Contemporary Romance Reviews: Catching Up

Here’s the fourth installment of my catch-up reviews, and it’s the longest: contemporary romance. This could also be called “A Bunch of Lauren Layne Reviews and Some Others.”

HELEN HOANG

THE KISS QUOTIENT: 1

tkq.jpgThe Kiss Quotient
Published: 2018
Genre: CR
Format: Paperback
Pages: 317
Source: 
Own
Dates Read: 
June 8-13, 2018
Grade: 
A
Goodreads Synopsis: 
Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases–a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice–with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan–from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but crave all of the other things he’s making her feel. Their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic…

Review: Adorable. Precious. Touching. Representation is so important. I think Hoang put it best herself:

This crusade to fix herself was ending right now. She wasn’t broken. She saw and interacted with the world in a different way, but that was her. She could change her actions, change her words, change her appearance, but she couldn’t change the root of herself. At her core, she would always be autistic. People called it a disorder, but it didn’t feel like one. To her, it was simply the way she was. (287)

I savored this book. It took me five days to finish it because I didn’t want it to end, and that’s one sign of a wonderful book.

Favorite Quotes: 

  • The gelato shop dropped away. The people disappeared. In that moment, it was just her and Michael, the taste of ice cream, and their slowly warming lips. (79)
  • Michael was mint chocolate chip for her. She could try other flavors, but he’d always be her favorite. (264)
  • She wasn’t a good deed. She was a person. (268)

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LAUREN LAYNE

SEX, LOVE, AND STILETTO: 1-4

atkAfter the Kiss
Published:
 2013
Genre: CR
Format: 
Kindle
Pages: 205
Source: Own
Dates Read: May15-16, 2018
Grade: A-
Goodreads Synopsis: Julie Greene loves flings. Loves steamy first dates, sizzling first kisses, and every now and then, that first sexy romp between the sheets. Comfy pants, sleepy Sundays, movie nights on the couch? Shudder. But when Julie gets assigned the hardest story of her career—a first-person account of that magical shift between dating and “I do”—she’ll need a man brave enough to give a total commitment-phobe a chance at more.

Normally, Mitchell Forbes would be exactly that man. A devastatingly hot workaholic who tends to stay in relationships for far too long, he should be the perfect subject for Julie’s “research.” But what Julie doesn’t know is that Mitchell is looking to cut loose for once in his life. And the leggy journalist notorious for avoiding love is exactly the type of no-strings fling he’s looking for. In other words, Mitchell is the polar opposite of what Julie needs right now. And, at the same time, he’s exactly what she wants.

Review: One thing I appreciate about Layne’s writing is that she makes me relate to people I wouldn’t have thought I could otherwise. And that’s one of the joys of literature as a whole.

Favorite Quote: It was a hot dog. Just like on that first day. No, not exactly like the first day. No relish this time. For some reason, that one small change made her feel like weeping more than anything else. It represented all of the nuances that changed a man from being just a guy to being the guy. (Loc 2633)


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ltoywLove the One You’re With
Published: 2013
Genre: CR
Format: 
Kindle
Pages: 353
Source: Own
Dates Read: May 27-31, 2018
Grade: A-
Goodreads Synopsis: As a leading columnist for Stiletto, Grace Brighton has built a career warning women about rotten, cheating liars. She just never suspected her fiancé would be one of them. After Grace takes a heart-mending hiatus, her first assignment is to go on a couple of dates with a counterpart from the men’s magazine Oxford and report her impressions. Grace 1.0 may have been instantly smitten with the gorgeous correspondent, but Grace 2.0 has sworn off relationships for six months, and she’s not falling for his outstanding bod and trophy-winning kisses . . . or is she?

Jake Malone wants to get back to the fly-by-night, who-knows-what’s-next guy he used to be, and he knows exactly how to do it. Oxford is adding a travel section, and Jake—with no wife and no kids and a willingness to live anywhere, eat anything, do everything—is perfect for the job . . . except that his playboy reputation makes his new editor nervous. To get the gig, he must agree to a fluffy joint article with Stiletto. But after just one date with snooty, sumptuous, sensational Grace Brighton, Jake starts taking this assignment a whole lot more seriously.

