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Book Review: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Publication Date: August 2nd 2016

Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up
— she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan — her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.


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Blog Tour: The Cheat Sheet by Sarah Adams

*Review copy courtesy of Headline*

Publication Date: April 26th 2022

The friend zone is not the end zone for Bree Camden, who is helplessly in love with her longtime best friend and extremely hot NFL legend, Nathan Donelson. The only problem is that she can’t admit her true feelings, because he clearly sees her as a best friend with no romantic potential, and the last thing Bree wants is to ruin their relationship. But those abs . . .

Nope! Nothing but good old-fashioned, no-touching-the-sexiest-man-alive, platonic friendship for Bree. In any case, she has other things to worry about. After a car accident ended her chance at becoming a professional ballerina, Bree changed paths and now owns her own dance studio, with big dreams to expand it. But one more rent increase could mean the end of the studio entirely.

Then, as usual, Nathan comes to the rescue and buys the entire building. A stubborn Bree is not happy about it and decides to rebel with a couple–okay, maybe more than a couple–of tequila shots. Then her plan backfires as she spills her deepest, darkest secret to a TMZ reporter. One viral video later, the world thinks Nathan and Bree are the perfect couple. Before they can really talk about her confession, Nathan’s publicist proposes a big opportunity that could mean financial security for Bree. The catch? They have to pretend to be in love. For three whole weeks.


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ARC Review: The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake

Publication Date: March 1st 2022

The Alexandrian Society is a secret society of magical academicians, the best in the world. Their members are caretakers of lost knowledge from the greatest civilizations of antiquity. And those who earn a place among their number will secure a life of wealth, power, and prestige beyond their wildest dreams. Each decade, the world’s six most uniquely talented magicians are selected for initiation – and here are the chosen few…

Libby Rhodes and Nicolás Ferrer de Varona: inseparable enemies, cosmologists who can control matter with their minds.
– Reina Mori: a naturalist who can speak the language of life itself.
– Parisa Kamali: a mind reader whose powers of seduction are unmatched.
– Tristan Caine: the son of a crime kingpin who can see the secrets of the universe.
– Callum Nova: an insanely rich pretty boy who could bring about the end of the world. He need only ask.

When the candidates are recruited by the mysterious Atlas Blakely, they are told they must spend one year together to qualify for initiation. During this time, they will be permitted access to the Society’s archives and judged on their contributions to arcane areas of knowledge. Five, they are told, will be initiated. One will be eliminated. If they can prove themselves to be the best, they will survive. Most of them.


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Why do I now have a thing for single-parent romance?

I am not a parent. I am very far off from being a parent and yet I’ve been reading single-parent romance books. I’m talking one-after-another, can’t get enough as if they’re M&Ms and I just need to devour them all.

I seriously need to chill, for the sake of my sleep schedule and my bank account, never mind the fact that I have a shit-ton of other books I should be reading instead!

The single-parent romance trope is a sweet one. I like seeing that outside person step in and be a parent to a child that isn’t biologically their’s, probably because that’s the relationship I have with my dad who got with my mum when I was one.

Here are my thoughts on the one’s I’ve read recently :))

Juniper Hill by Devney Perry

Juniper Hill is the one that kicked it all off for me. After seeing it all over Tik-Tok recently (because Tik-Tok is always the cause of my trope-related cravings) I finally picked it up one night when I just wanted to lay in bed and read something quick and easy.

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Book Review: One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

Release Date: June 1st 2021


For cynical twenty-three-year-old August, moving to New York City is supposed to prove her right: that things like magic and cinematic love stories don’t exist, and the only smart way to go through life is alone. She can’t imagine how waiting tables at a 24-hour pancake diner and moving in with too many weird roommates could possibly change that. And there’s certainly no chance of her subway commute being anything more than a daily trudge through boredom and electrical failures.

But then, there’s this gorgeous girl on the train.

Jane. Dazzling, charming, mysterious, impossible Jane. Jane with her rough edges and swoopy hair and soft smile, showing up in a leather jacket to save August’s day when she needed it most. August’s subway crush becomes the best part of her day, but pretty soon, she discovers there’s one big problem: Jane doesn’t just look like an old school punk rocker. She’s literally displaced in time from the 1970s, and August is going to have to use everything she tried to leave in her own past to help her. Maybe it’s time to start believing in some things, after all.


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🌧grumpy/sunshine☀: the most elite romance trope?

Helloo 👋

The grumpy/sunshine dynamic between two characters is elite in any circumstance but it’s ten times better in a romance. I don’t know what it is about a grumpy character only being soft for their love interest that makes me all happy inside but it is what it is.

Because I love this trope so much, I wanted to make an effort to read some grumpy/sunshine romance’s lately. I decided to read: The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood, The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, and The Fine Print by Lauren Asher.

And of course because you’re reading this, it means I’m going to do a lil mini-review for each 🙂


The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

Everybody and their goddamn mother has been reading this lately and, besides from the tropes it contains, feeling left out was a big part of why I wanted to read it. (Also I found out this was originally Star Wars fanfic and, despite never having watched the movies, I wanted to check that out).

