Kawaii Doodle Class… A Review

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Title: Kawaii Doodle Class

Author: Zainab Khan

Published: 1 September 2017

Publisher: Race Point Publishing

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 5/5

Goodreads Summary

Create your own kawaii world with Pic Candle and Kawaii Doodle Class!

The Japanese word kawaii  translates to “cute,” and this how-to book is chock-full of super-adorable images of tacossushismoothiescloudsrainbowscactidoodle monstersChristmas treeslipsticksteacups, and more for your adoration.

Popular kawaii artist Zainab Khan shows you how to draw 75 super-cute characters with simple step-by-step illustrations and instructions. She has also included fun search-and-find images to play along with, and inspiration boards that show you how to give your characters different facial expressions and zany accessories.

Review

I really enjoyed this book because it was easy for me to draw the characters as they all had step-by-step instructions for me to follow. This is great because I don’t have any drawing talent whatsoever plus because it has step-by-step instructions it allows you to practice all the basic shapes for the eyes, body etc which you can then apply and use to create your own character.

So, far that is all I have to say for this book. It was a chill,easy to follow doodling book that is great for anybody regardless of artistic background to try.

*The book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review.

Dumpling Cats… A Review

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Title: Dumpling Cats

Author: Sarah Sloyer

Published: 21 June 2017

Publisher: Dover Publications

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 5/5

Goodreads summary

Waffles is a relaxed feline who loves to read, and Cheeks just can’t get enough to eat. These fun-loving characters are just two of the 25 dumpling-shaped crochet cats in this whimsical collection. The cuddly crochet critters were inspired by the Pokémon™-like craze Neko Atsume, a game that enables you to attract cats to your backyard and “collect” them. Each little dumpling has a name and personality points that add up to big fun!
You don’t have to be an expert to crochet and collect these adorable kitties — the patterns are suitable for crocheters of all skill levels. Easy-to-follow instructions are accompanied by full-color photos and simple drawings. The directions explain every stage, from ears to tail, and some of the patterns include accessories and costume items. Plus, there are bonus patterns for a cat bed, food bowls, and more!

Review

I really liked this book because come on, cute crochet kitties? Like, hello… what is there not to like?

From the cover to the end the book was aesthetically pleasing and kawaii approved! At first, I was worried on how the instructions for crocheting the kitties will be because I have some patterns are difficult for me to understand from the get go and I have to actually crochet it first and understand as I go and re-do some aspects of the pattern to get it correct but not for the patterns from this book.

The patterns were easy to follow as it had step-by-step detailed instructions and photographs, which by the way was superb. There is 25 patterns in this book as well as extra patterns for miscellaneous things such as food bowls, boxes and a pet bed.

I would highly recommend this book to anybody who likes to crochet as the finished products can be used for gifts or any of the sort.

*The book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review.

Bookishly Ever After… A Review

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Title: Bookishly Ever After

Author: Isabel Bandeira

Published: 19 January 2016

Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 2/5

Goodreads summary

In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe Martins’ life would be a book. Preferably a YA novel with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn’t even qualify for a quiet contemporary.

But when Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her, she turns to her favorite books for advice. Phoebe overhauls her personality to become as awesome as her favorite heroines and win Dev’s heart. But if her plan fails, can she go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing?

Review

Well I had a whole rant review written for this book but I lost it and I just don’t have enough momentum in me to write another rant review so this review will be concise and short and straight to the point.

I did not enjoy this book at all even though every fibre of my being really wanted to because the protagonist is a book nerd who knits and let us be honest I can insert myself into the plot because all that can also describe me; a book nerd who crochet instead of knits but it is fine we all know crochet is knittings second cousin thrice removed.

The writing was too juvenile for my taste which threw me off from immersing myself in the plot because the main characters age is 16 yet the writing felt more middle grade than anything.

Then we have the characters themselves. Every character was a stereotype and all of them fell flat. They were nothing more than their stereotype and they weren’t worth the time to even warrant the need to get to know them better but the character I hated the most was the main protagonist, Phoebe.

