curling orgasm that wasn’t self-delivered and just how badly I want to change that.

Five dates—that’s it—and then we go our separate ways. At least, that was the plan..

REVIEW

Okay, I’m going to be real honest here. A hockey player having to fix his image, a dating app with parent involvement, and two adults that don’t even want to be on the app? I. AM. HERE. FOR. IT. Then I got to the female lead and PUMP THE BREAKS, a miniature artisan. Um what? How was I going to get invested in this randomness? Then all of a sudden I was half way through this book wanting to be friends with Zara, and completely and utterly invested in both her and Caleb. Avery Flynn’s hilarious writing pulled me all the way in and I COULD NOT PUT THIS DOWN.

I was cry-laughing at Zara’s Dad’s antics when they were first being interviewed on the morning show. I loved it. This is a rom-com at its finest. Not only was I laughing, but I was also feeling the emotions of the characters. I cannot say enough about this book, and I’m so excited for it to be out in the world for everyone to enjoy!

Thank you to Social Butterfly PR and Avery Flynn for the ARC in exchange for an honest review!!

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