Review: The Cousins (Karen M. McManus)

The Cousins
Author: Karen M. McManus
Publication Date: December 1, 2020
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery, Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying comes your next obsession. You’ll never feel the same about family again.

Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah Story are cousins, but they barely know each another, and they’ve never even met their grandmother. Rich and reclusive, she disinherited their parents before they were born. So when they each receive a letter inviting them to work at her island resort for the summer, they’re surprised . . . and curious.

Their parents are all clear on one point–not going is not an option. This could be the opportunity to get back into Grandmother’s good graces. But when the cousins arrive on the island, it’s immediately clear that she has different plans for them. And the longer they stay, the more they realize how mysterious–and dark–their family’s past is.

The entire Story family has secrets. Whatever pulled them apart years ago isn’t over–and this summer, the cousins will learn everything. 


Karen M. McManus is one of those authors who as soon as I’m finished reading her most recent release I’m already awaiting the next one. I feel like I have been waiting FOREVER to read The Cousins. The wait was worth every minute.

McManus instantly pulled me in with her writing. I was curious without barely knowing anything about what was to come. The story was addictive and flowed at fast pace — which is how I like my thrillers. I didn’t always like all of the characters, but I loved them. Their story was messy and highly entertaining.

I never quite knew where the story was going until I was almost upon what was happening. There were lots of great surprises. The only place where the surprises left me a little letdown was toward the end. The biggest reveal was too easy, if that makes sense. I would have preferred something a little more complex, but that didn’t ruin my reading experience. Overall, The Cousins was a great book that was fun to read and fulfilled my need for a Karen M. McManus book. Now, I’m waiting for next release…

Review: The Romantic Pact (Meghan Quinn)

The Romantic Pact
Series: Kings of Football, #2
Author: Meghan Quinn
Publication Date: December 10, 2020
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

I haven’t seen her in three years.

I haven’t talked to her since the kiss.

So why am I on a plane, flying across the world to spend a week with her in Germany?

One word: Pops.

My life’s a mess.

My possible football career is hanging on by a thread.

I’m driving the roads of Germany in honor of Pops with the one girl I can never have.

And I’m sharing a bed with her, the girl I’ve measured everyone else up to, while desperately trying to not to touch her.

We made a pact growing up, never to get romantic with each other – never fall in love.

And I’m about to break that pact. For good. 


Only Meghan Quinn could write a book about dealing with the loss of a beloved grandparent and getting a second chance with a childhood friend/crush like The Romantic Pact. Somehow it ended up being both touching and hilarious. I didn’t know whether to cry or laugh at times. It was magical.

The Romantic Pact is a holiday romance set along The Romantic Road in Germany. It’s not always easy to visualize settings I haven’t been to or seen before, but Meghan Quinn brought Germany to life for me. Every stop had a special sentimental quality to it that added to the experience. I ached for Crew and Hazel as they revisited Bernie’s path, but also grew happier for them with each moment they spent with each other.

Crew and Hazel were such different people. Crew was all about football, while Hazel was all about his grandfather’s farm. I loved each of their characters for a different reason. They almost wouldn’t seem like they would be a good fit, but their personalities meshed so well. I adored their easy banter and friendship while getting caught up in their chemistry.

What I loved most about this book was everything. Yes, everything. There wasn’t one thing I didn’t love. It was the magical setting, Bernie’s involvement in everything, the romance and friendship between Crew and Hazel. Heck, it was even the biggest problem they faced and how it resolved. All of it was simply perfect. A+ to Meghan Quinn for giving us such a unique and special holiday romance novel.

    

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Review: Layla (Colleen Hoover)

Layla
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publication Date: December 8, 2020
Publisher: Montlake
Genre: Paranormal
Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover comes a novel that explores life after tragedy and the enduring spirit of love.

