ARC Review: The Best Moments by Elena Monroe

45735205. sy475 Title: The Best Moments, The Amherst Sinners Series #2

Author: Elena Monroe

Genre: NA romance

Publisher: self published

Publication date: 20 August 2019

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

SAINT
College turned out to be my first everything.
Love.
Sex.
Heartbreak.
Betrayal.
Giving up and running home wasn’t an option.
My life was stained by absentee parents, a night of regret still haunting me, and living so controlled I barely felt anything, but white knuckles before I met Oliver. 
Least he was a stain I wore proudly.
One pretty face made me feel everything.
For that, all I wanted was to save Oliver from his past more than myself.
Isn’t that what unconditional love is?

SINNER
College was supposed to be my second chance.
I was working on my third.
I broke her heart in record time.
Everyone leaves and no one ever comes back. I knew that best. Even Layla.
The guilt of another regret weighted too heavy. So heavy, I invited my demons back in to soften the blow.
I added more mistakes to my bad reputation.
Everyone was right about me.
It was never my demons, she was never the cure, and I’m simply a pretty face with an ugly past


*Thank you to the author Elena Monroe for sending me an ARC e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*Review2

I was lucky enough to read an early copy of this one sent to me by the incredibly lovely author Elena! This book just like the first one did not disappoint! You can see the review for my first book here if this is the first time you are hearing of this series I highly recommend you check it out! If not there isn’t going to be any major spoilers here so feel free to read on.

I absolutely devoured this book in 24 hours just like the first one I could not put it down I needed to know what happened to my precious little bean Layla and Oliver!! Plus the rest of the sinners but mainly Oliver! LOL.

And again just like the first book this book was a wild fucken ride of emotions I think I felt every emotion under the sun and I could just feel the struggles each individual character was going through. And I felt like I was struggling along with them, questioning my own morals and how I would react to certain things.

There was just so much angst, so much drama, so many high stakes, steamy sex and basically everything you want in a smutty NA romance! That ending though! My goodness Elena you tore my heart out as well as leaving it on the biggest cliff hanger there could possibly be!! I need the next book now especially after finding out it will  be set five years in the future! Ah I need to know what has become of my little beans! haha.

One last note Fuck Hunter, Team Ollie for the win ❤

In conclusion, this was a fast paced addictive read that made me feel all the emotions and left me dying for the next instalment. Hands down really recommend this series if you are a fan of NA romance/ smut especially darker romance. Overall, a strong 4 out of 5 stars. Let's Chat!

Have you read this one or the first book yet? What are some of your favourite smutty romances? Until next time happy watching and reading! 

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Review: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

9781760876029.jpgTitle: The Bride Test

Author: Helen Hoang

Genre: Romance

Publisher: Allen and Unwin

Publication date: 1 July 2019

Rating: 4/5

 

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.

As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.

With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.


*Thank you to the publisher Allen and Unwin for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*Review2

Hello friends! I know it’s been a while, but I am finally back with another book review! And it just so happens to be for a book I genuinely really enjoyed. This was the first book of Hoang’s that I have read as I am yet to read The Kiss Quotient. So I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect but knew the hype about her books and writing was pretty big and I had only heard good things.

As you would have seen from my rating at the top of this post, the writing and book lived up to the hype for me. The first thing I loved about this book was the diversity and inclusivity. It was great getting to see an insight into another culture and the autism rep and the way Hoang portrayed living with autism exceeded my expectations. You see I was a tad worried about the autism rep to start with as I do have close family members who live with autism and so I wanted it to be done well and with heart. And I am pleased to see Hoang did exactly that!

This book managed to be both serious and funny. Because the story and the content seemed important but there was also humour mostly in the characters little personality quirks. I loved all of the characters in this book they each added something important to the story whether they were a lead or a side character. Each of them was easily disguisable from the other and I loved watching them develop and grow!

The only reason this wasn’t a five star read for me was because at times I found the pacing a little slow. Which with the amount of character growth that needed to happen and the journey the two main characters needed to go on isn’t all that surprising. Having said that the slower paced times still held a lot of emotion and importance to the story.

In conclusion, this story is one full of heart, humour, good representation and character growth. Hence my 4-star rating. With the last star not being given as I personally at the time of reading found some of the pacing slow which meant it took me longer to read. Let's Chat!

