Review: See Me After Class (Meghan Quinn)


See Me After Class
Author: Meghan Quinn
Publication Date: November 12, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½


“Did you have relations with my brother . . .”

Good question.

I’d like to preface this by saying it was never my intention to ever get involved in a workplace romance, let alone get involved with the most surly, agitating, and pompous man I’ve ever met who just so happens to be my new friend’s brother.

My intentions were to show students how English and reading books could actually be fun and make a new life for myself in the suburbs of Chicago.

But so far, I’ve managed to be called into the principal’s office.

Coerced into participating in the teacher’s badminton league.

And instigated into passionate fights with Arlo Turner over education and decorum while losing my underwear at the same time.

Known as Mr. Turns Me On, he’s the reason I might get fired from my first ever teaching job.

Thank you to Meghan Quinn for releasing another book during the pandemic. I can’t thank her enough for giving me a fun, flirty romance to take my mind off of the state of the world. I adored every minute of See Me After Class. This book had so much to love:

  • It was a teacher-teacher romance. No student-teacher thing going on here to make things uncomfortable.
  • Greer and Arlo had an incredibly fun enemies to lovers romance.
  • There were tons of hilarious moments! I laughed so hard at the prank war and many other scenes.
  • It was on the sexier side of Meghan Quinn’s romantic comedies.
  • The characters were lovable. Arlo’s straight lace attitude and cardigans were perfection. Greer’s out of the box teaching style and sense of humor contrasted well with Arlo’s personality.
  • Character growth for those two only added to the story and made me love them and their relationship more.
  • I was actually surprised by the climax. I was expecting it to be something else.
  • There were hilarious side characters whose stories I can’t wait for.

See Me After Class was such an entertaining read. It managed to keep my attention at a time that not many books could. I loved it and can’t wait to read more in the series.

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USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Titles That Would Make Great Country Song Titles

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

Book Titles That Would Make Great Song Titles

I submitted this topic… I had forgotten that! Hahaha! I think I had some great ideas when I thought of it, but they must have all disappeared. Anyways. I am adding the word COUNTRY to this topic because I think these would make great country songs.

1. Super Fake Love Song

I’m imagining a female, teen country start singing about a love that turned out to be fake or something along those lines.

2. The Wreckage of Us

Paging Taylor Swift…but maybe only because she has a song with a similar title. She’d have to go back to country, though.

3. Hard Pass

I can picture either a male or female artist signing about taking a hard pass on someone, like an ex or something.

4. Chicks, Man

Some deep, male, twangy country voice could do a great song with this one. I’m imaging it to be slow like Drunk on a Plane.

5. Not My Romeo

So many, many possibilities with this one!!!

6. Mister Tonight

Can’t you envision a woman singing about her “mister tonight”?

7. One Big Mistake

This could be either male or female.

8. Wherever You Are

This would be a sweet song about being in love.

9. Cowboy Villain Damsel Duel

It would have to involve a big story, something about drinking would probably be involved.

10. The Clover Chapel

Another love song. Maybe about getting married in a clover chapel or something.

Review: The Mistletoe Trap (Cindi Madsen)

The Mistletoe Trap
Series: Heart in the Game, #2
Author: Cindi Madsen
Publication Date: November 16, 2020
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Genre: Holiday, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★


From the moment Julie sees her best friend, Gavin, in the airport, it’s like no time at all has gone by instead of months and months. No matter how long they’ve been apart, their relationship has always been steady, comfortable, and decidedly just friends. Even though their meddling parents have hung what seems like unlimited amounts of mistletoe everywhere she goes this holiday season, Julie knows some things will never change.

Gavin is well-aware his family’s wanted him and Julie to get together since forever, even though he’s been friend-zoned since they could talk—and he’s been happy to play that role. After all, as the new starting quarterback for the San Antonio Mustangs, he’s got enough on his plate without adding romance to the mix.

But between playing elves in the holiday bazaar to nights spent one-on-one watching rom-coms or soaking in their town’s hot springs, suddenly the “reverse parent trap” they’ve fallen into is actually starting to work. But this could be one scheme where letting themselves get trapped might be way too dangerous.

From the very beginning, I knew The Mistletoe Trap was going to be my kind of holiday romance. It was so fun from the start that I didn’t notice it was in third person (and normally that’s a turn off for me). The humor was there and so was the chemistry. I loved the friendship Gavin and Julie had going on. They were friends underneath it all, and that made their new found attraction to each other all the more entertaining and special. All the hoops their hilariously devious family members put them through to push the together helped move the romance forward in the best of ways. The only small complaint I have is how LONG it took Gavin and Julie to move past friendship. I wanted more of them acting on their love for each other than I got. Other than that, The Mistletoe Trap was exactly the holiday romance I was hoping would be.

