Contemporary Romance

Heart in a Box Review + #Giveaway

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Heart in a Box
Catherine Stine

 

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 20, 2015
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
ISBN: 978-1939590633
ASIN: B017VM7250
eBook Pages: 207
Paperback Pages: 270
Goodreads Rating: 4.71
My Rating: 5.0

 

Book Description:

 

Each heartbeat leads Joss closer a shocking truth that will change everything.

Joss Olstad wins the fight to switch from her private school to a public high to “find her pieces” she lost when the Indian artist father she never knew died. There, Joss struggles with a slutty friend, who flirts with her new love; Indian Culture Club girls who press her on her past, as well as her stoner mother’s lies back at home. Armed only with her handmade heart boxes that hold private messages, Joss’s search for identity leads her to a scary industrial section of Queens, and a shocking family secret that changes everything.

 

My Take on the Book:

 

That was so stinking cute, I don’t even know what to do with myself right now!

 

This was a lovely coming of age story that completely exceeded my expectations. It is nothing at all what one expects and the author almost seems to go out of her way to make things go differently than the expected norm.

 

Joss is a great lead, stumbling through life trying to find out who she is all while managing her first real relationship and a new school. Will is also a great smolder-y lead male that perfectly complements Joss and always seems to have the right words to help her make her own way.

 

The dynamics in this story are a lot more complex than they first appear and I find that really refreshing. Honestly none of the characters acted the way I expected and everything I thought would happen didn’t. That alone made this a fresh new read for me because it was literally an unexpected journey.

 

5 Quills

 

I really enjoyed this book and I think it’s a great read for everyone, but I do plan on purchasing 2 copies in the near future. One copy will be for myself and the other for my niece who is just starting to find her place in the world.

 

Give this one a try, I’m almost positive its time well spent and I’ pretty darn sure that you’ll love it as much as I did.

 

 
About The Author

 

               
Catherine Stine writes YA and romance. Her novels span the range from futuristic to supernatural to contemporary. Her YA sci-fi thrillers Fireseed One and Ruby’s Fire are Amazon bestsellers and indie award winners. Her YA, Dorianna won Best Horror Book in the Kindle Hub Awards. She also writes romance as Kitsy Clare. Her Art of Love series includes Model Position and Private Internship. She suspects her love of dark fantasy came from her father reading Edgar Allen Poe to her as a child, and her love of contemporary fiction comes from being a jubilant realist. Visit her at catherinestine.com and subscribe to her newsletter for news of releases, workshops and appearances.

 

 
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The Finn Factor by Rachel Bailey Review + #Giveaway

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The Finn Factor
Rachel Bailey

 
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 28, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
 
ISBN: 978-1633753600
ASIN: B0140NXXAG
Pages: 228
 
Goodreads Rating: 3.85
My Rating: 5.0

Book Description:

Sometimes all a girl needs is a little practice…

It’s been twelve months, three days, and eleven hours since accounting student Scarlett Logan made it past a second date. A pitcher of mojitos in hand, she employs her supreme graphing skills to narrow things down to one horrifying explanation. Kissing. Clearly someone needs to teach her how to kiss properly. Like, say, her best friend and roomie, Finn Mackenzie. He’s safe, he’s convenient, and yeah, maybe just a little gorgeous.

Finn knows exactly why Scarlett’s boyfriends are disappearing quickly. Him. Not a single guy she’s brought home is nearly good enough. And he’ll be damned if he lets some loser give her “kissing lessons.” No. He’ll do the honors, thank you very much. The moment their lips touch, though, everything turns upside down. But Scarlett deserves the one thing Finn can’t give her. And if he doesn’t put an end to the sexy little shenanigans, he’ll teach Scarlett the hardest lesson of all…heartbreak.

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My Take:

 
was a really cute story full of lots of laughs! I found myself really invested in the story and characters and genuinely rooting for them. I loved the synopsis when I first got the tour invite via email. It felt like the perfect chick-lit read, light and flirty and full of laughs. The fact that it is an HEA title doesn’t hurt either!

I literally got all that and more while reading this book. There was just so much to love about these broken and flawed characters that come together so beautifully. They really do bring out the best in each other and they are so full of scorching  chemistry with a great friendship one can’t help but be in awe of.
 
Finn is so thoroughly rounded that when he’s clueless at times its adorable and he honestly is a sweet male lead that I just wanted to see happy. The way he interacts with not only Scarlett but his sisters and his friends is so endearing. On the flipside, Scarlett seems to be in a perpetual clueless state so when she shows that she has more substance that her beautiful appearance I found myself loving her character as a lead. She’s a loyal character with great traits and a perfect match for Finn.

