Review: Neon Gods by Katee Robert 

Neon Gods by Katee Robert
Neon Gods
By Katee Robert
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: June 1, 2021
Series or Standalone: Dark Olympus #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 3.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

Neon Gods has been everywhere on bookstagram recently and I knew I had to give it a try. Plus, it’s a Hades/Persephone retelling so I’m a sucker for that. However, my thoughts on this book are complicated. Did I enjoy the experience of reading it? Yes. Did I enjoy the story? Yes. Did I stay up too late reading it? Yes. But did I like the book overall? Unsure.

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Review: Lord Dashwood Missed Out by Tessa Dare

Lord Dashwood Missed Out by Tessa Dare
Lord Dashwood Missed Out
By Tessa Dare
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Publication Date: December 8, 2015
Series or Standalone: Spindle Cove #4.5
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 3.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

Lord Dashwood Missed Out is a weird novella for me as I liked it a lot yet didn’t like the central romance. The romance in this novella didn’t work for me for a few reasons, which we’ll get into, but I loved all the scenes with our crew from Spindle Cove. And while the romance didn’t work for me in the end, this was a tropetastic romance novella which I did really appreciate.

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Review: Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas

Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas
Mine Till Midnight
Lisa Kleypas
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperback
Publication Date: October 2, 2007
Series or Standalone: The Hathaways #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 3.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Discussion of suicide, racist language/depictions of Romany/Gypsies, alcoholism, drug use

Rating and reviewing Mine Till Midnight has been a challenge. I’m not a hundred percent sure of how I feel about this. I think I liked it? There isn’t anything glaring that I disliked about this book, but I also wasn’t in love with it. I mainly feel indifferent to this book. It also took me a while to read this – nearly a month, which is AGES for me – and it was a very broken-up reading experience so that might have contributed to my feelings. 

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Review: Her Night with the Duke by Diana Quincy

Her Night with the Duke by Diana Quincy
Her Night with the Duke
By Diana Quincy
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: September 29, 2020
Series or Standalone: Clandestine Affairs #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble Goodreads
Rating:3.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

I’ve been meaning to read Her Night With the Duke from Diana Quincy for ages and was so glad when @erinv.for.valkyrie reached out to me on Instagram to do a buddy read of it! I was already hoping to get to this book early this month in preparation for the sequel that was just published and was so happy to have someone to read this with.

Her Night With the Duke is the first book by Diana Quincy that I’ve read. I have to say I liked this! While there were a few things that didn’t fully click with me, I loved the female lead, Leela. Also, can we get more diversity in historical romance? It was great to read a story featuring a half-Arab/half-English female romantic lead.

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Review: Three Nights with a Scoundrel by Tessa Dare

Three Nights with a Scoundrel by Tessa Dare
Three Nights with a Scoundrel
Tessa Dare
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: July 27, 2010
Series or Standalone: Stud Club #3
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:3.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Homophobic hate crime, murder, violence

Three Nights With a Scoundrel brings Tessa Dare’s Stud Club series to a close with Lily and Bellamy’s story. While not my favorite in the series, I still really enjoyed this story. It’s hard for me to pinpoint exactly what was missing from this book that kept me from moving it from like to love, but something just didn’t fully click with me to push this over the line.

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ARC Review: A Scot to the Heart by Caroline Linden

A Scot to the Heart by Caroline Linden
A Scot to the Heart
by Caroline Linden
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: June 29, 2021
Series or Standalone: Desperately Seeking Duke #2
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 3.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

I have to say, I wasn’t sure what I was going to get with A Scot to the Heart. I liked the first book in the Desperately Seeking Duke series, About a Rogue, but I didn’t love it and the story wasn’t particularly memorable. However, A Scot to the Heart was a delightful story that I felt I instantly connected to and ended up really loving!

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Review: Goddess of the Hunt by Tessa Dare

Cover of Goddess of the Hunt by Tessa Dare
Goddess of the Hunt
By Tessa Dare
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: July 28, 2009
Series or Standalone: The Wanton Dairymaid Trilogy #1
Links:
AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 3.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

I’ve been a Tessa Dare fan for a long time, but have never read her first two series before. When I saw a handful of bookstagrammers were hosting the “But Do They Bang?” readalong (the best name ever for a readalong) of all of Tessa Dare’s books, I knew I had to join in.

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Review: The Scoundrel in Her Bed by Lorraine Heath

The Scoundrel in Her Bed
By Lorraine Heath
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: February 26, 2019
Series or Standalone: Sins for All Seasons #3
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 3.5 Stars


MY REVIEW:

I really wanted to like this one more than I did, but a lot of parts fell a bit flat. For me, the story didn’t do enough to build up Finn and Lavinia’s romance. While we get a lot of flashbacks in the beginning to their romance when they were younger, their wasn’t enough attention focused on rebuilding that in the present day. They both went through some real trials during the time they were apart and it felt like their acceptance of what happened and coming back together happened way too quickly. I also felt like the connection was weaker when they reconnected again years late. I think I wanted there to be more work to their relationship before they jumped back into bed together.

