Deal Breakers

Deal Breakers by Laura Lee

Publication Date: September 1, 2015

Publisher: LAN Fiction LLC.

Synopsis:

Devyn can’t leave college a virgin. She doesn’t want to start her new adult life without feeling like an adult. So, Devyn asks the one person she trusts the most to help her with her little problem: her platonic male best friend.

Riley’s always thought Devyn was hot, but they’ve kept themselves in the friend zone all through college. Riley is shocked when Devyn asks him to help with her little problem. He jumps on the chance to have one night, no-string attached night with her before they go there separate ways.

Now, it’s five years later and Riley can’t stop thinking he made the biggest mistake of his life walking away from his one night with Devyn. He’s decided to find her and make her see how perfect they are for each other. But Devyn and Riley’s one night together has more consequences than Riley imagined.


My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars


I’ve been trying to figure out how to review Deal Breakers for the past couple of days. I’m a huge fan of friends to lovers books, so I should love this book. It was fun to read, but a couple of things felt off to me.

The first thing was the beginning of the book. While I enjoyed getting a glimpse of the evolution of Riley and Devyn’s friendship, Part One’s division into each year of college was a little too disjointed for me. I think I would have liked them more if they had been flashbacks or maybe just senior year.

Another thing that bothered me was Riley’s reaction to Devyn’s betrayal. There was like one day of anger and that was it. I know he wanted her back, but it didn’t feel realistic that he would forgive her so quickly. I also don’t think Devyn would have dove back into things with Riley that quickly either. I guess what it comes down to is the story was so fast-paced that it didn’t go deep enough for me.

Other than those couple of things, I did really enjoy reading Deal Breakers. I adored Riley. His POV was a lot of fun to read. I actually would have enjoyed the entire book in his POV. I also loved Nathan’s character. He was too cute!

I would recommend Deal Breakers to New Adult readers that enjoy a fun, fast-paced romance without a lot of angst.

**I received an electronic copy of Deal Breakers from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rev Me Up

Rev Me Up (Clover Park #6) by Kylie Gilmore

Publication Date: September 1, 2015

Publisher: Extra Fancy Books

Synopsis:

Classic car restorer Nico Marino’s happy with his bachelor status. He has no plans to give his heart away again. He’s perfectly content working in his shop and hooking up with random hot chicks. Which is why he’s stoked when the redhead his brother sends his way shows up at his garage. She’s beyond hot.

The last thing Lily Spencer expected when she walked into her wealthy father’s favorite car restoration shop was to be kissed senseless. Lily’s not used to being kissed. She’s used to be ignored. That’s normally what happens when men find out they won’t get a cent of her trust fund.

The kisses quickly come to halt when Nico realizes Lily isn’t who he thought she was. There’s no way Nico can seduce his wealthiest client’s daughter –even if they both want it to happen. No way.

But Lily isn’t ready for the seduction to stop. She’s had a long dry spell and she wants it to end with Nico. So, she does the only thing she can to entice him to finish what he started. Lily offers Nico a rare 1969 Mustang she inherited from her father — if he goes on a rode trip with her to pick it up and spends every one of those nights in her bed.

Will a case of mistaken identity lead to a lifetime of love for Nico and Lily?


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Rev Me Up is exactly the type of story I want when I’m reaching for an adult contemporary romance. It was well written, fast-paced, steamy and fun. Both characters had their issues to work past, but those issues didn’t overshadow the fun of their new romance.

While Rev Me Up is the sixth book in the Clover Park series, it can be read as a standalone. I’m sure there were nods to the series previous romances, but I couldn’t tell. I haven’t read any of the other books and I wouldn’t have realized there were more if not for the “a Clover Park novel” on the front of the book. I am happy there are more, though; because I want to read them all.

I truly enjoyed Rev Me Up. I’m pretty sure the Clover Park series is going to end up on my favorite adult contemporary romances series list, if the other books are as good as this one. I would recommend Rev Me Up to contemporary romance readers who like Jill Shalvis, Kristan Higgins, Rachel Gibson or Brenda Novak

**Thank you to Goodreads and Kylie Gilmore for the opportunity to read and honestly review Rev Me Up.

Other books in the Clover Park series:

  

  

Running Wild

Running Wild (Sisterhood Diaries #4) by Susan Andersen

Publication Date: August 25, 2015

Publisher: HQN Books

Synopsis:

Playboy Finn Kavanagh planned a nice, relaxing vacation in Mexico. His peaceful plans are derailed the minute he meets Magdalene Deluca. Instead of relaxing, he finds himself helping Mags search for her missing parents.

