Relief Valve by J.L. Merrow

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5stars

His lips were soft and warm and tasted of flour and bacon. I kissed him back, feeling a weird fluttering in my chest. Too much greasy food, probably. It can give you indigestion.

Title: Relief Valve
Author: J.L. Merrow
Series: The Plumber’s Mate Mysteries #2
Number of pages: 341 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Tom is a marvelous human being!
Bad things about this book: Phil is still broody but he doesn’t ruin the story because of it.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I’m loving this series.
Rate: 5/5

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I have to admit that now that I’m starting book 5, I’m having problems separating the events of all the books. I should have written everything down. I remember the different cases, I remember what happened; the problem is that I don’t remember what happens with Tom and Phil in the different books. Everything is kind of overlapping in my head so I may say something that probably hasn’t happen yet. I’ll try not to.

I remember Tom being the usual cinnamon roll that I love and want to cuddle all the time, and I remember Phil being his usual pain in the bum but more bearable than in the first book. Phil is growing a bit, I’d say he is growing slowly, but he’s still not sharing anything with Tom and getting mad at nothing. I had my fair share of “wanting to slap Phil” moments during this book. Those never go out of style. That broody man needs to get a grip and start sharing. After he shares everything, then he will no longer be unnecessarily mad at Tom for asking questions because he is curious about his boyfriend’s life.

But what is this book about? What is the big mystery? Does someone die in this one? This book is about poisoning. The mystery is who the hell is poisoning people. Luckily nobody dies because the almost victim is no other than Tom’s big sister, Cherry. I liked her from the start, reaching Tom because an old neighbour died and left him something he has to find for himself with his talent. I wanted his sister to be a recurring character and I got that. Cherry and her fiancé Greg are present in all the books and it’s great.

Tom and Phil do everything in their power to solve the mystery and maybe by doing so Tom, as usual, finds himself in some trouble. He attracts problems so easily you’d think that’s his superpower. But, being this the second book of now five, you know things are going to get better for Tom and for his moody manchild. But are they going to get better, though? Wouldn’t count on that. It seems Tom and his trouble magnet abilities are here to stay. At least let’s hope that broody man grows up a little bit more and start treating my beloved like the King of Fluff he is.

Does it show that I love Tom? Is it clear enough? No? I love Tom and you should read these books and love Tom and also hate a little on Phil but at the same time cheering on them because power couple! Like is hard for the “We Love Tom” brigade.

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Pressure Head by J.L. Merrow

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5stars

When I got home myself, the cats showed how much they’d missed me by royally ignoring me for the rest of the evening.

Title: Pressure Head
Author: J.L. Merrow
Series: The Plumber’s Mate Mysteries #1
Number of pages: 238 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: I fell instantly in love with Tom!
Bad things about this book: Phil and his broodiness, but that’s just me, you’ll warm up to him in no time.
Do I recommend it? Yes, this series was a great surprise.
Rate: 5/5

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Pressure Head was more hilarious and more interesting than I thought when I chose to start this series. I keep laughing at the things Tom says, at how he acts. He’s such a cat person: his cats Arthur and Merlin are splendid sidekicks. And he is such a flirt. If he didn’t drool every time he sees a good looking man you would say he is trying to get to bed with every single woman he encounters. He’s just that kind of man and I love him so much. One “cheers, love” and they all fall at his feet. It’s magical, it’s his superpower. The power of charm! The power of the charming plumber!

“Bit sad, really—a plumber having problems with his pipes.”

His real weird power, though, is the one to find lost and hidden things/persons. He is always finding dead bodies and it’s not funny anymore. The he meets his high school bully, now private detective, Phil Morrison and he is dragged to solve the case of a dead woman. Phil isn’t the easiest of men and he is the cause of so many bad memories for Tom, one of them being the accident that almost killed him and left him with a annoying limp. Phil is quite a pain in the butt with all his angst and mysterious past. He is always keeping secrets and when Tom says something, he clams up and storms away. Such a problematic child, brooding all the time! Grumpy Phil!