I did not like how she has no personality nor wit nor anything she can call her own. She does everything that her favorite book character does. From her archery to how she was going to get her crushs attention. I honestly don’t mind if you use fictional characters characteristics and whatnot as inspiration to improve your own life but literally just following whatever they are doing without putting any forethought into it seems ludicrous. Had Phoebe been younger it would have been more believable but she is 16, so I find a 16 year old following everything she reads from a fictional book highly unlikely if it was from a magazine like Cosmo or whatever that is highly likely but from a fictional book? Really?

Another thing that annoyed me about Phoebe was how she has no character development. At the start of the book she is a shy book nerd out to get the attention of her crush and does so by reading fictional books and copies whatever is in it and at the end she is still a shy book nerd who now just has a boyfriend. She learns nothing from her endeavors.

Also, I did not like how she wants the guy to ask her out because she still believes in romantic gestures yet does nothing more pronounced to hint at her crush that she likes them. Yes, she dresses better, she wears make-up, she plays coy and what not but all that can be misconstrued as being friendly and all that does not warrant on how upset she gets because her crush doesn’t understand how she feels. She gets so upset over it she cuts their friendship, doesn’t explain why or anything and it is wholly unfair to the guy i question because maybe he did like her but is too shy himself to ask her out without a more direct hint.

The romance in this book is also very odd for me. At the start of the book she likes Kris, the schools star athlete but then just because Phoebe’s best friend, Em, says that Dev has a thing for Phoebe suddenly she goes all gung-ho for Dev immediately. I don’t understand why. Like why do you suddenly like Dev? Is he cute? Is he sweet? Is he funny? Is he drop dead gorgeous. You don’t just like somebody who MIGHT have a crush on you for no apparent reason. There must be something even though the reasoning might be very superficial.

Another problem I faced was the pacing of this book. It felt so slow for me. I felt like I was reading nothing because almost everything was just filler. Fillers that did not move the plot forward or create any intimacy between us as the reader towards the characters or heck even enjoyable fillers.

Talking about fillers I have found a bookish pet peeve because of this book and that is fillers in the form of bookception (book inception). Remember I told you that Phoebe gets all her tips and tricks to get Dev’s attention well she writes this all down in her notebook where Phoebe will legit write line by line from the chapter she gets her inspiration from and we get to read it. Yeay! Not!

If I wanted to read another book in this book I would have just picked up another book in real life or heck even contacted the author herself to write this fictional book she put in ‘Bookishly Ever After’ so I can read it myself and so that the plot just focuses on Phoebe and puts in more effort so that I actually care about this girl because at this rate due to the writing and the one dimensional characters I don’t give a shit about Phoebe and whatever she is trying to achieve so what makes you think by including a book within a book that I would care more? Like what are you doing? Are you trying to be meta? Had this bookception been complete slashed off or have half of it cut out would improve the pacing of this book tremendously.

I don’t care about Kaylee whatever and her indecision to choose to pursue music in the city or follow her heart and stay with a potato farmer boy for true love or how Maeve feels betrayed and hurt that she is only used as a pawn by her leprechaun-esque partner/lover.

This book was just a huge disappointment for me and I just can’t even anymore so I will stop here.

*Book was given by the publishers in return for an honest review

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do… But You Could’ve Done Better

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Title: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do… But You Could’ve Done Better

Author: Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell

Published: 10 January 2017

Publisher: Animal Media Group LLC

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 3/5

Goodreads summary

Anonymous break up stories from men and women, old and young, serious and silly and the cartoons that inspired them. Author and artist Hilary Campbell turns the painful into the hilarious, validating emotions from forgotten middle school tragedies to relationships that ended only hours ago.

Review

I really enjoyed this book and finished it within half an hour. It is really entertaining to read on how people broke up and why.

The stories were short and range from funny, wacky, crazy and just plain stupid and gives an insight on how relationships are in real life. People do crazy shit man for their relationship be it breaking up or attempting to make their partner stay.

And that is pretty much what I have got to say really. It’s short and entertaining. I would definitely recommend it for people who just broke up or is attempting to rise from the dead and conquer their reading slump.

Moonlight Over Manhattan… A Review

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Title: Moonlight Over Manhattan (From Manhattan With Love #6)

Author: Sarah Morgan

Publisher: HQ

Published: 5 October 2017

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 4/5

 

Goodreads summary

She’ll risk everything for her own Christmas miracle…

Determined to conquer a lifetime of shyness, Harriet Knight challenges herself to do one thing a day in December that scares her, including celebrating Christmas without her family. But when dog walker Harriet meets her newest client, exuberant spaniel Madi, she adds an extra challenge to her list–dealing with Madi’s temporary dog sitter, gruff doctor Ethan Black, and their very unexpected chemistry.