When Leeds meets Layla, he’s convinced he’ll spend the rest of his life with her—until an unexpected attack leaves Layla fighting for her life. After weeks in the hospital, Layla recovers physically, but the emotional and mental scarring has altered the woman Leeds fell in love with. In order to put their relationship back on track, Leeds whisks Layla away to the bed-and-breakfast where they first met. Once they arrive, Layla’s behavior takes a bizarre turn. And that’s just one of many inexplicable occurrences.

Feeling distant from Layla, Leeds soon finds solace in Willow—another guest of the B&B with whom he forms a connection through their shared concerns. As his curiosity for Willow grows, his decision to help her find answers puts him in direct conflict with Layla’s well-being. Leeds soon realizes he has to make a choice because he can’t help both of them. But if he makes the wrong choice, it could be detrimental for all of them.


I am not a paranormal romance reader. I gave this book a chance because it was CoHo. I don’t even know what to say about it or what I can without giving anything away. Reading it actually stressed me out. It felt more thriller than romance at times. Leeds and his dilemma made me mad. I didn’t even know what to think about Layla. Their relationship was so cute at the beginning and then…paranormal popped in. I didn’t like that until I finally got to the big surprise. I didn’t see it coming until right before it happened. I honestly think I might have disliked this book if things hadn’t gone down the way they did. In the end, it was a great read. It challenged me a bit. That’s a good thing.

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About the Author:
 
Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including the bestselling women’s fiction novel It Ends with Us and the bestselling psychological thriller Verity. She has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance three years in a row—for Confess (2015), It Ends with Us (2016), and Without Merit (2017). Confess was adapted into a seven-episode online series. In 2015, Hoover and her family founded the Bookworm Box, a bookstore and monthly subscription service that offers signed novels donated by authors. All profits go to various charities each month to help those in need. Hoover lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys.
 
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You have written in many different genres and always keep your fans wanting more. For Layla, you are dipping your toes into a paranormal story that has lots of secrets. How do you describe Layla without giving anything away? #spoilerfreezone 
 
What is supposed to be a short, romantic getaway for new couple Leeds and Layla turns into an extended vacation full of bizarre occurrences. But no matter how much Layla wants to leave, Leeds is more focused on finding answers for the unexplainable.
 
The paranormal elements in your story are faint…just a whisper…until they take over. What was it like adding another worldly twist to your writing for the first time?  
 
It was HARD. Super hard. I love using my imagination, but I also love realistic stories, so I found myself trying to pull back on things I didn’t feel were realistic. But then it got a lot easier when I decided to just make Leeds’s reactions sort of mirror what I would do orsay in those early moments. I put a lot of my own thoughts in Leeds’s character. He finds it hard to explain some of the things that happen, so his reactions are probably what my reactions would be at first. Until there was no room left for doubt, anyway. Then his actions veer very far from what mine would have been.
 
Love-at-first-sight is such a mundane phrase for what these two share. Their passionate relationship seems to move in fast-forward. What is it about these characters that make their connection so instantaneous?  
 
I knew where the story was going to go, so I needed their meet-cute to be believable, fun, and I wanted them to be a couple readers would root for. I probably rewrote that first chapter dozens of times,but I focused mainly on their banter. Sometimes we meet people we instantly click with on so many different levels. Leeds and Layla clicked with their sarcasm, their humor, their taste in music. And she read him without even knowing him. To Leeds that was special. I think he felt seen in a world where he’s often overlooked. 
 
It becomes somewhat of an inside joke between your couple that, before Layla, Leeds’ always wore a look like he was“dying inside.” The truth is that he was deeply unhappy before meeting Layla. How does she change his life? 
 
Leeds is lonely and holding back on his dreams because of doubts. Leeds sees something different in Layla. She’s carefree, fun and gives him confidence to follow his dreams. In a sense, I think she’s his missing puzzle piece. She fills the parts of him that are empty.  
 
Before Leeds, Layla doesn’t have a real direction in her life. What does this romance provide to her and why is she so grateful to have found her hero? 
 
