Flat-Out Celeste by Jessica Park

Published: 22 May 2014
Published by: Flat Finn, Inc.
AuthorJessica Park
SeriesFlat Out Love Book 2
Read : 9 April 2020
Shelved : 7 April 2020
Get it here: Amazon
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.

For high-school senior Celeste Watkins, every day is a brutal test of bravery. And Celeste is scared. Alienated because she’s too smart, her speech too affected, her social skills too far outside the norm, she seems to have no choice but to retreat into isolation.

But college could set her free, right? If she can make it through this grueling senior year, then maybe. If she can just find that one person to throw her a lifeline, then maybe, just maybe.

Justin Milano, a college sophomore with his own set of quirks, could be that person to pull her from a world of solitude. To rescue her—that is, if she’ll let him.

Together, they may work. Together, they may save each other. And together they may also save another couple—two people Celeste knows are absolutely, positively flat-out in love.

Whether you were charmed by Celeste in Flat-Out Love or are meeting her for the first time, this book is a joyous celebration of differences, about battling private wars that rage in our heads and in our hearts, and—very much so— this is a story about first love. 


“You are who you are. Don’t be ashamed of yourself. At all. Surround yourself with people who cheer you on.”

― Jessica Park, Flat-Out Celeste

** spoiler alert ** 
In Book 2, this series starts out a few years after Julie and Matt gave their relationship a go. It may not be a fully Matt-Julie book but it rounds out it out to a good finale for everyone.

Celeste Watkins.
Celeste, an outbound senior school, is a gifted student and is deciding which Ivy League is she going to go to, as is expected from everyone. In the last few months before school ended, an unexpected referral to a tertiary school by a mentor/teacher changed everything for her. It made her decide on what is expected of her versus what she would want to be.

Justin is a quirky college student agent assigned to “woo” Celeste into giving this tertiary school a go and did as much as reaching out and making deals with Celeste. He is full of personality that is rarely seen in men but most likely it’s so ‘him’, even before meeting Celeste in-person. I love how he thinks, rambles on, and is just so ‘Justin’. I have yet to remember a character like him. He is patient, kind, cunning (with the messages and remarks), and is able to handle emotions to keep up with Celeste. He’s her own cheering squad which is so endearing.

“You don’t want to miss out on people. If you assume everyone is out to get you, then you’re going to shut them down before they have a chance to prove you wrong.”

― Jessica Park, Flat-Out Celeste

The Verdict.
At first, I was purely at a loss on what happened to Matt and Julie. It was horrors to be reading along and realizing that both are NOT together! It was confusing and heartbreaking at the same time since I felt the pain of Julie and Matt. It was painful to read how miserable Matt is and how Celeste was coping with the ended relationship of her brother while maintaining to be friends with Julie, who helped her so much.

Sidenote: Matt and Julie come into some part of the book but it is all based on the side of Celeste. Their story pushes through the “ever-after” – from where things go after a few months hooked up to years after and seeing how it all shaped each other. It takes a realistic approach at what happens when what we thought is a “happily-ever-after”, isn’t all that’s cracked up to be. The writer does a good job of comparing the past and where will it end up for both of them. I’m glad that Celeste had a hand on how Julie and Matt take things. I think what happened to them makes them better-developed characters in the end.

With the confusion and heartache, I kept rushing through the book to numb the pain of that loss while navigating through the budding relationship between Celeste and Justin. I’m excited to be reading how smart and playful (and scattered brain) Justin is…it’s cute and hilarious all at the same time.

Their emails and text messages were cute and hilarious at times. I really enjoyed the conversations between Justin and Celeste… a pure joy to witness the exchanges and thoughts of both. I still love the messaging style of the book compared to the status update of the previous 2 books.

“I’m not going to drown in what I can’t change.”

― Jessica Park, Flat-Out Celeste

There are definite similarities between Celeste and Matt views relationships. Don’t get me started but both are wrong and it frustrates me to think that they are their own worst enemies on this. Their shared coping mechanisms (Flat Finn) is endearing but does not them cope well with others and life.

It comes to a point of having to “survive” their own mistakes to be able to grow and discover that their ultimate “soulmates” is right in front of them. Kudos to Celeste (and Justin) and Matt (and Julie)!!!

Spoiler: Matt does right by Julie in the end, all due to Celeste’s wonderfully beautiful scheming.

It is a lovely ending to such a beloved trilogy! 

“And you have me. Sometimes you need someone else to believe in you, to carry you, until you can do that yourself. Let me carry you. You’re almost there. Damn it, Celeste, you’re almost there. God, please, you have me, and I want you.” He stopped walking back and forth and put both of his hands over his heart. “I want you so much.”

― Jessica Park, Flat-Out Celeste

Meet Jessica Park

Jessica Park is the author of 180 SECONDS, CLEAR, The Left Drowning Series (LEFT DROWNING and RESTLESS WATERS), the New York Times bestselling FLAT-OUT LOVE (& the companion novella FLAT-OUT MATT), FLAT-OUT CELESTE, and RELATIVELY FAMOUS. grew up in the Boston area and attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. After spending four years in the frigid north, including suffering through one memorable Halloween blizzard, Jessica hightailed it back to the east coast. She now lives in New Hampshire (relatively balmy) with her husband, son, bananas dogs named Fritzy and Finn, and a selfish cat. She spends an obscene amount of time thinking about rocker boys and their guitars, complex caffeinated beverages, and tropical vacations. On the rare occasions that she is able to focus on other things, she writes. When not writing, Jessica indulges her healthy obsessions with Facebook and complicated coffee beverages.

