Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Live + Review- The Boy with the Bookstore


After being forced to give up her dream of culinary school, Joelle Prime opened a Filipino bakery that just so happens to be neighboring a bookstore. A bookstore that is run by tattooed hottie Max Boyson. It is impossible not to have a crush on the mysterious bookseller, especially when he comes into the bakery daily for a pastry with a side of flirting.


When their landlord informs them of the massive renovation to the building they share, Joelle imagines the forced proximity will be the perfect opening chapter to their happily ever after. I mean, who hasn’t daydreamed of feeding their sexy bookish neighbor bibingka and pandesal while discussing Jane Austen? Reality, though, is a different thing. Max’s sweet demeanor quickly changes and Joelle’s crush dissolves into something akin to annoyance. Not only does Max snaps at her in front of customers, but he dries his sweaty gym clothes in her oven and routinely helps himself to the yummy pastries in her display case without asking.


Yet the spark between the two doesn’t go away. In fact, the tension beings to grow and the small space they are forced to share beings to feel a bit too small. And when they discover the real reason for the renovation, they’ll have to put their business and feelings for each other to the test.



Christy's Review

A bookseller and a baker that are next-door and fall in love…. what could go wrong? First and foremost, I did like this book and I liked the authors writing. I loved Joelle’s family dynamic and overall I loved her as a character. Max though… I struggled with him. I understood he had a lot of family issues and I was sympathetic to that but he wasn’t the kindest more than once. 

I love a good friends to lovers and I love a good enemies to lovers, but this one gave me whiplash. Friends to enemies to friends to enemies to friends and finally- lovers. I'm so happy that by the end, this one left a smile on my face. Max truly did grow on me by the end! Sarah Echavrre Smith's writing is fantastic and this is one I know a lot of readers will love. 

Sarah Echavarre Smith is a copywriter turned author who wants to make the world a lovelier place, one kissing story at a time. Her love of romance began when she was eight and she discovered her auntie's stash of romance novels. She's been hooked ever since. When she's not writing, you can find her hiking, eating chocolate, and perfecting her lumpia recipe. She lives in Bend, Oregon, with her husband and her adorable cat, Salem.


Tuesday, August 23, 2022

New Release + Review- LOVE ON THE BRAIN by Ali Hazelwood


ABOUT THE BOOK: From the New York Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis comes a new STEMinist rom-com that you do not want to miss. Bee Kรถnigswasser and Levi Ward are scientists and nemeses forced to work together on a project for NASA. The results are filled with the steamiest tension and the most explosive chemistry. Ali Hazelwood has outdone herself.

Bee Kรถnigswasser lives by a simple code: What would Marie Curie do? If NASA offered her the lead on a neuroengineering project - a literal dream come true - Marie would accept without hesitation. Duh. But the mother of modern physics never had to co-lead with Levi Ward.

Sure, Levi is attractive in a tall, dark, and piercing-eyes kind of way. But Levi made his feelings toward Bee very clear in grad school - archenemies work best employed in their own galaxies far, far away.

But when her equipment starts to go missing and the staff ignore her, Bee could swear she sees Levi softening into an ally, backing her plays, seconding her ideas... devouring her with those eyes. The possibilities have all her neurons firing.

But when it comes time to actually make a move and put her heart on the line, there's only one question that matters: What will Bee Kรถnigswasser do?

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Christy's Review: 

“You were always in my head. And I could never get you out.”

Love on the Brain is Ali Hazelwood’s newest novel and it was one of my most anticipated reads this summer. I was so excited to read it and I’m happy to say I enjoyed it. 

Bee is a woman in STEM who is passionate about other women in STEM. She’s going to work on an exciting new project with NASA and is thrilled. Until she realized she is co-leading the project with her college nemesis, Levi Ward. Levi never seemed to like Bee and she doesn’t know why, but she’s not going to let it dull her spark. She’s too thrilled to do this! 

Levi is the best thing about this book. The absolute best. I couldn’t have loved him more. True MVP, top tier book boy status. Who doesn’t love a grumpy hero who has had it bad for the heroine for so long. The LONGING in this book. It was my favorite thing. I also loved how Levi stood up for Bee and the other communication they had (though was completely unsurprising to me) was fantastic and sweet. 

‘The Love Hypothesis’ was one of my favorite books last year, and while I liked this one in a lot of ways, it didn’t give me those love feels like that one did. Though it had one of the most amazing heroes, it was a bit predictable and felt disjointed to me at times. It could be that I don’t 100% understand all the science talk, but usually I’m fine with that. This was not a bad book at all, a 4 star rating is still great, I think I just expected it to be a new favorite and it wasn’t. 

If you’re looking for a grumpy hero that deep down is a softy, a book with pining (sigh) and if you enjoy good banter and a You’ve Got Mail plot, pick this one up! I think so many will love this book and it had a lot of fun times!

Sunday, July 17, 2022

REVERSE by Kate Stewart is LIVE!


