Mini Reviews: Until Her/Him Series (Aurora Rose Reynolds)

Over the past couple of years, I’ve randomly read some of the Until Her/Him series books by Aurora Rose Reynolds. I decided to finish up the series and give you mini reviews for each book in this series. You will notice that reviews for Until July (#1) and Until June (#3) are sparse. Those are books I listened to and reviewed on Goodreads in the past. Also… One thing to know is that this series is related to the Until series. That original series is also good, and I would recommend reading it first because it’s the parents of these characters. There’s a lot of history and good stuff.

Until July
Series: Until Her/Him, #21
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publication Date: September 25, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

This was my first Aurora Rose Reynolds book. I really enjoyed it! I also enjoyed the narrator. I am looking forward to reading more in this series.

Until Jax
Series: Until Her/Him, #2
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publication Date: September 25, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

I liked this book, but I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would. Jax was the alpha sweetheart I knew he would be. Ellie was sweet and slightly naive despite growing up in a tough situation. Her daughter, Hope, was adorable. The three of them were great together. I think things just started out bumpy for me since it had been a long time since I read book #1. I felt like the story started off as a continuation of that first book, which it kind of was, and I was a little lost. Once I caught up, it was easier for me to understand their instant love.

Until June
Series: Until Her/Him, #4
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publication Date: May 24, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

This was really fun to listen to. I liked it even more than the first book in the series. I loved the second chance romance aspect of it. June and Ethan were a great couple and I loved their chemistry.

Until Ashlyn
Series: Until Her/Him, #4
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publication Date: December 27, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

I loved this book from the start. Things that start in Vegas are always fun, and this book didn’t disappoint. I loved the sort of enemies to more romance. I think what made it stand out amidst this series is that Ashlyn had a strong personality. She didn’t come across as weak at any point. She was just as alpha as Dillon. What was great about Dillon was that he had that alpha thing going, but it didn’t feel as over the top as some of the other guys. I think it was that both characters were the strong type. Anyways. The drama was slightly crazy, but the romance was on point.

Until Sage
Series: Until Her/Him, #5
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publication Date: May 9, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this one going in. I didn’t have the best impression of Sage from Until Jax and I thought Kim might deserve a better person. Sage impressed me, though. He was willing to admit when he was wrong, and was there for Kim every time she needed his support. Their love story was the least dramatic of all of the ones I’ve read, and I liked that. I was also a big fan of how they were both adoptees and the differences in their stories.

Until Harmony
Series: Until Her/Him, #6
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publication Date: December 27, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

This series is on a roll for me! I loved Harmony and Harlen’s story. Harlen seemed to have an alpha side, but he was more reserved. I liked that. Harmony was sweet and they made a great match. I also liked that the drama in this one felt underplayed compared to the love story.

Until Cobi
Series: Until Her/Him, #7
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publication Date: November 27, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts:

Until Cobi could have easily been another five star for me in this series. There were a couple things keeping that from me. I’m used to their being a lot of drama in these books, but this one surpassed the others by far. Crazy, bad stuff kept happening to Hadley. So many things that it become not only unbelievable, but took away from the romance going on here. Also, I know all the Mayson men are domineering, but Cobi went about it in a way that actually bothered me in the beginning. He didn’t take no for an answer. His reasoning was that he could “read” Hadley. He was pretty much always right, but at the same time “go away” should mean “go away” no matter what you’re reading off a person.

Until December
Series: Until Her/Him, #8
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publication Date: July 30, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts:

I really loved this addition to the series. December and Gareth were adorable together. I loved what a “plain” and “normal” person December was. I loved Gareth and his relationship with his kids. How their lives tied together was so sweet. The only thing was how FAST this couple got together. I mean, all of these books have insta-love, but this one felt especially fast even though I loved it.

Until Talon
Series: Until Her/Him, #9
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publication Date: August 24, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts:

Is it crazy that I don’t ever get tired of this series? I love the formula Aurora Rose Reynolds uses for it. It’s just plain fun. Talon and Mia were adorable together. I especially enjoyed that this one was lighter on the drama — but don’t let that fool you! I didn’t see the twist coming. I only had it half right! I also loved Mia’s sister and her girls. I am super curious about what will be next for her sister and Winston, but I also really want a book about Bax. I can’t wait to see what’s next in this series.

