Mini Reviews: Royally Matched, Ready to Fall, Kiss Me in New York

Good morning! Today, I’m going to be doing mini reviews for some of the books I’ve been reading lately. Enjoy!


Royally Matched
Series: Royally, #2
Author: Emma Chase
Publication Date: February 21, 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Narrators: Shane East, Andi Arndt
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Some men are born responsible, some men have responsibility thrust upon them. Henry John Edgar Thomas Pembrook, Prince of Wessco, just got the motherlode of all responsibility dumped in his regal lap.

He’s not handling it well.

Hoping to force her grandson to rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora goes on a much-needed safari holiday—and when the Queen’s away, the Prince will play. After a chance meeting with an American television producer, Henry finally makes a decision all on his own:

Welcome to Matched: Royal Edition.

A reality TV dating game show featuring twenty of the world’s most beautiful blue bloods gathered in the same castle. Only one will win the diamond tiara, only one will capture the handsome prince’s heart.

While Henry revels in the sexy, raunchy antics of the contestants as they fight, literally, for his affection, it’s the quiet, bespectacled girl in the corner—with the voice of an angel and a body that would tempt a saint—who catches his eye.

The more Henry gets to know Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum, the more enamored he becomes of her simple beauty, her strength, her kind spirit…and her naughty sense of humor.

But Rome wasn’t built in a day—and irresponsible royals aren’t reformed overnight.

As he endeavors to right his wrongs, old words take on whole new meanings for the dashing Prince. Words like, Duty, Honor and most of all—Love.

My review:

Royally Matched might just be my favorite Emma Chase book yet! I absolutely loved this book! The story was amazing. The whole romance reality show was clever and hilarious. All of the characters were so entertaining. I think listening to it made it added even more fun. I adored the narrators’ accents. They brought the story to life. I couldn’t stop listening to it. I was mad when my daughter got home from school and I had to turn it off — I couldn’t let her listen to Henry’s obscene thoughts! Royally Matched was an outstanding romantic comedy filled with tons of great surprises. It’s a book contemporary romance fans aren’t going to want to miss.


Ready to Fall
Series: Wingmen, #1
Author: Daisy Prescott
Publication Date: December 14, 2013
Publisher: Daisy Prescott
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

Tall, dark, and handsome is an understatement when it comes to John Day. With rugged good looks, his ever present plaid shirt, and a dog named Babe, John is a modern alpha male lumberjack.

After his favorite neighbor rents out her beach cabin for the winter, John finds himself playing fireman and tour guide to Diane Watson, a beautiful brunette with her own messy past and recent battle scars.

Will he be ready to fall in love? Or will he go back to his old, flirty ways?

Hold onto your heart as John Day tells his story in this male POV contemporary adult romance/romantic comedy.

Ready to Fall is the first novel in the Wingmen series, a spin-off from Modern Love Stories. Each book is a standalone with no cliffhanger.

My review: 

Ready to Fall underwhelmed me. It’s not that it wasn’t a good book. It just didn’t have enough drama or make me feel much. The plot could have been very emotionally investing, but it lacked ups and downs. The character’s big emotional scars didn’t pack any punch. John was the only narrator of the story, and he was pretty bland. The story felt real enough, but maybe that was the problem. It felt like someone’s ordinary life, and I was expecting more.


Kiss Me in New York
Author: Catherine Rider
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via Goodreads.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Synopsis:

It’s Christmas Eve at JFK in NYC.

Charlotte is a British student, waiting for a flight home after the worst semester of her life. Anthony is a native New Yorker, surprising his girlfriend at the airport after three months apart. Charlotte has just been dumped, and Anthony is about to be dumped, right in the middle of the holiday crowd.

Charlotte’s flight is canceled when a blizzard blows in, and Anthony can’t bear to go home. So, they set out into the city together, clutching a book Charlotte picks up in the airport gift shop: Ten Easy Steps for Getting Over Your Ex. For this one night, they’ll focus on healing their broken hearts … together.

Step-by-step, the two struggle to put the past behind them. But the snow is so enchanting, and the holiday lights are so beguiling, that soon their shared misery gives way to something else. Soon, they’re not only over their exes — they’re falling for each other.

Then a subway ride splits them up by mistake. Will they reunite before Charlotte’s flight leaves New York forever?