Layla is fresh out of college, living with her parents and unemployed. Leeds’s career gives her focus, and being with him inTennessee got her out of a place where she probably felt useless and unproductive. 
 
Can readers expect more paranormal elements in your books moving forward?
 
I’ll never say never! 

Review: The Pass (Rebecca Jenshak)

The Pass
Series: Smart Jocks, #5
Author: Rebecca Jenshak
Publication Date: December 8, 2020
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

I’ve been in love with her for two years.

The first time around, I screwed things up. I hesitated and the moment was gone.

I passed when I shouldn’t have.

Not a total loss. I gained a best friend instead of whatever we might have been.

Sydney is hands down the best thing that’s ever happened to me, and I’ll do anything to keep her in my life. Even bury my feelings deep inside.

But one hot summer together at the lake filled with lots of teeny-tiny bikinis and I’m ready to risk it all for a second chance.

It’s time to take my shot.

(This is Shaw and Sydney’s story!)


As best friends to more books go, this one is a new favorite of mine. It was just so stinking cute and fun and sweet and everything I needed a contemporary romance to be at this moment. I liked how it started off (even if it did frustrate me a bit) with the missed possibility of Sydney and Tanner hooking up and then being locked into friendship. I loved their friendship first and foremost, and it made the switch to romantic relationship all the more fun. The lake house setting was perfect and made me crave summer. There wasn’t a ton of sports in this sports romance because summer break, but I did love that Sydney and Tanner were both collegiate athletes with a lot to think about going into their senior year.

The only thing I didn’t like in this book was Tanner’s sister, Tara. She was a witch and never quite redeemed herself to me. There wasn’t much drama for Sydney and Tanner other than what Tara created. That was a good thing in my quest for an angst free contemporary romance, but also left a bad taste where Tara was concerned. Her only road to redemption in my mind is a book of her own where she wins me over. Other than how mad Tara made me, The Pass was sweet best friends to more perfection. I’m so happy Rebecca Jenshak decided four books just weren’t enough for this series. I won’t complain if more than five are needed.

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Rebecca Jenshak is a self-proclaimed margarita addict, college basketball fanatic, and Hallmark channel devotee. A Midwest native transplanted to the desert, she likes being outdoors (drinking on patios) and singing (in the shower) when she isn’t writing books about hot guys and the girls who love them.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read in 2020 That I Want to Give as Gifts

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:

Holiday/Seasonal Freebie

So you get:

Books I Read in 2020 That I Want to Give as Gifts

1. Love Lettering
Author: Kate Clayborn

2. Anxious People
Author: Fredrik Backman

3. The Match
Author: Sarah Adams

4. Full Measures
Author: Rebecca Yarros

5. Spoiler Alert
Author: Olivia Dade

6. The Sun Down Motel
Author: Simone St. James

7. The F List
Author: Alessandra Torre

8. Always a Bridesmaid
Author: Cindi Madsen

9. You’d Be Mine
Author: Erin Hahn

10. That Secret Crush
Author: Meghan Quinn

And many, many more!

Series Review: Bachelors of the Ridge (Karla Sorensen)

Karla Sorensen is one of my favorite new-to-me authors of 2020. I’ve been slowly making my way through all of her books/series this year. After this series, I only have one more book to read and I will be caught up on her backlist. Here are mini reviews for each book in the Bachelors of the Ridge series.

Dylan
Series: Bachelors of the Ridge, #1
Author: Karla Sorensen
Publication Date: June 7, 2016
Publisher: Dutch Girl Publishing, LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts:

I had briefly met Dylan in his sister’s book in the Three Little Words series. Casey was a little high maintenance, so I was interested in getting to know her self-proclaimed closest brother better. I really enjoyed reading Dylan. Dylan was a great, normal guy. He took a chance and moved, where he met Kat. Kat had been a foster child and was about ten years younger than Dylan. I liked the dynamic their different backgrounds and ages brought to the story. It was sweet romance and reminded me why I enjoy Sorensen’s writing so much.

