CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman)

The Dating Itinerary by Brooke Williams

The Dating Itinerary

Title // NaslovThe Dating Itinerary

Author // Avtorica: Brooke Williams

Release Date // Datum izdaje: September 7th 2020 (7. september 2020)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman

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Blurb:

As if it wasn’t bad enough to be deemed the “most single person” at her magazine’s office, budding reporter Penny has now been tapped to write a series of features called “The Dating Game.” From speed dating to Tinder, old-fashioned matchmakers to up-and-coming “dark dating,” Penny now has to go on a lot of dates. Silver lining: meeting new people should be fun, right? But running into her old rival, George, at her first dating event is decidedly not. Not only does the arrogant know-it-all have zero trouble attracting women, wherever Penny goes, somehow he just. Keeps. Showing. Up.

Geo knows he’s right on the cusp of writing success with the chance to have his own syndicated column. All he has to do is follow his agent’s ideas for showcasing different dating avenues, and he’ll pull in enough to help his sister’s non-profit women’s shelter get off the ground. Sure, his itinerary is starting to look strangely similar to his old rival Penny’s, but all’s fair in love and syndication, right?

The more they look for love in all the wrong places, though, the more they start to wonder if it was right in front of their noses all along. Still, the brutal dating scene just might end them, if these two don’t kill each other first.

My thoughts:

When I first read the blurb, I thought ”It’s like How to lose a guy in 10 days but with a twist!” They are both writers but they write the same thing from their own perspective. 

I feel like the mystery part of this book is not a mystery at all. They realise pretty soon why they meet each other so often. They start to work together and from enemies goes to sort of friends.

Maybe it’s because I’m used to characters basically jumping each other since the moment they met but this book just didn’t feel interesting. There were stolen kisses that were not acknowledged (they didn’t really talk what this meant for them, they just ignored anything happening between them). The quirky names the side characters had (her sisters were named Dime, Quarter and Nickel with last name Coyne, a matchmaker called Ivana Date) were supposed to make the book funnier but it kind of lost its charm because we never get to know why the four sisters were named that way. I’m sure there could be a lovely, funny story behind it.

There were a lot of scenes that could be better developed. I admit, I didn’t know if the main characters just kissed through the whole book or they slept together too. There’s a hint they might have done it but like I said, it is not mentioned. Through the whole book there are (too) subtle hints of what might have happened. There are words but no actions.

I really liked the whole dating thing and their dates. However, the whole book was just okay for me, a little too clean for me so the story for me is just mediocre.

I thought of giving it three stars but I am not satisfied with this book so I’m giving it a star less. 2 stars because it could be way better developed.

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman)

The Roommate Problem by Mariah Ankenman

The Roommate Problem (Mile High Happiness, #3)

Title // Naslov: The Roommate Problem

Author // Avtorica: Mariah Ankenman

Release Date // Datum izdaje: August 10th 2020 (10. avgust 2020)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman

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Blurb:

To Moira “Mo” Rossi, the world is full of sunshine, goodness, and happily ever afters—so of course she figures finding the perfect roomie will be easy. But after four creepos who ask if benefits come with the room and one woman who claims she’s a vampire, Mo is officially desperate. So what if the guy she agrees to on paper ends up being the Derrick Downer to her Sally Sunshine in person? She’s the queen of making lemonade.

August Porter expected his new roommate Mo to be like him—neat, practical, and oh yeah: male. Not the outrageous hippie with more stars in her eyes than there are in the sky. She’s infuriating, exasperating, his exact opposite in every possible way…and the bright ray of sunshine he didn’t even realize his gray world was missing. Suddenly, falling into bed with his roommate isn’t the worst idea he’s ever heard. Just falling in love with her is.

But one of them is keeping a secret that could turn their opposite attraction into utter disaster.

 

My thoughts:

Oh, these two were a fun pair. They couldn’t be more opposite: he’s grumpy, she sunshine all the time, he likes all things green, she loves anything with carbs, he likes tidy, she’s messy.

He wants to sell his grandmother’s shop and leave as soon as possible. He’s only a temporary roommate. When they begin sleeping together, this was supposed to be easy. No feelings.

Moira wants him to stay. At first, it’s because she needs a roommate. She adores his grandmother and disagrees with his plan.

What August doesn’t know is the secret Moira is keeping from him. The longer they stay together, deeper their feelings go and the harder it gets for Moira to tell him the truth.

I really like how they wanted each other to like things the other doesn’t. Being outside, eating cauliflower pizza… It was a fun, cute read.

4 stars.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (sodobni roman), YOUNG ADULT / NEW ADULT (mladinsko leposlovje)

This is So Happening by Amelia Kingston

This is So Happening (So Far, So Good, #2)

Title // Naslov: This is So Happening

Author // Avtorica: Amelia Kingston

Release Date // Datum izdaje: August 4th 2020 (4. avgust 2020)

Genre // Žanr: Contemporary Romance, sodobni roman, New Adult, mladinsko leposlovje

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Blurb:

Jessica ‘Jessie’ Allen is sugary sweet and perpetually perky. Running on an endless supply of enthusiasm, she’s in constant motion. The people pleaser is running herself ragged to make other people happy—anything to avoid having to figure out what would make her happy.

Devin Bennett is her complete opposite, the immovable object to Jessie’s unstoppable force. The tall, tattooed and brooding mechanic hates change and the perky blonde co-ed shoving it down his throat. Jessie is drawn to him like a valley girl to an outlet mall, but Devin dodges her advances better than a UFC fighter. The longer she’s around, the harder it is to keep his hands off her perfect body and his lips away from her sassy mouth.