Ethan thought he was used to chaos, until he met Madi–how can one tiny dog cause such mayhem? To Ethan, the solution is simple–he will pay Harriet to share his New York apartment and provide twenty-four-hour care. But there’s nothing simple about how Harriet makes him feel.

Ethan’s kisses make Harriet shine brighter than the stars over moonlit Manhattan. But when his dog-sitting duties are over and Harriet returns to her own home, will she dare to take the biggest challenge of all–letting Ethan know he has her heart for life, not just for Christmas?

Review

Right, I don’t really know how to start this review so let’s just get right into it and just bypass all the hanky-panky-ness. Now, I don’t know how Sarah Morgan Image result for squinty gifis churning all these books out because I swear I would request one book by her on Netgalley and finish it and next thing I know there is ANOTHER ONE! Like HOW EVEN??! What is she some weird writing robot on steroids??? Which reminds me I better check Netgalley… just in case.

To be frank I don’t really remember my review for this book because I read it an eternity ago BUT DON’T FRET! I remember my basic feelings of it and those feelings were that the book was just ookkaaayy?.

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I mean it didn’t hit me in the gut with a fistful of feels like Holiday in the Hamptons again like all her other books I felt the ending was a bit off. The reason for this was that the build up of the characters and their relationship just didn’t warrant the grand gesture that Ethan (the hero) did at the end. Unlike Fliss and Seth, they had a deep emotional connection, their relationship was complex, real and difficult to maneuver what with Fliss’s guarded personality and Seth feeling tired of dealing with Fliss especially since he has tried everything so with that type of plot the characters deserved their happiness. The ending felt warranted you know.

With this book, Harriet and Ethan just started dating for a few months barely 3 months (I Image result for calm yo tits gifthink) and already Harriet is putting out ultimatums and I am not a person that likes those things. Ethan obviously cares and loves Harriet but must he be pushed into it? These two literally just started dating 2 seconds ago and now she already wants to put a need for speed towards a long haul relationship. Like calm yo tits Harriet, AT LEAST give the man 4 months to figure out his feelings. It’s not like he unemployed and thus has a lot of free time to think in depth regarding the relationship. The man is an ER doctor! PEOPLE GON DIE IF HE DISTRACTED!!!

 Anyhoots, to the good parts of the book. The good parts are that I really like and respect how Harriet challenges herself to get out of her comfort zone. This allows her to mature and be more independent regardless of the end results. Challenging yourself, no matter how inconsequential the challenge is can be applied in your own life which in turn allows self-growth.

Another aspect I liked about Harriet was how she has standards. Image result for i mean business gifYes, I was salty on how she gave Ethan an ultimatum 3 months-ish into the relationship but I gotta give her some credit. She told Ethan that either you make up yo mind on whether we in for the long haul or you get yo sweet ass of my couch and outta my life (she said it in a sweeter tone and fashion but you get the jist). If that don’t make a man take notice you mean business god knows what will and in all honesty if Ethan don’t come back to her he ain’t worth it Harriet no matter how handsome or how good he was in bed.

The plot was okay, it was very basic and quite forgettable. I mean I had to read other book bloggers reviews to even remember my own review.

Overall, this book was a semi-good read, I expected more in terms of complexity and realism between the characters in their relationship but Sarah went back to the stevia sweet trope type of plot so whilst it was enjoyable it just wasn’t enough.

Duke of Desire… A Review

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Title: Duke of Desire

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt

Published: 17 October 2017

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 10/5

Goodreads summary

A LADY OF LIGHT

Refined, kind, and intelligent, Lady Iris Jordan finds herself the unlikely target of a diabolical kidnapping. Her captors are the notoriously evil Lords of Chaos. When one of the masked-and nude!-Lords spirits her away to his carriage, she shoots him . . . only to find she may have been a trifle hasty.

A DUKE IN DEEPEST DARKNESS

Cynical, scarred, and brooding, Raphael de Chartres, the Duke of Dyemore, has made it his personal mission to infiltrate the Lords of Chaos and destroy them. Rescuing Lady Jordan was never in his plans. But now with the Lords out to kill them both, he has but one choice: marry the lady in order to keep her safe.