Review: Super Fake Love Song (David Yoon)

Super Fake Love Song
Author: David Yoon
Publication Date: November 17, 2020
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★


From the bestselling author of Frankly in Love comes a contemporary YA rom-com where a case of mistaken identity kicks off a string of (fake) events that just may lead to (real) love.

When Sunny Dae—self-proclaimed total nerd—meets Cirrus Soh, he can’t believe how cool and confident she is. So when Cirrus mistakes Sunny’s older brother Gray’s bedroom—with its electric guitars and rock posters—for Sunny’s own, he sort of, kind of, accidentally winds up telling her he’s the front man of a rock band.

Before he knows it, Sunny is knee-deep in the lie: He ropes his best friends into his scheme, begging them to form a fake band with him, and starts wearing Gray’s rock-and-roll castoffs. But no way can he trick this amazing girl into thinking he’s cool, right? Just when Sunny is about to come clean, Cirrus asks to see them play sometime. Gulp.

Now there’s only one thing to do: Fake it till you make it.

Sunny goes all in on the lie, and pretty soon, the strangest things start happening. People are noticing him in the hallways, and he’s going to football games and parties for the first time. He’s feeling more confident in every aspect of his life, and especially with Cirrus, who’s started to become not just his dream girl but also the real deal. Sunny is falling in love. He’s having fun. He’s even becoming a rocker, for real.

But it’s only a matter of time before Sunny’s house of cards starts tumbling down. As his lies begin to catch up with him, Sunny Dae is forced to wonder whether it was all worth it—and if it’s possible to ever truly change.

Super Fake Love Story is a book I was excited to read. I loved Yoon’s Frankly in Love, and I had high expectations for this new book. I hate to say it, but it didn’t quite live up to my expectations.

I had a love-hate relationship with Sunny Dae. He was this big nerd who sometimes came off in an endearing way and other times came off as annoying. I respected that he let his nerd flag fly, but hated when he got caught up in being what he thought Cirrus wanted. His character did have a lot of growth throughout the story, so that was a good thing.

I loved Sunny’s friends. Milo and Jamal helped make this book more enjoyable. I loved their support of Sunny. I liked how Sunny and Cirrus’ relationship developed – despite the whole lying thing. I do wish their issues hadn’t been so quickly wrapped up in the end, but it was cute. I think my favorite relationship was between Sunny and his brother Grey, though. I liked learning about it.

I think my biggest problem with this book was that it found it kind of boring. I had a hard time getting into it at first, and I thought it might have been a formatting issue with the ARC. It could have been that, or maybe I just wasn’t as interested in the story as I hoped to be. I didn’t find it all that entertaining unless it was when Sunny, Milo, and Jamal were doing music or when I was learning about Grey. I don’t think I was truly sold until all the drama really started happening. Overall, it was just a good read compared to a great read (like Frankly in Love was).

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Cutler Ryder was everything I wasn’t.

He was the hockey star. I was an outcast.

He was best friends with my stepbrother, that same stepbrother who hated me.

His two parents loved him. My mom was a junkie. My dad barely knew me.

Years passed.

I got my life together.

Cut went onto NHL stardom.

Then there was a text.

I was drinking.

There was a party.

Cut was there…

I loved Cutler Ryder since the first moment I saw him.

The only problem? He never knew I existed.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Celebrity Memoirs Worth Reading

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

Non-Bookish Hobbies

Honestly… I wrote this post and decided it was too boring. I basically watch my beloved kid play soccer, PAC12 Women’s Basketball, and TV dance competitions. Sometimes I ride my bicycle, take walks, do puzzles and camp. There you have it. Now for a book related post…

Celebrity Memoirs Worth Reading

1. Open Book
Author: Jessica Simpson

This really did feel like an open look into Jessica Simpson’s life. She didn’t seem to hold back. I’m sure she did in some ways, but I got to know her in ways I didn’t think I would through this memoir.

2. Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock and Roll
Authors: Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson

I found this one fascinating being from the PNW and loving some of their music. It was interesting to hear their rise to fame and the lifestyles they led. There’s some cool stuff about the 90’s and grunge involved in parts.

3. Becoming
Author: Michelle Obama

Michelele Obama is a smart woman. She is/was more than just the First Lady. I loved learning about her life, her relationships with her husband, and what Presidential life was like.

4. The Greatest Love Story Ever Told
Authors: Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman

This is probably one of my favorite celebrity memoirs ever. If I had to describe it in one word it would be fun. These two were candid, funny, and a good time. I listened to it, which was amazing as they go back and forth. Then, I dropped by the bookstore to look at the pictures in the book because I was curious.

5. Scrappy Little Nobody
Author: Anna Kendrick

I’m a big Pitch Perfect fan and also a fan of Anna Kendrick’s. She tells some fun stories with humor only the way Anna Kendrick can.