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Relatively Famous by Jessica Park

Published on: 22 June 2010
Type: Stand-alone, no cliffhanger
AuthorJessica Park
Read: 8 April 2020
Shelved: 9 April 2020
Get it Amazon
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Synopsis

Meet Dani McKinley: A typical teen whose world is rocked when she finds out that her father is a famous Hollywood Action star. Now meet Mark Ocean: A self-serving actor with a floundering career who sees that a daughter is just what he needs to reinvent himself as a family man and get back on track. When the two decide to spend the summer together, they must not only wrangle their own love lives, but try to figure out who they really are to themselves and to each other.
Now armed with credit cards, club memberships, and a new wardrobe, Dani learns that what Mark has in wealth, he sorely lacks in parenting skills. Trying to show Mark that parenting is about more than loading her up with Prada bags and taking her to movie premieres is challenging enough, but she’s also got her hands full with her new friends. Oh, and the boys… Dani meets Jason, a gorgeous young personal trainer who is easy on the eyes and wildly flirtatious. But is this smug hottie the one for her? Or will she ignore her friends eye-rolling and go for the goofy but sweet surfer?
While juggling her own complicated love life, Dani tries to set her father up with someone less likely to appear on a VH1 reality show, and someone more… well, normal. And age-appropriate. And dressed in anything but a thong bikini. But whether Mark is able to heal old wounds and move forward with anything more than a meaningless fling remains to be seen.
Can Dani fit in with this new, fast-moving California crowd without losing herself? With the world at her fingertips and hot boys now after her, staying grounded gets tough. And can Mark drop his egocentric approach to life and learn to appreciate how truly wonderful his daughter is? As driven as he is to get that A-list acting role, he’s willing to do whatever it takes to get there, even if it means using his daughter. Or is he…? Mark and Dani’s relationship hits a few highs, but the question becomes whether the lows are too much. 


Dani is a young ‘grounded’ and sensible girl who is raised by her mother and her boyfriend, Alan in Michigan.
One day, on the way to school, Dani discovers that her biological father is alive and is non-other than the very famous movie star, Mark Ocean, who Dani found lame as an actor due to the crazy stories he portrayed in the movies. It didn’t help that her dad reached out and invited her to stay with him in Hollywood to get to know each other better. There, she gets to know more about her father and the life he leads which is full of glitz and glamour but also the other side of being famous.

Mark Ocean recently learned that he’s a father with a stagnant career in playing predictable roles. He needs to revamp his image and show the world that he’s an actor to be taken seriously. When he unexpectedly found out of Dani’s existence and that he’s the father, he found his answer. He needed a more family-oriented and wholesome image to be able to land a role that he’s been eyeing for so long. Solution: an instant-family man to show the world on how he’s grown up and ready for more mature roles. He uses his daughter’s stay to reinvent himself as a way to get into the movie that he’s auditioning for. It didn’t hurt also that Dani became friends with the director’s daughter in the process.

This is a coming-out age book that also is a father-daughter bonding experience. The writing is easy to follow and the plot is simple to comprehend. The characters are all relatable since Park since it’s not a new concept. Nothing really new on the type of story so it’s was a good enough read and I do appreciate stories like these after a roller-coaster ride of emotions in Park’s Flat Out trilogy previously read.

Both the main characters, Mark and Dani, had a lot to learn with regards to their new relationship as a family. They find out what the other needs and later protects each other from creepy guys and “unfitted” partners.

Dani’s character was thought out carefully and developed well in each of the experiences that Park shared with us. Dani got to experience the summer romance that most people her age goes through with two people, Nathan (the chill-out and warm surfer dude) and Jason (the dangerously handsome and popular). The courting of the two boys and the living experience with her father were real eye-openers to Dani and what the real world is like being the daughter of a famous actor – the good, the bad and even the ugly. I’m glad that even if there were the usual “mean/fake crowds” around Dani, she still had a good friend to lean on back home, Sam, and in Hollywood, Kayla. She grows into her own identity with the joy and pain of being young.

I wished Park talked a bit more about Mark more. I would have wanted more time to better connect with him and how he grew into a more worthy partner. There wasn’t much discussion of his career and impact compared to when he started to date local ‘grounded’ florist Olivia but I guess since the writer centered her focus on Dani and how her appearance changed everything and everyone in her surroundings for better.
I gushed over Olivia and Mark…they were like teenagers in getting to know each other and over their date. It’s cute and makes me root for Olivia’s naivety and shunning the spotlight/fame that truly made Mark realize that she’s a keeper.

All in all, a good feel-good book that is relatable at some accounts since some of the very lavish things going on Hollywood is beyond what I can fathom also.


Meet Jessica Park

Jessica Park is the author of 180 SECONDS, CLEAR, The Left Drowning Series (LEFT DROWNING and RESTLESS WATERS), the New York Times bestselling FLAT-OUT LOVE (& the companion novella FLAT-OUT MATT), FLAT-OUT CELESTE, and RELATIVELY FAMOUS. grew up in the Boston area and attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. After spending four years in the frigid north, including suffering through one memorable Halloween blizzard, Jessica hightailed it back to the east coast. She now lives in New Hampshire (relatively balmy) with her husband, son, bananas dogs named Fritzy and Finn, and a selfish cat. She spends an obscene amount of time thinking about rocker boys and their guitars, complex caffeinated beverages, and tropical vacations. On the rare occasions that she is able to focus on other things, she writes. When not writing, Jessica indulges her healthy obsessions with Facebook and complicated coffee beverages.

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Flat Out Love (Book 1) and Flat Out Matt (Book 1.5) by Jessica Park

Published: 11 April 2011
Type: Series
Series: Flat Out Love
AuthorJessica Park
SeriesFlat Out Love and Flat Out Matt
Read : 6 April 2020
Shelved : 7 April 2020
Rating for Flat Out Love: 3 out of 5 stars

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Get Flat Out Love: Amazon

Rating for Flat Out Matt: 4 out of 5 stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Get Flat Out Matt : Amazon


Flat Out Love

It’s not what you know – or when you see – that matters. It’s about a journey.