Maybe she’d forgotten he was there—although how anyone could overlook his brooding, monolithic presence was beyond me.

I wish we had more intel about him but it’s going to be covered in the following books. How do I know? Well, I’m writing this review but I’m already reading book 4, so I know stuff. Juicy stuff. Keep reading the books to find out!

Tom has also wonderful friends: his mate from the police, David, and bellboy extraordinaire, Gary. People may think Gary is too much, over the top, with his giant dog and sparkling personality, but for me he is just perfect. He is theatrical and loves Tom to pieces. I wouldn’t want him any other way.

“Straight, is he? Never mind, darling—just flash him one of your cheeky smiles, and you’ll soon have him joining the sisterhood and eating out of your underpants.”

I got angry with Phil almost for the whole length of the book. That man is melodramatic to the bone. He needs to chill a little and love and let himself be loved in return. Tom has issues but he is a sweetheart; he is anxious and worries too much but I know what he feels for Phil is true so Phil has to stop with the drama. I know they will have ups and downs but in the end they will be happy together solving mysteries and finding lost things and people. I hope he finds less dead bodies because Tom doesn’t need to be always surrounded by death.

“I’m thinking of becoming a Trappist monk—I’ve heard they get more action than I do.”

I just love this series so much. I will read book 4 and I already have book 5 that I requested from NetGalley. Things are smiling at me and I am really happy I found these books with the hilarious plumber and his broody boyfriend.

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Bloodline by Jordan L. Hawk

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5stars

I spoke thirteen languages, and yet I had no words to express what his presence meant to me. Griffin seemed to understand anyway.

Title: Bloodline
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Series: Whyborne & Griffin #5

Number of pages: 237 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: So many twists, so many great things happening.
Bad things about this book: Nothing, characters being immature is not really a bad thing if they understand their mistakes!
Do I recommend it? Yes! Of course!!
Rate: 5/5

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I have nine books of the magical and mysterious adventures of Whyborne and Griffin but I’ve had only read four of the them because I don’t want to live in a world of no new stories of those two sweet men and their love. But I couldn’t stay away long and now I have read the fifth book and it was a great decision.

It’s just a quiet October for our beloved couple and Whyborn’s birthday is just around the corner; yeah, they wish. This book could have been called Halloween from Hell! I had no idea so many things could happen in such a short book. That Widdershins is not a city that fools around. We open up with a celebration, we get introduced to Whyborne’s sister and long lost cousins from England, Whyborne’s brother is annoying as usual, and everything goes to hell.

Whyborne has grown so much as a character and in this growth he is making a few mistakes that are jeopardizing his life and his relationship with his lover Griffin and his friend Christine. He made me want to slap him; I understood why he was doing what he was doing, the wish to be free to use his magic without judgment, without hiding, so I let him deal with the consequences of his actions. I knew he was going to be okay in the end. He is sweet and caring, he is bound to take a few wrong turns, but he will learn from his mistakes and become a better man. That’s what makes him different from his hideous brother. Oh how I hate that man!

Lots of surprises and an ending that left me with butterflies in my belly and hearts flying above my head. And ending worth waiting for. I loved how Whyborne used his magic and there is so much potential of how many more spells he can learn to protect his town and the people he loves. The next books are going to be great and I will pace myself, of course, but I’m going to read them as soon as possible.

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Manic Pixie Dream Boy by K.A. Merikan

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3stars

“You don’t really know me yet. I might not even be entirely human.”
“Oh, I know that. You’re at least a quarter unicorn.”

Title: Manic Pixie Dream Boy
Author: K.A. Merikan
Series: The Underdogs #1
Number of pages: 143 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It’s easy to read and it was fun imagining how their songs sounded in my head.
Bad things about this book: I think there were a little too many sexy scenes and the miscommunication really bothered me.
Do I recommend it? Yes, it’s enjoyable.
Rate: 3/5

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Cute and very sexy. Dare I say too sexy? Maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t. If I say it’s too sexy then it means maybe it was really a little bit too much; I’m usually all over the steam and lust.