Have you read this one yet or The Kiss Quotient? what did you think? What other diverse books with good representation should I check out? Until next time happy watching and reading! Signature

ARC Review: The Best Years by Elena Monroe

44648637Title: The Best Years, The Amherst Sinners Series #1

Author: Elena Monroe

Genre: NA romance

Publisher: self published

Publication date: 21 May 2019

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

SAINT 
College. My one chance to escape. And I ran as far and fast as I could. 
Straight into the arms of something more dangerous.
Oliver. 
He thinks I’m a good girl. But he doesn’t know what I’m running from. 
He thinks I should stay away from him. But I can’t. 
I like his cruel words. And his intoxicating smile. 
He’s a temptation I can’t resist.
Am I a sinner or saint?

SINNER
College. Second year. 
There are bad decisions at every turn. 
Including the new freshman, Layla.
Temptations I can’t fight. Shackles I can’t escape. 
I’m only comfortable with the cruelty that slips from my lips.
Her innocent charm isn’t going to polish away my bad reputation.
This wasn’t going to end well. 

We all have secrets. What’s your sin?


*Thank you to the author Elena Monroe for sending me an ARC e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*Review2

Where do I even start with this review?! I really really enjoyed this read! I mean I devoured it in less than 24 hours! I just couldn’t put it down and now am completely invested in these characters lives and need the rest of the series to know what’s going to happen to these guys!

This book has so much going for it in my eyes. For one this book does have multiple POV which you guys know by now is often not my favourite, but it worked so well here and only added to the story. The POV didn’t change too often at all and there was not too many characters POV either which I think is why it worked well and was actually enjoyable. It really allowed you to see more into the story and get to know all the characters on a deeper level.

I loved that almost every character is not fully as they seem when they are first introduced. None of them are perfect they all have little surprising qualities. Without spoiling anything I can see that many of them are going to experience so much character growth throughout the series and some of them have already begun this growth. The dynamic between Oliver and Layla kept me on my toes the whole time wondering what would happen next! I loved the drama, the twists, the romance and the smut! Just an awesome dramatic AF steamy college romance book!

The only reason this book isn’t five stars for me is because I found the writing to not flow as nicely at the start of the book as it did throughout the rest of the story. My copy also had some missed editing issues such as typos/ double words etc. However, as the version I read was an ARC these issues may be resolved in the final published version. I feel I should also mention here this read contains possible trigger warnings of rape and substance addiction.

In conclusion, this book was exactly what I have been loving lately and had that special something that made me not want to put it down! Dramatic, steamy and unexpected this book well deserved its 4 stars from me! With that cliff-hanger of an ending though Elena I am glad to know you are well into working on book two! Let's Chat!Let me know if you read this one once it comes out! Do you have any good NA romance recommendations? They are my latest obsession! Any you want to see me review? Until next time happy watching and reading! 

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Review: Lisette’s Paris Notebook by Catherine Bateson

31851963Title: Lisette’s Paris Notebook

Author: Catherine Bateson

Genre: YA Contemporary

Publisher: Allen & Unwin 

Publication date: January 2017

Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

What do you wear to Paris? Ami and I discussed it for hours but I still couldn’t think of anything suitable. Ami said a trench coat with nothing underneath but your best underwear. That was only if some boy was meeting you at the airport, I said.

Eighteen-year-old Lisette has just arrived in Paris (France!) – the city of haute couture and all things stylish – to practise her French and see great works of art. Her clairvoyant landlady Madame Christophe forces her to attend language lessons with a bunch of international students but soon Lise discovers she’s more interested in studying boys than art or verbs …

When the undeniably hot Anders jogs into her life it feels too good to be true. Things get even more complicated when she is pursued by Hugo, a charming English antiques dealer.

Can she take a chance and follow her own dreams? How far into the future can Madame Christophe see? And could Lise really be falling in love – in Paris?Review2

So, as you may already be getting from the bio this book is a YA contemporary romance, coming of age, finding yourself story. The main narrator Lise is an 18 year old Australian girl taking a gap year trip in Paris. It is a very cute quick read. Not only is the main character Australian but the author Catherine Bateson is an Australian making this particular read a #loveozya book. Which I think is fantastic! I love reading and supporting Aussie authors and their books. It’s something I have been thinking I need to consciously make an effort to read more of so this book was the perfect opportunity to do so! 

Quick mention to the cover of this book. I think this book is so cute and all the little pictures really give me young holiday in Paris vibes! Can I pack my suitcase already?? 