Something is seriously off in the Watkins home. And Julie Seagle, college freshman, small-town Ohio transplant, and the newest resident of this Boston house, is determined to get to the bottom of it. When Julie’s off-campus housing falls through, her mother’s old college roommate, Erin Watkins, invites her to move in. The parents, Erin and Roger, are welcoming, but emotionally distant and academically driven to eccentric extremes. The middle child, Matt, is an MIT tech geek with a sweet side … and the social skills of a spool of USB cable. The youngest, Celeste, is a frighteningly bright but freakishly fastidious 13-year-old who hauls around a life-sized cardboard cutout of her oldest brother almost everywhere she goes.

And there’s that oldest brother, Finn: funny, gorgeous, smart, sensitive, almost emotionally available. Geographically? Definitely unavailable. That’s because Finn is traveling the world and surfacing only for random Facebook chats, e-mails, and status updates. Before long, through late-night exchanges of disembodied text, he begins to stir something tender and silly and maybe even a little bit sexy in Julie’s suddenly lonesome soul.

To Julie, the emotionally scrambled members of the Watkins family add up to something that … well … doesn’t quite add up. Not until she forces a buried secret to the surface, eliciting a dramatic confrontation that threatens to tear the fragile Watkins family apart, does she get her answer.

Flat-Out Love comes complete with emails, Facebook status updates, and instant messages. 


If you can’t stop thinking about someone’s update, that’s called “status cling.”

** spoiler alert **

The Characters
Julie is surely an interesting character. I enjoyed her wit and helping the family out as best as she can. She has her own unique personality that infuse new life in the Watkin’s family.
She comes into the family of the Watkins family with so much hope and new outlook as a boarder. She made the family realize how they can move on and face their family’s new dynamics.
I really felt heavy in a lot of sections of the book but with Julie in it, it felt like a ray of sunshine is slowly creeping in that later gets bigger and bigger. Julie is what I would consider “courageous”.

“He just wasn’t the guy, you know? I want the guy. The everything guy. Not the dumb Prince Charming, nauseatingly-perfect everything guy. That’s pathetic. I want the flaws-and-all everything guy.”

― JulieFlat-Out Love


Matt Matt is a whole new character type in my head…I can’t seem to place him in a single category and I love how multifaceted he is. He is torn between being Finn and being true to himself since Julie entered their lives and finding Finn on Facebook.

Matt: “At least I’m not a font nerd.”
Julie: “A what?”
Matt: “You know. People who love fonts. There are people who go to a movie and get agitated because, while the movie is supposed to be set in 1962, the restaurant awning shown in the background of some scene is printed in Arras Bold, which wasn’t invented until 1991, so clearly the producers of the movie are insane and should be beheaded.”

 Matt, Flat-Out Love

Celeste is one of my favorites since she seems to be oozing out with random thoughts and personalities. She’s smart and kind. She misses her brother indeed.
Celeste is a character of her own but I love how smart and resilient she is in her own way. She may come out as a brat but a surviving and coping one is what I can see. She’s far from being a brat as what the reader reads on.

Erin and Robert Watkins are surely a unique couple…not much can be said about them since the story revolved around Julie, Matt, Finn, and Celeste more. I do appreciate how giving the couple is with taking in Julie as part of their family and in doing so, they do start to heal and “move on” to accept the truth on what happened to their family and to Finn.

The Verdict.
The concept and plot is fairly new for me. It’s unique in its own category.  I enjoyed the status updates on each chapter start and it really set the mood on that particular chapter. The book cover is also uniquely cool. It didn’t make sense to me till after reading the book but really…very cool.

I am very frustrated with Matt and how he handled the whole thing – with leading Julie on blindly to Finn, with allowing his parents to act how they are (by being irresponsible and leaving it to Matt) , etc. The only rewarding thing I believe Matt is handling somewhat well is taking care of Celeste and making sure that the house is decent shape.

The writing can be a bit slow for me but there were a few good moments that really kicked in quick. I enjoyed the connection that Matt and Julie go through in their own way and still talking about Finn. It was eerie but after everything, it made sense.

I was pleasantly surprised with the innovative twist in the end, regarding the family secret. I do enjoy the concept. I had such an “a-ha” moment when the puzzle clicked in the end.


Flat Out Matt

*Please note: This is not a full retelling of Flat-Out Love, but rather a companion piece with select FOL chapters, and it is meant for readers who know the story very well.*

You saw geeky, damaged, lovable Matt Watkins through Julie’s eyes in FLAT-OUT LOVE. Now go deeper into Matt’s world in this FLAT-OUT MATT novella. Live his side of the story, break when his heart breaks, and fall for the unlikely hero all over again.

Take an emotional skydive for two prequel chapters and seven FLAT-OUT LOVE chapters retold from his perspective, and then land with a brand-new steamy finale chapter from Julie.

Author’s Note: Two chapters, The Sleepover and Keep Going, contain more mature content than Flat-Out Love (Keep Going, in particular), and were written based on reader demand. They wouldn’t have fit in well with the original Flat-Out Love, but given that this is a fan-driven companion piece, I think they work. While the content here is upped a bit, the scenes are tastefully done. (So, you know sorry to those who wanted lewd and graphic.) 


“How you find love means nothing. It’s what you do with it when you see it that does.” And when Julie looked at Matt, she unquestionably saw love.

― Julie, Flat-Out Matt

The Verdict.
The writing is simple but spotlights on Matt’s character in the book. This short story is based on Matt’s point of view, which is rare since most of the books offered in the market now focuses on the heroine’s side. The book doesn’t recount everything that happened in the first book’s chapters but only selected ones. I appreciate this so I do not need to avoid skipping pages. The ones that is written are the important ones and even before Julie came into the picture and gives us a glimpse of Finn actively present in the Watkin’s home. I liked how things ended for Julie and Matt in this book. The ending of the book was nice and really “settles” the previous book.

“I did it, Finn. I did it. I was ready to jump, and now she’s jumping with me.”

― Matt, Flat-Out Matt

I’m excited to read the part 2 of the story. 


