Meet Cute by Helena Hunting

4 STARS!

Release Date: April 9, 2019

Publisher: Forever

SYNOPSIS

Talk about an embarrassing introduction. On her first day of law school, Kailyn ran – quite literally – into the actor she crushed on as a teenager, ending with him sprawled on top of her. Mortified to discover the Daxton Hughes was also a student in her class, her embarrassment over their meet-cute quickly turned into a friendship she never expected. Of course, she never saw his betrayal coming either…

Now, eight years later, Dax is in her office asking for legal advice. Despite her anger, Kailyn can’t help feeling sorry for the devastated man who just became sole guardian to his thirteen-year-old sister. But when her boss gets wind of Kailyn’s new celebrity client, there’s even more at stake than Dax’s custody issues: if she gets Dax to work at their firm, she’ll be promoted to partner.

The more time Kailyn spends with Dax and his sister, the more she starts to feel like a family, and the more she realizes the chemistry they had all those years ago is as fresh as ever. But will they be able to forgive the mistakes of the past, or will one betrayal lead to another?

REVIEW

Okay, first of all, this cover! Honestly, the cover is the freakin’ cutest thing and I wanted to own it no matter how good the actual story is. Haha. Luckily, this was an adorable read with some surprising depth. Kailyn is a ridiculous fangirl which some people may really enjoy, but it’s actually one of the parts I wasn’t that into. The good thing is that Kailyn has some really redeeming qualities! She is strong, driven, smart, and totally caring and kind. This is why I was rooting for her to get out of her own way the whole time. Dax is yummy and so darn appealing as he takes on the parent role for his adorable little sister, Emme. The journey these characters go on together is full of hardships, but also joyous moments that really pull at the heartstrings. The only reason this wasn’t a five-star read for me was that I felt it was a little long and drawn out. I kept waiting for the climax of the story, but still had over a hundred pages left in the book. Sometimes that’s a good thing, and the ending definitely left me with those warm and fuzzy feelings I love from a good romance read. I think romance fans will really enjoy this one!

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The Risk by Elle Kennedy

5 STARS!!!

Release Date: February 18, 2019

Synopsis: Everyone says I’m a bad girl. They’re only partly right—I don’t let fear rule me, and I certainly don’t care what people think. But I draw the line at sleeping with the enemy. As the daughter of Briar’s head hockey coach, I’d be vilified if I hooked up with a player from a rival team.

And that’s who Jake Connelly is. Harvard’s star forward is arrogant, annoying, and too attractive for his own good. But fate is cruel—I require his help to secure a much-coveted internship, and the sexy jerk isn’t making it easy for me.

I need Connelly to be my fake boyfriend.

For every fake date…he wants a real one.

Which means this bad girl is in big trouble. Nothing good can come from sneaking around with Jake Connelly. My father would kill me, my friends will revolt, and my post-college career is on the line. But while it’s getting harder and harder to resist Jake’s oozing sex appeal and cocky grin, I refuse to fall for him.

That’s the one risk I’m not willing to take.

Review: How does Elle Kennedy keep it up?! The comedy, the lust, and all the feels. I mean seriously, this was so much freakin’ fun to read. We get a glimpse of the chemistry between Brenna and Jake in The Chase (so read it if you haven’t), and I was really excited to see how it would play out. Brenna is a total badass. She’s a strong, beautiful woman that goes after what she wants. Jake Connelly is more than what he seems, which always makes for a good male lead. This is the epitome of New Adult, where the characters are trying to figure out their next steps in life, while simultaneously trying to figure out their love lives, plus all the other day-to-day necessities. Easy right?! WRONG. Which is why it’s one hell of a ride. If you want to laugh, lust, and feel that longing for amazing characters to just figure it out, well you should go read The Risk. RIGHT NOW!

Okay, so here’s what you’re going to do:

(1) Read all the Off Campus Series. 

You’ve already done that? WELP, then you know what’s up. Moving on. 

(2) Read The Chase, and be happy you’re finding yourself back in the Off-Campus world.

You’ve already done that too? I knew I liked you.

(3) Read The Risk! It’s out today, February 18th.

You’re reading it as we speak?! Great news, once you finish, you can move onto number four…

(4) Agonize over the fact that we have to wait until OCTOBER 7TH for the next book, The Play. Which entails rereading all of the above books, possibly more than once, and scouring instagram, twitter, and facebook for fellow readers, in order to discuss your obsession with these books, and how you don’t know if you can survive until getting the next one. I mean seriously only 241 DAYS to go!

Thanks to Elle Kennedy for the eARC, which means I actually started my count down from 252 days to go until The Play. Luckily it just gives me more time to reread!

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The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

5 STARS!

Release Date: May 14, 2019

Publisher: Gallery Books

Synopsis:

Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Amy, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancé is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.

Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.

Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of… lucky.

Review:

Okay. I LOVE CHRISTINA LAUREN BOOKS! While I love some of their books more than others, I consistently know I will get a creative romance read no matter what. This book didn’t remind me of any other book I’ve read, which is saying something since I’ve read hundreds of romance books.

When it come to characters, an element I love is close families. Olive’s family may annoy her at times, but at the end of the day, they are the family that supports and loves each other. Something I appreciated about Olive, was that she is still growing. She’s hilarious, and I totally related to her. I always joke that I have the worst luck. Also, I have an affection for bad liars, it really makes for some great comedy! Ethan, Ethan, Ethan. I really wish I had gotten more from him, but I think that is mostly due to it all being in Olive’s perspective. He does give some amazing apologies, so that is a definite plus in the pros column.

Plotwise, this is a damn rollercoaster, and I loved it! You’d think with so many things happening, it would be overwhelming, but the authors did a beautiful job of weaving all of the elements together. I was engrossed in this story and stayed up until 4am to finish it. Yeah, not smart, but it just couldn’t be avoided. I just needed to know what happened! So, I read this book in one sitting, and would definitely recommend it to my fellow romance readers!

Special thank you to Gallery Books and NetGalley for the free eARC in exchange for an honest review!

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Sidelined by Suzanne Baltzar

3.5 Stars

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Release Date: August 27, 2019

Publisher: Gallery

Synopsis: When Connor McGuire loses out on his dream job of being the head coach of the local high school football team, he thinks life can’t get any worse. Then he discovers just who got the coveted position—it was a handout to the kid of a well-known, successful college coach. Connor’s sure this is just a publicity stunt, but the kid turns out to be not only a sharp strategist, but a driven and sexy young woman, too. Frustrated in more ways than one, Connor realizes that he might have to step up his game or risk losing altogether.

Coach Charlotte “Charlie” Gibb calls a flag on the play when she finds out that her very male, very attractive, but definitely-rooting-for-her-to-lose assistant coach resents her for taking what he considers to be his rightful position. But never one to back down from a little healthy competition, Charlie is determined to prove her worth—both on and off the field.

Review: What I love most about this book is Charlie. The position of power, all the work she did to get there, and how she persists through all the crap thrown at her. She’s strong, but still expresses her emotions. She pretty much defies being categorized, and I absolutely love that too! She’s just a very real character. I was even annoyed with her at times, but her realness is what makes the story. Connor is slightly redeemable, but I could take him or leave him. I do like the friend group Connor has though. The story also has some relevant social justice issues that I appreciated. Overall, it was a cute romance read.

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