While I enjoyed reading it, it felt longer than it actually was; it seemed that it was never going to end. I think it lacked something that usually makes me devour a book in no time. It was sweet and it had angst and of course my heart suffered quite a bit.

Dusk is the leader of a rock band. He is bisexual, has long silky hair, tattoos of food? I don’t remember. He is craving peanut butter so he makes the bus stop to buy some but, surprise surprise, he sees Lolly (real name Abe), pink hair, Disney tattoos, heart shaped glasses, lollipop, and it’s lust at first sight. Flirty time, naughty time, toilet accident, and Abe finds himself on the tour bus with the band and a clingy Dusk by his side.

Dusk followed the guy as if he were a rabbit leading Dusk to Wonderland.

He’s supposed to get off in L.A. but, things happen and he’s earning money from the band posing as Dusk’s boyfriend. But what exactly are they? They are good together, have great, even amazing, chemistry but they don’t speak much.

The dreaded miscommunication appears, attacks and knocks them out.

I think I knew that was going to happen. What else can bring suffering and angst between two people that from the outside are perfect for each other and make each other happy? Words not said, feelings not discussed. And that’s it. That’s all it takes for the world to fall apart. I’m not going to lie, I was mad at Abe because you can’t expect people to know what’s going on inside your head. You are feeling bad about something? You tell Dusk about it and find a solution. If that doesn’t work, then and only then, you can be mad and take decisions based on what you both discussed.

“Everything is temporary, like a visit to Disneyworld. And it leaves you drained, because you know it’s never going to last.”

I don’t like how someone waits a long time for their partner to realize something is not right and when they’re almost exploding, they accused them of not caring enough. People are different, they don’t always pay attention even if they want to, they need someone to guide them, to point them to the right direction. They are not bad, they just need guidance and, if there’s love and respect, you’ll see how everything will fall in the right place. And if it’s not worth it, you’ll know early on and not waste precious time on something that’s not leading anywhere. Communication is the way, folks!

Do I want to read the second book of this series? Maybe, but not right away. But I will read it because I’m curious about Sid and the stalker.

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A Wish Upon the Stars by T.J. Klune ☆

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5starsplus

We turn to you, the boy we lost, your body now littered with scars. We know what your bravery cost, and for you we wish upon these stars.

Title: A Wish Upon the Stars
Author: T.J. Klune
Series: Tales From Verania #4
Number of pages: 450 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Everything. I’m telling you, EVERYTHING.
Bad things about this book: Nothing. It was hard to say goodbye but it also feels good.
Do I recommend it? Yes! Yes! Yes!
Rate: 5+++/5
☆: It made my “favourite books” list

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BEWARE! This review will contain spoilers of the previous books and spoilers of this book because I must say things and the things I must say are spoilery.

This book deserves more than 5 stars and this series deserves at least a million stars. AT LEAST! I’ll say maybe 2 billion stars, maybe more. I have loved everything about it, everything: frustration and all. I have not loved a series as much as I’ve loved this one. Sure, you know how easily I give 5 stars to books but maybe it is because I read books I know I will like so the probability of a full star review is pretty high. I seem to know how to avoid books that make me mad but, alas, I have read a few that I wish I could forget completely but still haunt my everyday life. You know who you are, books, you know it and you should be ashamed of yourselves!

“How are you still alive?” Dimitri asked me.
“Sheer force of will,” I said cheerfully.

A Wish Upon the Stars is the fourth and last book of the Tales from Verania saga. I have read four magnificent books about a boy who happens to be a wizard apprentice and who, apparently, doesn’t know when to shut up. The things Sam says are things of beauty and perversion. Maybe more of perversion if I’m being honest and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Sam is a magical boy with feelings and so much love to give. Sam is also a very sexual being and he will make sure you don’t have any doubts about it. I have read things that had made me gasp, laugh, cringe and also made me horny. Sam and I, we are alike. The only difference is that he has a hunk of a boyfriend while me, well, I’m single and the world has decided I will remain that way until the day I die.