Meet Jessica Park

Jessica Park is the author of 180 SECONDS, CLEAR, The Left Drowning Series (LEFT DROWNING and RESTLESS WATERS), the New York Times bestselling FLAT-OUT LOVE (& the companion novella FLAT-OUT MATT), FLAT-OUT CELESTE, and RELATIVELY FAMOUS. grew up in the Boston area and attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. After spending four years in the frigid north, including suffering through one memorable Halloween blizzard, Jessica hightailed it back to the east coast. She now lives in New Hampshire (relatively balmy) with her husband, son, bananas dogs named Fritzy and Finn, and a selfish cat. She spends an obscene amount of time thinking about rocker boys and their guitars, complex caffeinated beverages, and tropical vacations. On the rare occasions that she is able to focus on other things, she writes. When not writing, Jessica indulges her healthy obsessions with Facebook and complicated coffee beverages.

Connect with Jessica
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The Revenants Series by Amy Plum

*Note: I wanted to write a review of the series since I found it quite nice and highly recommended this to all of my friends. It’s an amazing book series to start that talks about honor, duty, sacrifices and love.

Die for Me (Book 1)
Published by: HarperTeen
Published date: 10 May 2011
Series: Reverent Book 1
Read: 2019 and again 12 March 2020
Shelved: 13 March 2020
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Until I Die (Book 2)
Published by: HarperCollins Publishers
Published date: 8 May 2012
Series: Reverent Book 2
Read: 2019 and again March 13, 2020
Shelved: 14 March 2020
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Die For Her (Book 2.5)
Published by: HarperTeen
Published date: 2 April 2013
Series: Reverent Book 2.5
Read: 2019 and again 14 March 2020
Shelved: 15 March 2020
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
If I Should Die (Book 3)
Published by: HarperTeen
Published date: 7 May 2013
Series: Reverent Book 3
Read: 2019 and again 16 March 2020
Shelved: 17 March 2020
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Die Once More (Book 3.5)
Published by: HarperTeen
Published date:  3 February 2015
Series: Reverent Book 3.5
Read: 2019 and again 17 March 2020
Shelved: 18 March 2020
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Get the whole series : Amazon US

Die For Me
In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.

When Kate Mercier’s parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life–and memories–behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.

Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate’s guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he’s a revenant–an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.

Until I Die
Kate and Vincent have overcome the odds and at last they are together in Paris, the city of lights and love.

As their romance deepens there’s one question they can’t ignore: How are they supposed to be together if Vincent can’t resist sacrificing himself to save others? Although Vincent promises that he’ll do whatever it takes to lead a normal life with Kate, will that mean letting innocent people die? When a new and surprising enemy reveals itself, Kate realizes that even more may be at stake—and that Vincent’s immortality is in jeopardy.

In Die for Me, Amy Plum created a captivating paranormal mythology with immortal revenants and a lush Paris setting. Until I Die is poised to thrill readers with more heart-pounding suspense, spellbinding romance, and a cliff-hanger ending that will leave them desperate for the third and final novel in the series.

Die For Her
Set in the romantic and death-defying world of the international bestselling Die for Me trilogy, this digital original novella follows Jules, a brooding, immortal French artist who has fallen in love with his best friend’s girlfriend.

Jules Marchenoir is a revenant—an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save human lives. He’s spent the better part of the last century flirting his way through Paris, but when he met Kate Mercier, the heroine from Amy Plum’s Die for Me trilogy, he knew his afterlife had changed forever and he had found the love of his life. Until Kate fell for his best friend, Vincent. Now Jules is faced with an impossible decision: choosing between his loyal friend and a love truly worth dying for. 

If I Should Die
I will not lose another person I love. I will not let history repeat itself.

Vincent waited lifetimes to find me, but in an instant our future together was shattered. He was betrayed by someone we both called a friend, and I lost him. Now our enemy is determined to rule over France’s immortals, and willing to wage a war to get what they want.

It shouldn’t be possible, none of it should be, but this is my reality. I know Vincent is somewhere out there, I know he’s not completely gone, and I will do anything to save him.

After what we’ve already fought to achieve, a life without Vincent is unimaginable. He once swore to avoid dying—to go against his nature and forsake sacrificing himself for others—so that we could be together. How can I not risk everything to bring my love back to me?

Die Once More
This one-hundred-page novella picks up where the international bestselling Die for Me trilogy ended and follows the eternally irresistible Jules Marchenoir as he leaves Paris behind for a fresh start in New York City.

Jules is a revenant—an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save human lives. He’s spent the last century flirting his way through Paris and, most recently, falling in love with his best friend’s girlfriend. Loyalty and heartbreak have led him to choose a new life in NYC.

Separated from his friends and his home, Jules is adrift in this dangerous new world, facing unknown enemies . . . until he meets a revenant named Ava. Though the battle for France has been won, an epic war between good and evil has just begun in the Big Apple, and Ava needs Jules’s help to uncover the key to an American victory. Jules finds himself in the same position he crossed an ocean to escape: at risk of losing his immortal existence as well as his heart.


The Characters.

Vincent Delacroix

Vincent Delacroix, the main hero, is a young revenant (died at 18 and is 19 years old at the start of the series), whose duty is to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others, and keep doing it after death. Each time a revenant dies, they reanimate at the same age that they had died the very first time. Revenants are not humans, but are immortals.
Vincent discovers Kate walking in the banks of Seine and was mysteriously drawn to her due to the aura she emanated and later saves her also. He enlisted Jules’s help, his best friend, to help guard and guide Kate, when he was in his “dormant state”. He is prophesied to be the champion of the Paris Revenant Covenant.

Kate Mercier

Kate Mercier, the heroine, is a sixteen year old girl from the US, who became an orphan with her sister, Georgia, after the mysterious car accident that caused their parents’ lives. They were uprooted to live in Paris with her father’s parents.
Coping after the tragedy, she immersed herself in book and art around Paris. She kept to herself throughout the book compared to her sister until she met Vincent and started to question everything about her, her parent’s accident, the Revenants, etc. This is a slow burning process for her as she becomes stronger and braver as the story progressed, especially when she she learned that she may hold something “special” that changed everything that what the Revenant prophesies predicted.