Overall comments about this series:

This was a fun series to binge on. It’s definitely heavy on instant love and alpha male characters. If either of those things bother you, skip this series. (There is a combined thread regarding the instant love that ties each book together in a way. It’s called “the BOOM” and it made the instant love more acceptable to me.) Otherwise, they are quick reads (all under 300 pages each) that have sweet romances with a hint of suspense added in. Also, the women in the Mayson family were probably my favorite in this series. That felt so different since the first Until series focused on the original Mayson brothers.

Mini Reviews: The Trouble with Quarterbacks, Until November, Until Nico, Hard Fall, & Southern Seducer

Today, I have some quick mini reviews for you.

The Trouble with Quarterbacks
Author: R.S. Grey
Publication Date: August 6, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

The Trouble with Quarterbacks was a fun read. I loved the slightly quirky British main character. Candace made me laugh a lot. Her friends were bananas, too. The things those three got into… Well, it was entertaining. I also loved Logan. He was more lovable because of the things that drew him to Candace and his relationship with Briggs. The only thing I wasn’t a huge fan of was the drama toward the end. It just felt a little thrown in for my taste, but it didn’t ruin the story or anything. Overall, I loved reading this one. It was a quick, upbeat read.

Until November
Series: Until, #1
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publication Date: September 15, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

November and Asher are a couple I’ve read about as side characters several times since I started mid-series. It was nice to finally go back and read their story. I loved their romance. Even though it’s extremely instant love, I liked how that was explained and how things went. Asher was a MAJOR alpha and I loved how November stood her ground with him. It was a very sweet story.

Until Nico
Series: Until, #4
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publication Date: May 29, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

This series just keeps getting better and better! I adored Nico’s turn for the BOOM. He and Sophie were so cute together. Nico was all tough alpha bad boy. Sophie was a sweet librarian. I loved how their differences in appearance and attitude blended. This was definitely one of my favorites in the series.

Hard Fall
Series: Trophy Boyfriends, #2
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publication Date: August 18, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Sports

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

After reading Hard Pass, I knew I had to read Hard Fall and get to know the annoying Trace “Buzz” Wallace. He was like that fly that wouldn’t go away with his idiotic humor, but he had a heart of gold. I couldn’t help but love his character even when I wanted to throw something at him for Hollis. I loved Hollis’ character so much! She was a great match for Buzz. I smiled a lot while reading this book. My biggest complaint, much like the last book, was that the instant love was strong and the book was too short. I wanted more of Hollis and Buzz. That being said, I still can’t wait for Trace’s twin brother Tripp’s book next.

Southern Seducer
Series: North Carolina Highlands, #1
Author: Jessica Peterson
Publication Date: August 8, 2020
Publisher: Peterson Paperbacks
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

I enjoyed Annabel and Beau’s friends to more story. It had a sweetness other romances don’t because of some of the important aspects of the story. Annabel has been diagnosed with PPD 4 months after having a baby as a single mother. Beau has recently been diagnosed with possible CTE. Those two angles were ones I haven’t read often in romance novels. As a mother, I could relate to some of the tough new baby stuff Annabel was going through. I think I would have appreciated this book even more when if I had read it soon after having my child. One thing I have to say is that I’m not a fan of this title. The “Seducer” gave me a the feel that this book would be on the scandalous side when in truth it was a sweet romance. I think others who might benefit from this book might skip it based on the title, which would be sad.

Review: Always Crew (Tijan)

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Always Crew
Series: Crew, #3
Author: Tijan
Publication Date: August 25, 2020
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

For the longest time, I was Bren Monroe.
I lived in Roussou, California.
I had no parents, no brother, but I had a crew.

Then things started to change.
I never planned for any of it.
I didn’t think I’d fall in love.
I didn’t think I’d have a relationship with my brother again.
I didn’t think that he’d come back.

Now I’m in Cain.
My crew is in college.
They’re growing, going through their own things.
And here I am, figuring out my life.

