Will & Patrick’s Endless Honeymoon by Leta Blake

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5stars

“You love me.”
“It’s really gross, and I don’t recommend the emotion to anyone with sense enough to avoid falling into it, but, yes. I do.”

Title: Will & Patrick’s Endless Honeymoon
Author: Leta Blake
Series: Wake Up Married #7
Number of pages: 144 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: We see what happened to Will & Patrick after they got married.
Bad things about this book: It’s the end, the true end.
Do I recommend it? Yes, this series is really entertaining and sexy!
Rate: 5/5

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I missed them. I truly missed them and I didn’t even know it. I found the Wake Up Married books by chance and read them all in a couple of days. My eyes were almost falling out from staring at a display for so long. I liked how flawed the characters were; I loved how easily they doubted themselves. They were two men trying to figure out what did they feel for each other while trying to survive Will’s crazy parents and a pretty nosey coworker.

Finding out, again by mistake, that there was a new Will & Patrick book made me smile so hard out of the blue I think I looked pretty off to someone who didn’t know why I was smiling so hard about. I bought the ebook right away; there was no doubt about that action. Zero regrets from my part. I needed to know how my beloved Patrick was doing; he is the most precious cinnamon roll there is. It hurt so much seeing him sad, and I wanted to see how happy he was with his brand new hubby.

“Sometimes I think you forget that aside from being the most brilliant doctor in the country, I’m also the coolest man on the planet.”
“And the humblest,” Will says.

Two years have passed since Will & Patrick’s second wedding and they are finally going on their honeymoon. Yes, after two whole years. Better late than never, right? Will’s family is still a nightmare and Patrick’s still a brutally honest person. Now it’s time for the both of them to have some real alone time, having virgin cocktails by some paradisiac pool, having lots of steamy sex, and showing the world how much they love each other. But this isn’t a short book about all the sexy fun they have on their honeymoon. Don’t get me wrong, there’s lot of it, enough to keep you warm and cozy on Pluto. There’s more here: family interference, drama, loss, grievance, happiness, self-doubt, lust, dreams, and everything that has made this series worth reading.

This isn’t a conversation fit for public consumption, but so few of his conversations are: either no one wants to hear about brains because of the gore factor or no one wants to hear about sex because of the TMI factor. In Patrick’s opinion, that’s their problem, not his.

Maybe Will and Patrick didn’t spend the most relaxing and stress free honeymoon, but it was a wonderful ten-day vacation nonetheless. Maybe they weren’t always alone, even if they were free from their phones and the outside world, but they still managed to get closer to each other. Maybe Patrick ended up getting sunburnt as the redhead he is, but in Will’s eyes he is and he will be always the most wonderful creature in the whole world. Maybe they aren’t the most conventional couple, with the most conventional family, or the most conventional friends, but they are Will and Patrick and we love them just the way they are. Always.

“Want to play superhero and villain again?”
“No.” Patrick kisses Will’s cheek before whispering in his ear, “Let’s just play Will and Patrick.”

I don’t think there’s going to be another book in this series, but if there is, I want to be the first one to know what’s going to happen in the lives of Will and Patrick in the crazy little gossipy town they live in and love.

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Five Dares by Eli Easton

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4stars

“When there’s a conflict between what’s practical and what the heart wants, the heart usually wins. And when it doesn’t, there’s regret. A lot of regret.”

Title: Five Dares
Author: Eli Easton
Number of pages: 245 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It’s cute and sexy.
Bad things about this book: It has a rushed ending.
Do I recommend it? Yes, to everyone who likes a hot and steamy love story.
Rate: 4/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

Oh holy bisexuality!!! I loved this. Sweet with a few surprises. My heart did make weird twists, of too much love and the suffering!!! The suffering that luckily didn’t last long. I barely kept myself from screaming of frustration as it was.

I almost judged this book by its cover and didn’t read it. Luckily I’ve been spotting it here and there on my goodreads timeline and I decided that, yes, I was not going to keep myself from enjoying a book because I don’t like very much the cover. I’m never that shallow so I don’t know why I did think that at first.

“Emotions sucked, and we mostly pretended we didn’t have them.”

The story is about two best friends, Andy and Jake, forever the daredevils among their friends, who find themselves with their hands bandaged after a dare gone wrong. With both their summers ruined and futures on hold, they keep themselves company being helped and fed in Andy’s cottage until they can use their hands again.