Jules Marchenoir

Jules Marchenoir is the flirty Revenant that tries to charm Kate each time they meet. He is loyal to his friend Vincent since they’ve been together for the longest time. He is a fierce fighter and will die for either Kate or Vincent, if needed.
Caught in between the love for Vincent and possibly for Kate, he made sure to take himself out of the equation of the possible feelings he has but instead, found himself in more pain as he sort his purpose as a Revenant while being away from the family he’d known for so long.
Jules is a saint under a ‘bad boy image’ based on how his character grew and what he had to sacrifice at the end in Book 2.5 but his story comes full circle in Book 3.5.

The Verdicts.

The series revolves around the three main characters above during a time when a war is also rising in the Revenant factions. The stories are moving together in one area but we have to remember that there are other Revenants all over the world that have their own fights to handle. A lot of people compare this with the Twilight saga, which is understandable since it roughly came out at the same time. Some may say that I’m biased in that I love this series because of Twilight but just so you know, the Twilight series was only “meh” for me. I tried to like it but it was harder to believe. For this series, it just got to me. I think the descriptive places and rituals was the clincher. It didn’t hurt also that the setting was in Paris then later New York.

The writing is lovely since it was very “visual in words” for me and I felt that I was walking along the banks of the Seine while looking at possible “jumpers” and battles of the Revenants in Paris and NYC. I real colorful treat all through out the series.

Die For Me (Vincent & Kate’s story)
I love the book from start to finish. I enjoyed the visual treats provided and at the same time, I was mesmerized with the secrets of the Revenants – their culture, beliefs, re-animation, etc. Kate and Vincent are a curious pair and makes you want to see their story through. Kate is the meek and hesitant one while Vincent was the protector and the proactive one” in pursuing for the relationship. I can see the similarity to the Edward/Bella relationship.

“I can’t promise you an ordinary experience, Kate. I wish I could transform myself into a normal man and be there for you, always, without the trauma that defines my life as “the walking dead.” Since that isn’t possible, I can only reassure you that I will do everything in my power to make it up to you. To give you more than a normal boyfriend could.
I have no idea what that will mean, exactly, but I’m looking forward to finding out with you.”

― Vincent, Die for Me

I’m a bit apprehensive on Book 2 and what will happen but all part of the plan of Amy, I am sure. I could not put the book down and is diving into Book 2 immediately.

Have I peaked your interest? You can read the first eight chapters of Die For Me here to see for yourself.

Until I Die (Vincent & Kate’s story)

Warning: cliffhanger alert! This book ends with a big cliffhanger but do not worry…it gets even better for Book 3 that you will forgive Amy.

Kate and Vincent dives deeper into the world of the Revenants. Both of them are maturing as they come to face their responsibilities of saving their clan and learning about their love for each other. It’s wonderful tale of young love but also understanding how their love will affect others around them. They use this as a driving force to be “more” to each other and the Covenant.

“The day I stop seeing you as one of the strongest people I know is the day I wake up human.”

― Vincent, Until I Die

I am so excited for the both of them, even to Jules who is starting to show signs of maturity and responsibility with his friendship with Vincent and his growing love for Kate. This is the clincher love triangle to end it all. It is interesting but very obvious from the start on where this will end. There are many moments in the book, wherein Jules is trying his best to share his feelings more to Kate as he’s always the assigned bodyguard for her. It breaks me heart to see how Kate reacts and just leaves Jules to his own since she is already “answered for” in her head.

Die for Her (Jules’ story)
Jules…you are a darn saint!

“As Jules kissed my cheeks he whispered, “She has nothing on you, of course, Kates. It’s just that you’re so very…taken.”

~ Jules, Die for Her

My heart broke when I read the quote above. It really poured his heart for the love and loyalty he has for Kate. This book focuses on Jules and his thoughts. I appreciate Amy for giving time on this one unexpected character that won my heart. I wish things would have been different for him. I guess Amy has Jules’ story written and sealed already to have him end up with Kate. His heartache is one that he will have to go through to have a better ending after all this.

In the end, I was surprised by his actions but I understand why he did it – to put some distance to himself, Vincent and Kate. I was a bit scared of what it would mean to Vincent but there was so much turmoil inside Jules that I want to just hug him. How ironic that I now shifted from rooting for Vincent to Jules. I feel like a teenager for him…the heartache and unrequited love. I hope that he will find his “soul-mate” somewhere later in the series.

I’m still reeling on the pain as I re-read the story.

If I Should I Die (Vincent & Kate’s story – finale)
Book 3…heavy heavy stuff going on but I was happy that Kate and Vincent’s story rounded out well in the end. I got to wrap my head around that it’s not Vincent saves Kate but vice versa. It’s a heroine in our midst and I’m so excited as I approach Book 3.

I am amazed and pleasantly surprised to see how Kate quickly developed into the strongest character (though it could be construed as too fast in such a short span) based on other books I’ve read. I am happy on how Vincent took on the realization of all that happened…an epiphany. From the shift in expectations to the realization that no one could have predicted. Kate rose up and led the Covenant to victory!!!

“If I should die…,” I began to say.

Vincent cuts me off. “Stop, Kate!” And then he sighs and his shoulders hunch slightly. He knows it’s dishonest to pretend we’re all going to make it out alive. He shuts his eyes and, when he opens them, he looks resolute. “Whatever happens, remember that I will love you forever,” he says. “Even if my spirit is dispersed and my consciousness released to the universe . . . whatever is left of me will never stop loving you.”

― Kate & Vincent, If I Should Die


I’m happy to have Kate and Vincent’s story to focus on this since I was a wreck on the last book with Jules, Vincent, and Kate but definitely enjoying the other supporting characters in the process now that I know Jules will have his story told at a later time.

