Review: Break Up with Him, for Me (Whitney G.)

Break Up with Him, for Me
Author: Whitney G.
Publication Date: May 31, 2021
Publisher: WGW Books, LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Penelope, I know that it’s three o’clock in the morning, but I have to get this off my chest.

I can’t give you any more advice on landing this other guy, can’t tell you another “sexy” thing that you should do, or suggest a new set of filthy words that you should text him late at night.

As your best friend, I’ve reached my limit, and I can honestly say that he doesn’t deserve you.

I’m not saying all of this because I’m f-cking jealous, or because he had the audacity to say that he makes more money than me. (I still can’t find his name on the Forbes 500 list, and I know damn well that he’s renting that Ferrari, but that’s a story for a different day.)

He’s not who you think he is, and the better man has always been right in front of you…

You have every reason to never give me a chance since you know me better than anyone, and you agree with all the tabloids calling me “The Cocky King of New York,” and the “Untamed Playboy of Manhattan.” But I honestly believe that you’re better off with someone else, and I need you to see.

I’m not asking for too much…I just want you to break up with him, for me.


It’s been a while since Whitney G. gave us a full length romance novel and the wait was sure worth it. Break Up with Him, for Me was so much fun! It grabbed my attention from the very first page and didn’t let go. I had to know what happened to put Hayden in the state he was in during the prologue. It was torturous waiting to find out — even if I was having the best time reading my way through the stages of Hayden and Penelope’s romance. 

Penelope and Hayden started as enemies of sorts. I loved that dynamic and all the mean banter they shared. Once they moved to friends, I could feel the attraction starting to sneak in and it added another exciting layer to the story. The banter also continued to be hilarious.  Penelope and Hayden already had such a strong base and that made the transition to romance natural and sweet. I loved it! Another thing I loved was how this book was set up and the chapter titles. Each represented a different break up for Penelope and helped show how their relationship became what it was. 

Break Up with Him, for Me is proof that Whitney G. excels at enemies, best friends, and brother’s best friend romance. I’m impressed at how she combined those three tropes into one with this book. It also continues her streak of witty banter and using written communication between characters. I love how she does this in her books and the dynamic it adds. Break Up with Him, for Me was another stellar romance from this author in my book. I can’t wait to read what she has coming next. 

 
 
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Review: Isn’t It Bromantic (Lyssa Kay Adams)

Isn’t It Bromantic?
Series: Bromance Book Club, #4
Author: Lyssa Kay Adams

Publication Date: July 20, 2021
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

With his passion for romance novels, it was only a matter of time before Vlad took up the pen to write a novel the Bromance Book Club would swoon over.

Elena Konnikova has lived her entire adult life in the shadows. As the daughter of a Russian journalist who mysteriously disappeared after speaking out against government corruption, she escaped danger the only way she knew how. She agreed to marry her childhood friend, Vladimir, and move to the United States, where he is a professional hockey player in Nashville.

Vlad, aka The Russian, thought he could be content with his marriage of convenience. But after four years, it’s become too difficult to continue in a one-sided relationship. He joined the Bromance Book Club to learn how to make his wife love him, but all he’s learned is that he deserves more. He’s ready to create his own sweeping romance–both on and off the page.

The Bros are unwilling to let Vlad forgo true love–and this time they’re not operating solo. They join forces with Vlad’s senior citizen neighbors, a group of meddling widows who call themselves The Loners. Just when things finally look promising, the danger from Elena’s past life intrudes, and the book club will face their first-ever life-or-death grand gesture as they race to a happy ever after. 


Thank you to Lyssa Kay Adams for writing the book we all wanted (and bullied her into writing). I mean, who didn’t want a book for THE RUSSIAN? Vlad was the sensitive one of the bunch with his tears and stomach issues. I just knew there was an amazing story there. After the end of Crazy Stupid Bromance, I was even more excited for his and Elena’s story.

Vlad’s story was everything I wanted it to be. I loved the way he and Elena connected, their shared history, and all the animals that showed up. Yes, animals. There was even a romantic suspense aspect that created some interesting drama. Oh! I can’t forget the poetry. That was beautiful. Or the Cheese Man. He was something… I also loved how once again the Bromance Book Club took charge and helped a buddy out. It was just a really fabulous love story with so many amazing parts.

The only thing I wasn’t a big fan of was the chapters of Vlad’s novel that were included. It didn’t do what I know it was meant to do for me. Instead, it felt like a distraction from the story I really wanted. That being said, I loved that he was writing a romance. What better guy to do it than the emotional Russian.