Review: These two were so cute. I loved them together from their initial heated cab ride, through their “dates,” and all the way to the end and back.


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jonJust One Night
Published: 2014
Genre: CR
Format: 
Kindle
Pages: 252
Source: Own
Dates Read: June 2-6, 2018
Grade: B-
Goodreads Synopsis: Riley McKenna knows sex—good sex, bad sex, kinky sex…Her articles in Stiletto magazine are consistently the publication’s most scandalous—and the most read. But Riley has a secret…all that sexy talk? Not an ounce of it comes from personal experience. Her own bedroom escapades are more limited than even her best friends know. When her editor requests that all columnists write something more personal for Stiletto’s anniversary issue, Riley turns to the one man she’s always been able to count on and calls in the favor of a lifetime.

Sam Compton would do anything for Riley McKenna. Anything except be her experimental sex toy. He refuses her request. At least until she tells him that it’ll either be him or she’ll go to someone else. And that, Sam can’t accept. Reluctantly he agrees to her terms—one night of completely meaningless sex in the name of research. Riley thinks she’s prepared for what awaits her in Sam’s bed. After ten years of writing about sex, actually doing it shouldn’t be that different, right? So wrong. What starts as “one time only” becomes “just one more time.” And then one more. And before they know it, Riley and Sam learn first-hand that when it comes to love, there’s no such thing as just one night.

Review: This was probably my least favorite of Layne’s books so far. It’s still good, but it fell a little flat for me.

Favorite Quotes: 

  • Life’s not easier for any of us. The best we can do is choose to get through it with the right people. (Loc 3194)
  • Not out of revenge, but because she owed it to her readers—owed it to herself, to admit that no matter how hard you tried, no matter how many things you did right, sometimes the fairy-tale ending just wasn’t in the cards. (Loc 3237)

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ttwlThe Trouble with Love
Published: 2015
Genre: CR
Format: 
Kindle
Pages: 248
Source: Own
Dates Read: September 28 – October 3, 2018
Grade: B+
Goodreads Synopsis: As Stiletto magazine’s authority on all things breakup-and-heartache, Emma Sinclair writes from personal experience. Five years ago, Emma was Charlotte, North Carolina’s darling debutante and a blushing bride-to-be. Now she’s the ice queen of the Manhattan dating scene. Emma left her sultry Southern drawl behind, but not even her closest friends know that with it she left her heart. Now Emma’s latest article forces her to face her demons—namely, the devilishly sexy guy who ditched her at the altar.

After giving up everything for a pro-soccer career, Alex Cassidy watches his dreams crumble as a knee injury sidelines him for good. Now he’s hanging up his cleats and giving journalism a shot. It’s just a coincidence that he happens to pick a job in the same field, and the same city, as his former fiancée . . . right? But when Emma moves in next door, it’s no accident. It’s research. And Alex can’t help wondering what might have been. Unlike the innocent girl he remembers, this Emma is chic, sophisticated, and assertive—and she wants absolutely nothing to do with him. The trouble is, Alex has never wanted her more.

Review: I don’t have any special thoughts or quotes from this one, but it brought me out of a reading slump. It’s good, so you should read it.


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OXFORD: 1

iyIrresistibly Yours
Published: 2015
Genre: CR
Format: Kindle
Pages: 265
Source: Own
Dates Read: May 13-15, 2018
Grade: A-
Goodreads Synopsis: Hotshot sports editor Cole Sharpe has been freelancing for Oxford for years, so when he hears about a staff position opening up, he figures he’s got the inside track. Then his boss drops a bombshell: Cole has competition. Female competition, in the form of a fresh-faced tomboy who can hang with the dudes-and write circles around them, too. Cole usually likes his women flirty and curvy, but he takes a special interest in his skinny, sassy rival, if only to keep an eye on her. And soon, he can’t take his eyes off her.

