Bad Idea by Nicole French 5* Book Review

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From the second she saw him, Layla Barros knew Nico Soltero was all wrong. Wrong age. Wrong education. Wrong job. Wrong everything. She had a hard enough time convincing her parents that New York really is the right place for their nineteen-year-old daughter without telling them she’s got a thing for the FedEx guy at her new part-time job. Too bad the second she saw him, Layla Barros no longer cared about right and wrong. 

You know that feeling that you get when your heart breaks?

Your chest gets tight and there’s a lump in your throat that feels like your heart has just made its way from your ribcage to your oesophagus?

How? How does Nicole French make me experience every single visceral reaction right along with Layla and Nico? I feel shattered, torn and also in love with Nico…

I write this review from tear-stained eyes, completely and utterly wrung out from the emotional journey of this novel and YET! I’m going to read it again and count down every day until the sequel comes out.

I may be a masochist, but French writes so beautifully. Nico and Layla’s story is the first love, the one that got away, the bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks and the show-stopping true love of meeting ‘the one’ all wrapped up in one novel that has left me in itty bitty pieces.

French tackles social/political/cultural and woman’s issues in a way that leaves no stone unturned. Coupled with her Spitfire series, no trope is typical. No story goes the way that you expect it to go. There are no clichés, and French WILL rip out your heart.

I loved Layla, with her immaturity and already hardened shell but I fell in LOVE with Nico. The man who treasures her, calls her Sweetie and only wants the best for her (but can still f**k like an animal. Damn.) I’ve gone mad and I’ll never look at a FEDex man the same way again.

French has done it again.

5*

M x

 

 

 

 

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Review: Catching Carly by Emma Hart 4/5

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“My name is Carly Porter… And I’m really good at bad decisions.

How do I know this, exactly? Well, not including the time I accidentally bleached my eyebrows or sprained my ankle changing a lightbulb…
I had sex with my best friend’s brother.
Zeke Elliott has been a thorn in my side for eleven years. A very sexy, very tempting, very freaking annoying one. With big…hands.
And now my clitoris has a crush on the guy.
Seriously. I can’t look at him without my vagina performing accidental kegels. Which would be fine, but he’s Cain’s brother. I hate him. He’s off limits, right?
Right.”

Being Brooke was an eye opening and mental experience. I feel guilty that I couldn’t give this book the five out of five that Emma Hart’s insightful, awkward, and hilarious inner monologues deserve. The relationship between the main couple were brilliant but a bit stilted, there wasn’t much tension apart from the hovering spectre of the ex ‘Becky’, but she didn’t actually appear once.

Despite the lack of tension and … dare I say, plot, the characters of Carly and Brooke make up for any of that and meant that I left the final page of this book happy with the outcome.

I thoroughly enjoy Emma Hart’s Barley Cross characters, and cannot wait to see where this goes next.

4/5

M x

Review: Trial by Moon by Lizzy Ford (Trial Series) 5/5

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This book is seriously a dripfeed of a minefield of a thickly woven intriguing plot. (Gosh! So many words)

The main character is a flawed but real woman who has been raised to alone due to her duty as a Kingmaker. A family that choses the next Supernatural Community leader. Leslie must go through trials with three prospective men. One she must mate, one she must choose to lead the community, and one she must choose to exile.

This book is intense. Brilliant. With such heightened emotion and the relationships between the characters are complex and well developed. The way the Lizzy Ford writes a plot is seamless. Like the main character, we learn what is happening as we go. Nothing is predictable.

The first book in the series is free, but I had to purchase the rest. Trial by moon is such an amazing, straight out of the box introduction to this series.

5/5

M x

Review: How to Date A Douchebag: The Failing Hours by Sara Ney

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In the first book in this series, I was intimidated by Zeke Daniels. He was the angry, protective frat brother of Oz. In the second book of this series, (although they work well on their own as well) we get up close and personal with Zeke and Violet. An unlikely couple, both broken in their own ways. Zeke is full of anger, abandoned by his rich parents. Violet lost her parents at the age of four, she is sweetness and light but no pushover!

