Mini Review: The Legacy (Elle Kennedy)

The Legacy
Series: Off-Campus, #5
Author: Elle Kennedy
Publication Date: September 21, 2021
Genre: Contemporary, Sports Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

Synopsis:

The international bestselling Off-Campus series returns with a collection of four novellas by New York Times bestselling author Elle Kennedy! This brand-new installment provides the much-anticipated answer to the question: where are they now?

My thoughts:

The Off-Campus series is one of my favorite NA sports romance series of all time. When I heard Elle Kennedy was giving us a “Where are they now?” novel, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.

The Legacy was four parts, one for each couple. The first part was Logan and Grace’s and they need some spontaneity dedicated time together. (You might be familiar with a large part of this one because Kennedy released it as a novella.) The second part is all about Dean and Allie and a possible engagement. The third part is a much needed vacation alone and big decisions for parents Tucker and Sabrina. The fourth and final part is about a secret Hannah is keeping from Garrett. All four parts include hilarious moments between the guys (and the girls), a creepy and possibly haunted doll, and sweet moments between our couples. We get to find out what they’re all doing and where their relationships are headed, but Kennedy leaves it open enough that she could write more in the future.

It was fun to be back with the gang. I laughed and smiled a lot.  Fans of the series will love The Legacy simply because they get to be back with some of their favorite characters.

Review: The Love Hypothesis (Ali Hazelwood)

The Love Hypothesis
Author: Ali Hazelwood
Publication Date: September 14, 2021
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

As a third-year Ph.D. candidate, Olive Smith doesn’t believe in lasting romantic relationships–but her best friend does, and that’s what got her into this situation. Convincing Anh that Olive is dating and well on her way to a happily ever after was always going to take more than hand-wavy Jedi mind tricks: Scientists require proof. So, like any self-respecting biologist, Olive panics and kisses the first man she sees.

That man is none other than Adam Carlsen, a young hotshot professor–and well-known ass. Which is why Olive is positively floored when Stanford’s reigning lab tyrant agrees to keep her charade a secret and be her fake boyfriend. But when a big science conference goes haywire, putting Olive’s career on the Bunsen burner, Adam surprises her again with his unyielding support and even more unyielding…six-pack abs.

Suddenly their little experiment feels dangerously close to combustion. And Olive discovers that the only thing more complicated than a hypothesis on love is putting her own heart under the microscope. 


If you are a romance fan, chances are you’ve at least seen the cover for The Love Hypothesis if not heard the hype surrounding it. I hate to admit it, but I was hesitant to read it. I had kind of been avoiding it because of said hype and the fact that illustrated covers tend to dupe me at times. Basically, I wasn’t planning to read it. Then, the 5 star reviews started rolling in. Some of my most trusted blogger and reader friends started reviewing it. All said it was worth the hype. What I was reading in reviews made me change my mind, so I read it. IT WAS SO WORTH THE HYPE. So worth it.

I adored The Love Hypothesis. I was immediately pulled into Olive’s world. I’m not the biggest fan of third person narration, but it worked for me here. Olive, with her doubts and insecurities, was totally relatable. I loved how she wanted to make sure her friends were happy, but also felt for her with what she was willing to do to make sure that happened. Olive was a smart, nice, and overall good person. I loved her.

I also loved Adam. He might have been the most hated professor on campus with his blunt deliveries, but I loved that he was unapologetic about it and was trying to better the grad students. What I loved most about him, though, was how he treated Olive with so much care.

Olive and Adam were cuteness overload. I couldn’t get enough of their fake relationship — especially the more real it got. Their interactions were constantly making me swoon. I could go on and on about how perfect Olive and Adam were for each other.

As with any good romance novel, there were some amazing side characters. Olive’s best friend Anh and her pushiness cracked me up. Malcolm and basically everything he did made me smile. Adam’s friend Holden was another fun character. I wouldn’t mind a book for either Anh or Malcolm. I would love for this to be a series! I don’t know if that’s planned, but it would make me happy.

I was a little worried going in that all the STEM and academia stuff might overwhelm the story, but it was worked so well into the story and felt subtle despite it being a major topic. It was actually kind of fun to learn more about the grad school and academic life since I didn’t go that route. And I loved how Olive and Adam’s love of science and experiences in the field brought them closer together.