CAUGHT IN A WEB OF DANGER . . . AND DESIRE

Much to Raphael’s irritation, Iris insists on being the sort of duchess who involves herself in his life-and bed. Soon he’s drawn both to her quick wit and her fiery passion. But when Iris discovers that Raphael’s past may be even more dangerous than the present, she falters. Is their love strong enough to withstand not only the Lords of Chaos but also Raphael’s own demons?

Review

Elizabeth Hoyt has completely captured my heart with her Maiden Lane series. I have read three book from this series; Wicked Intentions and Duke of Pleasure and obviously now Duke of Desire, and none of it I have read in the correct order but it didn’t matter because once I read it I was swept away with the current of FEELS!

A little backstory regarding me and this book. I had just finished Duke of Pleasure and I read at the end that Iris was kidnapped! And I was already HOOKED!!!! and obviously she was soon rescued by none other than Raphael de Chartres, the Duke of Dyemore!!!!! I was already beyond intrigued by this man; was he good? was he bad? what happened to his face? how can a man be so handsome AND beautiful????? WHY IS HE SO MYSTERIOUS????? and then BAM! Elizabeth be all ‘well that is all the teaser I am going to give, you just have to wait until the next book comes out’.

Boy, did I wait. I scoured Netgalley EVERY.SINGLE.DAY in hopes that maybe, maybe today will be the day that it is out on Netgalley and lo and behold!

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The day arrived and I requested it but alas! I had to wait AGAIN! My fear that I wouldn’t be approved gnawed at me. I was worried so worried what if my credentials wasn’t enough. What if the publishers didn’t think my previous reviews weren’t good enough and rejected my request?????!!! I WAITED FOR SO LONGGGGGGG FOR THIS BOOK. SO. LONG.

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Then one morning, I woke up early by accident and as you do, I checked my phone first and the first email I saw was your request for this book was approved from Netgalley but because I request for so many books at one go I am not too sure which book was this and so I opened the email and saw THAT I WAS APPROVED FOR DUKE OF DESIRE! I postponed every other book I was reading for then no other book mattered except this and truth be told I finished it less than a day and it was….

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This book was just SO GOOD! You know how I always bitch and complain when the heroine doesn’t have enough physical prowess or skills to make her an equal match to the hero but in this book those skills didn’t matter. The hero was such a scarred and broken character that he not only wanted Iris but actually NEEDED HER. Iris’s sweet temperament was able to soothe his scarred and ABUSED SOUL!!! Her calm and kind personality was able to help him overcome his abuse and make him able to live a happy and fulfilling life.

The abuse done to Raphael was bad guys. REAL BAD. When I read what he went through it hurt my heart. I was sick to my stomach and to make it worse I know such depravity still exists in the present day. It sickens me at how some humans act like beasts. Heck, I am quite confident that beasts are far better than these people who act or their darkest urges.

In this book, Iris’s other qualities need not be shown as it was showcased in the previous book Duke of Pleasure, where in that book you can see that Iris is really adept with solving puzzles and she is subsequently quite intelligent.

I feel like with this book Elizabeth was trying to show that female strength comes in many forms and one of it is strength of character against adversity even when said adversity comes in the form of your own husband. It takes a lot of mental and emotional strength to be there to support and help a survivor of abuse. Help them overcome their demons and it is harder still if it is someone you love.

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The plot was AMAZING as it handled a lot of sensitive topics and yes there were a few minor blips in the plot especially at the end where Raphael made Iris go back to his actual home (I can’t really remember the specifics) and thus leaving her vulnerable to being kidnapped and used as leverage. So, what he equipped her with the best of his warriors sometimes quantity trumps quality but that minor blip is okay. I can overlook this blip as there were so many other good qualities.

My review is going all over the place but the conclusion is this. THIS BOOK WAS BOMB! IT WAS SO GOOD! PLEASE READ IT!

