Review: The Introvert’s Guide to Online Dating

The Introvert’s Guide to Online Dating
Series: The Introvert’s Guide, #1
Author: Emma Hart
Publication Date: April 27, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

Synopsis:

Online dating: the act in which you try to avoid the catfishes and D pics. And try not to get caught hooking up with your best friend’s brother.

With all my best friends off the market, it’s time that I, Tori Sussex, join them.
So where better to find my future husband than the internet? It’s great. I get to get all the awkward stuff out of the way and already know if I’m going to like the guy before we meet in person.

It’s a shame nothing is ever that simple.
My relationship with Colton Lane is the very definition of complicated—dirty little no-strings-attached hook-ups we’ve somehow managed to keep secret from all our friends for the past six months. We’re bound to get caught, and if I’m serious about dating, I only have one choice.

Call it quits. End our little covert booty calls for good. Tell him my parking space is off-limits to him.
It should be easy. It should be simple.
And I’m sure it would be… If only I wasn’t in love with him.


After reading Emma Hart’s most recent series, I couldn’t wait to read The Introvert’s Guide to Online Dating. Tori and Colton have had this series enemies vibe going on for BOOKS. Yes, books. Their hate is so well known that I just couldn’t wait to find out how that hate would translate to love — thin line between and all that.

My favorite thing about Tori and Colton “hating” each other was their banter. It could be mean and rude at times, but I could feel the undercurrent of attraction. They made such a fun secret couple. All the ups and downs with the secrecy and nature of their relationship felt real. I liked it all a lot. The only thing that didn’t make enough sense to me was the title. There was a little talk of online dating, but it really didn’t play as much a part of this book as I was expecting. Not that I’m complaining. I didn’t need to see Tori and Colton do too much with the online dating thing.

As with all her books, Emma Hart does a great job with the side characters. I loved how all of Tori and Colton’s friends played a part. I also loved the grandparents being involved in the story. I can’t get enough of the wacky grandparents, their hilariously named pets, and the senior center activities.

Overall, The Introvert’s Guide to Online Dating was another fun read from Emma Hart. It was low on drama and filled with many laughs. This was a good start to this new series.

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Review: Malibu Rising (Taylor Jenkins Reid)

Malibu Rising
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publication Date: June 1, 2021
Publisher: Ballentine Books
Genre: Historical, Fiction, Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six . . . Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer. But over the course of twenty-four hours, their lives will change forever.

Malibu: August 1983. It’s the day of Nina Riva’s annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud, one a championship surfer, the other a renowned photographer; and their adored baby sister, Kit. Together the siblings are a source of fascination in Malibu and the world over–especially as the offspring of the legendary singer Mick Riva.

The only person not looking forward to the party of the year is Nina herself, who never wanted to be the center of attention, and who has also just been very publicly abandoned by her pro tennis player husband. Oh, and maybe Hud–because it is long past time for him to confess something to the brother from whom he’s been inseparable since birth.

Jay, on the other hand, is counting the minutes until nightfall, when the girl he can’t stop thinking about promised she’ll be there.

And Kit has a couple secrets of her own–including a guest she invited without consulting anyone.

By midnight the party will be completely out of control. By morning, the Riva mansion will have gone up in flames. But before that first spark in the early hours before dawn, the alcohol will flow, the music will play, and the loves and secrets that shaped this family’s generations will all come bubbling to the surface.

Malibu Rising is a story about one unforgettable night in the life of a family: the night they each have to choose what they will keep from the people who made them . . . and what they will leave behind.


Not going to lie. I was curious as to how Taylor Jenkins Reid was going to follow up the masterpiece that was Daisy Jones and The Six. That book was so unique and cool and well done. What could possibly be as good? Malibu Rising. That’s what.

Every year, Nina Riva throws the biggest party of the summer. Anyone who is anyone attends. Major things always happen at the summer party and are gossiped about for years to come. 1983’s party is sure to be the most epic of them all, and we, the readers, are invited to the fun.