6. Yes, My Accent Is Real: and Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You
Author: Kunal Nayyar

The Big Bang Theory will always be one of my favorite sitcoms. I loved hearing stories about Kunal Nayyar’s youth and his rise to stardom. He’s hilarious.

7. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
Author: Mindy Kaling

A celebrity memoir list would not be complete without Mindy Kaling. This book is like having a chat with your best friend. If you love Mindy Kaling, you will love this book.

8. Inside Out
Author: Demi Moore

Demi Moore speaking her truth sure was interesting and engaging. I don’t know that I 100% believe everything she told me, but it was fun. If only Ashton would release a memoir of his own…

9. Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song
Author: Sara Barielles

Sara Barielles is a singer who caught my attention as a judge on The Sing Off. I wanted to learn more about her, so I listened to this book. I highly recommend listening to this one because each chapter starts out with one of her songs and it’s delightful to listen to her sing and tell you about her life.

Authors: Kristin Hensley, Jen Smedley

Their brand of humor probably isn’t for everyone, but I read this book after laughing so hard at their comedy special. My husband didn’t think it was quite as funny as I did, so I would say it’s for the moms out there.

Review: Jordan Reclaimed (Scarlett Cole)

Jordan Reclaimed
Series: Preload, #1
Author: Scarlett Cole
Publication Date: February 28, 2017
Publisher: Swerve
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports, Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★


He’s a rockstar, she’s a ballerina, they’re worlds apart yet just what the other needs.

Jordan Steele’s life began when he was ten. When he was taken from his parents and a house that was never a home. When he met his brothers, the other lost and abandoned boys in his group home. When he learned what friendship and family and love looked like.

Now he’s made a career out of playing the music he loves, touring the world with the band he and his brothers formed in that crowded group home. No one but his found family really knows the man under the fame and fortune, the scars he hides behind the rockstar lifestyle. Until he sees her through the windows of the National Ballet, dancing, and suddenly the world doesn’t seem so dark.

Aleksandra Artemov ticks all the ballet boxes. Father a legendary Kirov dancer. Check. Prepping since birth for classical ballet. Check. Compulsive control over the food she eats. Check. Principal dancer at The National Ballet of Canada. Check. But what she craves is freedom.

She craves Jordan.

Everything about him should terrify her. His size, his tattoos, his hard rock edge. But he doesn’t. He stirs her very soul. Jordan has nothing but himself to offer her, and he’s never been good enough for anyone. Can he figure out how to face his own demons before he loses his light for good?

Jordan Reclaimed is one of those books I most likely wouldn’t have picked up based on the blurb. I’m not usually into books starring ballerinas. I have no idea why, but they don’t make me pick up a book. I picked this one up because my friend Lenore from Celebrity Readers recommended it to me. I’m so happy she did because I truly enjoyed this book.

Jordan Reclaimed deals with heavy topics like child abuse and eating disorders. It could have been a very angst filled read, but it wasn’t. There was just the right amount of angst and lightness. There was also a ton of heart in it. It was very well written and a great introduction to Scarlett Cole’s writing for me.

Jordan had such a devastating story. The guy had been through some of the most horrible things. My heart broke for him. I adored his relationship with his “brothers” and bandmates. The way they came together and supported each other was fantastic. Jordan meeting Lexi added to his support group and made him grow in the best way possible.

Lexi didn’t go through quite the horrors that Jordan had, but she had issues of her own with a demanding father and career. (I actually enjoyed the look at the ballet world that I got more than I expected to.) From a readers perspective, it almost felt like Lexi had nothing of her own until she met Jordan.

Jordan and Lexi had great chemistry. I liked how they contrasted each other. Lexi felt like light while Jordan felt like darkness. Somehow their differences made them more compatible than I thought they would be. I loved how they were able to read each other so well, push when they needed to push, and pulled back when they needed to give space. It was such a well written and thought out love story.

I mentioned the band for a moment above, but there is so much more to say about the guys from Preload. None of them had it easy growing up and their bonds were some of the tightest I’ve read. They got each other in very specific ways and you could see how important their friendship brotherhood was to them. I loved how they were able to tease each other and boost each other up. It was all very sweet.

There wasn’t much about this book that I didn’t love. If I have to point out something, I would say that I didn’t love that it was written in third person. There were some places where the story switched from one POV to another without a chapter change or heading that threw me off. There was also a Pretty Woman moment that felt weird and, well, too Pretty Woman for me. Nothing that was a huge deal or took away from my love of the characters and their romance.

I’m very thankful to Lenore for recommending Jordan Reclaimed to me. I enjoyed it so much that I am immediately jumping into reading the second book in the series. I feel a series binge coming on…