The third book ended on a very sad note; Morgan was murdered and Ryan was badly hurt. Our Sam made the only decision he thought was right so he ran away to the Dark Woods to join the Great White and the other dragons to train. Eleven, I repeat, eleven months later he resurfaces from his “training camp”, disheveled and with bushy eyebrows, more powerful than ever, now a wizard, and more scared of facing the ones he left behind that the super villain who wants to consume him and kill them all.

“I promise you, when I was in the woods, looking up at the stars, there is nothing I wished for more than you.”

I was scared, too. San ran away leaving only letters not really explaining where he was going or for how long. Gary and Tiggy were super mad, Sam’s parents grounded him for eternity, Justin was uncharacteristically huggy, and Ryan was furious for very valid reasons. I would also be super mad if the love of my life went away who knows where for who knows how long telling me to wait patiently. How dare he leave me? That’s not okay. Luckily, Sam returned with more magic and Ryan has a kink for magic so things resolved quite quickly and quite steamily. I saw a side of Ryan I liked, a new side of him I like because I already liked him a lot.

“Lady Tina,” I said. “How unfortunate that you didn’t pass beyond the veil overnight. I expected more from you.”

Sam feels a bit left out in this new dynamic, having been almost a year away while the world kept going without him. Two of his arch-nemesis are now all lovey-dovey with his friends. Lady Tina DeSilva is second in command to Ryan and Sam hates it. I would hate it, too. She was the bane of his existence for the last books. Okay, she repented, had a change of heart, etc etc. But she did unnecessary things. I wouldn’t forget and forgive that easily.

“I had a vision you would say that,” Vadoma said, the bangles on her wrists knocking together. “I have many visions about everything you say. None of them are good.”

Then we have Vadoma, the one who put Ruv in our Sam’s way, maybe also contributing to the fall of Morgan. Yeah, she was sort of bewitched by Ruv, but still, she was rude and that’s not okay. You don’t get to be rude to Sam because he’s precious and needs protection.

“There were spiders when Dad showed me the first time,” he mumbled. “I don’t like spiders.”
“Ah,” I said wisely. “It’s a good thing you’ve got us, then, eh? And by us, I mean Ryan, because I also don’t like spiders, so he can go first and scare them all away and make sure we don’t get bitten and die.”

The book has one main mission and two side missions. The one super important mission is to use the dragons to kill Myrin, of course. The two side missions are to retrieve Gary’s horn and to save the King from the Castle’s dungeons where he’s kept captive. They do get the horn after saving the King and they meet Randall again, and guess what, he had the horn and the story of how he tracked is something else. Randall is a phenomenal character and I love him and his old hairy face! The “ceremony” of reattaching Gary’s horn is one I will never forget. I keep picturing Sam bad touching the horn while it leaked rainbow fluid, and then putting it on Gary and Gary sort of evolving, all majestic and posing and with his ego so much bigger than before you didn’t think it could be possible.

“Gary Matthias Pontificus Esmerelda Juanita Lopez Alabaster Kennedy the Fourth!”

Gary’s full name. I’m so glad we know it now!

I haven’t found the kind of comedy T.J. Klune writes with any other author. It’s overwhelming. I think you love it or you hate it, there’s no in-between. I love it with all my heart. He mixes hilarious moments with moments full of sentiment capable of breaking your heart and, trust me, your heart will certainly break. Mine broke so many times since book 1. I’ve lost count. He plays with your feelings but you hang in there because he is so clever, he knows it, and he’ll do the story justice and you won’t be mad at him (so much). He knows he’ll make you hate him a little bit and I know he grins evilly when no one is watching because he knows all will be forgiven by the end of the books. You magnificent manipulator! You have a special place in my heart.

“He reminds me of you,” he told Randall. “Stubborn. Indignant. Mouthy. He speaks before he thinks and is more likely to ignore my orders than to actually follow them.”
I would have objected, but that was pretty much all true.