There’s only one problem, tough, they can’t use their hands and one thing among the many they can’t do is the one that is driving them, mainly Andy, crazy. They can’t masturbate. Andy’s great idea will put Jake’s temptation to test; Andy doesn’t know that Jake is bisexual and have been pining for him almost since the dawn of time. Can Jake put a line between necessity and desire? Maybe not. It’s not that easy having the object of his desires there for the take. I don’t blame him for saying yes to that crazy idea but I do think he should’ve been more straightforward since the beginning. They were going to go their separate ways after NYU so Jake should’ve come clean and say it. Say that he is bisexual. That would’ve opened the door to so many possibilities so much sooner.

“We were crossing a line that was more significant than any stunt we’d ever dared before.”

He chose the hard road and there were consequences, one that I didn’t see coming even if I should have. I overlooked Andy’s fragility and the pressure his father put on him and his future. I didn’t see it like the big deal it actually was. But if there’s a book I like, it’s one without much drama. Drama usually takes too much space in a book we all know (and hope) is going to have the happy ending the characters and the readers deserve.

“The ocean had existed before Andy and I were born, and it would be there long after we were dust. It didn’t care about our drama. I wished I could borrow a bit of that objectivity. But my stomach was tied in knots. The sea might not care about our drama, but I did.”

I love almost everything about this book. From the bisexual representation we don’t see everyday to the slowly ascension of steamy scenes, from zero to holy moly guacamole. The dreaded miscommunication was there and it made me mad, as usual, but the need for release of the boys made it bearable because you can’t deny the obvious chemistry when it’s there for everyone to see.

“There might be a universe where Jake Masterson could resist Andy Tyler, but it wasn’t this one.”

The one thing I didn’t like much was the rushed conclusion. It felt unnecessary to give this kind of fast ending to a story so cute and well developed. I would’ve loved something a little bit different nonetheless the story gave me goose bumps of love and hormones and I thank it for all of it. Absolutely recommended.

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Wonder by R.J. Palacio

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5stars

You don’t need your eyes to love, right? You just feel it inside you.

Title: Wonder
Author: R.J. Palacio
Series: Wonder #1
Number of pages: 410 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: It’s emotional and it makes you think which is always a good thing.
Bad things about this book: Nothing, it’s the right length and it’s well-written.
Do I recommend it? Yes, to everyone.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

Lovely, emotional, important. Everything I like in a book. I received Wonder for free during the International Book Day a couple years ago. Of course I then proceeded to put it in my bookshelf and I forgot about it. Thanks to the movie being released this month, I finally decided to read it. I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner; it was an adorable book with the most adorable little main character. He warmed my heart.

August is a good kid, no, a great kid! Smart, curious, and above all very brave and mature for a 10-year-old. People can’t seem to understand what it’s truly like to be like him, being born with a face that’s not quite like the others. If they did, they’ll probably see how his appearance is just one piece of the complex puzzle of Auggie! He is so sweet and he doesn’t deserve what the world is giving him!!

Sometimes you don’t have to mean to hurt someone to hurt someone.

At one point in the book a character said that the world hasn’t been kind to Auggie and the first thing that came to my mind wasn’t his face. The unkindness referred made me think of all the times people had been mean to him, either if they didn’t know they were and when they were being mean on purpose. I hated grown up people being scared, treating him like he’s less that their own children because he doesn’t have an ordinary face. What’s wrong with you, people? What are you getting from being an awful person? Nothing, that’s what. No, wait. You’re getting bad karma, that’s what you’re getting from being the bane of mankind. Really Bad Karma.

People being unnecessarily mean are the worst kind. They also usually think what they do is right and justified. Privilege at its worst. Bullies make me so angry; why the hell do you enjoy spending your time tormenting someone you don’t like? Making the life of someone you dislike for reasons that usually are dumb and childish is pathetic. Reading about bullies makes me furious. If only I was more intimidating I’ll be volunteering in schools like a vigilante putting bullies where they belong with my very long speeches about why they have to start behaving like human beings.

He’s just a kid. The weirdest-looking kid I’ve ever seen, yes. But just a kid.

Auggie is a ray of sunshine. He knows his appearance makes people stare, whisper behind his back, and it drives them away. Yet he learns to be himself and soon you forget about his face and start really seeing him. The Auggie beyond; the Wonder. This amazing kid whose bravery teaches lessons of humanity every single day and he doesn’t even notice it. He is just himself. He is a kid and has a kid’s brain. He may have some baggage other kids don’t have, but beyond all that, he is simply just a kid facing the world and learning from it. Making friends, studying, shielding himself from the worst and getting used to the usual. Auggie doesn’t even realize how brave he is but his kindness doesn’t go unnoticed, and the people who meet him find themselves changed.

