E-Arc Review: If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane

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46650016Title: If I Never Met You
Author: Mhairi McFarlane
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: March 24th, 2020

eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

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f faking love is this easy… how do you know when it’s real?

When her partner of over a decade suddenly ends things, Laurie is left reeling—not only because they work at the same law firm and she has to see him every day. Her once perfect life is in shambles and the thought of dating again in the age of Tinder is nothing short of horrifying. When news of her ex’s pregnant girlfriend hits the office grapevine, taking the humiliation lying down is not an option. Then a chance encounter in a broken-down elevator with the office playboy opens up a new possibility.

Jamie Carter doesn’t believe in love, but he needs a respectable, steady girlfriend to impress their bosses. Laurie wants a hot new man to give the rumor mill something else to talk about. It’s the perfect proposition: a fauxmance played out on social media, with strategically staged photographs and a specific end date in mind. With the plan hatched, Laurie and Jamie begin to flaunt their new couple status, to the astonishment—and jealousy—of their friends and colleagues. But there’s a fine line between pretending to be in love and actually falling for your charming, handsome fake boyfriend…” (Goodreads)

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I was hoping to really enjoy this one. The cover is cute and the premise sounded like something right up my alley. Who doesn’t love fake relationships? There were times that I enjoyed what I was reading and other times where I just wanted to skim.

But, let’s just move right along to the review and start with the characters.

How would you deal with a break-up being 36 years old and having been with that person for 18 years? Laurie gets to face this terrible situation that also gets worse. I really felt for her because I can only imagine being that age and feeling like you have to start completely over. Plus with how dating is now, I would want to start over, ha. She is very independent and strong-willed. I like how she stuck up for herself a lot.

My only complaint with her was how long she wallowed in pity. It lasted for a long time in the beginning of the book and most of first 30% felt like it did a lot of repeating. I think that the book could have been shortened quite a bit early on and it wouldn’t have changed the rest of the book.

Jamie is an okay character. I don’t really think there was anything that made him stand out. He was an average womanizer who decided that he wanted more. Read it before and I just wish there would have been more to him. It probably didn’t help that he was only mentioned a couple times in the first 30% and didn’t have a bigger role until almost halfway through the book.

Besides her ex-boyfriend, the minor characters were very minor. Even her ex-boyfriend at times became very minor once various plot twists were over with. I wish there would have been more from them.

As for the plot, it was decent. There were certain plot twists that surprised me and really intrigued me to keep reading. There were also some plot twists that felt unnecessary and just felt like they were added for the sake of drama. I mean I like drama but it can’t just be all willy nilly. I also wasn’t a fan of the ending. It felt rushed and I absolutely hate rushed endings!

Overall, this book just missed the mark for me as a whole. It was too slow in the beginning to keep my interest and the rest of the book just lacked too much for me to fully enjoy.

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Recently Acquired: The Worst Best Man

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Hello Lovely Bookworms!

I am here with another eARC from NetGalley! This book is one that I requested last week and was approved today for. As you may know, I have been diving into the Romance genre. I will say that I do not like ones that are super steamy because honestly, I just don’t like those scenes. I tend to skip them because they make me giggle, haha.

Although this one uses the word steamy in the synopsis, I had to request it because it just sounds like a great read! Hopefully, it will be everything I think it will be.

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43801254Synopsis:

A wedding planner left at the altar. Yeah, the irony isn’t lost on Carolina Santos, either. But despite that embarrassing blip from her past, Lina’s managed to make other people’s dreams come true as a top-tier wedding coordinator in DC. After impressing an influential guest, she’s offered an opportunity that could change her life. There’s just one hitch… she has to collaborate with the best (make that worst) man from her own failed nuptials.

Tired of living in his older brother’s shadow, marketing expert Max Hartley is determined to make his mark with a coveted hotel client looking to expand its brand. Then he learns he’ll be working with his brother’s whip-smart, stunning—absolutely off-limits—ex-fiancée. And she loathes him.

If they can survive the next few weeks and nail their presentation without killing each other, they’ll both come out ahead. Except Max has been public enemy number one ever since he encouraged his brother to jilt the bride, and Lina’s ready to dish out a little payback of her own.