There’s always hurdles and obstacles to overcome.
That was never my hardship.
That was my regular.
But living? Being content? Being happy?
Those were my challenges now.

Everything was going well…
Until it wasn’t. Again.

A/N: Always Crew is the conclusion of the Crew Series, and a 106k novel.


Ever get a book that you couldn’t wait to start but also didn’t want to start because you weren’t ready to part with the characters inside? That’s how I felt before starting Always Crew. I’ve been waiting for this book since the end of Crew Princess. I just wasn’t sure how Tijan would be able to wrap up a series this epic in three books. I mean, Fallen Crest High took seven books and I am not complaining about that AT ALL. I was scared three books wasn’t enough to do Bren and the boys justice. I didn’t need to worry. Always Crew was action packed and tidied things up in a way I completely approved of.

Always Crew was a smart conclusion to the Wolf Crew’s journey. Bren had already started to mature and grow through the first two books, but she accepted herself and moved forward in this final installment. Bren was smarter and more even in this book. Her inner, negative thoughts didn’t feel as redundant. I loved how that affected her relationships with Cross, Jordan, Zellman, and even Channing.

Cross, Jordan, and Zellman truly shined in this one. I felt like I got to know them better than I ever had before. I definitely appreciated their characters more than I have. Well, maybe not Cross. I’ve liked that guy from book one. The stuff going through Cross’ mind in relationship to Bren was even more swoony, though.

Moving the story from Roussou to Cain U brought some new characters to the story. I thoroughly enjoyed the people who ended up surrounding Bren. Her man Cross and their friends Jordan and Zellman were just as close as always, but the new additions added more excitement. Bren’s budding friendship with Aspen (as in Blaise’s girlfriend from Rich Prick) was fun because not only do I love Aspen, but Aspen’s college friends were entertaining. Then, there was Bren’s new co-workers. Hawk was badass and Bonbon… Well, Bonbon was one of a kind goodness.

The drama was also perfect in this book. The bad guys (because you know there have be some) and their badness made for some interesting twists and turns. I want to say more about it, but I can’t.

So…This would probably be time to end things and say how sad I am that this series is over. I’m hoping that this isn’t the last that we’re going to see of the Wolf Crew. Maybe they will pop up in other places and stories like Tijan is known to do with her other characters from time to time? Maybe some of the characters from this book will get their own story? I can surely hope.

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Review: The Reality of Everything (Rebecca Yarros)

The Reality of Everything
Series: Flight & Glory, #5
Author: Rebecca Yarros
Publication Date: August 24, 2020
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Military
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Two years after the man she loved was killed in Afghanistan, Morgan Bartley is trying to put the pieces of her life back together. The reno on her dilapidated beach house in the Outer Banks might be just the distraction she needs to keep her debilitating anxiety attacks at bay and begin to heal her heart…if she can ignore the ridiculously handsome guy next door.

At twenty-eight, single-dad Jackson Montgomery’s life revolves around his five-year-old daughter and his job as a search-and-rescue pilot for the coast guard. He’s no stranger to saving a damsel in distress, and though his gorgeous new neighbor is clearly in distress, she’s no damsel. She’s stubborn as hell with walls a mile thick, and the dog tags hanging from her rearview mirror give him a pretty good clue as to why.

It doesn’t matter that their attraction is undeniable―she swore she’d never fall for another pilot, let alone a military man. There are some wounds time can’t heal, and some fears too consuming to conquer.

She’s a barely breathing heartbreak on the edge of recovery.
He’s a crash waiting to happen.
Together they could have it all…if they can endure the coming storm.


I started out 2020 by binging the Flight & Glory series. I thought it was a finished series, but I was wrong. I was happy to discover I wasn’t going to have to wait long for the fifth book because I needed that fifth book ASAP. This series is one where each book builds upon the last with different characters and I need to know what was next for this group of friends. It also gets better with each book, so I had high expectations for The Reality of Everything. Rebecca Yarros definitely delivered. This book was the best in the series and one of the best books I have read this year.