My review:

At just 200 pages, Kiss Me in New York was a quick and cute read. Charlotte and Anthony are are struggling with their own respective breakups when they randomly meet at the airport on Christmas Eve. The two decide to try to get over their exes by completing the steps in Charlotte’s book. The experiences they have trying to complete the steps bring the two strangers closer together than they expected. I thought this was a fun holiday story, but if you’re not into insta-love, you might want to skip this book as almost the entire book takes place in one night. I would have loved this to have been a longer story. I was interested in knowing what came next for Charlotte and Anthony.

Release Day Review: The Best Is Yet to Come by Bella Andre

The Best Is Yet to Come
Series: Summer Lake, #1
Author: Bella Andre
Publication Date: May 10, 2017
Publisher: Oak Press, LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Synopsis:

Best friends. High school sweethearts. Passionate lovers. Once upon a time, Sarah Bartow and Calvin Vaughn were everything to each other. Until big dreams—and an even bigger tragedy—tore them apart.

Ten years after good-bye, they’re finally together again at Summer Lake in the Adirondacks…and the sparks between them are hotter than ever. Soon one kiss is turning into so much more. Not only breathtaking, sizzling lovemaking—but also deep, honest emotions that can’t be denied.

Calvin refuses to let the ambitions and disasters that separated them a decade ago wreck them this time. Not when he knows for sure that Sarah is his one—his only—true love. He let her get away once. He won’t make the same mistake again. Even if it means risking his entire heart, and every last piece of his soul, to show her they belong together. Now…and forever.


I was excited to have the chance to read Bella Andre’s newest Sullivans spin-off, The Best Is Yet to Come. I’ve always been a fan of the Sullivan family and their friends. In The Best Is Yet to Come, we get to know Calvin from the New York Sullivans series better.

Years ago, Sarah and Calvin were more than just lovers. They were everything to each other. When an unforeseen tragedy struck, their futures and relationship were forever changed. Ten years later, they get a second chance when Sarah returns home to Summer Lake.

The Best Is Yet to Come was a sweet second chance romance. Written in third person, the story rotates between Sarah and Calvin’s perspectives. Neither has been the same since they broke up. Both have matured and grown stronger as individuals, but they’ve never healed from the scars of their break up. I enjoyed how they dealt with their past issues, and made new discoveries about each other. Calvin and Sarah were definitely a match made in contemporary romance heaven.

Calvin and Sarah’s relationship wasn’t the only romance in this story, though. The story also takes the reader back to Sarah’s grandmother Olive’s past. She tells the story of her first love, Carlos. Sarah is startled by her grandmother’s tale, since it’s not about her grandfather. What Sarah learns from her grandmother’s story helps her discover what her future holds. I loved what Olive’s history added to Sarah’s story. It almost gave this book more of a women’s fiction/mystery feel.

So here’s my one complaint about The Best Is Yet to Come. I love contemporary romance series. The Sullivans is one of my favorite ones. I like that Bella Andre has made not one but two spin-offs for the series. My problem is that I’m starting to feel bogged down by all the name dropping of old characters in newer books. This happened to me with The Best Is Yet to Come. Referencing the old characters when they have no part in the new story felt out-of-place to me. If they’re not impacting the new romance/story in some way, they probably don’t need to be mentioned. I know I’m probably in the minority with this opinion, but I just couldn’t help but mention it.

The Best Is Yet to Come was what I would call a great traditional contemporary romance. Everything about this book was sweet and subtle. The characters had their flaws, but found their happiness by rediscovering each other. Fans of Bella Andre’s are sure to love this book.

Review: Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist

Love and First Sight
Author: Josh Sundquist
Publication Date: January 3, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown Book for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Love is more than meets the eye.

On his first day at a new school, blind sixteen-year-old Will Porter accidentally groped a girl on the stairs, sat on another student in the cafeteria, and somehow drove a classmate to tears. High school can only go up from here, right?

As Will starts to find his footing, he develops a crush on a sweet but shy girl named Cecily. And despite his fear that having a girlfriend will make him inherently dependent on someone sighted, the two of them grow closer and closer. Then an unprecedented opportunity arises: an experimental surgery that could give Will eyesight for the first time in his life. But learning to see is more difficult than Will ever imagined, and he soon discovers that the sighted world has been keeping secrets. It turns out Cecily doesn’t meet traditional definitions of beauty—in fact, everything he’d heard about her appearance was a lie engineered by their so-called friends to get the two of them together. Does it matter what Cecily looks like? No, not really. But then why does Will feel so betrayed?


Before I start my review, I would like to thank Kelly from Here’s to Happy Endings for sharing her ARC of Love and First Sight with me. She said I would love this book, and she was right!

