Book Reviews

How to Love by Katie Cotugno

How to Love is about a girl named Reena who has always loved Sawyer. They form a complicated relationship made messier when Sawyer leaves without a word. Heartbroken and pregnant Reena adjusts to life without Sawyer, until suddenly and unexpectedly Sawyer shows up again.  

This book alternates between the present and the past. Cotugno does a great job of blending the two time periods together in a way that makes sense and complements the story.

I found the characters a tad annoying but I also couldn’t help but to care for them. I spent a good half of this book wanting to strangle Sawyer and the other half desperately wanting to like him, and little bit of it genuinely liking him (I know, my math doesn’t add up).

Overall How to Love is a pretty good story.

My Rating: 3/5

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The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

Wren is the quiet good girl, one day she saves Greyson from choking. They feel an instant connection that feels like it could become something amazing. 

The Promise of Amazing is a great book. It has a lot of great humour.

Being a quiet girl myself, there were a lot of parts that I could relate to and completely agree with. Everyone’s idea of what quiet means, and it’s view of being a bad thing. That being quiet is something you need to change about yourself if you want to be successful.

My Rating: 4/5

Book Reviews

Hawaiian Homecoming by Libby Cole

Hawaiian Homecoming is the third book in the Hawaiian Heartbreak series. In this book Kayla brings Jay home to New Zealand. Challenges arise when Kayla’s family and best friend voice doubts about her relationship with Jay. 

Similar to the previous two books Hawaiian Homecoming is a short and light read. I enjoyed seeing how Kayla’s and Jay’s relationship would pan out. It was an enjoyable read.

My Rating: 3/5

I received an ebook version from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Hawaiian Healing by Libby Cole

In this book we continue to follow Kayla on her Hawaiian vacation and her relationship with Jay. The couple faces new challenges they must overcome in order to continue the relationship.

Hawaiian Healing is the second book in the Hawaiian Heartbreak series.

The story is short and sweet, with a few rather steamy scenes. The story continues to be good and great beach read.

My Rating: 3/5

I received an ebook version from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Book Reviews

Hawaiian Heartbreak by Libby Cole

Kayla is just starting to get over a difficult break-up. She decides to go on a dream vacation to Hawaii. Kayla didn’t expect to have a holiday romance, but the attraction between her and her tour guide, Jay, is undeniable. Will they be able to keep their relationship fun and commitment free, knowing Kayla will be leaving in just a few days?

Hawaiian Heartbreak is a steamy romance, the first in a trilogy. The relationship between Kayla and Jay is amazingly fun and cute. I really enjoyed watching them interact. This book would make a fantastic beach read.

My Rating: 3/5

I received an ebook version from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Book Reviews

Tied to You by Bibi Paterson

Tied to You is an erotic romance novel. The story is about a woman who accepts a rich stranger’s marriage proposal in order to save her from falling to rock bottom.

There are a few aspects to the story that I found to be a bit far-fetched and unrealistic. The story isn’t great but it’s not horrible either. Overall, the story is fairly enjoyable and quite steamy.

My Rating: 3/5

I received an ebook version from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Top 7

Top 7 Romance Novels

romance-novels1) S.E.C.R.E.T by L. Marie Adeline 

The first book in a trilogy. This novel follows Cassie as she is introduced to a secret society that aims to help women become more attuned with their sexuality.

2) Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren 

The first book in a series. Chloe is nearing the end of her internship when a sexual relationship begins between her and her boss, Bennett. Chloe is obviously worried about how this new relationship could affect her future career.

3) Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

Also part of a series. Caroline has just moved into a fantastic new apartment only to discover that she can hear her neighbours nightly activities; with a string of women.

4) The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine 

Wren is the quiet good girl, Greyson was a star athlete until he gets suspended. Their paths cross when Wren saves Greyson from choking.

5) Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Jacob jumps onto a train and inadvertently ends up with a job in the circus. He quickly ends finds himself falling for one of the performers.

6) Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe  by Benjamin Alire Saenz 

At first Aristotle and Dante seem to have little in common. However, they quickly develop a unique relationship that leads them to learning about themselves and who they want to be.

7) Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire 

Abby and Travis appear to be very different, when a bet leads them to spending a lot of time together they find themselves falling for each other.


Preferred Genres

img_2296If you’ve been following my blog for a while you probably already know that I love to read young adult and fantasy/paranormal books.


In this post I’m going to try to explain why. Every now and then I’ll step out of my comfort zone and read a classic or a contemporary adult fiction, but I always go back to young adult books.

I’ve always had a love for magical things. I love exploring different worlds and seeing different takes on mythical beings. Some vampires are vicious blood suckers, others sparkle. Some werewolves can change on command, other only change during full moons. Every fantasy or paranormal story is different, each author creates their own unique world.

Being in my early twenties I find I relate to teen characters a lot more than I do to adult characters. In young adult books the characters are often trying to figure who they are and what they want to do with their lives, much like I am.

Adult fiction often focuses on characters that are 40 or older, and going through things that I’m no where close to experiencing. As much as I may like the stories, for me, they lack that connection that makes reading a book a truly great experience.

I also like romance novels. However, I find if you’ve read one romance you’ve pretty much read them all. Romances seem to vary among maybe three different plots.

Basically I gravitate towards young adult and fantasy/paranormal stories because I relate to the characters and love magic.

What genres are your favorites? What makes them special to you?

Book Reviews

Beat by Amity Cross

img_3289After losing her mom to cancer Ren fulfils a promise to find her father. She soon discovers that the father who walked out on her and her mom now owns a boxing studio, and has another family. As she spends time at the studio she becomes drawn to fighting and the studio’s golden boy, Ash Fuller. 

I started off really enjoying Beat. Then Ren and Ash got together, the story went downhill from there. They have this animalistic possessive and protectiveness over each other that just really bugs me for some reason. It’s almost like they view each other as object, their most prised object that no one else can touch or look at.

I kept waiting for Ren’s and Ash’s love to feel real, but it never did. I can’t fathom why they like each other. All they do is argue and have sex. Ren repeatedly says her relationship with Ash is more than just physical, however there’s no evidence to back it up. By the end of the book I’m not even sure she knows where he lives.

My Rating: 2/5