Garrett
Series: Bachelors of the Ridge, #2
Author: Karla Sorensen
Publication Date: October 21, 2016
Publisher: Dutch Girl Publishing, LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

My thoughts:

Garrett was Dylan’s friend with the most charisma. I was happy his book was the second in the series because I wanted to know who would win his heart. I can’t decide how I felt about Garrett. On one hand, I really enjoyed this book because Garrett grew up a bit and came into his own. Uptight Aurora balanced out Garrett’s goofy personality. On the other hand, I wanted someone more fun for Garrett. This book was so serious and I loved how everything was handled, but I wish it had been more rom-com based on his personality. I wanted to have more fun with him.

Cole
Series: Bachelors of the Ridge, #3
Author: Karla Sorensen
Publication Date: March 22, 2017
Publisher: Dutch Girl Publishing, LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

My thoughts:

Oh, boy. Cole. I’m not quite sure I was ready for the emotional pull Cole had. Cole had been divorced for years and still held a torch for his ex-wife, Julia. Julia comes back to town and a second chance romance begins. It was an emotional one dealing with infertility. Cole was such a good guy. Julia…I both loved and  hated Julia at times. They were a good couple, though. What they went through was not easy, but it was a great second chance romance. I loved how it ended.

Michael
Series: Bachelors of the Ridge, #4
Author: Karla Sorensen
Publication Date: July 26, 2017
Publisher: Dutch Girl Publishing, LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts:

Did I love that “playboy” Michael fell for single mom of twins, Brooke? Why, yes. Yes, I did. I had hoped this was going to happen based on a couple things I read in Cole, but the story was even sweeter than I imagined. I loved Michael and Brooke together. Add in Brooke’s adorable twins, and I bet you can imagine how adorable it was. I do wish it had been a little longer so I could find out more about how the ex ended up.

Tristan
Series: Bachelors of the Ridge, #5
Author: Karla Sorensen
Publication Date: July 25, 2018
Publisher: Dutch Girl Publishing, LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts:

With Anna being Garrett’s sister and married, I wondered how this one was going to play out. I liked how the demise of her marriage was dealt with. I loved how Anna took time to think about what should come next. I especially loved how Tristan took her situation into account. Getting to finally see under Tristan’s quiet demeaner was a huge plus. I knew I was going to adore his character from the first four books. Tristan was a sweet slow burn romance that I loved every minute of, and it was a great way to end the series.

Overall series thoughts:

Bachelors of the Ridge was a fun series to binge. Each book had Karla Sorensen’s pleasant story telling and writing. There was a little drama, but not too much drama involved in each book. This series is connected to the Three Little Words series. It’s fun to read those books first, but you absolutely don’t have to.

Anti-TBR Book Tag

I was tagged for the Anti-TBR Book Tag by the lovely Beatrice @ Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic. She enjoyed watching videos with Anti-TBR tag because by creator Nicole and Her Books  and felt inspired by it. It’s a fun tag, so I hope you will enjoy reading this.

A Popular Book Everyone Loves That You Have No Interest In Reading

Throne of Glass is one of those books that everyone seems to love and I feel like I should read, but just don’t have any desire to do so.

A Classic Book (or Author) You Don’t Have An Interest In Reading

Rebecca is a book that has been recommended to me for years. I should probably read it, but can’t bring myself to do so.  I don’t really read classics.

An Author Whose Books You Have No Interest In Reading

Tomi Adeyemi. Beatrice had this one, too. I just can’t after she tried to accuse Nora Roberts. Nora freaking Roberts. C’mon, man.

A Problematic Author Whose Books You Have No Interest in Reading

Jamie McGuire has said some HORRIBLE things on social media. I won’t give her my money or time.

An author you have read a couple of books from & have decided their books are not for you

Marie Force. It’s not that her books aren’t good. I just can’t do them anymore. I read so many. They all started feeling like character catch ups rather than new character stories, so I had to let go.