Morgan’s story is one of loss, grief, and starting over. It was emotionally charged in the best ways. Her story made me FEEL and I loved that. I was a little worried with times being what they are that I wouldn’t want the feelings Yarros’ storytelling ability was going to give me, but I didn’t need to worry. There was just the right combination of feelings. Yarros walked me through Morgan’s toughest times, made her come out stronger, and made me appreciate everything that Morgan had to go through without leaving me feeling depressed or overwhelmed. It was such an uplifting story.

Not only was this book uplifting, but it had an AMAZING love story. AMAZING. I can’t say that enough. I loved Jackson’s character. His support and willingness to weather the bad times with Morgan was everything. I loved the way he fathered his daughter. There wasn’t one bad thing about the guy, really.

Another thing that makes this series so special is the friendship aspect of it. The look at the friendships in this series was so different in this book than the first four. Even though Morgan moved away from her closest friends, we still got to see them plenty. Sam played a huge part, as did Paisley. Morgan’s perception of them and the evolution of their friendships made me think a lot. How she related to those friendships was important. Plus, who doesn’t want to see all their favorite series characters again?

Honestly, I could go on and on about what made this one of my favorite books I’ve read so far this year. I can’t, though. I would be giving EVERYTHING away. So I’m just going to finish up and say read this series if you haven’t yet because you don’t want to miss out on reading this book.

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Rebecca is a Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of over fifteen novels, and is always ready to bring on the emotions. She’s also the recipient of the Colorado Romance Writer’s Award of Excellence for Eyes Turned Skyward from her Flight and Glory series. She loves military heroes and has been blissfully married to hers for eighteen years. She’s the mother of six children, ranging from kindergarten to law school, and is currently surviving the teenage years with two of her four hockey-playing sons. When she’s not writing, you can find her at the hockey rink or sneaking in some guitar time. She lives in Colorado with her family, their stubborn English bulldog, and a feisty chinchilla. Having fostered then adopted their youngest daughter, Rebecca is passionate about helping children in the foster system through her nonprofit, One October. 

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Review: Heart Bones (Colleen Hoover)

Heart Bones
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publication Date: August 19, 2020
Publisher: Hoover Ink, Inc.
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

Life and a dismal last name are the only two things Beyah’s parents ever gave her. Forced to carve her own path alone, Beyah is well on her way to bigger and better things, thanks to no one but herself.
With only two short months separating her from the future she’s built for herself and the past she desperately wants to leave behind, an unexpected death leaves Beyah with no place to go during the interim.
Forced to call her last resort, Beyah has no other option than to spend the remainder of her summer on a peninsula in Texas with a father she barely knows.
Beyah’s plan is to keep her head down and let the summer slip by seamlessly, but her new neighbor Samson throws a wrench in that plan.
Samson and Beyah have nothing in common on the surface. She comes from a life of poverty and neglect; he comes from a family of wealth and privilege.
But one thing they do have in common is that they’re both drawn to sad things.
Which means they’re drawn to each other.
With an almost immediate connection too intense for them to continue denying, Beyah and Samson agree to stay in the shallow end of a summer fling. What Beyah doesn’t realize is that a rip current is coming, and it’s about to drag her heart out to sea.


I’m going to make this short and to the point. Heart Bones was a great read. It had everything I have come to love from books written by Colleen Hoover. It was emotional, insightful, heart-wrenching, quote worthy… I have so many thoughts and feelings. It’s overwhelming because I want to share them all with you, but I’m not going to. I went into this one blind. I’m not even sure I read the blurb. I loved the experience of discovering life through Beyah’s eyes, and I would recommend for everyone to do the same. There’s so much to experience. I will even admit that I didn’t see many of the twists that came my way, and that doesn’t happen often anymore. This book felt like a return to Hoover’s NA roots, and I loved that.

Review: The Match (Sarah Adams)

The Match
Series: What Happened in Charleston, #1
Author: Sarah Adams
Publication Date: May 30, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Having worked for Southern Service Paws for a few years now, I like to think I’m prepared for just about any client meeting under the sun. I am dead wrong.

The day I meet with single dad, Jacob Broaden, about potentially matching his daughter with one of our service dogs, I learn a few valuable lessons.

1) Always set my alarm clock.
2) Single dads are way hotter than I previously thought.
3) It is possible to go from fantasizing about kissing someone to wishing they would be run over by a truck in a matter of two minutes.