Mags doesn’t need a man to help her search for her parents. She’s quite capable of handling it herself. But if Mags has to have along for the ride, it might as well be one as ruggedly sexy as Finn.

As their search gets more and more dangerous, their attraction gets hotter and hotter. Will Mags be the one to make Finn want to change his playboy ways?

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

While Running Wild was good, it didn’t amaze me. It took me quite a while to get into the story. I blame that on the fact Finn and Mags did not have amazing chemistry right off the bat. In fact, it wasn’t until they actually decided to hook up that there was any chemistry between them. Even then, it was only sexual chemistry. The sex scenes were hot, but I didn’t see any emotional connection at all. It left an interesting plot kind of bland. Which is sad because Susan Anderson’s writing is great.

Running Wild is the fourth book in the Sisterhood Diaries series, but can be read as a standalone. I would recommend it to romantic suspense readers who enjoy stories filled with Mexican drug lords, cantinas and jungles.

**Thank you to Goodreads and Harlequin Books for the opportunity to read and honestly review Running Wild.

Other books in this series:

  

More Than Him

More Than Him (More Than #3) by Jay McLean

Published: January 27, 2014

Synopsis: 

Logan Matthews’ deepest fears have come true. His past has ruined his future. It’s taken away his happiness. It’s taken her away.

Once again, he knows he’s going to have to fight to get her back. It’s going to take everything he’s got to show her that he’s worthy.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is a harder review to write. I don’t want to give too much away for people that haven’t read the first two books in the series yet. So here’s my limited review:

Holy moly. If I liked Logan in More Than Her, I freakin’ loved him in More Than Him. I felt like I finally truly got to know him.

I absolutely loved More Than Him. It was so emotional. I couldn’t put it down. There were just so many ups and downs. I had to devote myself to reading in one sitting simply because I had to know that everything was going end up.

Once again, the end of this story ties into the next book. No worries, though. It’s not a cliffhanger for Logan again. It’s a completely new story. I can’t wait to start it!

Other books in this series:

More Than Her

More Than Her (More Than #2) by Jay McLean

Publication Date: November 18, 2013

Synopsis: 

Logan Matthews thought he made the right decision walking away from her. Turns out he was wrong. Now, he’s stuck chasing her and trying to prove he’s worthy of her love.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My summary and review are both going to be a little sparse on this one. I don’t want to give too much away in case anyone is thinking about reading this series but hasn’t read More Than This yet.

More Than Her begins where More Than This left off. This time, the story revolves around Logan. It alternates between the present and the summer before they all started college at UNC.  We get to learn more about Logan’s past and his relationships with both Jake and Mikayla.

While I really enjoyed More Than Her, it wasn’t quite as good as More Than This. I think it was the execution of the time jumps. They just weren’t as smooth as I would have liked them to be. At times, I felt a little lost in the past stories.

I did love the twists and turns the story took, though. It wasn’t what I expected at all. And rude, playboy Logan from More Than This wasn’t who I thought he would be either. I didn’t love him quite as much as Jake, but it was close!

More Than Her ended with more of a cliffhanger than More Than This did. Instead of book 3 being about a different couple, it will continue Logan’s story from More Than Her. I’m excited to continue the series and see where it goes!

Other books in this series:

Sincerely, Arizona

Sincerely, Arizona (Sincerely, Carter #1.5) by Whitney Gracia Williams

Publication Date: September 10, 2015

Publisher: WGW Books

Synopsis:

Sincerely, Arizona is an epilogue to Sincerely, Carter. It is FREE, but you must read Sincerely, Carter first.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I absolutely loved Sincerely, Carter when I read it a few months ago. It’s another one of those best friends to lovers stories that I adore. Sincerely, Arizona is a continuation of Carter and Arizona’s story and picks up where the first book left off. It was the perfect ending to Carter and Arizona’s story. It was short, but had all the things fans of the first book loved. It’s definitely worth reading if you liked the first book.

Other books in this series:

My Life with the Walter Boys

My Life with the Walter Boys by Ali Novak

Publication Date: March 1, 2014

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Synopsis:

Jackie Howard thought the worst was over after she lost her family in a car accident. She never thought she would be forced the leave the comfort of her New York apartment to live with her mother’s college roommate, Katherine Walter, in Colorado.