Penelope Pope knows all too well that she comes off as just one of the guys. Since she’s learned that wanting more usually leads to disappointment, Penelope’s resigned to sitting on the sidelines when it comes to love. So why does Cole make her want to get back in the game? The man is as arrogant as he is handsome. He probably sees her as nothing more than a barrier to his dream job. But when an unexpected kiss turns into a night of irresistible passion, Penelope has to figure out whether they’re just fooling around – or starting something real.

Review: I loved this one. I’m not a big fan of baseball, but Cole and Penelope made it a little cute. I found myself relating to Penelope quite a bit and found Cole to be a fun character, if a bit understandably hesitant, stubborn, and proud at times. Bonus: I love the name Penelope.

Favorite Quotes:

  • There was throat clearing from the doorway and she turned to see Lincoln Mathis watching them with raised eyebrows. “Oh, hi, Lincoln!” She let her arms drop to her sides. “Oh, hi, Lincoln!” Cole mimicked in a breathy voice. She ignored him, mostly because he had a point. She probably had been a little breathless, but it was 100 hundred percent justified. Yes, Lincoln Mathis was still the most gorgeous man she’d ever seen. Dark wavy hair, blue eyes that were both friendly and distant, practically begging a woman to fix him. Same went for the shy yet confident smile, the muscled yet lean body. Penelope felt a blast of misty water hit her cheek and turned around to see Cole holding a blue squirt bottle. “What are you doing? That’s for misting my plants!” “You looked hot,” he said with a shrug, setting the bottle aside. (Loc 1049)
  • She scooted off the desk and shot him a quick, embarrassed look before kneeling down to pick up her pants. No. There would be none of that. No embarrassment. (Loc 2282)

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LOVE UNEXPECTEDLY: 1, 4, 5

blBlurred Lines
Published: 2015
Genre: CR
Format: Kindle
Pages: 254
Source: Own
Dates Read: November 2-5, 2018
Grade: A-
Goodreads Synopsis: When Parker Blanton meets Ben Olsen during her freshman year of college, the connection is immediate—and platonic. Six years later, they’re still best friends, sharing an apartment in Portland’s trendy Northwest District as they happily settle into adult life. But when Parker’s boyfriend dumps her out of the blue, she starts to wonder about Ben’s no-strings-attached approach to dating. The trouble is, even with Ben as her wingman, Parker can’t seem to get the hang of casual sex—until she tries it with him.

The arrangement works perfectly . . . at first. The sex is mind-blowing, and their friendship remains as solid as ever, without any of the usual messy romantic entanglements. But when Parker’s ex decides he wants her back, Ben is shocked by a fierce stab of possessiveness. And when Ben starts seeing a girl from work, Parker finds herself plagued by unfamiliar jealousy. With their friendship on the rocks for the first time, Parker and Ben face an alarming truth: Maybe they can’t go back. And maybe, deep down, they never want to.

Review: This was really, really nice. It was fun and highlighted how important friendship is in a relationship.


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wosWalk of Shame
Published: 2017
Genre: CR
Format: Kindle
Pages: 218
Source: Own
Dates Read: May 18-23, 2018
Grade: A-
Goodreads Synopsis: Pampered heiress Georgianna Watkins has a party-girl image to maintain, but all the shopping and clubbing is starting to feel a little bit hollow – and a whole lot lonely. Though Georgie would never admit it, the highlights of her week are the mornings when she comes home at the same time as her uptight, workaholic neighbor is leaving to hit the gym and put in a long day at the office. Teasing him is the most fun Georgie’s had in years – and the fuel for all her naughtiest daydreams.

Celebrity divorce attorney Andrew Mulroney doesn’t have much time for women, especially spoiled tabloid princesses who spend more time on Page Six than at an actual job. Although Georgie’s drop-dead gorgeous, she’s also everything Andrew resents: the type of girl who inherited her penthouse instead of earning it. But after Andrew caps one of their predawn sparring sessions with a surprise kiss-a kiss that’s caught on camera-all of Manhattan is gossiping about whether they’re a real couple. And nobody’s more surprised than Andrew to find that the answer just might be yes.