Overall, Isn’t It Bromantic? was the story I hoped THE RUSSIAN would get. I’m hoping this isn’t the end of the series. I need it to go on. There are so many other characters whose stories I want. Like Colton’s or the Cheese Man’s.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Fun(ny) 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 a Quote FREEBIE, so I’m going with:

Ten Fun(ny) Quotes

I’ve done several quote posts over the years. Most of the time they’re sentimental quotes that mean something to me. This times I’m just sharing ones that made me smile or laugh. I apologize in advance because there are some swear words included in these quotes.

1. “I’m going to kill her.”
“Any particular reason you’re plotting her murder?”
“She’s eating everyone’s food, including mine! She ate my cheesecake and my goddamn yogurt!” I gestured wildly, flinging my hands into the air. “Do you know why she’s doing this? She thought people were being totes adorbs and naming the food.”
“Leslie didn’t realize the names on food meant it belonged to someone?”
“Today, she enjoyed a turkey sandwich named Gary. And a yogurt and piece of motherfucking cheesecake named Georgia. She thought it was like, the cutest thing ever how her coworkers were naming food. She’s too dumb to live. Literally.”
-Max Monroe, Tapping the Billionaire

2.“F*ck you. F*ck running. F*ck the beautiful sun. F*ck those chirping birds. F*ck that lady pushing her kid in the stroller. It should be me in that f*cking stroller.”
-Max Monroe, Banking the Billionaire

3.“I don’t know about you, but I have a feeling the sun is the biggest scorned woman of all. She’s hot and temperamental, and f*ck all if you try to look at her directly without permission.”
-Max Monroe, The Day I Stopped Falling for Jerks

4.“I can’t help it. I’m on emotional overload. All hyped up like Jessie Spano that time she took caffeine pills. Nervous. Excited. Freaking out. I am all the things.”
-Max Monroe, My Brother’s Billionaire Best Friend

5.“He looked up at Linus. “I’m glad you’re here.” Linus was touched. “Thank you, Lucy—” “If the cannibals start chasing after us, they’ll see you first. We’re little, and you’ve got all that meat on your bones, so it’ll give us time to get away. Your forthcoming sacrifice is appreciated.”
-T.J Klune, The House in the Cerulean Sea

6.“Do you need a goddamn puppeteer to help you figure out what to do with yourself? Someone to tell you what to say and do?”
“You’re being dramatic. I’m not that bad.”
“Yeah you are. You need a…” I search for the word, Snap my fingers in the silence. “Hairy godmother.”
“A what?”
I’m a fucking genius is what I am. “Hairy godmother. Like a fairy godmother, but a guy.”
Honest to God, I just made that shit up, right now, on the spot.
Clever asshole that I am.”
-Sara Ney, Jock Rule

7.“Also, my brother refused to delay his honeymoon so I could go to the Maldives with them, a place I’ve never been, and is it too much to ask that they f*cking postpone it until February?”
-Sarah Ney, Hard Love

8. “You know why there’s so many bubbles in champagne?”
“Why is that?” I ask, sorta genuinely curious.
“To lift you up.”
-Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby, Man Cuffed

9.“She reaches in her cart and extends a bag of Twizzlers toward me. “Here, you need it more than I do.”
“I’m good. Wouldn’t want you to miss the only fruit in your cart.”
-Kate Stewart, The Guy on the Right

10. Lauren tilted her head to the side. “You know, if we were monkeys, she’d be the kind of person I’d fling my poop at.”
-Emma Hart, The Accidental Girlfriend

Review: It Happened One Summer (Tessa Bailey)

It Happened One Summer
Author: Tessa Bailey

Publication Date: July 13, 2021
Publisher: Avon
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Tessa Bailey is back with a Schitt’s Creek-inspired rom-com about a Hollywood “It Girl” who is cut off from her wealthy family and exiled to a small Pacific Northwest beach town… where she butts heads with a surly, sexy local who thinks she doesn’t belong. 

Piper Bellinger is fashionable, influential, and her reputation as a wild child means the paparazzi are constantly on her heels. When too much champagne and an out-of-control rooftop party lands Piper in the slammer, her stepfather decides enough is enough. So he cuts her off, and sends Piper and her sister to learn some responsibility running their late father’s dive bar… in Washington.