Yeah…I could probably go on and on about this book. It’s definitely a new favorite debut romance novel and one that you will most likely find on my list of favorite books for 2021.

WWW Wednesday: September 22, 2021

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. 

WHAT DID YOU JUST FINISH READING?

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

I finally got to finish the Dirty Empire series by K.A. Tucker with Fallen Empire

I’m reading an ARC of Canary by Tijan. 

I cannot wait to go back to one of my favorites series of all time and read The Legacy (Off-Campus, #5) by Elle Kennedy! 

Review: Kiss and Don’t Tell (Meghan Quinn)

Kiss and Don’t Tell
Authors: Meghan Quinn

Publication Date: September 21, 2021
Genre: Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

From USA Today bestselling author and the author of The Highland Fling, comes a brand new hockey romance about a wayward traveler falling in love with her ex-boyfriend’s half-brother. Steamy and unapologetically witty.

Five hockey players, a cabin in the woods . . . and little old me, Winnie Berlin.

Sounds like the start of a fantasy, right? But it’s not. It’s my reality.

It all started when I got lost in the middle of the Canadian Rockies. A wicked thunderstorm sent my car mud sliding into a ditch and for a girl whose survival skills involve finding the nearest Starbucks, I was in deep trouble.

Forced to abandon my car in search of help, I stumbled upon a cabin in the middle of nowhere. Soaking wet, irritated, and in desperate need of a hot shower, I knocked on the door for help only to be greeted by five boisterous, burly, and insanely attractive men.

Not just men.

Professional hockey players.

I hit the motherload of fantasies, right? Wrong.

Because as it turns out, one of them is my ex-boyfriend’s half-brother. And when I end up crashing in their spare bedroom for the night, things take a very unexpected turn.

I’m not sure any amount of survival skills can protect my heart from Vancouver Agitators star goalie, Pacey Lawes. But as long as we kiss and don’t tell, maybe everything will be okay . . .


Every time I go to write a review for one of Meghan Quinn’s books I want to gush about her writing in general. Her books are my happy place. I honestly don’t know how she’s able to write so many books so quickly without them starting to feel redundant, but she manages to create unique characters and romances that make me laugh and swoon each time. I’ve been especially impressed with her new releases this year. I’ve always enjoyed her writing, but I feel like it’s gotten even better — if that’s even possible. But anyways. What I’m really here to do is review her newest release, Kiss and Don’t Tell.

Kiss and Don’t Tell was a beautiful beginning for what’s bound to be an amazing hockey romance series. Pacey and Winnie were adorable. I could feel the instant connection between them from the moment Winnie randomly showed up on the “cabin” doorstep. I loved how their relationship built and gave us a little bit of a slow burn feel. What could have easily felt like an instant love romance based on their strong chemistry and attraction was filled with moments of fun, sometimes awkward, getting to know each other. I loved getting to know Pacey and Winnie right along with them. I know readers are going to swoon over Pacey wooing Winnie.

In the blurb, you might have noticed that Winnie shows up to the cabin where Pacey and his 4 teammates are. Well, readers are also going to love the goalie extraordinaire’s teammates/buddies. Every single one of those guys better be getting a book! They all had such fun personalities and their interactions were hilarious. I loved how they weren’t just teammates or friends, but family really.

Pacey wasn’t the only one with great friends. Winnie’s besties Max and Katherine were great characters. Max was the fun one and Katherine…well, she was intense. I loved how the three of them balanced each other out. I really hope Katherine gets matched with one of Pacey’s friends at some point…

I do have to admit that there was one part of this book that made me slightly uncomfortable. I am not a fan of romances where the hero or heroine has been involved with their match’s sibling. Winnie’s ex-boyfriend, Josh, was Pacey’s half-sibling. There is some stuff that goes along with the relationship between Pacey and Josh that made this story work for me better than it might have otherwise, but how Pacey deals with part of it sat in the back of my mind bugging me a bit. It wasn’t a huge deal and it didn’t ruin this book at all, but it wasn’t my favorite.

Overall, I adored Kiss and Don’t Tell. Winnie and Pacey’s romance made me heart happy. I wouldn’t have minded reading even more about them. I guess I’ll just have to hope we get to see them again in future books.