Review: This one took a while for me to get into, but I ended up loving it! It’s a love letter to love. How could I not enjoy it? I also love that I can see myself in both Georgie and Andrew, even though my life is totally different from either of theirs. It also has my favorite trope: one person gets sick/injured and the other has to care for them.

Favorite Quotes:

  • If you’re wondering what Andrew Mulroney looks like while he’s in workout mode, picture this: Thor and Captain America somehow defeat biology and have a love child together. And call him Andrew. You’re welcome for the visual. (Loc 1138)
  • He fell back asleep, but he didn’t dream. No need. He was already living the dream. (Loc 2269)

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aefcAn Ex for Christmas
Published: 2017
Genre: CR
Format: Kindle
Pages: 218
Source: Library
Dates Read: December 3-15, 2018
Grade: B+
Goodreads Synopsis: When a psychic tells spunky, superstitious Kelly Byrne that she’s already met her true love, she becomes obsessed with the idea of tracking him down before Christmas. Kelly immediately writes up an “Ex List” and starts contacting old boyfriends to figure out which one is the one. When her college sweetheart rolls into town, Kelly convinces herself that they’re meant to be. The trouble is, sparks are flying with someone she’s never given a chance: her best friend, Mark.

Mark Blakely has watched the guys on Kelly’s list break her heart, and he’s not looking forward to watching them do it all over again. Mark’s always been there for her, but the timing’s never worked out for their relationship to be something more. Now, just as Mark is ready to move on, the sexual tension between them is suddenly off the charts. With Christmas morning around the corner, he just hopes Kelly will wake up and realize that everything she wants has been right in front of her all along.

Review: This was super cute, even if it was also super predictable. It’s exactly what I wanted. Mark’s love for Kelly was so obvious that I sometimes felt like slapping some sense into her because she obviousl reciprocated those feelings. Their relationship was really sweet, and I think a big part of that had to do with how great their friendship was before they took it further. Friends-to-lovers is one of my favorite tropes, though, so maybe I’m biased.

Favorite Quote: Colin might be the guy that destiny chose for me, but…he’s not the one I choose. (Loc 2803)


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I DO, I DON’T: 1

rtr.jpgReady to Run
Published: 2017
Genre: CR
Format: Kindle
Pages: 215
Source: Own
Dates Read: May 17-18, 2018
Grade: B
Goodreads Synopsis: Jordan Carpenter thinks she’s finally found the perfect candidate for Jilted, a new dating show about runaway grooms: firefighter Luke Elliott, a known player who’s left not one but three brides at the altar. The only problem? Luke refuses to answer Jordan’s emails or return her calls. Which is how she ends up on a flight to Montana to recruit him in person. It’s not Manhattan, but at least the locals in Lucky Hollow seem friendly . . . except for Luke, who’s more intense—and way hotter—than the slick womanizer Jordan expected.

Eager to put the past behind him, Luke has zero intention of following this gorgeous, fast-talking city girl back to New York. But before he can send her packing, Jordan’s everywhere: at his favorite bar, the county fair, even his exes’ book club. Annoyingly, everyone in Lucky Hollow seems to like her—and deep down, she’s starting to grow on him too. But the more he fights her constant pestering, the more Luke finds himself wishing that Jordan would kick off her high heels and make herself comfortable in his arms.

Review: I didn’t like this one as much as I wanted to, but it was still good. I think it was mostly the setting that I didn’t like so much, and I felt like it could have been a bit longer. 

Favorite Quotes:

  • He knew that sometimes a good run could banish a bad thought. Knew that sometimes you needed to feel like you were outrunning your demons, even if they were ultimately still waiting for you at the finish line. (Loc 2577)
  • One more day. That’s all she wanted. She wouldn’t get it, but it was okay to want it. A little bit of pain was better than being hollow. (Loc 2865)

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STEFANIE LONDON

bbBad Bachelor
Published:
 2018
Genre: CR
Format: Kindle
Pages: 386
Source: Own
Dates Read: May 23-25, 2018
Grade: B+
Goodreads Synopsis: If one more person mentions Bad Bachelors to Reed McMahon, someone’s gonna get hurt. A PR whiz, Reed is known as an ‘image fixer’ but his womanizing ways have caught up with him. What he needs is a PR miracle of his own.

