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Beautiful Bastard Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I bought this book in paperback form. I looked at the reviews beforehand, I feel completely mislead. I had to force myself to finish this book. It wasn't horribly written in a grammatical sense, but there was really no story, just sex. Lots of sex. I didn't even understand how these two could "fall in love" with each other. The H falls first and drags the h along the way until the end.

The h was a complete drama queen. I don't want to put spoilers in, but even at the end she takes one word and blows it completely out of proportion. She does this a lot. The book is mostly her getting dramatic and then pages of sex. There is no building of a relationship. No talking to get to know each other. They work together, berate each other, move on to sex and then somehow fall in love. Most of the time I felt sorry for the H because the h was a dramatic shrew. The timeline also made little sense. (small spoiler) while she was with original agency for almost a year putting together a final presentation for her MBA, she leaves dramatically, ends up at a small agency to put together the same thing in less than 5 months. Ummmm ok?

I understand the premise of fraternization, it's a real thing. But this book isn't about that, isn't about people falling for each other than having a great time in bed. 3/4 through the book she's still calling him names and being a jerk. I kept reading hoping it would be better, but it never did. It's not a book I would recommend. The characters are forgettable, the story line is boring and predictable. The h is hard to like at all, the H is supposed to be strong, but ends up being a jelly fish. I forced myself to finish it.
*One star*

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Beautiful Bastard Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I bought this book in paperback form. I looked at the reviews beforehand, I feel completely mislead. I had to force myself to finish this book. It wasn't horribly written in a grammatical sense, but there was really no story, just sex. Lots of sex. I didn't even understand how these two could "fall in love" with each other. The H falls first and drags the h along the way until the end.

The h was a complete drama queen. I don't want to put spoilers in, but even at the end she takes one word and blows it completely out of proportion. She does this a lot. The book is mostly her getting dramatic and then pages of sex. There is no building of a relationship. No talking to get to know each other. They work together, berate each other, move on to sex and then somehow fall in love. Most of the time I felt sorry for the H because the h was a dramatic shrew. The timeline also made little sense. (small spoiler) while she was with original agency for almost a year putting together a final presentation for her MBA, she leaves dramatically, ends up at a small agency to put together the same thing in less than 5 months. Ummmm ok?

I understand the premise of fraternization, it's a real thing. But this book isn't about that, isn't about people falling for each other than having a great time in bed. 3/4 through the book she's still calling him names and being a jerk. I kept reading hoping it would be better, but it never did. It's not a book I would recommend. The characters are forgettable, the story line is boring and predictable. The h is hard to like at all, the H is supposed to be strong, but ends up being a jelly fish. I forced myself to finish it.
*One star*

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The Wall of Winnipeg and Me The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you're looking for a slow burn, sweet funny romance, look no further. The inner commentary and the revelations in this book will make you cringe, smile, sigh and laugh out loud. I've read this book about 3 times. It is a slow burn, which means that there is a slow build up to the intimate scenes, it only takes place in the last portion of the book. To me it enhanced the book.

This book definitely earned 4.5 stars. I have recommended it several times

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Ghosted Ghosted by J.M. Darhower
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ghosted. The title is misleading, it’s not the about the slang term it’s named after, but rather something else. I really, really liked this book. It contains events that are identifiable, scenarios that are believable, issues to be worked through, forgiveness and a love that deserves a second chance.

This books starts off with a flash back. These happen very often in the book and are written from the h point of view (Kennedy). It interlinks the past with the present in a way that is kind of unusual. She writes her experiences as if she’s narrating a story. By the time I got to the last entry, I could in a sense relate to Kennedy and the onion ninjas came out to play. As the book goes on, it tells the story of love, loss and the decisions that were made that lead to place where they need to learn about what becoming adults and family is.