Die Once More (Jules & Ava’s story – <3!)
I’m so happy that he finally got his happy ending! I understand that some are still frustrated with his being hung up with Kate but heck, this is teenage crush/love etc going on and after being shut down, it’s not easy to get rid of feelings and move on.

Ava is one cool character. She’s just as kick-a** from the start like Kate (who didn’t show it at first but later was stronger than anyone realized) till finish. She’s more fitting to Jules in my opinion and is happy that Amy gave as much background as she could for both characters in their own spin-off and also considered how the other side of the pond (NYC) Revenants have to win in their own war.

I can now breathe better. Although still going to be a wreck for a few days with what happened, I at least can rest easier at night with how things turned out. I appreciate the location change and it really gave Jules a chance to become his own person and find his “soulmate” in another strong woman. My emotions are still all over the place as I recall the details!

“My home is not a place. It’s not a fixed location on the map; not Paris or New York. It is with Ava. Wherever she is— that is where I belong.”

― Jules, Die Once More


Amy Plum is the international bestselling author of the DIE FOR ME series (Indie Next List pick, Romance Times top pick, and recipient of a starred review from School Library Journal). The books have been translated into thirteen foreign languages. The trilogy is accompanied by two eNovellas entitled DIE FOR HER and DIE ONCE MORE and a compendium entitled INSIDE THE WORLD OF DIE FOR ME.

In DREAMFALL and NEVERWAKE a radical experiment to cure chronic insomnia goes wrong, and its seven teenage test subjects are plunged into a shared coma populated by one another’s nightmares; those who die in the dream will also die in real life.

Amy’s action/adventure/magic duology, AFTER THE END and UNTIL THE BEGINNING, received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, 4 1/2 stars from RT Book Reviews, and enthusiastic reviews from Kirkus, USA Today, ALA Booklist and School Library Journal.

After being raised in Birmingham, Alabama, in a rather restrictive environment, AMY PLUM escaped to Chicago to an even more restrictive environment at a university that expelled people for dancing. (And where she was called to the dean’s office for “wearing too much black”.) After all of that restrictiveness, she was forced to run far far away, specifically to Paris, France, where she only wore black and danced all she wanted.

After five years in Paris, she ventured to London, where she got an M.A. in Medieval Art History, specializing in Early Sienese Painting (1260-1348) mainly because it promised almost no hope of finding a paying job afterward.

Amy managed to find work in the world of art and antiques in New York. But after almost a decade of high-pressure lifestyle in the Big Apple, she swapped her American city for a French village of 1300 inhabitants.

After signing with HarperCollins for the DIE FOR ME series, Amy left her job as an English professor at Tours University to write full-time. She now lives in Paris with her two kids and her black lab, Oberon.

She is a huge fan of Edward Gorey and Maira Kalman (and collects both of their books/art), as well as David Sedaris, Amadeo Modigliani, and Ira Glass.

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When Ashes Fall by Marni Mann

Published: January 15th 2019
Type: Stand-alone, no cliffhanger
Author: Marni Mann
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Read : 4 February 2020
Shelved : 5 February 2020
Get it here: Amazon US | Barnes and Noble | Kobo | Audible
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“No, I don’t want to run. Unless it’s toward you, and then my answer is yes.”

― Alix, When Ashes Fall

Synopsis

It’s been said that you can’t love two men at the same time.
You can’t split your heart, soul, and body in half.
But I’m here to tell you, you can.
Dylan Cole is like ice, sharp and unpredictable, the thunder inside a tumultuous storm.
Smith Reid is warmth, soft and gentle, perfect like a sunny day.
Both are mine.
But I can have only one.
There are two sides to this tale.
I’m here to tell you mine.
If you think this story is about a cheater, you couldn’t be more wrong. 


Review

The Characters.
Alix Rayne, a 911 dispatcher and ex-first responder, is the main heroine whose job is all about being in the thicket of disaster and trauma. She is takes one day at a time as she battle her own demons that was splashed all over the news that fateful April 2013 day. This incident handicapped her from anything and everything to move on with her life. She was torn up inside between the love two men – one who comes during the day and another during night – the unpredictable, commanding Dylan Cole and the patient, compassionate Smith Reid. She wasn’t ready to let go either of them.

Dylan is a private airplane pilot and comes from money versus Alix’s humble living. Buth both were so drawn on each other upon first meeting that they loved each other immediately.

Smith is a lawyer who had a rough childhood. He works hard and makes sure to keep “on the right side of the law”. Smith met Alix when he called 911 and Alix helps him calm down as the ambulance arrives. During their talks, they end up agreeing to meet and go on a date. 

If you think about it, it seems so easy to judge on which one Alix should be with, right?

The Plot.
The story was pretty unexpected. I thought I was dealing with:
1) the case of a bi-polar/Alzheimer (reminded me 50 1st dates) woman who is married and has forgotten etc
2) a badly traumatized woman who was cheated on and has yet to recover the divorce, or
3) an afterlife / reincarnation confused state for Alix
All of those were possibilities…but no! This is NOT one of those stories.

Instead it dove into the paranormal and spiritual side of losing your “soul-mate” that I was overwhelmed with grief.

The Verdict.
This one got to me, most especially since the tragedy was a real and relatable on how many lives were lost that day. The language is very raw and intense.

It was heartbreaking but you see how the heroine really fought through all her “demons” with the help of love and friends. I love how Alix’s character developed and although it was killing me on how long the answers were coming for Dylan, I really felt that it was all worth the wait. I love how it all can say that you can love two persons so passionately without having to give up either one of them. It is true of any tragedy.

The ending is not what I thought of and that’s great! I may be a bit disappointed in assuming so simple where it all boiled down to a bigger meaning to love and loss.

I love love love it…thank you, Marni, for sharing Alix, Dylan and Smith’s story for us and show us the other side of PTSD.

“A pilot once told me, he always hoped for sunny days. They were the easiest and safest and the flights with the least amount of concern.” “In some way or another, that’s what we all hope for.”