When Reed strolls into Darcy Greer’s workplace offering to help save the struggling library, she isn’t buying it. The prickly Brooklynite knows Reed is exactly the kind of guy she should avoid. But the library does need his help. But as she reluctantly works with Reed, she realizes there’s more to a man than his reputation. Maybe, just maybe Bad Bachelor #1 is THE one for her.

Review: This book has a librarian. How could I not read it? I liked Darcy and Reed, but I felt like there was a little more the book could have gone into, like Darcy’s father perhaps. But other than that, I enjoyed the writing, even if London’s Australianness came out a little jarringly a few times (e.g., she mixed up which side of the car the steering wheel is on in the US).

Favorite Quotes:

  • She realized now that was a stupid concept, and she shouldn’t have been planning to change herself simply because she’d gotten married. (57)
  • He’d been attracted to her from the first time they’d met—but this was something else. She wasn’t just attractive… She was beautiful. On the inside. (249)

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KATE MEADER

CHICAGO REBELS: 0.5-2

istIn Skates Trouble
Published: 2017
Genre: CR
Format:
 Kindle
Pages: 
158
Source: Own
Dates Read: May 3-7, 2018
Grade: A-
Goodreads Synopsis: Addison Williams isn’t looking for romance, but when she encounters an eavesdropping stranger on an adjoining hotel balcony, she figures she’s due a little fun. She just hadn’t reckoned on the “fun” escalating so quickly to “out of control.” One minute she’s flirting with a whiskey-graveled voice in the dark, the next that same voice is telling her to do things. Hot, wicked things.

Cup-winning hockey player Ford “Killer” Callaghan can’t believe he let the anonymous woman who blew his mind slip away into the night. He’ll track her down because once could never be enough—even if discovering her identity places her strictly out of bounds.

Review: I freakin’ love Meader’s writing. She’s so funny and witty. I can’t get enough of it. I appreciate how varied her heroines — and heroes — are. It’s refreshing to read about a woman who isn’t described as “tiny” and “perfect.” And Addison is confident in herself, which is lovely to see.

Favorite Quotes: 

  • We’re all models, only some of us are more representative of the market we serve. Full-figured, curvy women who prefer not to be labeled as whales and shunted off to a forgotten corner of the lingerie section of department stores or specialty boutiques. It’s hard for bigger gals to get breast support without sacrificing the sexy. Why not have both? (Loc 426)
  • She was promoting hope and possibility to women who didn’t always think they deserved to feel attractive. Sexy was more than a pretty bra and panties. Sexy was the confidence to rock what you’ve got. (Loc 1372)

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iiyIrresitible You
Published: 2017
Genre: CR
Format:
 Kindle
Pages: 
401
Source: Own
Dates Read: April 27 – May 2, 2018
Grade: A
Goodreads Synopsis: Harper Chase has just become the most powerful woman in the NHL after the death of her father Clifford Chase, maverick owner of the Chicago Rebels. But the team is a hot mess—underfunded, overweight, and close to tapping out of the league. Hell-bent on turning the luckless franchise around, Harper won’t let anything stand in her way. Not her gender, not her sisters, and especially not a veteran player with an attitude problem, a chip on his shoulder, and a smoldering gaze designed to melt her ice-compacted defenses.

Veteran center Remy “Jinx” DuPre is on the downside of a career that’s seen him win big sponsorships, fans’ hearts, and more than a few notches on his stick. Only one goal has eluded him: the Stanley Cup. Sure, he’s been labeled as the unluckiest guy in the league, but with his recent streak of good play, he knows this is his year. So why the hell is he being shunted off to a failing hockey franchise run by a ball-buster in heels? And is she seriously expecting him to lead her band of misfit losers to a coveted spot in the playoffs?

He’d have a better chance of leading Harper on a merry skate to his bed…

Review: I loved this so much; I’ve found my catnip. Not only is it a romance novel, but it has hockey AND blatant feminism. Reading this during the playoffs was a great decision on my part. Meader’s writing surprised me. She’s hilarious and eloquent, and I really enjoyed this one.