Love and First Sight is the story of Will, a young man who’s been blind since birth. Will is embarking on a new adventure. He wants to prove to himself and everyone else that he can make it in the seeing world. Will had left behind his boarding school for the blind and has enrolled at his local high school.

Will immediately finds himself making friends at his new school. One of those friends is Cecily. As Will gets to know Cecily, he notices people regard her differently. Will doesn’t think much of it. He’s excited to have found someone he can connect with, someone who seems to understand how he “sees” the world. It isn’t until he has an operation that gives him the opportunity to see for the first time in his life that he notices there’s something different about Cecily’s looks. Will feels betrayed that his friends didn’t tell him there was anything different about Cecily. He feels even more betrayed that Cecily didn’t tell him herself. How can Will trust someone who won’t share important things about herself with him?

Love and First Sight was an eye-opening book. That probably sounds corny given the name of the book and the topic of it, but I learned so much while reading this adorable novel. I guess I’ve never really thought about what it would be like to be blind other than the not being able to see part. I never thought about having someone explain what something looks like to me and not being able to imagine it. So many little things that Will dealt with on a daily basis came as a surprise. The entire book was an ah-ha moment for me. In a way, that’s pretty lame, but I guess I’ve never really spent time with a blind person before. How can that be?

I was also shocked by the revelations of what happens when a blind person is all of a sudden able to see. What their brain and body goes through is fascinating. I can’t imagine the frustration Will went through. There are so many visual things I take for granted every day.

I was super impressed with John Sundquist’s writing. It was utterly addictive. I loved how he told Will’s story and every emotion he wove into it. I easily sympathized with Will and his predicaments. He had some tough choices to make, and his strength to take chances impressed me. Will had courage that I’m not sure I would have had. I also loved that his frustrations with his friends had nothing to do with what they kept from him, but that they did it.

One of the coolest things about Love and First Sight were the friendships. Will’s new friends accepted him for who he was. Their hearts were always in the right place, even when they made mistakes. I also adored Will and Cecily’s relationship. They were friends, but they had a deep connection that was always a little more than friendship.

I loved Love and First Sight so much. I honestly didn’t want the book to end. I could have gone on reading about Will, Cecily, and their friends for several hundred pages more. There was so much more to explore about all their relationships. I would love for the author to make a series about this group of friends. They were such amazing characters.

If you’re a fan of YA contemporaries, you must read Love and First Sight. It’s the perfect book to start off your spring or summer.

Review: Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen

Pipe Dreams
Series: Brooklyn Bruisers, #3
Author: Sarina Bowen
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Publisher: Berkley Books
Genre: Contemporary, Sports Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

A goalie has to trust his instincts, even when taking a shot to the heart…

Mike Beacon is a champion at defending the net, but off the ice, he’s not so lucky. A widower and a single father, he’s never forgotten Lauren Williams, the ex who gave him the best year of his life. When Lauren reappears in the Bruisers office during the playoffs, Beacon sees his chance to make things right.

Lauren hates that she’s forced to travel with the team she used to work for and the man who broke her heart. There’s still undeniable sexual tension running between her and Mike, but she won’t go down that road again. She’s focused on her plans for the future—she doesn’t need a man to make her dreams of motherhood come true.

Lauren plays her best defensive game, but she’s no match for the dark-eyed goalie. When the field of play moves to Florida, things heat up on the beach.

One of Mike’s biggest fans doesn’t approve—his teenage daughter. But a true competitor knows not to waste the perfect shot at love.


I am so happy Pipe Dreams is finally here. I’ve been waiting for this book ever since I finished Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers, #2). But, then again, I’m always waiting on a new release from Sarina Bowen. I’m in love with her romances. She has a way of crafting characters and their love stories that makes me swoon every time. It doesn’t hurt that one of those characters is usually a hot hockey player. 😉

Pipe Dreams was a sweet second chance romance. Years ago, Brooklyn Bruisers’ goalie Mike broke things off with Lauren in the worst way. He cut ties without an apology or real excuse. Their break up left Lauren devastated and turned her into an ice queen. She did everything she could to avoid both Mike and hockey…until her boss and owner of the Brooklyn Bruisers forces her fill in during playoffs in the Bruisers office.