‘Shall we make a new rule of life … always to try to be a little kinder than is necessary?’

As Auggie’s mom said, they are always going to be mean people but as long as there are good people standing up for what’s right, the world we live in is going to shine a little bit brighter. Be the light, be the difference, don’t turn a blind eye because it doesn’t concern you or because it’s easier to stay away. Choose to make a difference if you are in the position to make it. Choose to be kind, always. You really don’t know how important it is. Be the better you.

I will take this little book with me and wear it like glasses. I’ll watch the world through it and I won’t take for granted what I have. I’ll fight for the ones that can’t fight. I’ll raise my voice when it’s necessary. I’ll be part of the solution. I’ll always choose to be kind; I may be small and only one in billions, but I’m still me, not afraid to fight, and I’ll use all the tools I’m given to make this world safer for whoever doesn’t feel safe in it.

“You really are a wonder, Auggie. You are a wonder.”

Told from various points of view, this story is enlightening and perfect for people of all ages. A year in the life of wonder boy, August Pullman, a boy you all should meet.

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Fence by C.S. Pacat & Johanna the Mad

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5stars

“I don’t care how good he is. I’m here to fence.”

Title: Fence
Author: C.S. Pacat (Author), Johanna the Mad (Artist)
Series: Fence #1

Number of pages: 27 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It’s a comic book so it has drawings and they’re amazing.
Bad things about this book: It’s a comic book so it’s short. It requires patience!
Do I recommend it? Yes, it’s promising.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

I forgot how frustrating it was to follow comics! Only a few pages, beautifully illustrated pages, and then you have to wait a whole month for more. Then the story repeats itself after a month; it’s a never-ending nightmare.

We start by meeting Nick and Seiji, the two main characters. Nick is a hotheaded teen who has set his goal to be the best fencer after finding out the father who left him was one. Seiji is arrogant and egocentric, being the very best fencer there is now, but you can see that’s only a mask. I sense he’s going to be super sweet. Both characters are going to be forced to collaborate, team up, and the results are going to be sweet sweet bonding; I can see the brooding and the smirking already.

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We’re going to see sparks!! Heart-shaped sparks! Can’t wait for the romance but the comic is mainly about something else; fencing is a super interesting sport, interesting enough to be among the very few I follow during the Olympics. Who doesn’t like fighting with swords? En garde!!

It was very short but it delivered the foundation of a story that’s promising and it’s going to deliver all kinds of fireworks. I love the potential, the story, and the characters! I want more; the second volume comes out in more than a month. Help!

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Lovers Like Us by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie

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5stars

“We’re fucking different but we’re still two superheroes who’d die for each other. In any era, any alternate universe. Like Captain America and the Winter Solider.”

Title: Lovers Like Us
Author: Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie
Series: Like Us #2
Number of pages: 365 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Fun, interesting, hot, well-written, you will keep reading until you finish it. Guaranteed.
Bad things about this book: Nothing.
Do I recommend it? Yes, this series is beautiful.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

I know I loved Damaged Like Us because it was different from any other book I’ve ever read. Its pace was different, fresh, it kept me glued to the virtual pages and I didn’t want it to end. So I knew I was going to love this sequel but I wasn’t expecting to love it this much. There is not much drama, there’s action, steamy and not, we get to know more relatives and we have the exclusive of Moffy and Farrow’s relationship. Did I say there is little to no love drama? Oh, how I love that, you have no idea!
I loved everything. I was on edge so many times, a little scared, super happy, very entertained, and more often than not, awfully turned on. I’m only human, after all.

“Vote for whoever looks the best.” Farrow, my mind blurts out in response. I swear my brain is one terrifying step from making shrines of the guy. Which is not cool. Not cool.

Damaged Like Us ended with the whole family finding out Farrow and Moffy were boyfriends and hell broke loose. Harsh words were said, people got offended, things were changing but maybe that wasn’t a bad thing. Now, as damage control, Moffy and the oldest Hales-Cobalts-Meadows are going on tour with their bodyguards: all of them, cramped inside a bus for four months. Things are going to get heated. There is a troll account threatening Moffy and Farrow is restless because he needs to save the man he loves both as his boyfriend and as his personal bodyguard. It will get messy and butts will be seen; so many butts it’s glorious.

“She’ll ‘revoke’ your membership to that Rainbow Brigade shit if you’re not careful.”
Oscar almost laughs, and he reties a rolled bandana around his forehead. “It’s not real until she makes pins.”