But even the best laid plans can go awry, and soon Lina and Max discover animosity may not be the only emotion creating sparks between them. Still, this star-crossed couple can never be more than temporary playmates because Lina isn’t interested in falling in love and Max refuses to play runner-up to his brother ever again…” (NetGalley)

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What do you think of this one? Does it pique your interest? Let me know in the comments!

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Steel Crow Saga: NetGalley Review

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43568424.jpgTitle: Steel Crow Saga
Author: Paul Krueger
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Publication Date: September 24th, 2019

eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

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Synopsis: “A soldier with a curse
Tala lost her family to the empress’s army and has spent her life avenging them in battle. But the empress’s crimes don’t haunt her half as much as the crimes Tala has committed against the laws of magic… and her own flesh and blood.

A prince with a debt
Jimuro has inherited the ashes of an empire. Now that the revolution has brought down his kingdom, he must depend on Tala to bring him home safe. But it was his army who murdered her family. Now Tala will be his redemption—or his downfall.

A detective with a grudge
Xiulan is an eccentric, pipe-smoking detective who can solve any mystery—but the biggest mystery of all is her true identity. She’s a princess in disguise, and she plans to secure her throne by presenting her father with the ultimate prize: the world’s most wanted prince.

A thief with a broken heart
Lee is a small-time criminal who lives by only one law: Leave them before they leave you. But when Princess Xiulan asks her to be her partner in crime—and offers her a magical animal companion as a reward—she can’t say no, and soon finds she doesn’t want to leave the princess behind.

This band of rogues and royals should all be enemies, but they unite for a common purpose: to defeat an unstoppable killer who defies the laws of magic. In this battle, they will forge unexpected bonds of friendship and love that will change their lives—and begin to change the world.” (Goodreads)

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My Review:

This book was quite long and didn’t feel like everything that was in it was necessary for the development of the characters or plot. I did enjoy some things about this book, while there were other parts that I didn’t care much for.

There are four different point of views that are included: Lee, Tala, Jimuro, Xiulan. Each has their own chapters and we also get a prologue from an entirely different character. At first I was confused by the prologue and a chapter for one of the characters because there wasn’t any mention of a timeline. Besides that part, it was easy to understand how the characters fit together.

There were a couple fascinating concepts that were included such as the “shades” and metalpacting. Although the concept of a “shade” was similar to other things that have been done like pokemon, it was still cool to see this. The concept of metalpacting is to bind your soul to metal, such as cars and weapons. I don’t think I have read anything that included something like this so it was refreshing to see.

When it came to the characters, they were diverse in backgrounds/representation. They were interesting but some of the scenes between them felt unneeded. I never felt a connection towards any of them which is something that I need especially for such a long book.

Overall, there were unique concepts used and I feel like many will enjoy this book but unfortunately it just wasn’t a book for me.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want to Read Before I See the Movie

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

Today’s prompt is a freebie as long as it deals with books and movies. So, since I have done one about bad adaptions I thought this time I would talk about movies I haven’t seen that I want to read the books for first!

39939417.jpg1.) I have been wanting to read Five Feet Apart but I just keep pushing it off. I was planning to see the movie while visiting family but never got around to it so it still makes the list!

18158562.jpg2.) Crazy Rich Asians seems hilarious and cute but again, haven’t found the time to do it. I think since I am in a reading slump I may stay clear of fantasy right now and read a contemporary in hopes it helps. Maybe my library will have this one available.

186924313.) Everything Everything has been out for awhile but as usual I am always behind! It seems like a great movie and one that I need to get sooner than later!

That’s it for my list today! Is there any books you need to read before you see the movie? Let me know in the comments!

Friday Favorites: Confessions of Love

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Hello, fellow book lovers!

Today’s post is a tag that was created by Something of the Book and she has a whole list of Friday Favorites to follow.

The topic for today was a little tricky when I was trying to think of examples. So, instead of writing about someone confessing their love in a book, I will be confessing my love for some of my favorite book boyfriends!

In no particular order:

1.) Dax (The Caged Queen)
He won my heart over by the end of the book and I just need more of him because he is kind, full of charm, and wants what is best for the one he loves.

2.) Mal (Grishaverse)
I know most people don’t like him and that’s okay. More for me, right? Haha. He only cared about Alina so much even if it meant letting her go and even then, he would still be by her side proctecting her. *swoon*

3.) Morozko (The Winternight Trilogy)
He will literally be on every list I create when it comes to book boyfriends, favorite couples, and confessions of love. When he cares for someone he doesn’t let them not grow to their full potential and even when he walks away thinking he is doing the right thing, love knows no bounds. He tries to be hard on the outside but deep down he is just a cute wintry teddy bear.