Favorite Quotes: 

  • This was the most physical of pro sports, not even pansy-assed football with its extravagant padding and constant stop-and-go could compete. (85)
  • You’re strong enough to do it all because you’re the strongest woman I know. Your father tried to break you, and you survived, but you’re holding on by your fingernails to this half life, pretending it’s the best possible scenario. I’m here to tell you that you can lean on someone. I want to be that someone, Harper. I want to be your person and I want you to be my person. (333)
  • What dipshit had decided balls were the ultimate signifier of toughness? A pop to those puppies could incapacitate the biggest, baddest jock and have him crying all the way home to Mom. Give her a vagina any day—it could take a pounding and still rule the world in the morning. (358)

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soySo Over You
Published: 2017
Genre: CR
Format:
 Kindle
Pages: 
401
Source: Own
Dates Read: May 7-11, 2018
Grade: B+
Goodreads Synopsis: Isobel Chase knows hockey. She played NCAA, won Olympic silver, and made it thirty-seven minutes into the new National Women’s Hockey League before an injury sidelined her dreams. Those who can’t, coach, and a position as a skating consultant to her late father’s hockey franchise, the Chicago Rebels, seems like a perfect fit. Until she’s assigned her first job: the man who skated into her heart as a teen and relieved her of her pesky virginity. These days, left-winger Vadim Petrov is known as the Czar of Pleasure, a magnet for puck bunnies and the tabloids alike. But back then… let’s just say his inability to sink the puck left Isobel frustratingly scoreless.

Vadim has a first name that means “ruler,” and it doesn’t stop at his birth certificate. He dominates on the ice, the practice rink, and in the backseat of a limo. But a knee injury has produced a bad year, and bad years in the NHL don’t go unrewarded. His penance? To be traded to a troubled team where his personal coach is Isobel Chase, the woman who drove him wild years ago when they were hormonal teens. But apparently the feeling was not entirely mutual.

That Vadim might have failed to give Isobel the pleasure that was her right is intolerable, and he plans to make it up to her—one bone-melting orgasm at a time. After all, no player can perfect his game without a helluva lot of practice…

Review: This series is playing out to be one of my all-time favorites. Both Isobel and Vadim are so stubborn, but I can understand them both. I love how over-the-top Vadim can be when speaking English, and it definitely lightened up some more serious scenes.

Favorite Quotes:

  • “Let us not rehash the past.” He returned his gaze to her. “Everything occurs for a reason. We end up where we are supposed to be.” (139)
  • Isobel’s heart knocked around her chest, checking in for visits with all the other organs. (161)
  • Still, the tears fell. He sopped them up with his thumb and put that thumb in his mouth, just like that night in New York when he had tasted her pleasure. Now he got to taste her pain. (310)

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SARAH MORGAN

FROM MANHATTAN WITH LOVE: 4

nyaNew York, Actually
Published: 2017
Genre: CR
Format: Kindle
Pages: 384
Source: Own
Dates Read: November 16 – December 1, 2018
Grade: B+
Goodreads Synopsis:

Meet Molly

New York’s most famous agony aunt, she considers herself an expert at relationships…as long as they’re other people’s. The only love of her life is her Dalmatian, Valentine.

Meet Daniel

A cynical divorce lawyer, he’s hardwired to think relationships are a bad idea. If you don’t get involved, no-one can get hurt. But then he finds himself borrowing a dog to meet the gorgeous woman he sees running in Central Park every morning…

Molly and Daniel think they know everything there is to know about relationships…until they meet each other that is…

Review: This was really cute. This series always hits the spot because I can relate to the characters so well, even when their lives are entirely different from my own. I can’t go into a Sarah Morgan book without being prepared to get attached to the characters.