*Book was given by the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review

The Bride Who Got Lucky… A Review

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Title: The Bride Who Got Lucky (The Cavensham Heiresses, #2)

Author: Janna MacGregor

Published: 31 October 2017

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 4/5

Goodreads Summary

He would do anything to protect her. Even marry her… 

The son of a cold-hearted duke, Nicholas St. Mauer isn’t one to involve himself in society…or open his own heart to anyone. But driven by honor, the reclusive Earl of Somerton feels obliged to keep a watchful eye on Lady Emma Cavensham. She possesses a penchant for passions unbecoming a woman that finds Nick in constant peril of losing his well-structured solitude. She even dared kiss Nick once―an utterly unladylike, and delightful, lapse…

Emma can’t deny the appeal of the earl’s attention, and occasional affection, but she has no need for a man. There are worse fates than spinsterhood, as Emma knows too well. She still mourns the loss of her dear friend Lena, and is determined to prove Lena’s husband responsible for her death before he lures another innocent woman into a brutal marriage. But as Emma pursues her prey, a compromising moment upends all her plans. Now, with gossip swirling and her reputation in tatters, Nick may be the only man brave enough to join in Emma’s cause. . .and fight for her heart.

Review

When the publisher emailed me asking if I was interested in reading this book I jumped to it pronto because when will I never be interested in reading books that I didn’t have to request for… plus I already read the first book by Janna MacGregor so why not? Finally I am on top of a series in Netgalley might as well continue the winning streak BTW you can find my review for ‘The Bad Luck Bride’ here.

I was a bit sceptical going in on reading the book because I did not relate with main heroine, Emma, in the last book. I felt she that she was selfish Image result for sokka ugh gifand naive to think that her escapades will harm no one because it will Emma okay it will! And the scepticism I have over her characterisation went well into 1/3 of the book up until something happened that slapped some sort or realism into that brain of hers but at the same time I was thinking this I was also at war with myself. Her actions shows that a womans actions should not depend on anyone, that she should be her own woman; make her own mistakes, learn from them and damn all else. If a woman wants to get a damn book then damn well she should get the book!

The girl power belief in me made me warm up to Emma whereby I saw that she was smart, brave, kind and steadfast in her beliefs. When she encountered a problem that would not budge instead of giving up she just manoeuvred around the problem to solve it. Also, Emma used her wits and fiery disposition to spar with her adversaries instead of strength because let me be honest, the girl can’t fight to save her life.

Another aspect of this book that fired the girl power (okay fine ‘feminist’) belief in me was how in this book society looked down on women as the weaker specimen of man and worse, LESS INTELLIGENT! All because of the sex we were born with. Oh let me tell you, my blood pressure skyrocketed when I read that section. I wanted to slap Emma’s brother and say you stupid oaf! There are so many brilliant women in this whole wide world who helped shape the science that we know today with or without the help of men!

  • Marie Curie – Pioneer in radioactivity research
  • Hedy Lamarr – Inventor of wifi
  • Mileva Maric – co-author of Albert Einsteins work
  • Ada Lovelace – contributed in the workings of the first computer program

AND MANY MANY MORE!!!!! Oh God did that trigger me. What makes this man think that just because we are born women suddenly we are less intelligent. If we truly had mental problems or he addressed that we physically are less capable than men fine but to to put all that into one spectrum to say that because of so and so reasons women are supposed to babied then no buster!!! NO!! Triggered man, I AM SO TRIGGERED!

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Anyways on with the book review. I had serious respect for Emma when towards the end of the book she and Nick did not see eye to eye and she stuck to her guns which was morally correct by the way and was willing to walk away from the relationship as she could not live with a man who could not respect her views and I am at the back going all slow clap because doing that needs IRONCLAD WILLPOWER!!!

But all good things must come to an end. The awesomeness of Emma was slightly eclipsed by how oddly convenient a few plot points was done to propel the plot further to its ending. Suspiciously too convenient I might say and that unfortunately completely killed the seriousness of the feminism issue at hand.

The plot point was that Nick and Emma had a disagreement and he refused to listen to reason and MIRACULOUSLY!!!! His estranged father stopped by for a surprise visit and impromptu heart to heart talk where he revealed that because he lost his wife, he was too devastated by the loss that when Nick bailed that scum Paul from a gambling debt (yearsssss later just in case ya’ll be confused by the timeline) he just lost it and disowned Nick.

In my perspective….