A genre you have no interest in OR a genre you tried to get into & couldn’t

Fantasy and Science Fiction. All the world building and info dumping is just too much for me.

A book you have bought but will never read

The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. I am not prepared to be sucked into such a long series. It overwhelms me just thinking about it. But I guess I shouldn’t say never…

A series you have no interest in reading OR a series you started & have dnf’d

I read the first three Brayshaw books by Meagan Brandy. At first, I was interested to know where this angsty, drama-filled series was going. That third book took things so far past crazy town that I just can’t read the next two books in the series. I don’t care what happens to Captain or Royce. I’m done with drama for drama.

A new release you have no interest in reading

The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling. For several reasons.

I am just going to go ahead and tag anyone who wants to do this one. Sorry, I’m feeling lazy.

Review: The Not-Outcast (Tijan)

The Not-Outcast
Author: Tijan
Publication Date: December 1, 2020
Publisher: Tijan
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

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. 


I remember reading the prologue to The Not-Outcast in the Australia anthology.  It was called I Mean, It’s Cool in that anthology. It was different from anything I had read. I didn’t know what to think of it then. I wanted to know more about Cheyenne, Cut, Chad, and everything else that was going on. I was so glad there was going to be a full length novel to continue the story.

The Not-Outcast was a special book. It puts the reader inside Cheyenne’s head. Cheyenne was a chaotic character. Her mental illness shaped her life and her thoughts. I probably don’t know enough about Cheyenne’s diagnosis to say whether or not they were true to life, but I have experienced anxiety and those moments felt real. I loved that Tijan chose to spotlight someone dealing with all the things Cheyenne had to deal with.

This time around we also got Cut’s point of view. I had much respect for Cut throughout the entire book. He didn’t scare easily and stood up for what was right. Seeing how easy loving Cheyenne was for Cut was inspiring. I liked seeing her through his eyes.

I mentioned Cut’s best friend Chad above, but I’ll leave him to those reading the book. Instead I’m going to talk about Cheyenne’s girlfriends. Melanie and Sasha were freaking awesome. I loved how they were ride or die for each other. I felt their love for each other and the strengths of their friendship. (I would totally read a book about either of them.)

I know I’m not giving you much in this review, but I honestly don’t know how to explain most of it without giving too much away. If you’re a fan Tijan’s writing, you will like it. It’s got the drama, the strong female characters with issues, a tough but loving hero, and more drama. I enjoyed the ride and I’m sad it’s over for me. I guess I could always reread it…

The Not-Outcast an all-new emotional slow burn romance from New York Times bestselling author Tijan is available now!

 

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About Tijan
Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing later in life and once she started, she was hooked. She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and the Broken and Screwed Series among others. She is currently writing a new YA series along with so many more from north Minnesota where she lives with a man she couldn’t be without and an English Cocker she adores.

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Top Ten Tuesday: More Favorite Book Quotes

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:

Books I Want to Read Again

I don’t re-read very often and it’s always Fallen Crest High series, so you get:

More Favorite Book Quotes

1. “I’m thinking deep thoughts like, ‘Hey if Gracie decides she wants to play softball, then she’s gonna have to dream a lot smaller than the little boys playing the same f*cking sport on the field right next door.’ And that kinda sucks, if you stop and think about it.”

-Lauren Rowe, Ball Peen Hammer

2. “The point is . . . sometimes fighting isn’t about leaving, it’s about staying. It takes practice to get it right, and it’s painful, but if you want to stay with people, you do it.”

– Kate Clayborn, Love Lettering

3.“You might preach you’re a mess, but I think you’re pretty f*cking perfect, wreckage and all.”

– Rebecca Yarros, The Reality of Everything

4. “Foster Wallace once said: You’ll worry less about what people think about you when you realize how seldom they do.”