     

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About the Author:
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.  Connect with Meghan:
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Top Ten Tuesday: Fall 2021 Releases I Can’t Wait to Read

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: 

Fall 2021 Releases I Can’t Wait to Read

You’ll Be the Death of My by Karen M. McManus
Indigo Ridge by Devney Perry
Bend in the Road by Sara Biren
Hate Me Under the Mistletoe by Kelly Jamieson
Main Street Dealmaker by Brighton Walsh
Infamous Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune
Boyfriend by Sarina Bowen
The Attic on Queen Street by Karen White
Canary by Tijan

Mini Reviews: Tin Queen & Relentless

Tin Queen
Series: Clifton Forge, #6
Author: Devney Perry

Publication Date: August 31, 2021
Publisher: Devney Perry LLC

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

My thoughts:

I liked Emmett and Nova’s romance. It was steamier than the past books based on the nature of their relationship being primarily a physical one, but that fit well and it wasn’t overly steamy. I liked what being Tucker’s daughter meant for Nova and how that storyline went. Same for Emmett and his late father. The only thing that kept me from loving it was that I felt like the last book was more captivating. It made this one seem like a weaker end to the series. Still a good time and totally worth reading, though!

Relentless
Series: Mason Family, #4
Author: Adriana Locke

Publication Date: September 3, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ 

My thoughts:

I liked Relentless, but it was missing something for me. Oliver and Shaye were both great characters with interesting pasts. The chemistry was there. It was just something in the execution of the story. I’m not sure what it was, but it left the book feeling kind of blah. It mas missing something to make it stand out from the rest of the series, I guess. I would say it is worth the read if you’re looking for something light and fluffy or are a fan of the series.

Review: Another Motherfaker (Willow Aster & Laura Pavlov)

Another Motherfaker
Series: The G.D. Taylors, #3 
Authors: Willow Aster, Laura Pavlov

Publication Date: September 9, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

𝐀 𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫, 𝐚 𝐅𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐡 𝐠𝐨𝐝𝐝𝐞𝐬𝐬, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚 𝐬𝐧𝐚𝐠𝐠𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐨𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐝 𝐘𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐢𝐞—𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐛𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭? 𝐈𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐬𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐟𝐚𝐤𝐞, 𝐲𝐞𝐭 𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐟𝐞𝐥𝐭 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐥.

Cosette…
It’s time for a fresh start.
Out with the old and in with the new.
Except none of it is real.
Or it isn’t supposed to be.
My fake boyfriend happens to be the best relationship I’ve ever had.
And don’t even get me started on his dark eyes that I swear can see straight into my soul.
The way he makes me feel … everything about Caden Taylor is unexpected.

Caden…
I steer clear of relationships.
Especially the messy ones.
I keep things simple, and it works for me.
Until I agree to help out Cosette Dubois by pretending to date her.
The most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen.
Kind and sweet and smart and talented.
Fake boyfriend … no problem.
I’m a giver that way.
Throw in a crazy ex, a Botox-injected mother who hates me, a snaggletoothed dog who can turn on a dime, and a woman I can’t stop thinking about.
Messy has never looked better. 


How does this series keep getting better and better? Aster and Pavlov keep upping the fun, the funny, the cuteness, the everything. I have given the past two books in this series 5 stars, I gave this book 5 stars, and I will keep giving this series 5 stars if it they keep doing what they’re doing. I laughed so many times I lost track.

If you like fake dating, this book has a great romance surrounding this trope. Caden has been smitten with Cosette since their companies started working together. He jumps on the chance to play fake boyfriend to her when she needs a buffer against her ex-boyfriend. The attraction and chemistry between Caden and Cosette was palpable, but what was even more pleasing was their emotional connection and the sweetness between them. I was there for every minute of it.

While Cosette and Caden’s relationship shined, I hate to admit they were upstaged a little by Louie. That dog was something. I don’t want to give his part away, but he was hilarious. Louie combined with Cosette’s villainous mom was something special. He might be my new favorite pet in a book.

Another Motherfaker didn’t stiff me on moments with the rest of the G.D. Taylors either. There were plenty of moments for them to be involved with. Even Maya’s mom made an appearance. I loved how they all contributed to Cosette and Caden’s story.