The only difference is, one sees the glass as half full, the other sees it as half empty. This is such a brilliant romantic story, with complex characters and amazing depth. I honestly love this author and would recommend this series if you love a bit of contemporary/new adult romance.

5/5

M x

Review: Infernal Magic by C.N Crawford (Kindle Unlimited)

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Book 1 in the ‘Demons of Fire and Night series’

First off, the memory loss plot device is overused and typically I would just skip right over any synopsis that features those words, BUT, this series manages to twist it into something new and interesting.

She’s forgotten her past. Too bad her past won’t return the favor.

Ursula can’t remember a single thing from before three years ago, so she has to keep her life simple. All she wants is to earn enough money for rent–and maybe a bit left over for a new pair of boots.

But on her eighteenth birthday, all hell breaks loose… quite literally… when a hellhound shifter shows up in her kitchen. Kester’s lethally gorgeous, and he’s come with a terrifying message: Ursula owes her soul to a demon.

No one seems to care that she doesn’t remember striking that deal.

F.U or Former Ursula as the character calls her ‘pre-memory loss’ self has mad skills and has somehow made a bargain with a Hellhound in exchange for the gift of fire.

Such great character dialogue and this series weaves in so many questions that you have to read on to know the answers.

At the end of the first novel, Ursula has even less of an idea about who she is. The mythology of this book is brilliant and carries over well into the second book (Spoiler: which takes place on the moon BTW.)

A must read! 5/5

M x

Review: Amour Amour by Krista & Becca Ritchie (Kindle Unlimited)

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Circus is family.

This book reminds me of that feeling you get when you see an aerial acrobats show for the first time, and you marvel at all of the feats that people can accomplish with their bodies.

This book manages to encapsulate all of the hard work, struggles, and the high-flying joy that comes with being a circus performer.

The romance between Nikolai and Thora evolves quite naturally from their innate chemistry, but the story is themed around the hard work, in both their romance and their careers in the circus.

I came away from reading this book with an urge to book myself onto an aerial hoop class.

You will love this novel, just sayin’.

5/5

M x

Review: Mr Popular by Nicole London (Kindle Unlimited)

 

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Everyone loves a good YA, popular crush trope don’t they? Mr Popular, the brother’s best friend and the innocent heroine.

This kind of book is my guilty pleasure. Whilst Mr Popular has a good back story and some turmoil thrown in for good measure, I can only give it 4/5, but it does the job. It’s a light read, without many real surprises but you know what you are getting into.

M x

Review: The Girl Duet by Julie Johnson (Kindle Unlimited Series)

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The Monday Girl and the Someday Girl are the two books that combine to make ‘The Girl’ duet. Let’s just say, the description is wish fulfilment. A struggling actress, who has a very realistic internal dialogue (just sayin’) suddenly lands the lead part in a film.

This was not what I was expecting, and Johnson definitely throws a curve ball with the romantic interests and the relationships between the characters.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good contemporary romance, I think this is the perfect holiday read!

4/5

M x

Review: End of Eden by S.L Jennings (Seven Sinners #2) Kindle Unlimited

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S.L Jennings does erotic scenes and romance well. What I didn’t expect was the darkness that came with this second instalment of the seven sinners series.

The first book in this series focuses very much on the female leads romantic relationship with Legion, a strong, serious and tortured fallen angel.

The second book – let’s just say that you feel the emotions as the character experiences them. This isn’t your typical happy romance conflict. This book is full of little twists that you don’t expect as well as uncertainty.

Eden, the female heroine, remains her strong self in the face of conflict. But at what emotional cost? The journey that Eden goes on in this book is what makes this series great.

5/5 again from S.L Jennings.

Love the tie in with the dark light characters.

(Spoiler: if you’ve missed Niko, you’ll love this book)

M x