I’m realizing I didn’t spoil much of the book so now I’m going to list my favourite parts so this will become a real spoilerful review:

1- Sam promising himself that he’ll find a boyfriend for Justin and us maybe getting in the future a book from Justin’s pov with his own romantic adventures
2- Ryan proposing like the cheesy boy he truly is and being all heart-eyes for Sam even when he was angry with him. But of course you can’t stay angry with Sam; have you look at him? He’s adorable.
3- Sam wooing the guards promising slutty things was beautiful and so cringe worthy I’m still thinking about how slutty he truly is. And I’m loving it. I loved every second of that scene. And I loved how jealous Ryan got because his man is loved by many. Too many!
4- Sam using the ability to change his and other people’s appearances to make Lady Tina the ugliest man in existence. It was hilarious! And he made Justin bald. Sam, why are you doing this to me? Tears, I had tears rolling down my face it was almost poetic.
5- Randall asking a little too many times if someone had a reason for Sam and Ryan not to get married got me laughing hard. Randall is precious and his story with Myrin was so sad; he deserved to be loved more, to be chosen over power, not to be left behind. Myrin, you suck.
6- Terry, Gary’s twin brother wanting Ryan to “ride him”, if you know what I mean!!
7- Morgan of Shadows. Morgan of freaking Shadows to complete the happy ending we truly deserved. We suffered so much and that was our reward.

With this list, this long and probably incomprehensible review gets to an end just like this series. I’m sad, of course, but I’m also happy because I don’t have to wonder if they’re okay and happy. I know they are. They will have bad days, they will have to face adversities, probably random kidnappings, but they will be victorious. They have each other, they have love and they are loved. There’s really nothing that puts a bigger smile on my face than seeing all of them, Sam, Ryan, Gary, Tiggy, Justin, Morgan, Randall, Sam’s parents, the King, be as happier as they can be in a world that wanted to put a destiny set in stone in their way. But stone crumbles, right? It sure did. Stone crumbled and if it didn’t, I was ready to magically teleport myself inside the book and punch it until it did. I was going to get my happy ending one way or the other.

“I’m in control of my own destiny. My path may have been set in stone, but stone crumbles, and sometimes we have to forge our own way through.”

Farewell Verania. You’ll be missed, and if we’re going to meet again I hope it’s not very far in the future. I can wait, though, because I know it’ll be worth it.

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Alphas Like Us by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie

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5stars

“I miss you,” I admit out loud.
“I know you do,” Farrow says, like an ass.

Title: Alphas Like Us
Author: Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie
Series: Like Us #3
Number of pages: 489 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: So romantic it’s almost like a 4 cheese pizza with extra mozzarella.
Bad things about this book: A lot of the situations are a bit too much but they fit well into the narrative.
Do I recommend it? Yes, of course, this series is beautiful.
Rate: 5/5

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I started this book not in the right mood for romance stories full of drama so obviously I stopped reading after 10%. I knew I was going to love this third book of this series but I also knew there were going to be some over the top events that were going to play hard with my heart. I was right from the start and I felt overwhelmed. I allowed myself a week without it so that I could return to the story refreshed and with a calm heart. It did wonders and I finished this book with a gigantic smile on my face and so much love in my heart.

“Love is pain, and you know what…I feel sorry for anyone who hasn’t met it yet.”

I missed Farrow and Maximoff and their flirts, how they try to hide their smiles, how much they love each other and how they show it with words, actions and so much more. I didn’t want them to fight or to question their relationship; I wanted them to grow together as persons and to see each other deeply inside and out. Their love was The Love from the very beginning so I was sure nothing was going to come between them but one is never too careful, right? I was scared and anxious so you may understand why I didn’t read it for a week. I was all nerves and tears for no reason and seeing them probably suffering was not going to help me get better, right? No matter how positive I was about the happy ending I knew they (WE) deserved!

“Dum spiro, spero,” he reads the Cicero quote. His eyes well up again. On a day that rocked us both, he said he loved that quote. It was a quiet moment inside a storm. The memory is as tranquil as the quote itself. While I breathe, I hope.

This book is a lot more about Maximoff and Farrow’s relationship and less about Moffy’s siblings and relatives. He still got involved in however random things they did but it wasn’t as present as in the previous books. I love how much more of the story was about them facing changes and figuring out how they wanted to live their lives and how each other fit in them. It was more mature and I love it.