How I just described Malibu Rising was pretty simple. An epic party. It was more than a party, though. Malibu Rising was a family saga. The story alternates between that day of the party in August 1983 and the past. The past began with Mick and June Rivas falling in love. Their story was a hot mess. Mick’s fame brought many problems along with it. Both of their decisions shaped their kids, and it wasn’t always done pleasantly. The past continues right up until the day of the party. On the day of the party in 1983, we get what the Riva kids are up to as adults on the day of the party that will shape their future. I was fascinated by both timelines. There wasn’t one I liked more than the other. I didn’t want to set the book down. The writing was soooo good. I could easily imagine this book as a television show — like Dallas or Dynasty with a Southern California flare.

Another thing that made this book so good were the characters. They felt real. Malibu Rising almost felt like a tell all memoir from the Riva family.  Just like I did while Daisy Jones and The Six, I found myself wanting to Google the Rivas family and find out more about them. I loved the close knit feeling from the kids and how they helped each other through their struggles.

I’m not sure what else to say about Malibu Rising. This review already feels rambling. I loved just it so much I want to read it all over again. And I want everyone to read it. It will definitely be on my list of top books for 2021.

Series Review: Moo U (Books 4-7)

Good morning! I have something fun to share with you today. It’s a series review for the next four books in the Moo U series in Sarina Bowen’s World of True North. Get ready for some college hockey romance fun!

Gametime
Series: Moo U, #4
Author: Jami Davenport
Publication Date: April 26, 2021
Publisher: Heart Eyes Press
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts: 

Not going to lie… The beginning of this book was a bit cringeworthy for me. The mistaken identity with twin brothers left me feeling secondhand embarrassment for both Paxton and Naomi. That being said, things got better for me as they progressed. Paxton’s growth on and off the rink was cool. I loved how Naomi had to do some self-exploration to figure out her feelings/intentions when it came it both Paxton and Patrick. I was glad Gametime didn’t feel too much like a love triangle romance because that would have been ick. Instead, it ended up being a sweet romance between friends who had each other’s backs.

I only have two complaints. My biggest complaint about this book would have to be that the drama wasn’t really between Paxton and Naomi, but Paxton and Patrick. What was going on between them took over the story in my opinion, and it took too much away from the couple. I don’t think I’ve ever been sick of lack of communication between siblings in a romance novel before. I also wasn’t a big fan of the nickname “Omi” for Naomi? I haven’t heard that one before and it felt awkward and just unneeded. A weird dislike, but I cringed every time I read it.

All in all, Gametime was a good read and addition to the series.

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Overtime
Series: Moo U, #5
Author: Kat Mizera
Publication Date: April 26, 2021
Publisher: Heart Eyes Press
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts: 

I honestly wasn’t sure if I was ready to dive into Overtime after finishing Gametime. The drama between Paxton and Patrick kind of put me off Patrick a bit. Not to mention all the women he was partaking in during the last book. I had to be hopeful that Kat Mizera was going to make me love him in this book, and I’m so happy she did.

Patrick wasn’t the jerk I was expecting him to be. I was really happy not to have to read about his conquests in this book. He was actually a great guy when he wasn’t sparring with his brother. I loved Ellie for Patrick. She was a little younger and a lot less experienced when it came to pretty much everything in life except school. They had a beautiful emotional connection and helped each other through some tough stuff. I thought I knew where their romances was headed a couple of times, but I was actually surprised at the turns it took. It ended up being a super sweet romance. Overtime was one of those romances I wanted to read straight through because I loved the book and characters so much. It was the perfect addition to this series.

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Halftime
Series: Moo U, #6
Author: Kim Findlay
Publication Date: April 26, 2021
Publisher: Heart Eyes Press
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

My thoughts: 

This book was good, just not for me. I had a hard time getting into it because of the nature of the story. This was a second chance romance where the couple originally broke up based on possible cheating. A year later the couple meets back up at college. Both clearly aren’t over each other and he’s got a new girlfriend to make things even more complicated. They both have to navigate their new friendship and what they want from each other. Parts of it were sweet and I liked them together, but I just wasn’t sold on stability of their relationship. Faith’s issues were such that I didn’t know that their relationship truly could have been repaired without counseling. Maybe I’m wrong. I’m sure other readers will be sold on Seb and Faith’s long term.