Maximoff, Jane, Charlie, Beckett and Sulli are participating in a few fan conventions to raise money for lgbtqia youth all around the US and of course their bodyguards came along. I was happy to see more of the famous kids and also I loved the bodyguards; they were all hilarious, even Thatcher, and they made the book richer and more interesting. They are as much part of the story as the rich and gorgeous: and they are also quite hot! The camaraderie between bodyguards and the love and care they have for the families they serve is profound and true; they share almost every second of their lives with them and they are like their own families. It’s lovely!

My eyes burn. I wake up every morning, and I’m more in love with him than the day before.

Besides the obvious bonding and some pretty interesting events that happen on the bus, the book’s story is told from Farrow and Moffy’s POV and so we are inside their heads while they brood, while they flirt, while they desire nothing more than kiss each other’s faces and get naughty. It’s hilarious and adorable. They love each other and they can barely believe they have found someone who knows, supports and understands what the other is going through. Moffy may not know everything about Farrow’s past but he is absolutely certain that if he asks, the answers are going to be 100% true. There’s so much trust between the both of them and that is the reason there is no love drama; they communicate trying not to leave anything left to be misunderstood. I hate miscommunication because people aren’t mind readers; you need to say out loud if something is wrong or else suck it, the world isn’t waiting for you. Do something and stop whining!

His mouth curves upward. “Welcome back, space cadet.”
I scowl and unbutton my jeans. “I barely spaced out.”

The ending was perfect, just as much as it was perfect everything else. Sweetness galore and happy smiles: my favorites. Everything I needed to have the dumb face I usually have when a story is dreamy and I’m jealousy wishing I could have what they have. This series was a surprise; I am scared about the third and last book but I trust the authors. They won’t disappoint me because until now these books have been flawless so I don’t expect they’ll stop now, right? Give me Alphas Like Us right now or right this moment, either is fine by me.

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Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

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5stars

The only person I can be at this school is Eliza Mirk, and Eliza Mirk is barely a footnote in anyone’s life. Including mine.

Title: Eliza and Her Monsters
Author: Francesca Zappia
Number of pages: 385 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: Real themes well written.
Bad things about this book: Nothing, I enjoyed it.
Do I recommend it? Yes, to everyone.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

 

I started this book thinking it was going to be a happy story about a girl who created a popular webcomic and whose life wasn’t easy but it all turned out fine with little to no drama. Oh girl was I wrong! I was so wrong and I got my heart crushed; my eyes were burning with anger, pain, hope, and I found so much of myself in Eliza it was somehow scary.

I’ve always wondered what it would be like to be the person whose color comes through even when standing still. To be someone so vibrant, others can’t help but notice you.

Sometimes the true of your inner self isn’t very obvious; you can’t see it unless someone points it out or you read something and then it comes to you that maybe you’re not the person you think you were. It’s scary but maybe it can also be what makes you seek help and be better for yourself and your wellbeing. This book confirmed some things and revealed some other things. It was a very interesting and different book. You may not think it different because of what it’s about but it’s important; it gets you and, if you feel or have ever felt like Eliza, it makes you feel less alone in this scary world.

I like to tell myself I might do a lot of things – but I and my brain and everyone else know that I’m going to chicken out in the end and barricade myself in my bedroom with a plate of pizza rolls and my Netflix subscription.

Eliza is the creator of a super popular webcomic, Monstrous Sea, but besides her family and a couple of online friends, nobody knows her real identity. She goes by LadyConstellation and her comic is so famous she is in seventh heaven, economically speaking. She loves her story and the characters, she has put all of herself in them: she also loves the fans but they intimidate her. Being on the spotlight is a double-edged sword: the internet is a scary thing. Eliza is introvert and lacks the social skills to make friends in real life; she is better at communicating through texts. Eliza is just like me.

Then along came Wallace, the new kid in school, quiet and football player big. He is interested in talking to her and, guess what, he is the number one fan fiction writer of Monstrous Sea. Eliza is at the same time fascinated to know a fan in real life and terrified he is going to find out who she is and treat her differently, being yet another person to isolate her.

MirkerLurker: He’s not exactly the kind of guy that’s usually interested in me.
Apocalypse_Cow: what kind of guy is usually interested in you?
MirkerLurker: The kind I make up in my head.

The story of Eliza and Wallace’s friendship is simple yet complicated. Wallace comes with issues of his own and a personality that has many layers, some of them I didn’t like very much. Let’s be honest, he made me do the face, “The Face” capitalized, the one I do when I’m judging and cursing you very hard. Eliza is already struggling to keep herself on the surface of her life and we see how everything new (like having Wallace in her life) and not affects her fragile mental stability.