Piper hasn’t even been in Westport for five minutes when she meets big, bearded sea captain Brendan, who thinks she won’t last a week outside of Beverly Hills. So what if Piper can’t do math, and the idea of sleeping in a shabby apartment with bunk beds gives her hives. How bad could it really be? She’s determined to show her stepfather—and the hot, grumpy local—that she’s more than a pretty face.

Except it’s a small town and everywhere she turns, she bumps into Brendan. The fun-loving socialite and the gruff fisherman are polar opposites, but there’s an undeniable attraction simmering between them. Piper doesn’t want any distractions, especially feelings for a man who sails off into the sunset for weeks at a time. Yet as she reconnects with her past and begins to feel at home in Westport, Piper starts to wonder if the cold, glamorous life she knew is what she truly wants. LA is calling her name, but Brendan—and this town full of memories—may have already caught her heart.  


It Happened One Summer is a book I was so excited to read. First, it’s by Tessa Bailey, an author I love. I can always count on her to make me laugh. Second, it’s set in my home state. West Port, Washington is a place I’ve been to a few times over the years. My first reason for wanting to read this book worked out well. The second, not so much.

The whole “it” rich girl trope was a lot of fun. Piper was definitely a fish out of water when arriving in West Port. I loved how she had to learn how to survive without her wealth and the people who helped her along the way. Her relationship with Brendan was fun and full of steam. I liked their enemies to lovers path. He was a gruff fisherman who was a sentimental man underneath it all. They balanced each other well and their relationship made me happy. The romance of this book was well done, earning the 4 stars.

Now, West Port….

THIS BOOK IS FACTUALLY INACCURATE.
West Port is a cold, dreary place most of the year. The Washington coast has cold water. I know I’m SPOILING something here, but Bailey has a typhoon from Alaska hitting West Port. A TYPHOON?!?! There has never been a typhoon to hit WA in my lifetime, nor has there been one that I could find historically when researching. There are wind and rain storms that hit the coast, but the water wouldn’t be warm enough for a typhoon. This happened toward the middle of the book, and I couldn’t get over it to fall in love with the rest of the book. I wish Bailey had done more research on the climate of the Washington coast. 

Review: Tarnished Soul (Beth Flynn)

Tarnished Soul
Series: A Nine Minutes Spin-Off Novel, #4

Author: Beth Flynn
Publication Date: May 21, 2021
Genre: New Adult, Dark Romance, Fiction
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

𝑺𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒔𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒔 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒂𝒓𝒏𝒊𝒔𝒉𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒏 𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒔, 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒕𝒘𝒐 𝒄𝒐𝒍𝒍𝒊𝒅𝒆, 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒐𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒕𝒘𝒊𝒄𝒆, 𝒊𝒕 𝒔𝒆𝒆𝒎𝒔 𝒇𝒂𝒕𝒆 𝒎𝒂𝒚 𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒘𝒂𝒚.

Ex-con and ruthless biker, Jonas Brooks is stunned when he encounters the selfless angel who saved his life six years ago. With his massive size and alarming tattoos, Jonas terrifies people on sight. But the beautiful, kind, and intelligent Lucy Renquest sees beyond his frightening exterior the moment she lays eyes on him.

Despite being an outcast with an extremely high IQ, Lucy’s confidence and courage propels her to success. Finding the good in people is her biggest strength—and greatest weakness. When Jonas cleverly deceives her into accompanying him to a secluded cabin in the alligator-infested Florida Everglades, she’s beyond furious—until her anger fades and their passion ignites.

When Jonas and Lucy return to their normal lives, he discovers that she’s in danger. Now, it’s up to Jonas to save the woman who saved him.

Can a criminal with a tarnished soul protect his angel and find the truth before it’s too late? 


Every new Nine Minutes related book from Beth Flynn feels like a gift. I could not wait to read Tarnished Soul. Brooks and Lucy’s relationship has been hinted at in two of the previous books in this series, and I was dying to know more about them. Brooks is Anthony Bear’s right hand man, if that helps anyone trying to place him from previous books. I wish Beth Flynn would give us a “family” tree because I had to refresh my memory to remind me which biker gang he was related to. 

Tarnished Soul was exactly what I would expect from Beth Flynn. It was a journey through Brooks and Lucy’s relationship. We get to find out how a studious and somewhat geeky woman attracted a devilish brute like Brooks and vice versa. (When I say devilish, I’m not talking devilishly handsome like some romance novels. I’m talking brute force with no conscience, so be prepared for some stomach turning scenes that you would probably expect in a dark romance.) Their love story was unconventional and sweet. I would never condone what Brooks does, but I did love his love for Lucy and desire to protect her from the world. 