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Darkroom
Series: Moo U, #7
Author: Kate Willooughby
Publication Date: April 26, 2021
Publisher: Heart Eyes Press
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts: 

Darkroom was a sweet hockey romance between two complicated characters. Hudson was probably the least complicated of the two. He had some issues with his ex-hockey player father and some other stuff happening with him, but those issues paled in comparison to Indi’s. Indi was dealing with self-confidence and adoption issues. As a Chinese-American adoptee, she was just learning to come to terms with her ties to Chinese culture. The self-confidence thing was a bigger issue that I don’t want to give away. Hudson and Indie had to navigate these issues separately, but ended up learning to lean on each other. I loved the progression of their romance. The only thing that threw me a bit was that I felt like everything wrapped up quicker than I would have liked at the end.

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Overall Thoughts:

The Moo U series is continuing to be my favorite in The World of True North. Not every book hit me as a favorite this time around, but I still enjoyed and appreciated them. I’m looking forward to continuing to read this series.

Review: Charming Billionaire (Max Monroe)

Charming Billionaire: The Thatch Kelly Collection
Series: Billionaire Bad Boys, #2

Authors: Max Monroe
Publication Date: April 25, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Players gonna play,
but can a wild, untamable, alpha-billionaire player
fall in love?

Meet the most irresistible billionaire of all-time in one sexy, steamy, downright hilarious, and binge-worthy romantic comedy collection (all for the price of one novella, too!).

This collection includes the following three books:


*Banking the Billionaire
*Banking Her

*And a BRAND-NEW novella, Crazy Fluffing Love


Banking the Billionaire

Uninhibited. Sarcastic. Confident. Beautiful.
With a thriving photography career that allows her to travel all over the world and capture the hottest of men behind her camera lens, Cassie Phillips is the woman who can’t be tamed.

Adrenaline-junkie. Jokester. Billionaire. Hot-as-sin.
At six-foot-five, with muscles for days, and that perfect playful smile, Thatcher Kelly is the kind of man you don’t want to deny.

Wild for wild.
Prank for prank.
The two most unlikely of people may be the only ones to see that some personality traits only run skin deep.

Uncensored. Hilarious. And too damn hot to put into words.
Grab a fan and get ready for one hell of a ride because when the opposite of opposites attract, things are bound to get a little messy.

Banking Her

Thatch and Cassie have finally found their perfect balance of good and sweet, crazy and playful, and most importantly, hot and insatiable.

But what happens when they’re faced with a surprise neither of them plotted or schemed?

While Cassie seems to be taking everything in stride, Thatch can’t stop himself from worrying about every little thing revolving around the woman he loves.

How does a man handle that kind of anxiety?

Doing the only thing he can to ease his mind without pushing away the woman he loves, Thatch proves that once again, when it comes to him and Cass, you’ll never see what’s coming.

Crazy Fluffing Love

MISSING PERSON
Name: Thatcher Kelly
Age: Mid-thirties
Height: 6 foot 5 inches
Weight: A very sexy, lean, and muscular 250 pounds
Last seen: Panama City Beach, Florida
Important Note: This guy is a real good-looking motherfluffer.

Look, I know this might seem a little over the top to already prepare for my face to be plastered all over Missing Persons flyers, but trust me, it’s not.

My pregnant wife Cassie—whose hormones are swinging like a fluffing pendulum—has decided that we need a honeymoon.

Right the F now.

She wants us to go on a celebratory “spring break,” we-just-got-married vacation to none other than Panama City Beach, Florida. But the only problem is, it’s not spring.

It’s not even summer.

It’s October, my crazy-hot wife is pregnant, and things are starting to get really fluffing weird.

If you’re reading this, send help and plan a really nice memorial for my very super, beloved, *ahem* male member, who, for the sake of public decency, shall remain nameless. I’m not entirely sure he’s going to make it out alive.


Charming Billionaire: The Thatcher Kelly Collection is a collection of two books from Max Monroe’s Billionaire Bad Boys series (Banking the Billionaire #2, Banking Her #2.5) and a brand new novella. These new billionaire collections are great for readers who have not yet enjoyed the series. You get more bang for you buck with all the novellas included. Past readers won’t want to miss those new novellas either. They’re fluffing funny! So what did I think about each book individual? I’m going to give you a short review for each book with a link to my original reviews for the first two books.

