Mini Reviews: Faking It, Keeper & One of Us Is Next

Faking It
Author: K. Bromberg
Publication Date: January 8, 2019
Publisher: JKB Publishing, LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Zane Phillips mistook me for his dog walker. It shouldn’t surprise me that the man with a suit more expensive than my rent would assume that I was there to serve him. The positive? I put him in his place. The negative? I missed my job interview because of it.

Now I find out he’s a rich Australian entrepreneur, and he wants to make up for tanking my interview. Yes, he’s impossibly hot – but he’s also an arrogant jackass—so . . . no thanks.

But after a little white lie I tell spirals out of control, I’m somehow offered the chance to play Zane’s girlfriend to help promote his new dating website – and the best part? He can’t say no because he’ll get caught in his lie too.

Little did I know this would entail sharing a tour bus with him for the next few months. The fact that the bus has just one bed isn’t the most ideal of circumstances, but this spokesperson gig might be the kick in the pants my career needs, so why not take a chance?

Famous last words.

Now I’m crisscrossing the country–and sharing that bed—with the one guy I can’t stand. And even worse, my traitorous body is wondering at every turn what it’s like to be down under the gorgeous Australian. But as the miles unfurl, so does our passion…and if I’m not careful, I might end up believing that fairytales really do come true.

My thoughts:

A fan of the fake relationship trope? Then you HAVE to read Faking It. It was pretty dang perfect. It had just the right amount of banter, chemistry, and fun. I smiled so much reading it. I’m seriously irritated with myself for not reading it sooner. Thank goodness I got it free in another author’s newsletter to push me to read it. I haven’t read very many of K. Bromberg’s books, but reading this one has me wanting to read more of them.

Keeper
Author: Harloe Rae
Publication Date: January 28, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

“Will you help me remember?”

That’s the second thing I ask the stranger hovering just outside of my hospital room. To me, Decker Fredric is another nameless face in the crowd. To him, I’m a forgotten girl he hasn’t seen in years. But he agrees to be my crutch through the fog as if we were once friends.

Everything is a blank canvas spreading far and wide in front of me. Any direction I take, my steps stumble over the unknown. Decker becomes the only reliable constant in my life. I lean on him too hard, but he doesn’t seem to mind. His unwavering patience and guidance restore some semblance of normal I don’t recall having.

My attraction to Decker is instant, but he appears indifferent. Until the day his stare holds a bit too much heat. In return, I dare to let my touch linger. Our hugs cling tighter than a simple embrace should. But we have no business defying the distinct line cutting between us.

Decker Fredric was never mine to keep. But that doesn’t stop me from wanting him to be.

My thoughts:

I read this book solely because Debby told me I needed to. (Thanks, Debby!) It was my first book by Harloe Rae and I really enjoyed it. I will be reading more from her in the future. Keeper had a great mix of angst, longing, and sweetness. I am not usually a fan of an amnesia story line, but it worked well for me here. The only thing I would warn readers is that it might be a trigger for some readers with a couple of domestic violence scenes. (Not really a spoiler since it happens in the Prologue and sets the plot up.)

One of Us Is Next
Series: One of Us Is Lying, #2
Author: Karen McManus
Narrators: Marie Liatis, Holly Linneman, Fred Berman, Karissa Vacker
Publication Date: January 7, 2020
Publisher: Listening Library
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

The highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestselling thriller everyone is talking about, One of Us Is Lying! There’s a new mystery to solve at Bayview High, and there’s a whole new set of rules.

Come on, Bayview, you know you’ve missed this.

A ton of copycat gossip apps have popped up since Simon died, but in the year since the Bayview four were cleared of his shocking death, no one’s been able to fill the gossip void quite like he could. The problem is no one has the facts.

Until now.

This time it’s not an app, though–it’s a game.

Truth or Dare.

Phoebe‘s the first target. If you choose not to play, it’s a truth. And hers is dark.

Then comes Maeve and she should know better–always choose the dare.

But by the time Knox is about to be tagged, things have gotten dangerous. The dares have become deadly, and if Maeve learned anything from Bronwyn last year, it’s that they can’t count on the police for help. Or protection.

Simon’s gone, but someone’s determined to keep his legacy at Bayview High alive. And this time, there’s a whole new set of rules.

My thoughts:

I love Karen McManus’ writing. It’s so addicting. Add in some great narrators to help tell the story, and One of Us Is Next was an amazing listening experience. As for the actual story… I have to admit that it took me a couple of chapters to really get into it. Part of that might have been because I was listening. It was a little hard to follow all the different narrators at first. Once I was orientated and invested, I enjoyed the ride. I did kind of guess parts of the mystery, but it didn’t detour me from loving this book. It’s a must read if you loved One of Us Is Lying.

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