“I want everything you said in the rain. All of it.”
Farrow easily recalls each word, and his eyes stroke mine in hot, tender affection.
“That’s good because it looks like we want the same thing.”

There’s always one thing that bothers me a tiny bit. Their lives seems so over the top, over dramatic, over everything, that it’s somewhat frustrating to read because I always find myself thinking “what the hell? This is absurd!” and I kept shaking my head. I guess celebrities’ lives are hard but I didn’t think they could be THAT hard. Colour me impressed.

I thought this was going to be the last book of the series but I’ve seen some more sequels and a promise of a new Moffy & Farrow’s book about a certain something I can’t wait to witness. I can’t wait!

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Liam Davis & The Raven by Anyta Sunday

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4stars

“There are worse roommates out there than ones that hug.”

Title: Liam Davis & The Raven
Author: Anyta Sunday
Number of pages: 218 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Sweet, fast-paced and fun.
Bad things about this book: It doesn’t have the love it deserves.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I do.
Rate: 4/5

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Anyta Sunday writes stories I LOVE to read. They’re light, funny, with the right amount of seriousness without been extra dramatic, and they’re usually super sweet. So you understand how, when I got the newsletter with this ebook for free I jumped right into it. Really fast. The cover was cute and it seemed the kind of story I needed to relieve my soul from some bad juju I was experiencing.

Liam Davis is a journalist at his university’s newspaper. He has ambitions and he knows he can live up to everyone’s expectations. Unfortunately, what he thinks it’s good may not be good enough to land the job his wants. He’s forced to write the party column instead of his usual politics one and he’s way out of his comfort zone; he doesn’t have friends, he has a very peculiar personality in which he says what comes to mind and he lives for his job. Then one day he’s attacked by a person masked as Freddy Krueger and is saved by a hooded vigilante, The Raven, and from that day on his life changes completely, for the best.

“This was not a choice, Quinn. I did not need to hum and ahh over my options. The answer was in bold and circled with a giant checkmark at the side.”

Liam was such a cute character and I loved how he needed to think hard before making any decision. It sounded frustrating for the people around him but I found it endearing; Liam didn’t throw himself head first into things but instead he made his observations and came with a decision that, in his opinion, would benefit everyone. He is great and I was glad that he found himself bonding with Quinn, Shannon and Hunter. Though his bonding with Quinn was a little more profound than the one with siblings Shan and Hunter.

Hunter’s positivity, how he talked about being in a wheelchair, truly got to my heart. He was sweet and he was a good friend to Liam even from before they were officially introduced to each other. Shannon feeling guilty about her brother was heartbreaking because you noticed how she wasn’t living her life but a version she thought she needed to live in order to redeem herself from her guilt. Quinn and his weird ears was fantastic and, I must say, really patient. One must be if one happened to fall in love with Liam and the puzzle that is his mind.

Liam had only kissed girls so he assumed he wasn’t gay but being near Quinn was making him question everything and he analyzed his feelings without freaking out, without dismissing this new attraction, without compromising; if he was going to come out as anything other than straight, he had to be certain and I found his analysis process amazing. He deserved to know for sure and Quinn also needed to know, to avoid unnecessary heartbreaks.

His laugh tickled at my throat.
“I can’t think straight when you do that.”

There’s nothing I didn’t love about this book. I skim-read it again this morning to look for quotes and found myself hooked again in a story I had just finished reading a few days ago. Adorable and sweet, sexy and authentic, this book was the right choice for me at the moment. I know that when in need I can turn to Anyta and she’ll make me feel better.

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Ever After by Riley Hart & Christina Lee ☆

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5starsplus

“My mind is at war because I yearn for more of what will eventually break my heart, shatter it until it is a million flakes of snow instead of a whole.”