Banking the Billionaire is one of my all time favorite romantic comedies and my top favorite Max Monroe book. Thatch and Cassie have a hilarious relationship revolving around pranks, pets, and an insane attraction to each other. It’s a book that made me LOL many times. You can read my original review here.

Banking Her is a novella that continues Thatch and Cassie’s story. It made me fall further in love with this crazy couple. It also gave me a look at the start of the next couple’s romance, which was fun. You can read my original review here.

Crazy Fluffing Love is the new novella in this series. It comes after Banking Her and was a hilarious honeymoon trip planned by crazy Cassie. It was packed with laughs and a whole lot of fun. I don’t think I will ever get tired of new material for these two. Thatch and Cassie’s personalities are so big that the sky is the limit for all the crazy fun shenanigans these two can get into with each other. This novella cemented why they’re still my favorite Max Monroe couple.

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Review: Crazy About a Cowboy (Dylann Crush)

Crazy About a Cowboy
Series: Tying the Knot in Texas, #3
Author: Dylann Crush
Publication Date: May 25, 2021
Publisher: Berkley Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

Synopsis:

Local cowboy Jasper Taylor has to decide if it’s more important to help his hometown of Ido, Texas win a contest or for him to win the heart of the woman he loves.

The little town of Ido, Texas, is up against some big competition. With the state tourism department on a search for the most romantic town in Texas, Ido is pulling out all the stops to win the title. Leading the effort is the newly appointed hospitality host Jasper Taylor. If he can secure the honor for Ido, he’ll be able to hang onto his family’s land.

But when the reigning Miss Lovin’ Texas and celebrity judge, Delilah Stone, rolls into town, she isn’t exactly welcomed with open arms. Delilah’s ready to put her beauty queen days behind her, and the only thing standing in her way is spending the next thirty days in Ido. It should be an easy gig, but someone in town is tired of all of the recent publicity. Somehow everything that ought to go right is suddenly going wrong.

Now it’s up to Jasper to convince Delilah to give Ido another chance by showing her just how romantic the small town can be…without losing his own heart in the process.


Crazy About a Cowboy is the first book I have read by Dylann Crush. I was a little worried going in about it being written in third person since that’s not my favorite, but it didn’t bother me at all. Dylann Crush is a talented writer whose words flow well and story captures you.

I truly enjoyed Crazy About a Cowboy. If I am going to read about a debutant, Delilah Stone is the kind I want. She wasn’t a snobby person. Underneath all her poise was a nice woman who wanted to do good. I loved how she was starting to deal with her momager. Pecan farmer Jasper Taylor being thrown in as her town hospitality host was was so fun and perfect. He was such a great person and family member. They had so much fun together and the way their relationship progressed felt natural. I simply loved them together.

One of the fun things about this book were the side characters. And I do mean characters. Jasper’s aunt was a favorite as was the burger joint owner. I also really liked the characters I’ve learned are from the first two books in this series. Reading about them made me want to go back and read those first two books.

There were a couple of things that sat at the back of my mind while reading this book and kept me from giving it five stars.  One was that some times I felt confused after finishing a chapter and starting a new one. A chapter would end with me being curious what would happen next, but then there would be a tiny time jump and I wouldn’t find out what happened after the last scene. There was a particularly memorable one surrounding Delilah almost getting caught in Jasper’s house that I desperately wanted to know about. The second thing that bugged me a bit was that there was the lack of drama regarding who won the contest and how it related to the couple. It wasn’t a huge deal, just surprised me because I thought things were headed a certain way.

Overall, Crazy About a Cowboy was a great read and introduction to Dylann Crush’s books. It was an entertaining story that made me laugh, smile, and fall in love with the characters and town of Ido.

Top Ten Tuesday: Colorful Non-Illustrated Book Covers

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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:

Colorful Non-Illustrated Book Covers

I think we can agree that most illustrated book covers are colorful, but what about ones that aren’t illustrated? Here are some colorful non-illustrated book covers.