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I have never in my life heard about a father so distraught over losing his wife disowns HIS ONLY SON which he regrets immediately yet… YETTTTTTTT took him almost a full decade to try and mend the break and/or apologise???? What were you doing, Sir, during those mysterious decade?? Meditating with the Dalai Lama?

Also, another very convenient plot point was when Emma’s best friends brother, Jonathan (?), finally decided to avenge his sister (who died due to spousal abuse) by calling her sisters husband out for a duel.

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I get that that was (maybe) the only way Lena (the best friend) could ever get justice but the plot was rushed and all of them; Nicks father, the lawyer thing (Nick was being sued by Lena’s husband due to Emma snooping around for evidence for her murder) and the duel was all compacted all towards the end that the story could not breathe and I lost interest and empathy for any of the characters.

Overall, it was still an enjoyable book albeit me having problems with the ending.

*The book was provided by the publishers via Netgalley in return for an honest review

 

Ezza’s Right Kind of Rogue… A Review

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Title: The Right Kind of Rogue

Author: Valerie Bowman

Published: 31 October 2017

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 3/5

Goodreads summary

Can two star-crossed lovers come together―until death do they part? 

Viscount Hart Highgate has decided to put his rakish ways behind him and finally get married. He may adore a good brandy or a high-speed carriage race, but he takes his duties as heir to the earldom seriously. Now all he has to do is find the right kind of woman to be his bride―ideally, one who’s also well-connected and well-funded. . .

Meg Timmons has loved Hart, the brother of her best friend, ever since she was an awkward, blushing schoolgirl. If only she had a large dowry―or anything to her name at all. Instead, she’s from a family that’s been locked in a bitter feud with Hart’s for years. And now she’s approaching her third London season, Meg’s chances with him are slim to none. Unless a surprise encounter on a deep, dark night could be enough to spark a rebellious romance. . .for all time?

Review

This book has made me relieved that I can occasionally dislike a historical romance (HR) even by an author whom I liked their previous work. It has made me see that the reviewer in me is still intact.

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From that, you and I obviously know that I dislike parts of this book that did not allow me to give the rating any higher than a 3. Usually, for HR I adore the main characters; Their strengths, their weaknesses, their quirks, but in this book both characters fell flat for me. The only characters that I felt were worth mentioning and had any complexity was the side character, Lady Lucy.

I also found the romance between Hart Highgate and Meg Timmons highly unlikely and at worst, ludicrous. Does the author genuinely expect me to believe that Hart who has known Meg for years and never bats an eyelash for her and never made any time to get to know her on a deeper level suddenly falls so deep in love all because she had a make over? I feel affronted that the author takes this reader as a fool. I don’t know about you but I feel that if a man you have known for YEARS only truly notices you AFTER you have a make over and ONLY THEN shows any form of romantic feelings, those feelings are questionable at best because it makes me wonder do you like me for my personality or just my looks?

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See it this way, Hart has known Meg for years but only as an acquaintance. He never seeks her out for advice nor friendship. She is negligible in his life and you expect me to believe that he suddenly falls in love with her all because she now looks like a bombshell? A tad bit convenient isn’t it?

If he had known her for years and they are close, best friends close and yet he never sees her as more than a friend and suddenly she changes her looks and he realizes that she is in fact a woman and not one of his ‘bros’ that I can accept.

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Another aspect I cannot ignore was how idiotic Hart was. He point blank refused to listen to Meg and is flummoxed that he doesn’t understand the situation only to realize Meg was innocent in Lucy’s machinations. Honestly, you would have found this out far earlier had you listened to her.

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The plot for this book was weak for me. At first, it was great. Meg finding out Hart is planning to marry decides to pursue her plans to make him fall in love or at least notice her with renewed vigor but towards the end I felt the plot and its plot twists were lost in translation thus not being relayed effectively. The plot reveal whereby the real reasons why the two families hate each other was actually a good plot point had the other aspects of the plot did not muddle it. Like I said lost in translation. If the whole drama between Hart-Meg-Lucy was not so childish the plot reveal would have had the impact it sought out to do.

Overall, the book was not as enjoyable as I had hoped it would be but it will not deter me from reading more works by Valerie Bowman.

And my right kind of rogue is a man who isn’t so caught up with his own woes that he doesn’t see what is smack-dab right in-front-under-his-nose! If he is going through depression or any type of legit mental illness then fine that is a different matter but if the man is so up his own arse well I see that we have to part ways my friend as you and I are not compatible.