For the first time in her life, Jessie knows what she wants. Devin Bennett. And she’s not above torturing him with temptation to make it happen.

 

My thoughts:

Jessie Allen is used to guys being openly interested in her. Except Devin is not one of them. So she makes it her mission he will be. For the first time, Jessie is the one doing the chasing.

It’s so refreshing to see a woman going after a guy in a romance novel. It was so funny to read because Devin was this grumpy man who couldn’t stand her but at the same time wanted her so much. The chemistry between them was scorching hot!

Devin is avoiding her because he thinks this is only a game to her. But once feelings started to get involved…

I cannot mention it enough how much I loved this book. I need this book on my shelf, like yesterday. It’s one of the best enemies-to-lovers/opposites attract books I’ve ever read and definitely one of my top 2020 reads!

5 adoring stars.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

HISTORICAL ROMANCE (zgodovinski roman)

The Lord of the Highwaymen by Elizabeth Bramwell

The Lord of the Highwaymen (Hearts & Highways, #1)

Title // NaslovThe Lord of the Highwaymen

Author // Avtorica: Elizabeth Bramwell

Release Date // Datum izdaje: July 30th 2020 (30. julij 2020)

Genre // Žanr: Historical Romance, zgodovinski roman

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Blurb:

Following his disastrous attempt to woo the woman he loves, the Honorable William Haddington and his friends retire to Brooks club to drown their sorrows, only to find themselves agreeing to a ridiculous wager: they must don masks and cloaks to begin temporary careers as highwaymen, or lose their fortunes to men they despise.

Confused and frustrated by the odd encounter with the man she adores, Lady Amelia Fellowes is in no mood to suffer fools when five well-dressed men try to hold up her carriage in the middle of Hyde Park. When a second group of thieves arrive moments later, her temper flares. After all, she knows better than to leave her fate in the hands of mere men, and decides to take charge of the situation. What she does not expect, however, is to recognize the handsome leader of one group of rogues, or that he will ask her to dance with him in the moonlight.

William, feeling brave behind his mask, takes the chance to flirt outrageously with the woman he has loved since childhood. Amelia is strong, intelligent, and permanently above his touch, but in his current disguise, he is free to treat her with the gallantry and romance he has always wished to show. When she responds to him in kind, he almost forgets why he’s dressed up as a highwayman in the first place.

The real criminals of the road, however, are not about to make that mistake.

 

My thoughts:

Since this is a novella (less than 100 pages), it’s really hard to write your thoughts because basically the blurb reveals everything.

Amelia is a widow but has strong feeling for William. He’s her friend, they always visit together museums because William loves antiques. He wants to confess her love to her on the ball but he’s not great at flirting.

Later in the night, he and his friends find themselves at the gentleman’s club and agree to a wager. It means that William has to rob people as a highwayman.

His fist victim is Amelia. From them on the story quickly ends.

I know I should expect that with novellas but this one for me was 3.5 stars. William is adorable at flirting but that ending was just too quick. I have so many questions with that wager but I didn’t get the answers I wanted.

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

HISTORICAL ROMANCE (zgodovinski roman)

How to Steal a Thief’s Heart by Bree Wolf

How to Steal a Thief's Heart (Happy Ever Regency, #4)

Title // Naslov: How to Steal a Thief’s Heart

Author // Avtorica: Bree Wolf

Release Date // Datum izdaje:  June 25th 2020 (25. junij 2020)

Genre // Žanr: Historical Romance, zgodovinski roman

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Blurb:

Devoted to the children at her orphanage, Miss Caroline Hawkins hides her beauty behind thick spectacles and drab clothing in order to remain unwed…and free to do as she pleases. While her parents would love nothing more than to see her well married, Caroline is determined to live life on her own terms, refining her disguise to perfection in order to scare off suitors. For years, she’s lived in the shadows of society, unnoticed by the crème de la crème of the ton

…until Lord Markham, aka the Black Baron, takes a closer look and realizes that there is more to mousy Miss Hawkins than meets the eye.

Pierce Byrne, Baron Markham, detests English society for their selfish disdain and complete disregard for others, and thus, to even the odds, to give back at least a little, Pierce dons a black mask at night and sets out to rob his fellow peers in order to do what is right…

…until one night when he comes upon yet another carriage and finds a highly unusual woman inside. A woman with a secret of her own. A woman he’s met before.

Determined to uncover her secret, Pierce follows her, and before he knows it, all he thought he knew is called into question, as a mousy wallflower upends his world…and steals his heart.

 

My thoughts:

I have read this book a long time ago and I’m only now writing a review. Oops, my bad.

This was my first book by Bree Wolf and I was honestly surprised how much I liked the writing. I like the idea of a nobleman being some sort of Robin Hood for the poor. Caroline is helping too but in her own way. She decided years ago that she wants nothing to do with being married at an early age and to put her time and money to people who need her most. Since she is single and doesn’t have a lot of money she tries to befriend old matrons of the ton so they’ll donate to her orphanage.

They are both hiding behind a mask with secrets only they know of. When one night both their worlds collide, feeling starts to resurface. But what happens when Caroline likes two men – one she met in the ballroom and one she met at night as a masked stranger? And of course, there’s someone out there who might threaten their love…

4 stars. I will definitely read more from this author!

The hint of a smile lingered on his lips as he looked down at her. ”How can anyone not see you?” he whispered as his eyes swept over her face. ”You’re mesmerizing.”

 

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.