The first half of this book is frustrating to read. Not because the story is bad. It isn’t. But because after arriving in Paris and first experiencing the magic of the city the MC quickly starts to make some what I would consider pretty stupid choices. So, this is frustrating to watch unfold as I just know it will end badly. I had to constantly remind myself that the MC was only 18 and that if she didn’t make these mistakes this story wouldn’t be one of self-growth and discovery. Another negative for me was that although this book had many cute and whimsical travel abroad vibes. There were also a number of parts I found particularly cringe worthy instead of cute. For example, there is a part where the MC and a love interest are discussing her previous intimate experience and as she is shy to talk about it, he uses a doll like a ventriloquist to make her comfortable enough to tell him. I see the cute moment the author was trying to go for here. But I was cringing the whole time. 

On a more positive note after the first 100 pages I started to find Lise a lot less annoying. Even though she still didn’t always make the right decisions I found most interactions less cringey. I enjoyed seeing her grow and become more comfortable in Paris and the relationships she was building were really pulling me in. I also enjoyed reading about all the different activities and places she visited in Paris. The way the author described them had a magical, whimsical quality that made me want to book a flight straight away. I also adored the main love interest and once he came into the picture found myself wanting to just keep reading and hoping like hell it would all work out for them both! 

In conclusion, this book didn’t make it to my top favourite reads. Because of the cringe factor and my frustration with some of the MC’s actions. However, I did overall really enjoy it. Because of the cute romance and the travel lust it inspired. I think it really achieved an appropriate self-growth, young adult coming of age story. Which is why I am rating this book 3.5 stars. Let's Chat!What is a place you want to visit most in the world? Does Paris make your list? What are some of your favourite #loveozya titles and authors? Chat with me in the comments below! Until next time Happy watching and reading! 

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Review: One small thing by Erin Watt

39934900Title: One small thing

Author: Erin Watt

Genre: YA Contemporary

Publisher: HQ young adult

Publication date: June 2018

Rating: 3/5

Synopsis from Goodreads: Beth’s life hasn’t been the same since her sister died. Her parents try to lock her down, believing they can keep her safe by monitoring her every move. When Beth sneaks out to a party one night and meets the new guy in town, Chase, she’s thrilled to make a secret friend. It seems a small thing, just for her.

Only Beth doesn’t know how big her secret really is…

Fresh out of juvie and determined to start his life over, Chase has demons to face and much to atone for, including his part in the night Beth’s sister died. Beth, who has more reason than anyone to despise him, is willing to give him a second chance. A forbidden romance is the last thing either of them planned for senior year, but the more time they spend together, the deeper their feelings get.

Now Beth has a choice to make—follow the rules, or risk tearing everything apart…again.Review2

This book was actually one of my most anticipated books of the year. What Tamika? A non-fantasy read was one of your most anticipated this year?! Yep that’s right. I absolutely loved When it’s real by Watt. It was such a cute, quick, fun read. So, I was hoping to get the same kind of feelings out of this read. As although I love fantasy reads I also love romances and reads that give me all the cute loved up feels. This book however was not like that. At least not in such a black and white way.

Although the synopsis hints at some traumatic past events I possibly naively thought that this would not have such a huge effect on the content and themes of the book. The first little part of this book looks like it is going to be a cute, awkward, teenage love. Party and mysterious guy included. However shortly after thing’s get much more complicated. Almost all of the relationships between the characters in this book are defined or effected by the death of the MC’s sister.

Because of this the story deals with some pretty heavy themes and ideas. Including, Death, the loss of a child, dealing with and or suppressing grief, abusive relationships and rape. So, if any of those are triggers in any way for you I would carefully consider whether or not to read this book. Death is a concept I often struggle with and is my biggest fear, so that issue was a little hard for me to read about. However, I really liked the way the book dealt with a lot of the issues. It forced me to consider my own beliefs and morals in terms of how the characters reacted and related to certain things. The romance side of things was not missing all together either and although it was done in a way that made me question if it was right, it was enough to keep me drawn in and feel more comfortable with the story.

Overall, I enjoyed this book for bringing to light certain things as well as the cute romantic moments. However, some of the themes were hard for me personally to read and process. I was also not overly satisfied with the ending of the book, it felt a bit rushed and lack lustre to me. Therefore, this book is a solid 3/5.

Let's Chat!Have you read this book? What were your opinions? Where you expecting something a little different? Do you like Erin Watt’s other books? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time happy watching and reading! 

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