― Marni Mann, When Ashes Fall

Boston Strong!!!


About Marni Mann

Marni Mann, USA Today Bestselling author, knew she was going to be a writer since middle school. While other girls her age were daydreaming about teenage pop stars, Marni was fantasizing about penning her first novel. She crafts sexy, titillating stories that weave together her love of darkness, mystery, passion, and human emotions. A New Englander at heart, she now lives in Sarasota, Florida, with her husband and their two dogs, who have been characters in her books. When she’s not nose deep in her laptop, working on her next novel, she’s scouring for chocolate, sipping wine, traveling, or devouring fabulous books.

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The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

Published bySimon & Schuster/Gallery 
Publish on: May 14, 2019
Category: Adult (Contemporary Romance)
Series: Standalone, no cliffhanger
Author: Christina Lauren
Read: 5 February 2020
Shelved: 5 February 2020
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Get it at Christina Lauren’s website | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Synopsis

Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Ami, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancé is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.

Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.

Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of… lucky. 

With Christina Lauren’s “uniquely hilarious and touching voice” (Entertainment Weekly), The Unhoneymooners is a romance for anyone who has ever felt unlucky in love.


Review

“Don’t threaten me with a good time.”

― Olive in The Unhoneymooners

With quotes like that, you know that it’s going to be a hot, sizzling and snickering story on the way. It is a really hilarious book, especially just from the title. It is very cute and witty. Quotes like the below got me smirking left and right since I get it…when love-hate happens.

“Rumor has it your dad brought her flowers and she pulled off every petal and used them to spell PUTA in the snow.”

― Olive in The Unhoneymooners

The Plot.
I find the story creatively done and well put together. The setting and description were spot-on and I can feel the sights and sounds of each of the places Olive and Ethan visited. It was good honest writing that I wondered if the authors have been to the resort themselves at one point.

The Characters & Chemistry.
I like the humor invoked by Olive and Ethan. It was easy enough to relate with the enemies become friends sort of plot. My approach to the book is a lighthearted one so I didn’t expect much and just wanted humor.

“I can appreciate my body in a bikini and still want to set fire to the patriarchy.”

― Olive in The Unhoneymooners

The one thing that got to me was how Ethan didn’t really side with Olive when all the cards shows otherwise (i.e. Olive seeing how Ethan’s brother, Dane, was treating the people around him as like “push-overs”). I appreciate the realization and rationalization of Olive to her sister’s predicament but at the end of it all, being Olive (the honest and truthful one, even if unlucky at times) Torres, she spills out every truth in her – to her boss, sister and even Ethan.

“I knew he was a book lover, but to be the same kind of book lover I am? It makes my insides melt.”

― Olive in The Unhoneymooners

My Verdict.
I love the concept of family standing beside you and rallying for you when things get grim so that is very good. It was fun seeing the dynamics of each family member during times of need and at the end, family love rules all of them…even between sisters. The humor is superb and gets me each time I read through it. It is a good stand-alone lovely story with a fun and touching ending. 


Meet Christina Lauren

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced fourteen New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 30+ languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)

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The Idea of You by Robinne Lee

Published on: June 13th 2017
Published by: St. Martin’s Griffin
Type: Stand-alone, no cliffhanger
AuthorRobinne Lee
Read : 1 February 2020
Shelved : 3 February 2020
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Rating: 5 out of 5.


Get them here: Amazon , Macmillan Publishing, Barnes & Noble

“I’m really happy when I’m with you. I get the feeling you feel the same way. And if that’s true, I don’t think you should give a fuck about what people may or may not think of our age difference. Furthermore, if our ages were reversed, no one would bat an eyelash. Am I right? So now it’s just some sexist, patriarchal crap, and you don’t strike me as the kind of woman who’s going to let that dictate her happiness. All right? Next issue…”

— Hayes Campbell

Synopsis

When Solène Marchand, the thirty-nine-year-old owner of a prestigious art gallery in Los Angeles, takes her daughter, Isabelle, to meet her favorite boy band, she does so reluctantly and at her ex-husband’s request. The last thing she expects is to make a connection with one of the members of the world-famous August Moon. But Hayes Campbell is clever, winning, confident, and posh, and the attraction is immediate. That he is all of twenty years old further complicates things.

What begins as a series of clandestine trysts quickly evolves into a passionate relationship. It is a journey that spans continents as Solène and Hayes navigate each other’s disparate worlds: from stadium tours to international art fairs to secluded hideaways. And for Solène, it is as much a reclaiming of self, as it is a rediscovery of happiness and love. When their romance becomes a viral sensation, and both she and her daughter become the target of rabid fans and an insatiable media, Solène must face how her new status has impacted not only her life, but the lives of those closest to her.


Review

**Be warned: some spoilers and whining included**

The Characters.
Sol is the wonderful single mother to Isabelle who found her way into the arms of a young, upcoming singer, Hayes, of August Moon. After being in a loveless relationship, she is swept into a relationship that is so encompassing and new that she feared to even step into the first place. She later discovers that there was no way not to try to give it a chance and somehow found the lover that she has been wishing all along.

Hayes is the wild but young lead singer of August Moon whose taste in women runs older. He found himself pursuing Sol, a single parent of one of his fan winners, and started a steady relationship.

The Plot.
The romance is amazingly fast but maybe for Sol, been around long enough to spot things, isn’t as surprising to her. Hayes is all about the whirlwind and the glamour of the relationship. Robinne pushes the boundaries of “younger man – older woman” relationship well in this book. It looked so seamless without it looking too “forced” which is rare. I enjoyed the visual descriptions of the places the meet up and I’m happy to see both of them trying to make things work even with a hectic schedule. It was a feast to see them learn about each other more.
I like the comedy infused in the coming-together of Sol and Hayes. Lines like below just get me cracking up and loving the “teenage-dream” sort of fantasy for the both of them.