This was just one of those entertaining reads that made me feel happy. I couldn’t get enough of Cosette and Caden, the Taylor family, and little Louie. As far as third books in a series go, this one kept things rolling and made me excited that there are still two more books to come. I can’t get them in my grabby hands soon enough.

WWW Wednesday: September 13, 2021

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. 

WHAT DID YOU JUST FINISH READING?

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

I LOVED Another Motherfaker (The G.D. Taylors, #3) by Willow Aster & Laura Pavlov. This rom-com series keeps bringing the funny.

I am really enjoying the psychological thriller Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian. 

I am so excited to read Kiss and Don’t Tell by Meghan Quinn. She has been killing it with her releases this year. 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Numbers In the Title

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 With Numbers In the Title

I know I’ve done this prompt before, so I’m switching things up a little. You’re getting books with the word “NUMBER” in them instead of actual numerals. 

Number Neighbors by Emma Hart
Take a Number by Amy Daws
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kensella
Getting Lucky Number Seven by Cindi Madsen
The Wrong Number by R.L. Stine
Wrong Number, Right Guy by Elle Casey
Lucky Number Eleven By Adriana Locke
Black Number Four by Kandi Steiner

Mini Reviews: Sterling Shore Series, Books 9-12

Hi, all. I’m back with more Sterling Shores mini reviews. I reviewed books 2-6 here, if you’re curious. I skipped books 7 & 8 based on the reviews I read. I am thinking I might go back at some point and read the books I skipped even though I wasn’t into the blurbs just to get some of the characters’ stories I missed out on. We’ll see… But now for the last four books in the series.

Perfectly Toxic
Series: Sterling Shores, #9

Author: C.M. Owens
Publication Date: July 26, 2016
Genre:Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

I was there for the Bella and Ethan match up. It was so much fun! These two played well off each other and great chemistry. Both were strong characters with tough things in their pasts. I might have raised my rating on Perfectly Toxic if it had stood out a little more from all of the other books in this series. It had a lot of the same tropes I’ve seen in the earlier books, so it didn’t stand out quite as much as I wanted it to. That being said, totally worth the read. I flew through it because of how much I loved Bella and Ethan together.

Make Me
Series: Sterling Shores, #10

Author: C.M. Owens
Publication Date: January 30, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts:

Make Me was a fun read that had me laughing several times. Dale and Harley had such an interesting history. I loved that Dale wasn’t quite as suave as the rest of the Sterlings despite having the same good looks and last name. It was also cool that Harley was such a boss. I loved how strong she was and the way she ran her company. Her quest for revenge was entertaining. There were a couple of times I cringed during reading this book, though. There was a mix up and some poor choices by Dale that rubbed me wrong. Overall, it was another good addition to this series.

Taming a Maverick
Series: Sterling Shores, #11
Author: C.M. Owens
Publication Date: May 8, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts:

Maverick is and has always been a ladies man throughout this entire series. I have loved his cocky personality and his friendships, especially with Bella. He kept all those fun things in this book, but also became a more decent human being with Salem around. Their becoming step-siblings in their 20’s was an interesting angle with Salem’s family being what it was. I loved all of the interactions between Mav and Salem and her brothers. It was so much fun!

Talk Nerdy to Me
Series: Sterling Shores, #12
Author: C.M. Owens
Publication Date: May 30, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts:

I loved Talk Nerdy to Me. Britt and Base were an odd pairing, but it worked for me. Britt is one of those characters I have loved since I first met her, and I was happy she was finally getting her own book. I liked how Base tried to push Britt out of her comfort zone in a comfortable way and liked her differences. This book felt perfect to me until the big conflict came about. It was then that I realized I wasn’t seeing the hidden issues they had. Once they were laid out, I completely agreed with the actions that took place. That didn’t mean I still didn’t love Britt and Base. And I ended up loving how everything was worked out in the end. The conflict just made me rethink how I viewed their relationship from the start.

Final thoughts:

I’m really sad this is the end to this series. I felt like each book got better and I wanted more. I know this isn’t possible with Owens’ passing, and it makes me even sadder. Overall, this was a great series of interconnected characters.