To make matters worse, she will be living with twelve boys. (Well, Parker’s a girl, but she might as well be a boy.) Perfectionist Jackie’s always gone to an all girls boarding school. She’s used to uniforms, good grades and no surprises. Nothing could prepare her for the chaos of living with the Walter family. The boys are not only annoying and dirty, but incredibly handsome. Jackie’s going to have to learn how to fit into her new surroundings.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I feel bad saying this since Jackie just lost her parents, but this book was so much fun! I wasn’t expecting that. But, just like Jackie, I couldn’t resist those Walter boys! They were cute, funny and trouble. Their high junks were exactly what I would expect if I had to live with all those boys.

My Life with the Walter Boys wasn’t just fun, though. It also had a great message about living your life in the moment and letting go. I would highly suggest this book to YA readers.

Before the Blog #8: Vendetta

Before the Blog is a weekly blog meme hosted by Karis Jacobstein over @ YA Litwit. It’s an opportunity to showcase books a blogger read and loved prior to starting their blog .  I love this idea because there are so many amazing books I haven’t reviewed on A Novel Glimpse because I read them a long time ago. The only rules to this meme are to answer the following questions about the book chosen to review:

  • Why did you choose this book? 
  • When did you read this book? 
  • Who would you recommend this book to? 

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Vendetta (Blood for Blood #1) by Catherine Doyle

Publication Date: February 24, 2015

Publisher: Chicken House Ltd.

Synopsis:

Sophie Gracewell is thrown into a dangerous game of revenge when five brothers move into the long abandoned mansion in her neighborhood. Sophie is drawn to one of the brothers, Nicoli. Their families warn them to stay away from each other, but Sophie and Nicoli can’t help falling for each other. As soon as they do, Sophie will be forced to make decisions she didn’t even know existed.

Why did you choose this book?

Vendetta wasn’t what I was expecting it to be. For some reason, I was expecting a vampire story. (It’s not.) What I got was so much more interesting: a modern day Romeo and Juliet story filled with the mob. I was drawn into Sophie’s world and I honestly think this should be the next big series everyone is talking about.

When did you read this book?

In May of 2015, I saw it displayed on a library shelf. I grabbed the opportunity to read it because I had originally seen the book in BookPage magazine and thought it sounded interesting.

Who would you recommend this book to?

Anyone that enjoys a great YA series –especially with forbidden love or mob stories. So far, there are no love triangles or sex. There is some violence.


Check out my other Before the Blog posts here:

Before the Blog #1: Dear Daughter 

Before the Blog #2: There is No Light in Darkness

Before the Blog #3: The Lace Reader

Before the Blog #4: The Beach Trees

Before the Blog #5: The Raven Boys

Before the Blog #6: Waiting on You

Before the Blog #7: A Little Something Different

Sweet

Sweet (Contours of the Heart #3) by Tammara Webber

Publication Date: April 27, 2015

Synopsis: 

Sweet is a spinoff of Easy and Breakable from the Contours of the Heart series. It is a standalone novel. While there are a couple of mentions of characters from the first two novels, you won’t feel like you’ve missed anything if you haven’t read them.

Bad boy Boyce Wynn is everything Pearl Torres Frank shouldn’t want. He’s from the wrong side of the tracks and doesn’t care what the world thinks of him. But Pearl wants him. She always has. Pearl knows there’s more to Boyce than the tough guy everyone sees.

Now, Pearl’s home from college for summer. Before she heads off to medical school in the fall, she’s determined to have Boyce. It doesn’t matter what it may cost her.

Boyce has been fighting his obsession with Pearl forever. He’s been waiting in the wings for her to be single. Now, she’s home for the summer and it’s his chance to make his move. Can he prove to her he’s worth taking a chance on a former bad boy?

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Pearl and Boyce’s love story definitely was sweet! I loved how they had been in love with each other for years, but hadn’t really acted on it. Their shared history was a cool aspect to the story. I especially liked how Boyce pushed Pearl to make her own decisions and protected her. He won me over in Breakable, but I adored him even more in Sweet.

There were just a couple of things that held me back from giving Sweet 5 stars. One, all of the flashbacks. While I liked learning their shared history through the flashbacks, there were just too many of them. They overtook the current story at times. Two, I wasn’t 100% sold on the way the story wrapped up. I don’t want to ruin it, but it just seemed a little out there to me. It didn’t ruin the story or anything and I really liked the book. I just would have rather seen something different happen.

Other books in this series: