Review: The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
The Love Hypothesis
Ali Hazelwood
Publisher: Berkley Books
Publication Date: September 14, 2021
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Links: Amazon – Barnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:1 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: sexual harassament/assualt

Did I read the same book as everyone else? Because this book was a big fat NO from me. I know a lot of people love The Love Hypothesis, but everything about it – from the writing to the characters, to the plot and even the romance – did not work for me. If this wasn’t a hyped book, I would have put it down after the first chapter and marked it as Did Not Finish.

I honestly don’t know where to start with this review.

To try to make this digestible, I’m going to structure this a little bit differently than my normal review with sections: 

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ARC Review: An Impossible Impostor by Deanna Raybourn

An Impossible Impostor by Deanna Raybourn
An Impossible Impostor
Deanna Raybourn
Publisher: Berkley Books
Publication Date: February 15, 2022
Series or Standalone: Veronica Speedwell #7
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4 Stars

MY REVIEW

Starting a new Veronica Speedwell book is like being welcomed with a warm hug from an old friend or family member. It’s so comforting and soothing to be spending time with Veronica and Stoker again and getting wrapped up in their latest unexpected mystery and adventure. 

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Review: A Swift and Savage Tide by Chloe Neill

A Swift and Savage Tide by Chloe Neill
A Swift and Savage Tide
Chloe Neill
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: November 30, 2021
Series or Standalone: Captain Kit Brightling #2
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

After reading The Bright and Breaking Sea, did you want more romance, swashbuckling, magic, and intrigue? Well, Chloe Neill delivered in its sequel A Swift and Savage Tide! This book was everything I wanted it to be and more. Neill takes the readers on an unforgettable adventure, and I cannot wait to see where the story goes next. 

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Top Reads of 2021

I’ve been procrastinating on writing this post for days now as I truly hate picking favorites, especially when it comes to the books I read.

2021 was a great reading year and I truly read so many books that I adored. However, I do think one book stands out in my mind as being my top favorite this year. I accidentally added it twice to my list while I was pulling this together so I take that as a sign that it deserves special recognition.

With the exception of the first book on this list, the rest of the list is in no particular order. 

Most, if not all, of these books were 5-star reads, but not all of my 5 star reads made it onto my favorites. I was pulling this list together I was thinking of the books that stuck with me the most and that I tend to recommend frequently as must-reads. If you follow me on Instagram, I don’t think any of these will come as a major shock.

Okay, enough babbling! Here’s my top 10 reads of 2021:

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Review: The Bright and Breaking Sea by Chloe Neill

The Bright and Breaking Sea by Chloe Neill
The Bright and Breaking Sea
Chloe Neill
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: November 17, 2020
Series or Standalone: Captain Kit Brightling #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:4 Stars

MY REVIEW

Looking for a great fantasy read with some swashbuckling adventures and a hint of romance? Look no further than The Bright and Breaking Sea by Chloe Neill. With a diverse world and cast of characters, I couldn’t put this book down! And it only gets better upon rereading as the world-building is exquisite and I picked up on more nuances in the plots, characters and magic. 

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Review: A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn

Cover of a Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn
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: The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Cover of the Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon

The Ex Talk
By Rachel Lynn Solomon
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: January 26, 2021
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:4 Stars




If you’re a fan of rom-coms, The Ex Talk is definitely for you. This book was so much fun and I had a blast while reading it. There were definitely a few parts that were a little over the top and required some suspension of disbelief, but I honestly didn’t mind at all as this book left me with a smile on my face at the end.

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Review: A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn

Cover of A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn
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: A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

A Curious Beginning
By Deanna Raybourn
Publisher: Berkley Books
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Series or Standalone: Veronica Speedwell #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 5 Stars




First off, I love, love, love the entire Veronica Speedwell series, so this is probably going to be a long review. 

I randomly discovered this series in 2018 when trying to find something one night to read, and it was a suggestion on Overdrive from a recent book I had read. I added it to my TBR list based on the synopsis, but little did I know how good the story it contained would be.

Since my first read of this book in 2018, I’ve read the entire series 4 times through and will likely continue to reread it. On each reread, my appreciation for these stories and characters grows so much. 

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