Working in the office should be easy since it used to be her job, but having to see Mike and watch hockey is harder than Lauren thought. It reminds her of what used to be. It doesn’t help that Mike also wants to remind her of what used to be. Lauren’s been there, done that and isn’t about to put herself in the position to be hurt again. Mike is determined to change Lauren’s mind and give her everything she wants.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect out of the characters in the beginning. Lauren has been this cold, heartless person since book one. There wasn’t anything that made me want her story besides the fact that one of the players broke her heart. Once I got to know her better, that changed. She was actually a pretty sweet person. Lauren had just built a wall around herself. I loved the way that wall was brought down. She was still strong and determined, but happiness made her a better person.

Mike was single dad perfection. Seriously, there’s not much hotter in a romance novel than a dedicated single father. Everything I learned about Mike made me root harder for him. He made some tough choices for the sake of his daughter and, even though they sucked, they showed what a good person he was. Mike deserved happiness as much as Lauren did. I’m so happy Mike and Lauren got a second chance at life and happiness again with each other.

Some may say Pipe Dreams was a little too perfect. They might say Lauren forgave Mike too easily or things went too smoothly for them. Maybe those things are true. Honestly, I didn’t care. I was so wrapped up in Lauren and Mike’s story that one of them would have to have cheated on each other or done something incredibly stupid for me to have any complaints about Pipe Dreams. I loved it so much I stayed up WAY too late reading it. It was everything I want in a contemporary romance and more. You need to read it!

I’m really, really hoping this isn’t the end of the Brooklyn Bruisers series. There are so many more characters whose stories I need — #1 is Nate and Becca’s. (I think all fans of the series would agree with this!) I got to see a bit of them in this book, but not hardly enough. I’m crossing my fingers that Sarina Bowen and Berkley Books will give us the opportunity to experience their love story and many more of Mike’s teammates’.

Review: Finding You by Jo Watson

Finding You
Series: Destination Love, #3
Author: Jo Watson
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Synopsis:

When you go to Greece to meet your family but end up making out with your smokin’ hot tour guide #sorrynotsorry

Being adopted never made Jane Smith feel unloved, just unlike the rest of her family. As her twenty-fifth birthday approaches, she is struck by an overwhelming longing to finally find her place in the world. So in a very un-Jane-like move, she books a last-minute ticket to Greece to find her birth father and the real Jane. All she knows about him is it that he was a tour guide named Dimitri. Armed with this knowledge and several surprise boxes of condoms from her mom (not embarrassing at all), Jane takes off.

Within minutes of landing she makes two important discoveries. First, everyone in Greece is named Dimitri, and second, fate might be playing a sick joke on her when a sexy tour guide called Dimitri comes to fetch her from the airport. He offers to help Jane with her search—if she’ll go on an adventure with him. Stable Jane would never risk a steamy vacation romance. But real Jane might finally be ready to listen to her heart. Will Jane find her biological father, or will she end up finding something else entirely?


Review:

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

I’ve been a fan of Jo Watson’s Destination Love series ever since I read the first book, Burning Moon. She has a way of taking you both on a physical and emotional journey in her books. Each book brings to life another gorgeous setting and wonderful woman. I love that these women are friends looking for themselves, but each one’s life and destination is very different. The characters’ journeys to finding themselves and love are filled with so many fun and awkward moments.

Jane is as plain as her name. She’s completely okay with that until her next birthday starts to sneak up on her. All of a sudden, Jane’s in a tizzy. Nothing seems right until she sees a tour sign advertising a trip to Greece. Soon, Jane’s on her way there to look for the birth father she’s never met. His name is Dimitri and he’s a local tour guide.

Nothing goes as planned when Jane arrives in Greece. Instead of meeting her father, Jane meets a completely different tour guide named Dimitri. This Dimitri is the most gorgeous man Jane’s ever met. Soon, he’s helping Jane look for her father and herself.

Finding You felt a little different from the first two novels in the Destination Love series. It was more serious, not quite as over the top funny. That wasn’t a bad thing. Finding You dealt with some very serious emotions regarding being adopted and Jane not knowing who she was. It’s a very real situation. Jo Watson mentions in her acknowledgements that she’s adopted and has felt these very real emotions. I am also adopted, and could relate to what Jane was going through. I’ve always been secure in my adopted family, but there are moments growing up where you have to deal with who you are compared to your adopted family. Jo Watson did an outstanding job translating these feelings and needs into Jane’s story. Jane had a lot of fun and interesting thing happen along her journey, but nothing was as important as her coming to terms with who she was. I really loved that part of the book.