4.) Tamlin (Acotar)
Some may ask, “What is this guy doing here?”. It’s a valid question and my answer is I will always have a soft spot for this High Lord. I loved him in the first book. I knew what was coming in the next books and felt that he got the short end of the stick. Sure, he makes a few mistakes but if people can like The Darkling then I am allowed this one!

5.) Thomas Cresswell (Stalking Jack the Ripper series)
He full of banter, charm, and sophistication. What’s not to love about him? He makes his intentions known and I like that about him. He is always there by your side when you need him and will help you solve any crime. He is the perfect partner!

 

And that will end my list! Would you confess your love to any of these characters? If not, who would you confess your undying love to?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Couples

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Hello, fellow book lovers!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

So I have decided to join in on this book tag because its a fun way to see what people like and its a great way to share what I love as well!

Today’s topic is Favorite Couples in Books and I did a quick one for Friday Favorites but now that I have had time to think of more, my list has grown!

1.) Tom & Hester (Mortal Engines Quartet)

2.) Vasilisa & Morozko (The Winternight Trilogy)

3.) Thomas & Audrey Rose (Stalking Jack the Ripper)

4.) Rhysand & Feyre (Acotar)

5.) Torwin & Asha (The Last Namsara)

6.) Laia & Elias (Ember in the Ashes)

7.) Kestral & Arin (The Winner’s Curse)

8.) Alexander & Raven (Vampire Kisses)

9.) Nik & Hannah (Gemina)

10.) Ezra & Kady (Illuminae)

 

I don’t know if I would actually be able to pick a favorite from this list because I just love them all equally and for different reasons.

Are any of these couples on your list of favorites?

Sense & Sensibility: Book Review

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14935Title: Sense & Sensibility
Author:  Jane Austen
Rating: 3 stars

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I read this book as a read-along on Instagram. I had not read anything by Jane Austen before this and although I like classics, this one was really hard to get into.

One reason I had a hard time was because I didn’t really know what was going on. No matter how hard I tried I just couldn’t. After watching the 1995 movie, with so many HP actors, I finally started to understand the characters and the plot made a lot more sense!

So with the what I know now (thanks to the movie!), Marianne makes poor choices. You would think after being caught in the rain once you wouldn’t do it again. Elinor made smarter decisions and both sisters dealt with rejections in different ways which was interesting to see.

Obviously, we can all agree that John Willoughby and Fanny Dashwood are the worst! They were pretty awful to the Dashwood girls.

Overall, it was an okay read but I definitely preferred the movie since I was able to understand it better at that point.

What is a classic book you enjoy?

Down the TBR Hole #2

Hello, fellow book lovers!

We are back again for another Down the TBR Hole which was created by Lost in a story and I am so excited to do it!

We have all been there, or are still there, where our tbr is bigger than we had imagined. I’m always adding new books and then reading books that aren’t even on my tbr but are books that I happen to see at the library. It’s a never ending cycle and this was created to help with the chaos!

Here is how it works:

  • Head to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Order on ascending date added
  • Take the first 5 or how many you’d like to do
  • Read the Synopsis of each book
  • Decide to keep it or remove it

Hopefully I will be able to get rid of a few so here we go!

The first book is The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan. Even though I added this in early 2018 I don’t remember doing it and since I haven’t even thought about it since then I am not sure what it is still doing on my tbr.

Verdict: Remove

The second book is The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes. I had been interested by the effects of sugar and read a few books about it. I haven’t thought about it lately and so I doubt I would pick this up.

Verdict: Remove

The third book is Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History by Bill Schutt. I really don’t remember adding this or even why I would add it in the first place, haha.

Verdict: Remove

The fourth book is The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative by Florence Williams. Again, not sure why it is on my tbr and although I do love nature this just doesn’t interest me.

Verdict: Remove

The last book is Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction by Derek Thompson. This isn’t a topic I care about and like the last ones. I don’t remember why it was on my tbr.

Verdict: Remove

Well, this time I kept none because they were all non-fiction and on topics I don’t care about so at least I made my tbr a little smaller!