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Supernaturally by Kiersten White

Supernaturally
Kiersten White
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: July 26, 2011
Series or Standalone:  Paranormalcy #2
ISBN: 9780061985867
Format: ARC
Pages: 352
Source: Borrowed
Websites:
Kiersten White – Website 
Kiersten White – Blog 
Kiersten White – Twitter
Rating: 3.5 Stars
I was really looking forward to the sequel to the BLEEPING awesome Paranormalcy. However, I felt like Supernaturally was more of a whimper than the bang I was expecting. I was slightly disappointed by Supernaturally. I really loved Paranormalcy but Supernaturally felt a bit bland in comparison.
Supernaturally suffered from what I call the second-book-in-a-trilogy syndrome. Basically, the second book in a trilogy is kind of boring and slow moving and their to establish plot points for the big finale. In many ways, this is how Supernaturally felt for me. I felt this book was very slow moving and I think that was because of the plot. Personally, I’m not really sure what the central plot was. There were a bunch of small story lines, but I felt they did not connect together into one major plot. I was a little bored, and that made me sad. There were also things that were brought up in Supernaturally that then were not mentioned again, such as not hearing for the elementals. I know it is probably set up for book 3 but it just felt forgotten at points.
While the plot wasn’t my favorite, I will say I loved being back in Evie’s world. I lobe Evie. Kiersten White really has created a very distinct voice with Evie. As in Paranormalcy, Evie is just as snarky and hilarious. I was giggling within the first couple pages. Evie has grown since Paranormalcy. Evie knows now more about who she is and has the chance at a “normal” life and that has changed her. I really liked her character growth throughout this book. She learns a lot more about herself and has to deal with that knowledge and she deals with it well.
A lot of the same characters from Paranormalcy are back in this one. Including Lend, but there wasn’t enough Lend for my taste in this book since he was offer at college. Along with a bunch of old characters, Kiersten White introduces a new character, Jack who I really enjoyed. Jack was a character and really funny. He kind of reminded me of a Puck-esque character. However, the one thing I did not like about Jack was I figured out his purpose right when I met him. Other than that, Jack was a really interesting new character who provided some really good entertainment.

Overall, Supernaturally was a decent read. It was nice to be back in Evie’s world and I love Kiersten’s writing. Even though I was a bit disappointed by this book (probably because it had to live up to Paranormalcy) I still enjoyed it. And I will definitely be picking up the third and final book in the series Endlessly when it’s out sometime next year. Also, this cover is gorgeous! I love it and I love how it matches Parnormalcy.

Review: Forget You

Forget You        

Jennifer Echols
Publisher: MTV
Release Date: July 20, 2010           
Pages: 293
Ratings: 3.5 Stars
Summary (from Goodreads):
WHY CAN’T YOU CHOOSE WHAT YOU FORGET . . .  AND WHAT YOU REMEMBER?
There’s a lot Zoey would like to forget. Like how her father has knocked up his twenty-four- year old girlfriend. Like Zoey’s fear that the whole town will find out about her mom’s nervous breakdown. Like darkly handsome bad boy Doug taunting her at school. Feeling like her life is about to become a complete mess, Zoey fights back the only way she knows how, using her famous attention to detail to make sure she’s the perfect daughter, the perfect student, and the perfect girlfriend to ultra-popular football player Brandon.
But then Zoey is in a car crash, and the next day there’s one thing she can’t remember at all—the entire night before. Did she go parking with Brandon, like she planned? And if so, why does it seem like Brandon is avoiding her? And why is Doug—of all people— suddenly acting as if something significant happened between the two of them? Zoey dimly remembers Doug pulling her from the wreck, but he keeps referring to what happened that night as if it was more, and it terrifies Zoey to admit how much is a blank to her. Controlled, meticulous Zoey is quickly losing her grip on the all-important details of her life—a life that seems strangely empty of Brandon, and strangely full of Doug. 
The wonderful Erica kindly book bullied me into buying this book, along with Going Too Far, and I am glad she did. I read Forget You in one sitting, and was not disappointed. Jennifer Echols has written an enjoyable book with beautiful scenes.
One thing I have learned from reading this book is that Jennifer Echols’ characters have such great chemistry. The interactions between Doug and Zoey are packed with tons of sexual tension and it was great to see how their story unfolded.
While this book might seem like some light chick lit, it does deal with some very serious topics and issues. With Zoey’s parents divorce, her dad’s pregnant new wife, and her mom going crazy, Zoey has a lot of stress and issues with which to deal. I often felt extremely sorry for Zoey and the situation she was. Her life was falling apart in front of her and she just wanted to maintain her normal, perfect life.
One thing that Jennifer Echols’ excels at is writing realistic characters. Every character in this book was extremely relatable and believable. None of the characters felt fake, I felt I know someone like each character. It was easy to relate to the characters too, even if not in similar situations. Every teenager has doubts about there life and everyone is trying to figure out who they are just like Zoey.
Even though I found this book very enjoyable and loved the story, at times I did get annoyed with Zoey. The whole Brandon situation, especially bothered me. A girl as smart as Zoey should be able to see that Brandon wasn’t her boyfriend. At times I just wanted to smack her when she kept saying Brandon’s my boyfriend, or my boyfriend Brandon. I wish Zoey was a bit more independent and could see that she was lying to herself with the Brandon situation.
Overall, Forget You was a very enjoyable read. Emotionally packed with great characters and great romance, Jennifer Echols has written a book that many teens will eat up.