Don’t worry, there was still a ton of humorous moments in this romance. Jane had a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time for silly things to happen to her. I loved how Dimitri was always there, right by her side, making Jane comfortable. They had such a sweet dynamic between them. I loved how easily their relationship fell together. It was perfect.

Finding You was a great addition to the Destination Love series. I absolutely loved it, and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series. (I’m really hoping it’s Stormy-Rain’s story!) If you’re a fan of contemporary romance filled with beautiful settings, humorous moments and sweet romances, you really need to read this series!


Excerpt:

He stepped toward me. My heart stopped pumping. He leaned in close and pulled my hand from behind my back and placed his card in the center of my palm. My nerve endings prickled and the hair on the back of my neck stood up.

“Just in case.” He repeated the words and they sounded so loaded.

In case what? In case I decided to lose all common sense, judgment, control, my mind (although that was already up for debate) and call you for a midnight beach romp. I’ll be sure to bring my watch so I can take note of how long it takes you to make me start screaming your name in wild ecstasy…Oh God, that sounded good!

I took a large step back. He took a large step forward. Back. Forward. Then he leaned in again. Holy Crap! He was coming in for that double-cheek kiss again and I wasn’t sure I’d be able to remain cool and calm and controlled this time. Only he didn’t. He did something far, far more odd and unsettling. He pulled my sunglasses off, placed them in the same hand as the card and then closed my fingers around them. He squeezed my hand closed while looking into my eyes in a way that rattled me to my very core.

My head started spinning and suddenly I felt a tad unsteady. I hoped to hell that I wasn’t about to be knocked off my feet by my raging hormones and fall into his arms. He gave my hand one last squeeze, and then… he was gone!

What the hell did that mean? You can’t just take off a person’s glasses, put them in their hands, stare into their eyes meaningfully and then mysteriously walk away without saying a word. What the hell was he playing at?

And why was it so hard to keep myself from falling for it?


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Review: Until You by Denise Grover Swank

Until You
Series: Bachelor Brotherhood, #2
Author: Denise Grover Swank
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

Never settle down. Ever.

Workaholic Lanie Rogers lives a completely nomadic lifestyle. Her job keeps her on the move, and relationships are a complication she doesn’t need. That is, until she meets Mr. Tall, Dark, and Hotness at a pre-wedding party. Complicated? Maybe. But lately, Lanie’s life has been missing a little something—and sexy playboy Tyler Norris offers something she definitely can’t refuse.

Tyler has always been a little too popular with women for his own good. Ever since he and his buddies vowed to remain bachelors, Tyler figured he was safe from temptation. Lanie and her gorgeous brown eyes are about to prove him so, so wrong. With one kiss, the heat is intense. After one night, it’s pure combustion. It was supposed to be a no-strings fling—until these two commitment-phobes each discover the one undeniable exception to their rule.


I became aware of Denise Grover Swank’s Bachelor Brotherhood series when I was asked to participate in the blog tour for the first book, Only You. I immediately fell in love with her brand of contemporary romance. It was smart, sassy and sexy — three things I’m looking for when I’m reading a romance novel. I was very excited when I saw Until You was available to request on NetGalley. I’ve been waiting for this book since the moment I finished Only You.

In Until You, we get to know Kevin’s best friend, Tyler. Tyler’s a reformed manwhore who’s dealt with his fair share of crazies. Being around Kevin and Holly, and now soon-to-be-married Randy and Brittany, has Tyler re-examining what kind of relationship he really wants in life. Meeting bride-to-be Brittany’s cousin, Lanie, has Tyler feeling things he’s never felt before. It’s a good thing that Lanie is only here for a month. There’s no promise of forever if Tyler acts on his attraction to her.

Lanie lives her life moving from place to place opening up a famous women’s clothing store in secret. She’s doesn’t own a house or a car and she’s completely satisfied with that. Lanie is very excited to have a sex only fling with groomsman Tyler. Or she was until she watched her best friend and cousin get ready for her upcoming nuptials. Now, Lanie finds herself wanting more than her nomadic life. Maybe a chance at forever with a certain sexy groomsman.

Until You was a humorous romance. You had two people who kept getting paired together who were sexing it up in secret. Every interaction they had outside the bedroom had some sort of crazy disaster. I can’t count the number of times I found myself laughing or shaking my head. It was so much fun to read!

I loved both Lanie and Tyler. Both were workaholics who only had time for sex. Luckily, the sex they had together was so amazing that other parts of their lives started drifting together. They were on the same page for pretty much the whole book and I loved that. Their chemistry propelled the entire story forward. I enjoyed every minute of it.