While there are some things in the story, like Johnathan being a celeb, which I couldn’t relate to, I could relate to Kennedy. I did read a review that labeled her as weak, but I would beg to differ. She’s not weak, she’s cautious about letting her daughter enter a situation like the one she ran from. She’s also guarded and scared of her feelings for Johnathan. All of these things are normal for someone who’s been burned and is a single mother on top of it. The way she tried to overcome these and get past her fears was actually something that was very well written. At no time did I think she was weak, I think she was human. Anyone who’s been in a similar situation will understand and empathize where she is coming from. It’s easy to put yourself in her shoes if you’ve ever had to compete with someone or something so big you knew you wouldn’t win. In doing so you lose your self-confidence, the sense of your purpose and become insecure, but when there’s a child involved, pick yourself up to make the hard decisions.

Johnathan is human. He’s made mistakes, big ones. It took some time for him to realize that he was messing up his life. Was he a jerk? Yes. Did he have to hit his own rock bottom and try to climb up? Yes. Was he weak letting his life get that way with poor decisions? In my opinion, very much so. Did have to prove himself, working on the rift that separated him and his young daughter? Yes again. The fact that he made the effort, he saw the error of his ways and wanted to fix them is a wonderful part of the story. He’s human and fallible. He has things to prove and demons to slay. Things that he needs to learn to see from Kennedy’s stand point more than his own.

This is a romance novel, but at the same time much more. There are parts where the little girl will make you cry, the diary will make you cry, the love will make you smile, the road to healing will make you cheer and there times when your heart will break. This story is one I remember from beginning to finish and I actually read it several months ago. It is one I would re-read as well. I won’t say it’s full of angst and over the top drama or action (some parts did drag a tad), but it’s enough to keep the story going. The situations are reasonable, not far-fetched. I recommended this book several times over. No grammatical errors that made me growl.

No distracting misspelled words as well. The book was very well thought out and put together. The heat was good, but didn’t take over the book as a focal point.

*** 4.5 STARS***


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#Starstruck #Starstruck by Sariah Wilson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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So what constitutes a 4.5/5 star review for me? If it gives me the feels. If it makes me laugh out loud like a crazy person and want to throw my kindle across the room. If right after I read it, I want to read it again, skipping sometimes to my favorite parts. If it sticks with me in a good way and I smile. But most of all IF I would tell my book besties about it and tell them to read it and if I remember the name of the characters the next day.

There are 3 types of books in the romance field when it comes to sex it seems.
1. They use sex as a main plot line - this makes it take over and actually get tired of all the time spent on the vertical mambo.
2. The book uses it as an enhancer - the characters naturally fall into sex, but it doesn't take over the book, rather used to enhance the story line/relationship
3. The book is clean - there might be some heavy making out, but there is no actual sex.

This book falls into category 3. If you're looking for a light hearted, smile worthy read, look no further. I laughed, I yelled and then I laughed some more. If you're a part of the Twitterverse you know how big it is and the chances of getting a celeb to answer you? Slim to none. When this happens to Zoe, you can tell she doesn't believe it's Chase, but rather a PA. As it turns out it is her celebrity crush and then it grows from there.

Zoe is different as she is saving herself for marriage. Chase doesn't believe in marriage. This is actually a mature conversation that takes place, both agreeing to see where it takes them. The interactions are sweet. Chase's tweet about Zoe are very sweet. He makes sure that she knows that he's thinking of her or that the tweets are about her. The individual struggles these two face make them more human and isn't over done or brought up repeatedly for dramatic effect. They both have issues and insecurities. I like that when things happened Zoe was upfront with how she was feeling/thinking. Chase, I believe, could have been developed a little more. This may have been because the whole story was told from Zoe's pov. I really wish that the book would have switched back and forth between perspectives. The wit of both characters is wonderful in this book. Zoe is nerdy without being over the top. Chase adoring without being eye rolling. It does follow a standard plot line, but it's not drawn out or over too quick. Forgiveness is worked through and somewhat earned. (This is where the book would have been so much better with dual POV. We don't know what Chase went through or brought him to final thought process.)

The ending was complete, but could be carried on. (Much like the Hashtag Series by Cambria Hebert). The tweets enhanced the story. The characters are easy to relate to. Pace was good, as was the flow.

I would recommend this book. * 4.5 STARS *

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