*The book was provided by the publishers via Netgalley in return for an honest review

 

Crazy Little Thing Called (more like psychopathic to me) Love… A review

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Title: Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Author: Charlotte Butterfield

Published: 7 September 2017

Publisher: HarperImpulse

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 2/5

 

 

Goodreads summary

A wonderfully warm-hearted and laugh-out-loud funny romantic comedy for fans of Just Haven’t Met You Yet and Mhairi McFarlane.

When Leila finds herself on the painful end of yet another disastrous break-up, no amount of Ben & Jerry’s and trashy rom-coms can cheer her up. And so – to the amusement of her friends and family – Leila takes a more drastic approach to dealing with heartbreak: she swears off sex for an entire year.

Luckily, she has plenty to keep her mind off men. Between starting a business with ice queen Lucy, straightening out her sister Tasha’s tangled love life, and running a blog read by thousands of single ladies, Leila is soon snowed under. But she can’t help finding a little time for irresistible architect Nick – Lucy’s funny and infuriatingly sexy brother.

After an unplanned encounter under the mistletoe, the Man Ban looks like it might be skidding to a halt. Has Leila found love when she least expected it?

Review

Okay… I chose this book because I went into it thinking it will be ala a romcom book. I mean how can I not think that was the case when on its Netgalley title page the description was and I quote;

“A wonderfully warm-hearted and laugh-out-loud funny romantic comedy for fans of Just Haven’t Met You Yet and Mhairi Mc Farlane”

I did not read no “warm hearted and LOL funny romantic comedy” Ma’am. All I read and received from this book was stress pure unadulterated stress!

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My biggest sore spot was all the GOD DAMNED LIES! I do not like liars. If you did it for a very good reason for example you were blackmailed, you are a super spy, the lies is important to achieve the end goal and it is just IMPERATIVE THAT YOU LIE then fine. Fine, I can understand that but if you lie so people or more like your followers don’t need to know that you are not on a man ban anymore and there was no reason to lie in the first place that I absolutely cannot condone.

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In my perspective, Leila didn’t need nor have a reason to lie or cover up the truth. So what during a man ban you found a guy who you liked and clicked with. She is in her thirties if I am not mistaken and she can’t even own up that she fell in love with a man that she didn’t plan on falling in love with. Yeah, okay, maybe her lying was integral to the whole plot but seriously nobody is going to judge you man. Nobody plans to fall in love.

This leads me to the overall plot of the book which I felt were haywire at best. The first half of the book even while I did not agree with Leila lying through her teeth for her stupid man ban I still loosely enjoyed the book. It still gave a romcom feel but the last half of the book was a WTF did I just read AT BEST.

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Should I spoil the book? Oh, fuck it you guys know I spoil books anyway for ya’ll. So, if you plan to read the book and do not want to be spoiled DO NOT READ THE SEGMENT BELOW. I REPEAT DO NOT READ!

Okay, out of fucking nowhere Lucy (Leila’s sister-in-law and wife to Marcus, Leila’s brother) plans to have an affair with Alex (Leila’s brother-in-law and husband to Leila’s sister Tasha) because she wants a baby SOOOOO BADDDD and I am here like what in the name of Sweet Baby Jesus IS GOING ON? I am desperate for a male companion but you don’t see me kidnapping the male species do you? Like, how do you even get to that end point of where you want a baby so much you are willing to commit adultery????!! AND WITH YOUR BROTHER-IN-LAW AT THAT? What happend to just talking it out with your husband? Mind you these two just got married for 9 – 10 months essentially less than a year.

Which brings me to the whole dysfunctional relationship that is present in this book. Can’t anybody just talk it out with their spouses and significant other? Everybody is just assuming what the other is thinking. That is never good in a relationship. If my friends ordered small sized pizza because they ASSUMED that it was what I wanted I will hit them on the head with a frying pan because that is just BS.

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Okay, rants aside. Not all of the book is bad. There were some comedic parts that did make me laugh and I can empathize with Tasha’s dysfunctional marriage where she knows her husband is cheating and she is numb to it; I see this happening in real life but as for the other I truly cannot empathize nor understand especially when the solution to the problem is just for both parties to talk it out and if the other person cannot accept it then they are not worth your time nor affections.