Unfortunately, I don’t hold that opinion of him for very long. Not when he shows me a different side of himself—one that’s sweet as maple syrup and hot as apple pie fresh out of the oven.

Too bad this guy is so far out of my league that I shouldn’t even be allowed to enter the game. Jake doesn’t seem to get that memo though. And after a few days of working closely with him and his daughter, he starts looking at me with fire in his eyes, making me dream of something I probably shouldn’t…

A family.

“The Match is a feel-good romantic comedy! Perfect for readers who enjoy a sizzling romance without explicit content.”


I hadn’t heard of The Match until Kayla @ Book and Blends recommended it as a buddy read for us. I’m so happy she put it out as a choice because I absolutely adored it. Everyone remarks on how cute the cover is, but the story inside is even cuter. It’s one of those books I loved from the moment I started reading right until the very end.

What was so great about it? Can I say EVERYTHING?

It was humorous, adorable, and swoony. There were so many moments that had me smiling and laughing. Evie was a breath of fresh air. She was slightly cooky, but in a sweet way. Even when she acted on the crazy side, what could have been creepy turned out cute. I can’t even explain it. The way she was with everyone from her dog to Sam to Jake made me love her even more. I also appreciated how she stood up for herself against her horrible, wealthy parents. And Jake… Even when I felt like I should have disliked him, I loved him. He was such a great father, brother, and son. How he saw Evie made me so happy for her. Their relationship was so cute and fun to read about, and it had just the right amount of drama.

There was so much more to love about this book, but I’m going to let you read and enjoy it. I recommend you just that because I adored this book. Sarah Adams will definitely be making my list of favorite new authors of 2020.

Review: Filthy Forward (Kelsey Cheyenne)

Filthy Forward
Series: Cocky Hero Club
Author: Kelsey Cheyenne
Publication Date: July 19, 2020
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Cocky. Filthy. Player.

Tatum Trevino waltzed into my life like he owned it. The renowned soccer star showed up as my new coach and changed everything.

Until rumors started flying about the bad boy prodigy kicked off his team. I thought he was nothing but another cocky playboy, but there was another side to him under the facade.

Late training sessions, secret getaways, and a delicious sleeve of tattoos led to temptation. We kept our relationship private, but I wasn’t the only secret he was keeping.

And it’s only a matter of time before the truth comes out.


Filthy Forward was not a book on my TBR. It wasn’t even on my radar until I saw Alecia‘s review for it. Her review was so positive and spiked my interest. Since it was on KU and sounded like something I was in the mood for, I gave it a try. It worked out well for me.

This is my first attempt at reading something by Kelsey Cheyenne. I loved the writing style. I was immediately pulled in and connected with the characters. I liked Bria and Tatum. Both got a POV, so it was cool to hear their thoughts about each other. They didn’t like each other at the beginning, so it was fun for them to get to know each other and develop a deep connection. Their fall into love felt natural.

Another thing I really loved was the soccer. Personally, I’m missing soccer in my life right now, so reading about it felt like watching it. I loved that practice, training, and games were involved. It was even cooler that it was Bria who was the main focus of it, even though Tatum was also a soccer star.

Normally, I’m not a fan of romances that have a student-teacher feel. This is one with a player-coach thing going on. I don’t think I would have liked it at all if 1) the player wasn’t an adult in college, 2) the coach was an assistant who wasn’t much older and had only just joined the team, and 3) there wasn’t anything illegal about their relationship. It did still make me cringe a bit at times, but probably because I will never b 100% okay with a relationship in this dynamic. Filthy Forward actually reminded me a bit of R.S. Grey’s Scoring Wilder. If you liked the tone of that book, you would probably like this one.

The only other thing that I have mixed feelings about was the conflict. It involved a lot of miscommunication. If miscommunication or lack of communication bugs you in a romance, this one probably won’t be for you. I could let it go because there were so many things that twisted and combined to caused the issue that I found entertaining.

Oh! And I shouldn’t forget — The “filthy” in the title didn’t exactly fit for me. Tatum actually seemed like a stand up person. I guess maybe it was just catchy or portrayed what his reputation might have been prior to this book. That word might stop some people from reading, so I thought I should mention it.