Title: Ever After
Author: Riley Hart & Christina Lee
Number of pages: 262 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It’s sweet and heart-wrenching.
Bad things about this book: Nothing about the writing, nothing about the story.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I loved it.
Rate: 5+++/5
☆: It made my “favourite books” list

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You can’t imagine how much I loved this book. It took me by surprise. How my heart ached for those two characters so sweet and charming. I shed tears of sadness and I smiled at the romance, at how genuine it sounded and felt. I still feel like crying, can you believe it? I felt for them, I drowned in their love and suffered so much. The amount of feelings made my heart beat faster and made me long for that kind of love, the one that takes your breath away, one that I’m afraid I am not destined to have.

“We are both bound, shackled by aspects of our lives that are out of our control.”

Merrick is a prince, heir to the throne, while Cassius is his valet, poor but determined to support his family. From the outside both men seem so different yet they are almost the same. Two men fighting to live their life truly, finding a man to love, finding the happiness they dream of. Their attraction was at first physical but we can see in just a few pages how much they start meaning for each other, and that broke my heart in a gazillion pieces. I wasn’t expecting to be so involved in their love story but I was, and I suffered.

“You are pure and real and complicated. To someone like me, you might simply be everything.”

Prince Merrick’s parents are trying to find him a wife because he needs to provide an heir and Merrick is trying his best to make them happy going out with these ladies but nobody will ever be loved by him because he is just not interested in women. He can’t tell his parents, they would be heartbroken and disgusted, so he thinks, so he chose to be the one with his heart beating in misery. Cas, on the other hand, doesn’t want to tarnish his family’s name or lose his job, so he lives a lie and suffers the consequences.

I write stories and poems of love and dreams coming true, but I did not allow myself to see it as something that could be real… not for me…

The two of them start seeing each other in secret early on in the book and I knew that meant there was so much that was going to go wrong for them. Even knowing that, I can’t say I was prepared for what was going to happen. I have never felt the way books make me feel when it comes to love. The pain in your chest because of words not said, because of the potential to be great together but with the world as your number one enemy. Your heart breaking apart because their love is so pure and true but it’s not enough, it never seems enough.
The gentle touches, the loving stares, the longing, the purity of their love and the chance they are given to live it, even if just temporarily.

I did not know someone could live inside another the way he has taken up residence inside me.

I loved this book because it made me feel so much and its potential was fulfilled. I loved this book because the characters were deep and had lovely and likeable personalities. I loved this book because it broke my heart but it knew how to mend it. I loved it. Maybe you’ll love it, too.

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The Pick Up by Allison Temple

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4stars

“I need you. I need you to tell me when I’m being an idiot, and when my pickup lines cross the cheese threshold.”

Title: The Pick Up
Author: Allison Temple
Number of pages: 337 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It’s adorable and sweet.
Bad things about this book: The misunderstandings really throw me off but I was patient and was rewarded in the end.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I do.
Rate: 4/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

Every few months I go to NetGalley and request some soon-to-be-available titles that have cute covers and interesting stories. Every few months I get turned down for most but the few I get approved rarely disappoint me. The Pick Up had a super cute cover and a story that got me questioning how the two main characters could make things work. I was in for the happy ending that I was sure I was going to get. Come on, you don’t throw that kind of cover for a story that’s going to have a bitter ending, right? No way!

A few months after the death of his wife and best friend, Kyle is struggling with life so he packs his things and takes his daughter back with him to his dad’s house and the town he left behind after finishing high school. He meets Mr. Adam Hathaway, his daughter Caroline’s first grade teacher. It’s almost lust at first sight. Kyle is bisexual and his heart hadn’t made that much beating since he became a widow, and Adam wasn’t planning on finding someone like Kyle when all he wanted was to lay low and avoid unnecessary complications. Life has a way to make things work even in the messiest of lives.

I have to admit that I usually get a lot affected by the ratings. I try not to but the number gets stuck in my head. Seeing that this book had less than 4 stars got me a little anxious. I’m usually easily pleased so I wasn’t really worried. If this book didn’t have the elements I usually hate in books, then I was going to be okay. And I was. I was entertained, my heart did weird things, joy and sadness mixed well together and I was giggling, gasping, smiling softly at those two dumb men and their attempt to understand what was going on between them.

