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Review: An Unexpected Peril by Deanna Raybourn

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An Unexpected Peril
By Deanna Raybourn
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: March 2, 2021
Series or Standalone: Veronica Speedwell #6
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 5 Stars


MY REVIEW

Veronica and Stoker are back for another adventure in the latest book in the Veronica Speedwell series! An Unexpected Peril was a delightful treat and really hit on all the features I love about this series from strong, unconventional female leads to an engaging murder mystery to impersonating royalty to a great romantic relationship. I truly loved every second of reading this and it might be one of my favorites in the series. 

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Review: The Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan

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The Intimacy Experiment
By Rosie Danan
Publisher: Berkley Books
Publication Date: April 6, 2021
Series or Standalone: The Roommate #2
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 5 Stars


MY REVIEW

I’ve been putting off this review for over a week now as it’s hard to find the right words to describe why I loved this book. The Intimacy Experiment felt unlike any other book I’ve read before. Something about it just left a mark on me. Not only is it a great romance, but it is a great story about finding yourself and your community. 

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Review: It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas

It Happened Autumn
By Lisa Kleypas
Publisher:Avon
Original Publication Date: September 27, 2005
Series or Standalone: The Wallflowers #2
Links: Amazon Barnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 5 Stars


MY REVIEW:

Before even starting this book, I knew I was going to love it and I was so glad to be proven right. Lillian Bowman was my favorite Wallflower from the group we were first introduced to in Secrets of a Summer Night and I was so excited to dive into her story and watch her butt heads with Lord Westcliff. It Happened One Autumn was everything I wanted and more – truly a perfect enemies-to-lovers romance!

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Review: A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn

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A Dangerous Collaboration
By Deanna Raybourn
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: March 12, 2019
Series or Standalone: Veronica Speedwell #4
Links: Amazon – Barnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:5 Stars


MY REVIEW:

If you haven’t been able to tell yet, I love the Veronica Speedwell series with a passion! I feel like its a series that doesn’t get much hype, but it’s so good and I think everyone should read it! A Dangerous Collaboration is our fourth installment in the series and it is the one were all my dreams come true! Just kidding – but seriously this one finally, finally delivers on the slowburn romance hovering under the surface between Stoker and Veronica.

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Review: A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn

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A Treacherous Curse
By Deanna Raybourn
Publisher:Berkley
Release Date: January 16, 2018
Series or Standalone: Veronica Speedwell #3
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 5 Stars


MY REVIEW

A Treacherous Curse brings us Stoker and Veronica’s third adventure and it does not disappoint! This is another personal favorite in the series as I love the mystery and how it connects to Stoker’s backstory.

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Review: Float Plan by Trish Doller

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Float Plan
Trish Doller
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: March 2, 2021
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 5 Stars



MY REVIEW:

Content Warning/Trigger Warning – suicide and self-harm

Float Plan left me speechless after finishing it – something that rarely happens. This story and the journey Anna goes on was so beautiful that I literally was in awe after finishing the book. 

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Review: A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn

A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn

A Perilous Undertaking
By Deanna Raybourn
Publisher: Berkley Books
Release Date: January 10, 2017
Series or Standalone: Veronica Speedwell #2
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 5 Stars




A Perilous Undertaking might be my favorite story in the Veronica Speedwell series! Sometimes the second book in a series suffers from the sophomore slump, but that does not happen with this one. 

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A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

A Midsummer’s Nightmare

Kody Keplinger
Publisher: Poppy
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Series or Standalone: Standalone
ISBN: 9780316084222
Pages: 304
Websites:

Rating: 5 Stars

Each book that Kody Keplinger releases just gets better and better. A Midsummer’s Nightmare has now replaced Shut Out as my favorite book by her.

 A Midsummer’s Nightmare really showed Keplinger’s growth as a writer. This book is not just a fluffy summer romance book, but delves into Whitley’s very messed up emotional state. Keplinger has such a great range in her writing; she can write a great romance, throw in some humor as well as deal with serious emotional issues, all in one book.

Like Keplinger’s previous books, the characters jump out off the page. Keplinger is really able to capture what it’s like to be a teenager. Almost all the characters have flaws, something I loved, making them feel like an actual person. The characters don’t feel static and their voices flow naturally off the page. Her characters, as always, feel like an actual teenagers.

When I first started this book, I though it would be just a fun contemporary romance novel. Whitley typical summer with her dad gets flipped upside down when he announces he’s getting remarried. To make matters worse, Whitley had a one night stand with her soon to be step brother. Sounds like a fun dramatic read. What A Midsummer’s Nightmare provided was all that plus more. I really loved the book wasn’t all light and fluffy. At times, the book was very serious and Keplinger really delved into the emotional pain that Whitley was feeling and has been feeling for sometime. I loved her exploration of why Whitley acts the way she does and the journey of getting Whiltey to speak up about her feelings.

Whitley was one messed up character, yet I loved her. Her flaws made her relatable and I really empathized with her. She’s an emotional wreck to begin with, and the actions of her dad and what she has to deal with over the summer just make it worse. It was nice to slowly see her open up and accept people into her life. While Whitely feels her dream summer with her dad has turned into a nightmare, but this summer offers her the opportunity to open up and reveal the hurt she keeps buried deep inside. She’s probably my favorite character of Keplinger’s to date. Her emotional pain felt so authentic and it was something many girls could relate to.

Keplinger’s boys in this novel are, of course, awesome. Nathan, as the love interest was not only a hunk, but a sweetheart. I wish every guy was as sweet and caring as he was. Nathan also has his fair share of issues as well, but he’s dealing with them. Whitley’s first best friend, Harrison, is a pretty awesome guy as well. He’s got all the characteristics of a great friend, one I like to have. He’s there for Whitley when she needs him.

The story had me hooked from beginning to end and was very easy to get caught up in. I didn’t want to put the book down until I knew how it would end. I loved how Whitley’s secrets were slowly unveiled and how we got to see the real Whitley. I couldn’t wait to see her finally open up and tell her father how she feels. The romance was cute, but not the star of the book.

A Midsummer’s Nightmare is a perfect summer read. Don’t judge this book by the cover, which I really dislike. The cover doesn’t do the book justice to the wonderful story inside. 

A Midsummer’s Nightmare is everything I wanted and more from a Kody Keplinger book and I highly recommend you pick this one up whether you have read her previous books or now. I can’t wait to see what Kody Keplinger publishes next because each book just gets better than better.