Overall, this was a great introduction to Kelsey Cheyenne’s writing for me. I would definitely read another book by this author. It was a fun sports romance.

Review: Work Song (Danielle Allen)

Work Song
Author: Danielle Allen
Publication Date: September 27, 2015
Publisher: E by M
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

When society tries to put you in a box, knock the walls down. –Tati Green

“You have a pretty face” is such a back-handed compliment. It’s like telling me that my face is beautiful, but the rest of me is not.

Despite what society says, my curves are hot.
My love life, on the other hand, is not.

My mom says I’ll never find love because of my weight.

My sister says I’ll never find love because of my personality.

My almost-fiancé says I’ll never find love because I’m incapable of loving anyone.

My mom and sister are full of it, but my ex kind of has a point.

At twenty-seven years old, I’ve never been in love. I date a lot, yet sparks never fly. But when I experienced the heart-pounding, skin tingling feeling for the first time, I didn’t think it would be caused by a guy I’ve never met. And I damn sure didn’t think he would end up holding my future in his hands in more ways than one.


What do you do when one of your favorite romance bloggers (Nick) highly recs a book that your other favorite used-to-be romance blogger (Ari) recommended to her? You read it, of course. That’s how I found out about Work Song and I’m SO GLAD I did because I had never heard of it before and I loved it!

Tatiana Green was a woman who knew her worth, even if she doubted it at times. She was comfortable in her own skin and ambitious in her career. She didn’t plan on anything getting in her way of becoming successful — especially a man. I adored her sass and humor. I loved that Tati had already learned to stand up for herself and to not let haters get to her. The only thing I wished she could have changed about herself was her hang up on love and how she reacted at times…but then this wouldn’t have been the amazing romance and story it was.

Wesley Barnes is one of those guys all the single fictional women and real women are going to swoon over. Why? He’s a great guy. Wes tries to support everything Tatiana wants, even if that means not following his own feelings. He’s her friend, her confidant, and loves who she is. Their emails, texts, and phone calls put them on the path to love that is both hilarious and adorable. Wes and Tatiana are one of those couples that clicks over shared likes and it was swoon worthy.

This book was just so fun to read. There were many cute moments. It was a little slow burn, but never felt slow. It was funny, but also serious when it needed to be. I adored the characters and their relationship. I didn’t know I needed Work Song in my reading life, but I did. Excuse me while I go look up what else this new-to-me author has written. She’s got a new fan.

Review: Leo (Jay McLean)

Leo
Series: Preston Brothers, #2
Author: Jay McLean
Publication Date: August 11, 2020
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

One single summer changed them forever, and one moment of devastating silence destroyed it all.

Growing up with six siblings, Leo Preston has always struggled to find his voice.
While his brothers are loud, greedy, and somewhat obnoxious, Leo is forever the quiet one.
The thinker.
The listener.
He watches his life pass by as an outsider in his own world, absent and alone.
Lost.
Until he finds her.

For Leo, Mia Kovács is like a prize, a gift wrapped in passion and devotion.
And she’s his—his very own secret he doesn’t have to share.
Together, they can overcome anything…
heartache and destruction, guilt and regret.

Mia gives Leo everything he didn’t know he needed,
including her fragile heart.
The only thing she doesn’t give him…
are secrets of her own. 


Leo is a book I have been waiting a long time for. So long that I kind of forgot about who he was and why I wanted his story. Now that I’ve read Leo, I feel overwhelmed by my feelings for it. There were a few twists with each part of the book that I didn’t expect at all. They threw me. I am still trying to decide if I loved all of them. They made for an entertaining story, that’s for sure.

Leo Preston was a fascinating character. He was a gentle soul with some dark edges. There’s so much going on in his brain and his reactions to life. The more I grew to understand them, the more I felt connected to his character. I knew I was going to love him, but just not as much as I did. I do have to admit that there was a time in his older teen years that I had a little bit of a tough time connecting some aspects of his personality to his actions, but I think that was due to jumps in time in the story. The man he grew to be over the story’s time was easy to love.