If the book was marketed properly to me where they didn’t market it as a romcom, I would have definitely enjoyed this book more and the intricacies that come with relationships especially relationships that are bound by marriage and family but because I was duped into believing this book was a fun romcom when in my mind it definitely wasn’t was a huge obstacle that my mind just could not wrap around especially what with all the lies and the out of nowhere change of tone in the last half of the book.

Mind you I wanted to give up reading this book when I hit 21% in my Kindle when I realized that Leila was defo lying about her man ban. Truly, I wanted to give up but I also wanted to know how the plot pans out so I persevered and I regret it because the plot just left me dissatisfied, upset and confused.

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Me whenever I remember why I didn’t like this book

*The book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review

**Seriously, seriously read the synopsis tell me if it’s not misleading… I thought it was going to be a fun light read not about crazy dysfunctional people who cannot use their brains to save their relationship.

Ezza vs Stacy Reid: How to Marry a Marquess (A Review)

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Welcome one, welcome all! Today is our very first match between Ezza and Stacy Reid, author of Wedded by Scandal series. Who will win this match? Nobody knows but judging from Ezza’s terrible track record for historical romance we all can guess who will be victorious.

Stacy starts off strong making Ezza wary as she starts off the plot of the book right off the bat with some sexy times between Richard Maitland, our male lead character and some random married woman. Before Ezza can strategize her next move, Stacy goes in and throws a punch, as she reveals that Richard has had his heart broken and in the worst possible way when Lady Aurelia the woman he loved rejected him for somebody with more wealth AND terminated her pregnancy; heartbroken the poor man went off to war.

Barely finished with chapter one and already Stacy has thrown some serious punches. I am not completely sure Ezza can survive this match in one piece to be honest. Let us all pray for her soul.

Ezza though groggy sees an opportunity to strike and goes for a kidney punch when she realizes that Stacy has completely glossed over how Richard found his daughter, Emily. She felt that Stacy missed an opportunity to allow the readers to empathize more with Richard by allowing them to follow his journey in finding Emily; the anguish, the happiness, the personal cost he underwent when he was cut off by his father and deciding he will be his own man.

Unfortunately for Ezza, Stacy recovered quickly and is now striking her with multiple quick jabs by making Richard and Evie (our main female lead) be friends for more than 6 years so you definitely know that their feelings for each other is the real deal (damn the poor girl loving the man for 6 years before she went and actually tried to get him, I can completely relate) then showing that Stacy isn’t afraid of including what seems to be almost a taboo subject in historical romance; she shows that her characters do fart, vomit and have stretch marks which I the narrator must applaud.

Stacy with renewed vigor goes in for the kill and unleashes a flurry of jabs before finishing off her opponent with an uppercut for the knockout when  Richard’s confession of what he truly thought of Evie was revealed causing Evie to realize that Richard did not hold her the same esteem as she did him hurting her beyond reason; this caused Evie to feel as if their friendship was based on lies instead of mutual respect.

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And that ladies and gentleman is the end of our little literary battle between Ezza and Stacy Reid whereby Stacy is the ultimate victor of which let’s be honest she never stood a chance anyway, that poor sucker.

Before we leave the match as it is I would like to thank our sponsors, Netgalley, for kindly providing the book to be reviewed.

*Now now don’t worry there was a happy ending so chill*


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Title: How To Marry a Marquess

Author: Stacy Reid

Published: 14 August 2017

Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 5/5

Lady Evie Chesterfield is a darling of the ton who refuses to become engaged. She’s been desperately in love with her brother’s friend, Richard Maitland, Marquess of Westfall, since forever. But the dark, dangerous marquess only sees her as a friend and refuses to marry any woman. When circumstances change and Evie has no choice but to take a husband, she decides to convince London’s most notorious gentleman to marry her by seducing the scoundrel.

Richard Maitland decided long ago that he wanted nothing to do with love. So when the gorgeous, off-limits Evie asks him for lessons in seduction, Richard knows he’s playing with fire. Despite Richard’s determination to protect her from his dastardly reputation, he is tested at every turn by his need for the infuriating, but enticing, Lady Evie. Before too long he is faced with making an impossible choice…