– Emma Scott, The Girl in the Love Song

5. “Some people grow up gradually, the foundations of their childhood steadily sinking into the earth so slowly they barely notice the change. Until one day they’re simply standing on their own two feet with little idea how they got there. Then there are people whose childhoods are smashed to bits in one blow. They topple into adulthood, flailing about for something to hold onto, and the terror of falling leaves a permanent scar on their psyche. Do those people ever end up feeling safe?”

– Kristen Callihan, The Friend Zone

6.“My nana used to say that broken people love the hardest because they appreciate the things that make their heart beat. Do I make your heart beat?”

– Ilsa Madden-Mills, Not My Romeo

7.“We all just take a leap of faith. Sometimes we fall. But we’d never know what it felt like to fly if we didn’t take the risk.”

– Nicole Williams, Fool Me Once

8.“Life is a journey for which we leave little pieces of ourselves behind.”

– Lisa De Jong, Love Unspoken

9. “You’re the type of woman that men don’t know they want until they’ve already fallen. You’re there, and then you’re just…everywhere.”

– Lisa De Jong, Lies Unspoken

10.“Love is complicated, and in its best form, it’s unspoken. It shows in the things we do, not what we say.”

– Lisa De Jong, Love Unspoken

Review: Loverboy (Sarina Bowen)

Loverboy
Series: The Company, #2
Author: Sarina Bowen
Publication Date: December 1, 2020
Publisher: Tuxbury Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

Secrets, desires, and exquisite pie. It’s all in a day’s work at The Company.

Growing up, I was the rough guy from the wrong neighborhood who couldn’t catch a break. Posy was the pampered girl I tried to impress. But all she gave me was a single kiss before I had to skip town.
Now I’m back, and the tables are turned. Posy runs a struggling pie shop. I’m the VP of a secretive billion-dollar security company. 
Not that I can tell her.
There’s a murderer on the loose in New York, and he seems to spend a lot of time at Posy’s shop. It’s my job to identify him before he can harm a hair on her pretty head.
Going undercover as Posy’s new barista wasn’t my idea. I don’t even drink coffee. But now I have to call her “boss,” and do everything the curvy perfectionist asks of me. I’d forgotten how much we infuriate each other, and that she somehow fills me with both irritation and desire in the same breath.
There’s nobody more skilled at stealth ops than me. I can bring this killer down. Right after I take a cold shower. And just as soon I figure out how to make a skinny peppermint latte with milk poured in the shape of a kitten…


I normally shy away from romantic suspense novels, but there’s nothing that would keep me from reading one from Sarina Bowen. Especially since I read and loved the first book in The Company series, MoonlighterLoverboy was as good as Moonlighter, if not better. It had an even larger suspense aspect to it while still maintaining the contemporary romance feel I love in Bowen’s books.

Gunnar and Posy had a great enemies vibe going on. They hated each other from their early adulthood and those feelings carried over to meeting again. It was more a fake enemies thing because the two couldn’t get enough of crushing on each other. I loved how they were thrown together in Posy’s pie shop. The whole situation was fun and engaging. I loved how their relationship built as the drama and suspense built.

That drama and suspense was so interesting! Like I said before, I’m not usually into it, but I loved how it was set up in this story involving the company and Posy’s shop. There were so many little twists to keep track of. It was fun. My only maybe complaint about it was that it took longer for Gunnar and Posy to interact because of the set up. That set up was actually a lot of fun, though!

Overall, Loverboy was another fantastic read by Bowen. It had a swoon worthy romance, hilarious moments, and an engaging suspense plot. I loved Gunnar and Posy, plus all the supporting characters. I am really hoping Max finally gets his book next.

PURCHASE LINKS

All in one link page: https://shor.by/the-company
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54585164-loverboy

VENDORS

🗝️ Amazon https://geni.us/Amazon-LB 
🗝️Apple https://geni.us/Apple-LB 
🗝️ Kobo https://geni.us/Kobo-Lb 
🗝️ Nook https://geni.us/Nook-LB 
🗝️ Google https://geni.us/Google-LB
🗝️Audio: https://geni.us/LoverboyAudible