 4.5 Quills

 
10/10 I would read this again when I need a sweet romantic fix! You get relatable characters with great chemistry and scorching love scenes so its no surprise that you have a win with this title.

About The Author

As a teenager, I was a voracious reader of science fiction, until one day when I was 16, I saw Pride and Prejudice on television. The old version with Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson. I adored it. I’d seen it in the TV guide and, since I had a crush on Laurence Olivier after seeing him in Henry V, I’d taped it.

I watched that tape so often I can still recite most of the dialogue by heart. I sought out the book, devoured it, then found every other Jane Austen book and read and reread them frequently. I only discovered romance as a genre as an adult. Imagine my delight when I first read modern versions of Jane Austen!
 
Now I read most subgenres of romance, from category to historical to romantic comedy. Such a banquet!
 
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The Cheesecake Queen Review and Giveaway!

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The Cheesecake Queen
Miranda Koerner

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 21, 2013
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
ISBN: 978-1939590237
ASIN: B00GSQWMYC
Pages: 143
Goodreads Rating:  4
My Rating: 4

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Book Description:

Sugar Rule 1: Christmas is the perfect time for cheesecake.

Sugar Rule 2: Men are as useful as burnt cookies.

After losing her reporting job to layoffs at the local paper, Caeleah Turner’s pity party at the airport is interrupted by a woman claiming to know the location of the world’s best cheesecake. Intrigued, Caeleah trades plane tickets with the woman and finds herself in Chestnut, Colorado, a tiny town hiding a woman known as the Cheesecake Queen. The Cheesecake Queen not only bakes the best cheesecakes in the country, but her cheesecake is known to cure everything from infertility to baldness—one woman even loses 100 pounds on it! There is a thick batter of secrets behind The Cheesecake Queen and her two sisters, who operate all the bakeries in town.

But as the mayor’s efforts to shut down the Sugar sisters before Christmas gear up, Caeleah finds herself wanting to sample his own treats.

There’s a bigger secret than love to Cinnamon’s cheesecakes. And Caeleah is determined to find out what it is.

My Take On The Book:

I’m not sure if I should add or deduct quills based on the cover alone. The cover look so deliciously yummy that I wanted cheesecake every time I looked at the cover and writing this review is no different. I’m pretty sure I gained an extra 5 lbs. I’m going to have to diet extra hard this holiday season lol.

I absolutely adored the intro/chapter 1 of this book. It was just enough to peak my interest. I was giggling as I turned to the next chapter and I love books that hook you from the beginning.

It wasn’t too long of a read but then again I devoured this book so I might be a bit off on that calculation. Even so, it felt like the right length for this type of book.

The Great (Pros):

 

The Actual Story. This book was deliciously good. It reminded me of those Halmark/ABC Family Holiday Movies that I adore.

The Character. There is something gratifying about a book that has strongly developed characters. I loved each character in this book. They each had their own type of charisma that shines through on each page.

The Sugar Sisters/Names. Omg, the names of these ladies were just too perfect. Who but a baker with the last name Sugar would name their children Cinnamon, Ginger and Nutmeg.

Romance. I loved the romance woven into the grander scheme of things. Throughout the book I found myself rooting for the leading lady and her man, even if said man made me want to smash a pie in his face. It was a cute little love story that if anything ties everything together and keeps the story moving.

 

The Not So Great (Cons):

 

Inconctencies. I have a pet peeve with these alond with repeation. And while there weren’t many of these in the story, there were a few that left you scratching your head and re-reading those lines.

Ginger’s story. While her backstory was really well constructed, I just felt bad for the girl. She looked like she needed a hug. It was one of the plot points that turned me off from the story a bit.

 

4 Quills

This book was great. I would recommend it to anyone that loves romance. Well romance and food. It was oddly remincent of the holiday movies ‘Matchmaker Santa’ and ‘Recipe for a Perfect Christmas’. It’s got that perfect touch of holiday magic. Now to quote the book “Christmas is the perfect time for cheesecake” and I am off to find some!

About The Author

Miranda Koerner is a writer living in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband and two Chihuahuas. A former children’s magazine editor and reporter for Prime Time Newspapers and the Express-News, Miranda has written for The Current, Taste, Chicken Soup for the Soul and many other publications. Her YA novel The Butterfly Dress was published by Girl E books and is available through Amazon.com and Smashwords. She is anticipating her next novel, Blue Mermaid, with Turquoise Morning Press in April 2013.

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