As for Mia Kováks, I had more up and down moments with her character. I felt for her. I really did. Her issues were big and powerful. My heart broke for her so many times. I just hated some of the decisions she made. I know that Leo wasn’t perfect, but I felt like he had the best intentions. I didn’t always feel that with Mia. Her immaturity bugged me. I could have easily written her off if she hadn’t been so instrumental to Leo. Leo and Mia’s love was one I rooted for. The way it started out in such a deep childhood friendship was sweet.

One of the things that was very interesting to me in this book was seeing the rest of the Preston family through Leo’s eyes. It was a very different experience than I have had before with this group of people. I ended up loving Tom Preston more. Lucy is still one of my most favorite Jay McLean characters. Lucas and Logan… I’m still trying to reconcile their younger characters in this book with the guys they were in books one and two. I’m hoping we get books for the twins and Lachlan — especially Lachlan. Oh, and there were two new character additions on Mia’s side that I adored: Holden and Benny. Can I please get a Holden spin-off? I almost want that more than one for the youngest Preston brothers.

I guess, overall, I really loved this book. Jay McLean’s writing is just as strong as ever. She wrote a love story that pulled me in, put me throw the ringer, and came out making me smile. I’m so happy she was inspired to give us Leo’s story.

LEO by Jay McLean is live!! Don’t miss the third book in the New Adult/Coming of Age Series, The Preston Brothers!!

 

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Writer. Reader. Mom. Wife. Master of awkward Sarcasm. Jay McLean is a full-time reader, writer of New Adult and Young Adult romance, and skilled procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her three boys, investing way too much time on True Crime Documentaries and binge-watching reality TV. She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her hurt and make her feel. Jay lives in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, in her dream home where music is loud and laughter is louder.

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Review: Smitten (Lauren Rowe)

Smitten
Author: Lauren Rowe
Publication Date: July 25, 2020
Publisher: SoCoRo Publishing
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

From USA Today Bestselling Author Lauren Rowe comes an all new, Standalone Friends to Lovers Romance.

I met Alessandra at a party. Tried to impress her. Was almost positive I was going to fail.

I think I said something along the lines of, “I’m a Goat called Fish who’s hung like a bull—but not really. I’m actually pretty average.” Smooth. I know. Try not to be jealous.

When she laughed—and I mean, really laughed—I knew she wasn’t like the other girls I’d been meeting on tour. Hell, she wasn’t even in the same stratosphere as those fangirls and gold-diggers.

At one point during the party, Alessandra said, “There’s nothing like a girl’s first love.” I knew she was talking about the first smash hit by my band, 22 Goats. Alessandra said it was the first song she’d heard by us and it “hit her like a ton of bricks.” Ironic, seeing as how I was having the same reaction from being in her presence.

I made it my mission to impress her. Give her the kiss of a lifetime that night. But since I’ve always been the dude with zero game, nothing went according to plan.

I’m not giving up, though. I’m going to win this girl over. I’m done sitting on the sidelines, watching the bad boy getting the girl. This time, the nice guy will finish first. Even if it’s the last thing he’ll do.


I’m not really sure where I saw Smitten first. It might have been a Facebook add. I was in this mood where I didn’t know what I was in the mood to read and the blurb called to me, so I downloaded it through KU. It was a good choice because I quickly became smitten with this book.

My favorite thing about this book was how Lauren Rowe captured the feelings of meeting and instantly connecting with someone perfectly. The feelings she invoked reminded me of meeting my own husband and getting to know him. It was so fun to experience those moments of connection between Alessandra and Fish.

There were a lot of other great things about Smitten. I enjoyed how Alessandra and Fish were looking for the same things in life and love. There was a natural progression of their relationship that made it feel real. I also loved the care with which Fish took to make sure Alessandra was comfortable with the direction their relationship with taking. Add in the fact that there was little drama and no angst, and it was a very fun take on a romance between musicians. It was unlike any rock star romance I’ve read yet.

So, yeah. If you couldn’t tell, I loved Smitten. It was my first book by Lauren Rowe, but it won’t be my last. I’m so excited to read her backlist and get to know some of the other famous characters better.