One of my favorite things about Nine Minutes books is the way they are all woven together through characters, setting, and plots. Each new book puts a piece in place and makes the entire series better. This book had some fun cameos and pieces of the puzzle. The only thing that kept me from giving it 5 stars was a major revelation about Brooks that came toward the end. It caught me off guard and I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. What the revelation was didn’t bother me, but more that it was one. I should have seen it coming. There were some major hints and I admit one had me thinking back to something, but I guess I thought I just missed that it was foreshadowing. I don’t know how to explain it without giving it away. I just thought it was an interesting direction to go.

Anyways. Tarnished Soul was another fantastic addition to the Nine Minutes Spin-Off series. I loved getting the story behind Brooks and Lucy’s romance. I loved getting more time with everyone. I am only sad I finished this book because now I want another from Ms. Flynn. 

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Review: Grumpy Cowboy (Max Monroe)

Grumpy Cowboy
Series: Single Dad Collection, #3

Authors: Max Monroe
Publication Date: May 22, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

ATTENTION: If you have been a victim of false advertising, you may be entitled to compensation. If you were ever hired to take care of a fourteen-year-old boy’s knee injury on a luxury ranch in the Middle of Nowhere, Utah, but that fourteen-year-old boy ended up being a tall, rough-and-tumble, muscular, one-hundred-percent all-man cowboy by the name of Rhett Jameson, you may have been put at risk for falling in love. Please seek counsel immediately.

Dear Counselor,

It was supposed to be simple favor for my very important boss, Frank Kaminsky of the Salt Lake Slammers professional basketball team—go to his good friend Tex Jameson’s luxury ranch and provide personal medical care for his recently injured teenage son.

I thought it’d be a working vacation of sorts—a chance for my city-girl self to experience something I would never otherwise do—but everything is upside down, and absolutely nothing is as I thought it would be.

For one, this patient is not a teenage boy.
He’s a real-life, blue-eyed, tough-as-nails, thirtysomething cowboy who is so darn strong he looks like he could lift a car just for the heck of it.

He’s also stubborn, rude, and we don’t get along…at all.

Add in the heart-melting vision of him as a single father to the cutest little girl on the planet, and I’ve found myself in a whole different dimension of trouble.

Lust. Feelings. A whole lot of enemies-to-lovers-style complication.

Please help me. My name is Dr. Leah Levee, I am a victim of false advertising, and if I’m not careful, this Grumpy Cowboy might just be the death of me.


Reading a Max Monroe book is one of my favorite things to do. I can always count on them to make me laugh. They definitely accomplished that with Grumpy Cowboy. This enemies to lovers romance was so much fun. Rhett Jameson, grumpy cowboy extraordinaire, put Leah through the rank ringer and it was hilarious. I felt sorry for her at times. She was just trying to do the job she was hired to do, but Rhett was not making it easy for her. I loved the way she handled it. Those two were perfect for each other. I also really loved Rhett’s daughter, Joey. She was so freaking adorable and added so many entertaining moments herself. This slow burn romance was a win for me.

Review: Every Last Secret (A.R. Torre)

Every Last Secret
Author: A.R. Torre

Publication Date: December 1, 2020
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Welcome to the neighborhood. Watch your husband, watch your friends, and watch your back.

Cat Winthorpe has worked hard to get what she has: a gorgeous home; social standing; and William, her successful, handsome husband. Then a friendly new couple moves into the estate next door. While cautious, a good neighbor like Cat greets them with open arms and warm hospitality.

Neena Ryder isn’t a fellow lady of leisure. A life coach with off-the-rack dresses, personal issues, and a husband who hasn’t delivered, she’s anxious to move up in the world. This beautiful new town is a step in the right direction. It’s also making Neena aware of what she doesn’t have. Namely, William. When Neena’s infatuation escalates into obsession, it’s just a matter of eliminating a few obstacles to get the life she wants. The life next door.

As Neena’s secret fixation grows, so does her friendship with Cat. But beneath their cordial interactions is a wealth of temptations, secrets, and toxic jealousy. For both women, the desire for a perfect life can turn perfectly dangerous. 