Losing someone you love is hard; everywhere you see their presence, you get daily reminders of their absence, thinking about them is easy yet so hard at times. Grieving never ends; it gets easy with time but you will forever miss that person and someone else will never fill the void they left. That doesn’t mean you won’t be happy anymore. As I said, life has ways to surprise you. Some may think that Kyle was getting himself involved with Adam too soon after the death of his wife but there’s no soon or late, there’s not a settled time to grief, there are no rules to your heart. You are not really moving on, you are only finding happiness when you thought happiness didn’t have a place in your heart at least for a while.

“Seriously though, we have to work on your blushing thing.”
“I don’t blush!” Adam said, while his face heated up more.

Kyle didn’t thought he was going to feel so much for Adam, he wasn’t looking for love when he looked at him that first time. Kyle has so much going on with Caroline, with his job, with the memories of his wife and the panic attacks that not having a clue what to do with his life causes him. But maybe, just maybe, even if loving Adam wasn’t planned and it came when it wasn’t ideal, it was exactly what Kyle needed. Maybe he will find his place in this new world without his wife, with a six-year-old girl obsessed with princesses, a father who sighs loudly at his vegetarian cuisine, and a man who teaches the food groups but only buys from the frozen isle at the supermarket.

I was happy to get to know the both of them better with the two different POVs narration. Getting to know both sides, both inner monologues, make it easier to empathize and understand what’s really going on. It also makes you angrier because you can clearly see the misunderstandings forming and you can’t do anything but wait and hope they speak and work it out.

I am happy I read this book and I liked a lot the writing style. Will I be coming back for more from this author? You bet I will!

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[ARC] New Heights by Quinn Anderson

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4stars

There’s gotta be something wrong with me. A stranger is glaring at me, and I think it’s hot.

Title: New Heights
Author: Quinn Anderson
Expected publication: March 12th 2018
Number of pages: 140 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It’s a sweet and adorable and very easy to get into it.
Bad things about this book: Nothing, I enjoyed everything.
Do I recommend it? Yes
Rate: 4/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

ARC given to me by NetGalley

An adorable little book with two cute guys, feelings all over the place, and with the right amount of cheese. I kept smiling and it made me feel good. Will I find my soul mate at the airport one day? Will they be there for me to find? I sure hope so; I’m in need of a little cheese in my cheeseless life.

James is just like me, anxious about the little things, afraid of being late, of missing his flight back home, of forgetting something at the hotel. He is a thousand hours early to the airport and if that’s not me, I don’t know what is. You never know what can happen so it’s best to be early and wait rather than run for your life not to miss your flight.

“No! Someone as fun and easygoing as you doesn’t drink ? I never would have guessed.”
“Hey, I’m fun.”
“Uh-huh. You put the ‘fun’ in ‘funeral.’”

Totally opposite to James is Mika. He travels for work, is carefree and really could be at the airport one minute before embarking and he’d still be chill about the whole situation. I don’t know if I envy him or if he makes me more anxious than I usually am. He hates people mispronouncing his name and I can understand it because, come on, Mika is clearly not Micah. It’s so easy that it’s really infuriating people not saying is right. I feel for you Mika, even if my name is not one that tends to be said wrong.

James and Mika start a sort of airport war after their flight gets delayed and they are forced to take turns to charge their electronic stuff. Little pranks, conversations and a few drinks later, it’s pretty obvious they want to be in each other pants and I don’t blame them. They’re both hot, single, they have time to kill, so why not? Oh well, you have to read it to see the feelings flying around an airport I didn’t know existed until yesterday. How they change a bit in just a few pages and it’s not forced, not rushed. It’s a short book yet everything is in the right place.

“I didn’t notice the color of his eyes, sir.”
Of course you didn’t. Because you’re not as weird and inappropriate as I am.

You think, yes, this can happen. This maybe has already happened to somebody. Because, why not? Airports are not really a place where you meet someone you can fall in love with, but it’s not impossible, right? Hard, yes but if fate tries to set you up, why would you turn down the opportunity?

Adorable and funny, short and hard to put down once you start it. It’s the perfect book to read if you need a little bit of cheese and if you need to smile a bit. I needed it.

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