๐Ÿ’œ ๐ŸŽต ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽถ โ„•๐•†๐•Ž ๐”ธ๐•๐”ธ๐•€๐•ƒ๐”ธ๐”น๐•ƒ๐”ผ๐ŸŽถ ๐ŸŽผ ๐ŸŽต ๐Ÿ’œ 

๐‘๐„๐•๐„๐‘๐’๐„ by USA Today Bestselling author Kate Stewart is LIVE! This is a steamy, star-crossed lovers, rockstar romance with all the feels!

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"๐™๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™–๐™—๐™จ๐™ค๐™ก๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™š ๐˜ฝ๐™€๐™Ž๐™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™„'๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฎ๐™š๐™–๐™ง. ๐™๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง๐™จ๐™š ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง๐™ฎ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™„ ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™– ๐™—๐™ค๐™ค๐™ . ๐˜ผ๐™ก๐™ก ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™จ๐™ฉ, ๐™š๐™ข๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ, ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™–๐™ข, ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ข๐™–๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š. ๐™†๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š'๐™จ ๐™ฌ๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ข๐™š๐™จ๐™ข๐™š๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฏ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฎ ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฅ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ซ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™ ๐™ข๐™š ๐™–๐™ก๐™ก ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฎ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ง๐™ค๐™ช๐™œ๐™." - ๐˜พ๐™๐™ง๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ฎ, ๐˜ฝ๐˜ฝ๐™ ๐˜ฝ๐™ค๐™ค๐™  ๐˜ฝ๐™ก๐™ค๐™œ


๐“๐ก๐ข๐ซ๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ฒ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐š๐ ๐จ, ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฆ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ก๐š๐ฅ๐Ÿ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐š ๐›๐ซ๐จ๐ค๐ž๐ง ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ.

A relationship he’s kept hidden for decades.

Upon unearthing his secret through a series of emails in our paper’s archives, I began my search for the truth. Haunted by my father’s love story, and in my quest for answers, I never imagined I would discover a love of my own. Or that my love for Easton Crowne would be key in discovering the reason behind what split our parents up. 

Doomed from the start and knowing the havoc our relationship would inevitably wreak on our families, I could never have prepared for the toll it would take or the cost of the truth.

But in order to find our ending, we had to go back to their beginning. 

๐Œ๐ฒ ๐ง๐š๐ฆ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐๐š๐ญ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ž ๐๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž๐ซ, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ซ-๐œ๐ซ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ.

๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ ๐ŸŽต ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽถ ๐ŸŽผ ๐ŸŽต ๐Ÿ’œ ๐Ÿ’™

Watch the ๐‘๐„๐•๐„๐‘๐’๐„ trailer here: https://www.tiktok.com/t/ZTdcYYm52/?k=1

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“The Dance” cover and permission granted by Fist of Five 

Written by: Tony Arata 

๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ ๐ŸŽต ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽถ ๐ŸŽผ ๐ŸŽต ๐Ÿ’œ ๐Ÿ’™CHRISTY'S REVIEW ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ ๐ŸŽต ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽถ ๐ŸŽผ ๐ŸŽต ๐Ÿ’œ ๐Ÿ’™

“Their story doesn’t change the significance of ours.”

This is the absolute BEST thing I've read this year. Reverse is everything I want in a book. All the angst, emotion, steam, and romance. It was absolutely perfect for me.

If you’ve read Drive, you know all about the Crownes and Butlers. If you haven’t read Drive, I encourage you to stop reading this review and pick up that epic book. Reverse is a second generation book and trust me when I say it will mean everything to those of us that have read and loved Drive
“You’re a media princess.” Her eyes narrow. “And you’re rock royalty. We both have legacies to try and live up to.”

Natalie Butler and Easton Crowne meet in an interesting way. It starts with some emails, then an interview of sorts. They become friends but there is so much more there. Neither one of them have ever met another person that makes their soul sing like this. They are meant to be, fated. But it’s complicated with their families history.

I want to cling to his star as it burns the brightest- if only to be with him for a little longer. If what Easton said is true, and we live in echoes of defining moments, I want to remain in this one for as long as I possibly can.

Natalie is a journalist, like father like daughter… and Easton is on the verge of something huge. He’s got even more talent than his father if you can believe it. They both are on a path the greatness, but taking that path together comes with so many challenges and difficulties.

When I tell you this book will put you through the ringer, boy do I mean it. It was one of the most romantic books I’ve ever read with a hero that’s unparalleled. But the angst. When I tell you I cried over this angst, I mean it. I was so upset it brought me to tears. But those are the best books. The ones that truly make you feel. This story brought out all of those feels for me.

Kate's writing is mesmerizing and this story captivated me all the way through. It was a long book, but it didn't feel long. Easton Crowne is everything and soooo romantic. I couldn’t love this book more if I tried. It’s such a special story to me and I know I’ll be re-reading it for years to come. Trust me, you don't want to miss out on this one!
In this universe, only we exist. 

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