Favorite Quotes:

  • The only way to make it through a bad day, a bad month or a bad year was to keep moving forward. (Loc 252)
  • He’d never met a human being over the age of twenty who didn’t have some issues. That was what being alive did for you. If you engaged in life, eventually you’d have scars to show for it. (Loc 753)
  • The judgment of people you don’t know and don’t care about shouldn’t have an impact on your life. You should never be afraid to be you. Flaws, faults, weaknesses—that’s what makes us human. (Loc 3331)
  • That was what friends did. They acted as an insulator. A layer between a person and the cold, hard world. (Loc 4341)

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SARA NEY & MEGHAN QUINN

lsy.jpgLove, Sincerely, Yours
Published:
2018
Genre: CR
Format: Kindle
Pages: 273
Source: Own
Dates Read: October 10-11, 2018
Grade: B+
Goodreads Synopsis: Dear Mister…**strike out** no, too formal.
Hey there sweet cheeks *strike out* no, too forward.

To whom it may concern,
Full disclosure; before we move forward with this email, I would like it to be known that I have consumed an adequate amount of alcoholic beverages to intoxicate myself tonight. Three margaritas, two shots, and one beer—because it was free.
I think it’s important to be open and honest with your co-workers, don’t you?
So here I am, being honest. Drunk but honest. Or just drunk with lust? You decide.
I like you so much it’s clouding my judgment and making me do things I never would sober. Like write this letter.
I have a hopeless, foolish, schoolgirl crush on you when you are the last person on earth I should be falling for. Did you know people around the office call you a sadist? An egomaniac. An insensitive, arrogant prick. Your bark is worse then your bite, and you don’t scare me. The fact is, I’d love that bite of yours to nip at my bare skin while we’re both wearing nothing but sheets.
For once I want you to look at me as more than one of your employees.
And as long as we’re being honest, that navy blue suit you wear? With the crisp white shirt? It really makes me want to loosen your tie and show you who’s boss.

Love,
Sincerely,
Yours.

Review: I saw an ad for this book, read the synopsis, downloaded it, and started reading it within five minutes. That said, while this certainly wasn’t the most well-written thing I’ve read this year, it definitely held my attention. It could have used some more proofreading and there were a few inconsistencies, but it was so flippin’ cute that I didn’t really care. Even just going over it again in my head makes me kinda squee, so yeah. It’s really cute. Read it.

Favorite Quote: I looked in the mirror for a second, saw I resembled the day of the dead, and decided looking in the mirror wasn’t for me this morning. (Loc 734)


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PENNY REID

KNITTING IN THE CITY: 6

diDating-ish
Published:
2017
Genre: CR
Format: Kindle
Pages:
356
Source: Library
Dates Read: October 18-20, 2018
Grade: A-
Goodreads Synopsis: There are three things you need to know about Marie Harris:
1) She’s fed up with online dating,
2) She’s so fed up, she’s willing to forego the annoyance and consider more creative alternatives, and
3) She knows how to knit.

After the most bizarre and irritating first date in the history of human kind, Marie is looking for an alternative to men. With the help of her friends, she quickly identifies a few possibilities:

Need a cuddle? Use a professional cuddler. Need affirmation? Get yourself a life coach. Need an orgasm? Try orgasm meditation! Why does she need the hassle of a romantic partner when she can meet all her needs with paid services?
But then her irritating date resurfaces. And he’s not at all the person she thought he was. And he suggests a different—and crazier—solution to her dilemma . . .
As everyone knows (or will soon come to realize), traditional relations between humans are a thing of the past. Robots are our future. And if robots are our future, then why do we need other people at all?

Review: This was so smart and relatable and refreshing. I’d been having a really hard time trying to get into a book, and this one pulled through. Thank goodness. It was definitely what I needed at the right time. Penny Reid is an author I’ll keep on my radar in the future.

Favorite Quotes:

  • Clearly the system didn’t factor in the degree to which a person is a loon. (9)
  • Providing insight into different ways of thinking, different walks of life, making the world think about an old issue from a different perspective, I love it. I feel so lucky that I get to be the conduit through which others’ stories are told. (117)
  • And it’s okay to hurt. Hurting is just as much a part of life as joy, maybe even more important. Falling down teaches you how to stand up. (178)
  • Only you get to decide how you stand, what you stand for, and when you do it. (196)

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