Eliza is a very relatable character for me. She is 15 years younger than me but we have much in common. I think some things never change no matter how old you are; I’m still fighting demons of my own and it’s hard to keep my guard up but that’s what we must do, right? We fight and we keep afloat.

We ascribe value to the things we care most about, but sometimes we don’t stop long enough to take a look at the bigger picture.

Hidden almost on plain sight is the theme of mental illness. Some chapters are harder than others. Some make you hopeful, some hopeless. A few pages threaten to bring you down, and then others lift you to the Moon. These swings are real and they hurt but the light at the end of the tunnel is there even if you at first fail to see it. Eliza goes through a lot when her identity is revealed; she crumbles and she is lost. Her journey is not an easy one but it was nice to read it and feel it so close to home, with a hint of hope.

Monstrous Sea is mine.
I made it, not the other way around.
It’s not a parasite, or an obligation, or a destiny.
It’s a monster.
It’s mine.
And I have a battle axe waiting for it.

Eliza and Her Monsters gave me comics, life struggle, the fear of the outdoors, the problem with communication between different generations, problems within oneself, friendships that transcend the standard concept, young scary love, but above all it gave me a young girl I could relate and I could cheer on and accompany on her rocky road that’d leave her scarred but also stronger. That’s who we are, right? Scarred but stronger every single day.

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A Boy Worth Knowing by Jennifer Cosgrove ☆

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5starsplus

Hope was a dangerous thing, and it had no place here.

Title: A Boy Worth Knowing
Author: Jennifer Cosgrove
Number of pages: 172 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: Nate is the sweetest and he really is worth knowing.
Bad things about this book: Too short? Maybe not, it ended perfectly.
Do I recommend it? Yes, please love it as much as I did.
Rate: 5+++/5
☆: It made my “favourite books” list

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I LOVED IT!!! It was adorable and sweet and gave me so many feelings!! At one point I was fuming, almost crying because I was sad and frustrated. My poor baby Nate; such a short book giving my heart an incredibly hard time. It was hardly fair because I cared for Nate and it was an immediate thing the attachment I felt for him. I didn’t think it was rushed; you just met the guy and start wanting all the best for him. Simple as that.

Since he was twelve, Nate has been able to see and communicate with the dearly departed. It’s a family thing but his ability is somewhat stronger than his relatives’. As a result, his own mother who lacks the medium ability is scared of him and kicks him out of the house and forbids his sister to have contacts with him. It was hard for me not to want to reach inside the pages and slap the woman. That sweet boy was hurt and his mother didn’t want to have anything to do with him. He goes to live with his aunt and talks frequently with his grandma who passed away a couple years before. She is a great confidant; a little nosey, though.

Dear, sweet Aunt Susan, what is it like in your simple life? Where people actually talked to each other? Asked questions and got answers? What was that like? I bit my tongue.

Nate is an outcast, bullied and ignored by his schoolmates who call him crazy. Nate is lonely and resigned to be by himself until the new boy, James, sits next to him and friendship blooms almost immediately. James likes Nate and Nate is confused by this: does he like him as a friend or maybe he can hope for something more? Oh boy, Nate was conflicted and didn’t want to risk the only friend he had to find out if they could be something more.

To make things weirder, if that was even possible, James had a ghost in tow: his brother David who passed away only a few months before James moved. James is clearly mourning his brother but won’t talk about it. He is suffering and David appears very often to tell Nate to help his brother move on so that he can be happy again. David and Nana are somewhat love advisors to Nate with his struggles of the heart. Nate likes James a lot and I suffer with him everyday he can’t tell James how he feels; every time Nate suffered because of James, I suffered and my heart broke in a million pieces.

He chuckled, and I was quietly overwhelmed by the idea that someone wanted to talk to me.

The frustration and sadness I felt reading some chapters were overwhelming; I thought I was going to start ugly sobbing at any moment. I did have tears in my eyes. I was so sad for Nate and for all the unfairness he was experiencing. I thought he was incredible and the thought of him being used to be alone, to be disappointed and left behind, made me hurt so much I still want to cry just thinking about it.

This book was so short but so full of emotions. I loved every page of it and I will put it in my favorites book drawers in my mind. It deserves this and much more. It was an adorable love story with a twist of paranormal so it was just the kind of book that’ll get to me and I was not disappointed. Not one bit.

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