My only complaint about Until You was how the story wrapped up. It was a good, strong ending with as much humor as the rest of the book. I just didn’t like how quickly the conclusion came. Everything fixed itself in one outlandish moment, and I kept thinking to myself that amount of crazy doesn’t happen all at once. It was sweet, though; and entertaining.

If you’re a fan of contemporary romances and haven’t yet read the Bachelor Brotherhood series, I highly recommend you read it. It’s a stellar series wrapped around, but not consumed by, weddings.

Review: The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott

The Butterfly Project
Author: Emma Scott
Publication Date: February 28, 2017
Publisher: CreateSpace
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

“Where you are is home…”

At age fourteen, Zelda Rossi witnessed the unthinkable, and has spent the last ten years hardening her heart against the guilt and grief. She channels her pain into her art: a dystopian graphic novel where vigilantes travel back in time to stop heinous crimes—like child abduction—before they happen. Zelda pitches her graphic novel to several big-time comic book publishers in New York City, only to have her hopes crash and burn. Circumstances leave her stranded in an unfamiliar city, and in an embarrassing moment of weakness, she meets a guarded young man with a past he’d do anything to change…

Beckett Copeland spent two years in prison for armed robbery, and is now struggling to keep his head above water. A bike messenger by day, he speeds around New York City, riding fast and hard but going nowhere, his criminal record holding him back almost as much as the guilt of his crime.

Zelda and Beckett form a grudging alliance of survival, and in between their stubborn clash of wills, they slowly begin to provide each other with the warmth of forgiveness, healing, and maybe even love. But when Zelda and Beckett come face to face with their pasts, they must choose to hold on to the guilt and regret that bind them, or let go and open their hearts for a shot at happiness.

The Butterfly Project is a novel that reveals the power of forgiveness, and how even the smallest decisions of the heart can—like the flutter of a butterfly’s wings—create currents that strengthen into gale winds, altering the course of a life forever.


The Butterfly Project has been sitting on my Kindle waiting to be read since February. I kept putting off reading it because I knew I was going to be in for an emotional ride. Emma Scott is an amazing author, but she packs a powerful emotional punch in all of her books. I wasn’t sure I was ready for the experience The Butterfly Project was going to give me yet.

I’m so happy I went ahead and started reading it. I loved The Butterfly Project! It was definitely an emotional read, but it immediately drew me and had me invested. I wasn’t willing to put the book down. I stayed up way too late reading it because I needed to know what was going to happen to Zelda and Bennett.

If you haven’t read Emma Scott’s Full Tilt duet, you may not know that Zelda was an employee of Theo’s Las Vegas tattoo shop. She’s decided to branch off on her own, and take her comic book to shop publishers in New York. The reception of her comic book is not what she had hoped, and she has to figure out how to spend more time in New York to make the revisions she needs to it. Zelda refuses to give up on the one thing that may help her entire family heal. A chance encounter with Beckett gives her the possibility to stay in New York.

Beckett isn’t super thrilled to have Zelda around. He’s got his own tragedies and regret to deal with. What begins as a partnership, slowly turns into companionship for Beckett. He realizes maybe he’s not as alone as he thought. His friendship with Zelda is the only thing heating up his cold and dreary days.

The more entwined their lives get, the more Zelda and Beckett want more from each other. Before they can truly fall, let will have to decide if they can let go of the past and live in the future.

Zelda and Beckett were really amazing characters. Both were living their lives by the day, trying to make it through. They were emotionally stunted by things they wished they could change in their pasts. The sadness and guilt connected them, but their different outlooks on each other’s situation brought a strength to their friendship. Zelda knew what Beckett needed and Beckett knew what Zelda needed. Their friendship turning into a romantic relationship was inevitable. They got each other and their chemistry was off the charts. I loved every minute of their romance.

All of the secondary characters were magic. Each brought a little bit of something special to the story. I especially loved Zelda and Beckett’s Italian neighbor lady. She cracked me up! I also loved getting a tiny bit of Theo in this story. I had forgotten how much I missed him.

One thing I thought was super cool in this story was the use of the comic book. I liked the glimpses of it I got to see and how the story created helped Zelda and Beckett heal. It was a cool way to connect two characters.

I don’t know what else to say about The Butterfly Project except that I loved it. I would highly recommend it to new adult romance readers. The healing and love in this story is amazing. I’m so happy I finally read it!!!