Review: All Rhodes Lead Here (Mariana Zapata)

All Rhodes Lead Here
Author: Mariana Zapata
Publication Date: April 1, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Losing people you love is hard.

Aurora De La Torre knows moving back to a place that was once home isn’t going to be easy.

Starting your whole life over probably isn’t supposed to be.

But a small town in the mountains might be the perfect remedy for a broken heart.

Checking out her landlord across the driveway just might cure it too.


All Rhodes Lead Here… Sigh. I’m in love with this book. In love, people. I just finished all 551 pages and I already want to reread it. Mariana Zapata took us on a journey with this one. It started out as a book dealing with Aurora’s past grief, moving on, and finding her place in the world. That finding her place turned into finding love, friends, and family. It was such a sweet read.

Aurora was straight up sunshine. For someone who had lost so much, she had a pleasantly positive outlook. Even when she struggled, she was able to push herself by staying positive. Rhodes, on the other hand was a storm cloud. He had this gruff exterior. I loved how Aurora chipped away at it to get to his fluffy center. Their romance was the slowest of slow burns, but it built in a way that felt natural to the characters. Aurora and Rhodes were pure magic together.

As always, Mariana Zapata included a cast of characters to help support Aurora and Rhodes that I adored. Amos, Rhodes’ son, added so much to the story. So did Aurora and Rhodes’ friends and other family. There wasn’t one person (well, maybe Kaden) who I wouldn’t want a book about. I need Zapata to keep writing book in this Colorado setting because I need Clara and everyone else to find love.

All Rhodes Lead Here is going on my list of favorites from Mariana Zapata. I’ve loved all of her books, but this one is a stand out. There’s not much else to say about it without gushing too much, so I’ll say this again — I loved it!

Review: Earn Your Extra Credit (Meghan Quinn)

Earn Your Extra Credit
Author: Meghan Quinn

Publication Date: April 15, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ¼

Synopsis:

“She went home with someone else that night?”

Hearing the disbelief from my best friend’s mouth makes the events of my failed date sting that much more.

I would like to make it known, I have a lot more swagger than what it seems. I don’t normally ask a girl out, have her fail to recognize it’s a date, and then give me a high five–as if I’m her wingman–and take off with someone else.

No. Normally I’m the one taking the girl home but with Stella, it’s been one failed attempt after another and frankly, I’m done trying.

But thanks to my best friend getting married in Hawaii right before the school year starts, I’m stuck on a tropical island, watching Stella parade around in what she claims is a bathing suit.

Unfortunately, that’s not the worst of it, just the tip of the iceberg. Because what I think is going to be a relaxing vacation, avoiding the one girl I can’t seem to make it work with, has turned into a spectacle of being recruited as Stella’s doting fake fiancé so she can save face with an old “friend” from high school.

Now I’m navigating through purgatory while trying not to get turned on by the way she holds my hand or kisses my jaw. It’s all fake, that’s what I keep telling myself, even though it feels entirely too real.


Can I start by saying I’m loving this series of teacher-teacher romances by Meghan Quinn? It’s so refreshing for the relationships set at school to be between the teachers. Plus, Meghan Quinn knows just how to combine humor and heat to make things even more fun.

Stella and Romeo’s romance was one that I had been waiting for. I couldn’t wait for these best friends/co-workers to fall for each other. Things didn’t start out easily for them, though. Stella was pretty oblivious to Romeo’s feelings and it made for some awkwardness and frustration on a trip to Hawaii to celebrate their friends’ wedding. Things got even weirder between them when Romeo became Stella’s fake fiancé. There was a whole lot of drama. Most of it was hilariously fun. Some was super hot. A tiny bit was a little cringeworthy. Overall, it made for a great love story since these two were perfect for each other.

I only had one little complaint when it came to Earn Your Extra Credit. Stella drove me absolutely batty. I understood her completely, but it didn’t make it any easier. I just wanted her to get a clue at times. Luckily, all the sweet and steamy moments between Stella and Romeo made up for it.

Overall, this was a great read that had me laughing out loud and swooning. I loved the friendships, the family moments, and the romance. It’s another win from Quinn in my book.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Titles That Sound Like They Could Be Crayola Crayon Colors

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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 Sound Like They Could Be Crayola Crayon Colors