Every Last Secret had my undivided attention from the very first page. I knew I would enjoy it going in because I am a fan of Alessandra (A.R.) Torre’s writing (no matter what genre), but I didn’t expect to want to read it in one day. I was so hooked! There was something about the vibe of it that reminded me of Tarryn Fisher’s Bad Mommy, and that was a good thing. I just really loved how the story was set up and how everything played out. Not everything was a surprise to me. Some revelations I could see coming, but that didn’t matter. I was engrossed in Cat and Neena’s lives and actions that each little twist made the story that much better. I loved everything about this fast-paced domestic thriller.

Review: Second First Impressions (Sally Thorne)

Second First Impressions
Author: Sally Thorne

Publication Date: April 13, 2021
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

From the USA Today  bestselling author of The Hating Game and 99 Percent Mine comes the clever, funny, and unforgettable story of a muscular, tattooed man hired as an assistant to two old women—under the watchful eye of a beautiful retirement home manager.

Distraction (n): an extreme agitation of the mind or emotions.

Ruthie Midona has worked the front desk at the Providence Luxury Retirement Villa for six years, dedicating her entire adult life to caring for the Villa’s residents, maintaining the property (with an assist from DIY YouTube tutorials), and guarding the endangered tortoises that live in the Villa’s gardens. Somewhere along the way, she’s forgotten that she’s young and beautiful, and that there’s a world outside of work—until she meets the son of the property developer who just acquired the retirement center.

Teddy Prescott has spent the last few years partying, sleeping in late, tattooing himself when bored, and generally not taking life too seriously—something his father, who dreams of grooming Teddy into his successor, can’t understand. When Teddy needs a place to crash, his father seizes the chance to get him to grow up. He’ll let Teddy stay in one of the on-site cottages at the retirement home, but only if he works to earn his keep. Teddy agrees—he can change a few lightbulbs and clip some hedges, no sweat. But Ruthie has plans for Teddy too.

Her two wealthiest and most eccentric residents have just placed an ad (yet another!) seeking a new personal assistant to torment. The women are ninety-year-old, four-foot-tall menaces, and not one of their assistants has lasted a full week. Offering up Teddy seems like a surefire way to get rid of the tall, handsome, unnerving man who won’t stop getting under her skin.

Ruthie doesn’t count on the fact that in Teddy Prescott, the Biddies may have finally met their match. He’ll pick up Chanel gowns from the dry cleaner and cut Big Macs into bite-sized bits. He’ll do repairs around the property, make the residents laugh, and charm the entire villa. He might even remind Ruthie what it’s like to be young and fun again. But when she finds out Teddy’s father’s only fixing up the retirement home to sell it, putting everything she cares about in jeopardy, she’s left wondering if Teddy’s magic was all just a façade.

Hilarious, warm, and romantic, Sally Thorne’s novel delivers an irrepressibly joyous celebration of love and community for fans of 99% Mine and The Hating Game.


I had a good time reading Second First Impressions. Ruthie was a young women who was old before her time. At twenty-five, she acted older than most of her peers. She worked and lived at a retirement community. Her life revolved around that and making sure she followed the rules and schedules she had mapped out for herself. She was a sweet person and I liked her.

Ruthie’s world is thrown out of whack when a new temp in her office comes up with a plan to help Ruthie date. Melanie wasn’t my favorite character. She had a place in this story, but I didn’t always love how she handled things. I don’t feel like she was most qualified to help Ruthie since she didn’t truly understand her.

Things are even more crazy for Ruthie when the property owner’s son, Teddy, shows up. The happy-go-lucky bad boy ends up living next to her. It changes her routines and shows her maybe she doesn’t really know her own “type”. I loved and disliked Teddy all at the same time. I didn’t always get a good read on the guy. I loved what he gave to Ruthie in someone who saw her for who she was. I disliked him because he showed her how he felt when he knew he was leaving. I know everything worked out the way it should, but on the journey this bugged me. I think what won me over in the end was how he treated the two ladies he worked for at the retirement communities. They might not have been very PC with him, but he took it all in stride and it made the book more fun with their shenanigans. Without that fun, this book would have been very dull.

Overall, Second First Impressions kept me entertained. It was character driven, and the characters definitely made the book. The plot was on the weak side, so I appreciated them.

Top Ten Tuesday: You’ll Find Me in the Forest

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 supposed to be Books with Nature on the Cover. I feel like we’ve done a lot of cover related posts this year, so I wanted to include books with nature on the inside. My post this week will be:

You’ll Find Me in the Forest

All of these books include a forest setting.