I’m very happy to say it loved up to the hype though. This book made me so happy!!

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Mandatory Romance Recommendations 😻

Hi, hello 👋

While my housemates are out hanging with their boyfriends I’m in my room eating left-over pizza (Pizza Hut is ridiculously expensive by the way. just wanted to complain about that). Clearly I’m winning.

I plan on multi-tasking though because while I’m eating pizza alone, I’m also going to be recommending some books with A+ romance.

Is it Valentines day if you don’t recommend romance? The answer is no, it’s not. I did some romance recs last year, although that was more me just rambling but you can check that out too if you’re really bored :))


Fools in Love by Rebecca Podos & Ashley Herring Blake

In my opinion this is the quintessential book to read this Valentines Day. It’s literally multiple love stories for the price of one!

I’m terrible at remembering the plots of one story let alone multiple but this really is what it says on the tin: fools falling in love. The one story that really has stuck with me since I read it is one where a girl get’s into a car, thinking it’s her Uber, and the other girl is too awkward to say “erm excuse me, what are you doing?” and just drives her where she needs to go and thats essentially their meet cute.

I personally enjoyed ever story in this. Obviously I liked some more then others, but as a whole it was one of the best anthologies I’ve ever read and you should definitely check it out!


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I forgot to wrap things up last month // October & November Wrap Up

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I didn’t do a wrap up last month, partly because I forgot and partly because I didn’t read overmuch in October anyways and it would have been pretty boring. Flash forward another month to November and I have much more to talk about so let’s jump in :))


October was a very romance heavy month but it’s what I needed to get through. Reading romance was a nice contrast the to quite boring books I was reading for Uni at the time.

I completed the Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams in October and really enjoyed it. My favourite from this series is either Undercover Bromance or Isn’t it Bromantic? One of my goals for 2021 was to start this month and here I am having completed it. Three cheers!

The next romance book was The Sweetest Oblivion by Danielle Lori and this book was spicy and not what I usually read at all. It was a case of “I don’t know why I’m reading this but I’m gonna keep going”.

And the final book I read in October was kind of something for Uni and that was Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith.

We read a bunch of poetry at the start of the semester and the only poet I liked even in the slightest was Dear White America by Danez Smith which prompted me to read the entire collection that specific poem was from. My favourite poem from this collection was Dinosaurs in the Hood. I highly recommend checking out some of Smith’s work.


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Reading The Bromance Bookclub was good for my anxiety :)

Hi, hey and hello, welcome to my blog.

I am happy to announce I have finished one of my many reading and overall life goals that I set myself for 2021: reading the entire Bromance Book Club series by Lyssa Kay Adams!

Let’s not dwell too much on the fact that this is one of the only goals I’ve completed and instead celebrate!!

I saw this series all over the interwebs back when it was first released and had the thought of “I need to read this series” every time any of the books were mentioned. Finally I’ve done that. Reading romance novels has been the perfect thing for me recently as they’ve balanced out how much academic and the fact that I’ve been reading companion romances has been even better.

I can now cross this series off the TBR and talk about my thoughts and feelings with you today :))


The Bromance Book Club

I feel like these books got better with each newer release so this first book is my least favourite of the four. That’s not to say it’s not still really good though! I thought it did a really great job of introducing what this series was going to be all about. If I hadn’t enjoyed this, I probably wouldn’t have carried on.

The first book follows baseball player Gavin who is heading towards divorce. When his friends catch wind of this they let him in on their secrete: they’re part of a secrete romance book club that helps them be better boyfriends and husbands. Gavin is reluctant to say the least but still willing to do anything to save his marriage.

I loved reading about an already established couple, a married couple at that, going through a rocky path, but I just couldn’t connect with their initial conflict, and also the conflict that keeps them apart near the end.

Like I said, this was a good first book to the series evident in the fact that I kept reading!


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End of the Year Book Tag 2021

Howdy.

I’m just a girl, sitting here braless in her friends oversized hoodie, watching CSI and making my way through the last of my Irn Bru and mini chocolate flapjacks, trying not to have an existential crisis over the fact we’re at “the end of the year”. 😬

I realised last night that one of my first assignments is due in on November 3rd and had a mini freak out that because wtf! I don’t even know what I’m doing yet!!!

If I have to face the fact that we’re close to the end of 2021, then at least I can confront it with books, by doing the “End of the Year Book Tag”. I’ve done this tag for the last two years and it’s a good way to check in, see what I’ve accomplished and also what’s left to cross off the list.

2019 // 2020


Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

I was about to say “to the best of my knowledge I haven’t started any books this year and not finished them. If I have, then I haven’t brought them to Uni with me” … and then I remembered I started reading Payback by Kristen Simmons, the third book in the Vale Hall series, but got distracted by something else. The likelihood of me finishing this book this year is slim.


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