“I can come to your place.”
“I don’t think that’s a good idea,” I’d said…
“You don’t want me to see where you live? What are you hiding over there? Another boy band?”
“Yes. You’ve found me out. I’ve got the Backstreet Boys in the attic.”
He paused for a second and then began to laugh. “The Backstreet Boys? How old are you again?”
“Shut up, Hayes.”
“You sure you don’t have the Monkees over there as well?”
“I’m hanging up.” 

~ Hayes, The Idea of You

Together, both characters seem to be as stable as they come with regards to each other but upon further look, each one has their own hang-ups – Sol with the trappings of being with a megastar like Hayes; Hayes trying to convince Sol each time that she was his forever. Add to that, the media hounding and disrupting Sol’s daughter’s life, it was truly too much to handle and I think that turned everything around to how it all ended.

The Verdict.
I was looking forward to this book since the writing is quite nice – based on locations. I am so not agreeing with the ending since I was hoping this ending would be a more “revolutionary one” wherein both of them will end up with each other and setting the stage of making the difference on how similar stories are happening around us now.

I feel for them. I believe that I would also be so torn between the love she has from Hayes vs the love for her child. It seems so unfair to have both and show the world that a woman can be a loving and supportive mother while at the same time have a loving partner to support her.

I am frustrated that her ex-husband gets his happy-ending while she has to suffer for what she didn’t know she wanted but later really do want. She’s put in such a spot that a train-wreck was unfolding right in front of me.

I’m putting this out there…it is so NOT FAIR!!! I want to be able to read a strong woman like Sol beat out the odds against her with her personal life like how she does it with her gallery but I guess that’s one way to end a story (or is it??) that would finally put to rest the rest of the characters.

“I’m saying it because I love you.”
He was quiet, weighing the moment. And then he smiled, wide. “What took you so long?”
I laughed. “I was just making sure it was you, and not the idea of you.”

~ Sol, The Idea of You

I am so affected/gutted with the whole book. Wrecked…I tell you so wrecked!
I invested so much on both characters…plus with passages like the one below that just tore me apart and stunned me.

“And then one day, they stopped.
Long, long before I had stopped loving him.”

~ Sol’s side, The Idea of You

It’s a very heavy and gut-wrenching book for me but I think it’s healthy enough to recommend since it pulls all your emotions then somehow settles you with the characters decision in the end. I really really wished them both well and love them both for whatever reason they did what they did.


Robinne Lee is an actor, writer and producer. A graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School, Robinne was born and raised in Westchester County, New York. Robinne has numerous acting credits in both television and film, most notably opposite Will Smith in both Hitch and Seven Pounds. She recently completed shooting Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, playing Ros Bailey. Robinne currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children. The Idea of You is her first novel. 

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The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

Author: Abby Jimenez
Series: The Friend Zone Book 1
Published on: 11 June 11th 2019
Published by: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
(Sub)genres: Contemporary Romance
Get it at: Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Google Books
Read: 28 January 2020
Shelved: 29 January 2020
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Synopsis

Kristen Petersen doesn’t do drama, will fight to the death for her friends, and has no room in her life for guys who just don’t get her. She’s also keeping a big secret: facing a medically necessary procedure that will make it impossible for her to have children.

Planning her best friend’s wedding is bittersweet for Kristen—especially when she meets the best man, Josh Copeland. He’s funny, sexy, never offended by her mile-wide streak of sarcasm, and always one chicken enchilada ahead of her hangry. Even her dog, Stuntman Mike, adores him. The only catch: Josh wants a big family someday. Kristen knows he’d be better off with someone else, but as their attraction grows, it’s harder and harder to keep him at arm’s length.

The Friend Zone will have you laughing one moment and grabbing for tissues the next as it tackles the realities of infertility and loss with wit, heart, and a lot of sass.


Review

The Characters.

Kristen is a strong, smart independent woman who runs an online boutique selling toy-dog-related merchandise and is “making a killing” on it. She lives alone but is a long-distance relationship with Tyler, a Marine who is stationed overseas, for several years. She is best friends with Sloan, who is about to get married, and being the maid of honor, she is tasked to help with a lot of the wedding preparations. She has issues with her controlling mother, who is her total opposite and is a Supreme Court judge. Kristen has made it her mission, not to follow her mother’s footsteps.

Josh: is the firefighter, who moved all the way from East to West to get away from his past mistakes and lead a simple, no relationship life. His move to the fire station with is best friend, Mike, who is Sloan’s fiance. In between his work at the fire station, he finds extra work to supplement his income by taking up carpentry work with Kristen for her online store.

Stuntman Mike: the cuddly little terrier of Kristen who is the model and inspiration of the online store. that stole the show/book for me. I can read so many books after this but I will always remember this little guy’s cute wooden stairs that helped fund Kristen to work and stay at home. Plus he’s too adorable with his “pick-up” shirts.

The Verdict.

I laughed, cried and cried some more. I really got the characters and their issues.

For Kristen is sorting her internal issues…
1.) her acceptance of her infertility issues,
2.) her strained relationship with her mother that made her do the opposite of anything mother says/advises
3.) her fear/anxiety of starting to “finalize” the moving-in with Tyler (who I also think his own issues of moving back to civilian life that explains why he enlisted**), and
4.) her growing feelings for Josh that everyone sees in some way.
I felt though that Kristen took so much longer in trying to find herself that made the book a times dragging but hey, I’m all for Josh’s patience and persistence.

**On Tyler…I can’t believe Tyler would do what he did. He’s a pure prick in stringing along Kristen and not tell her of what was happening then spring marriage in the works when he gets home. It all sounds too controlling to even make the proposal sincere; let alone serious.

The writing is solid though some parts are dragging as mentioned above. I enjoyed the Pulp Fiction references and the “velocirapture” coming out of Kristen – I can visualize this well – the Jurassic Park dinosaurs coming out as it is. To me, it is pretty hilarious and gives the reader a very very good idea on Kristen’s personality when provoked.

The highs matches the lows of the book…though the ending of Kristen and Josh’s story got overshadowed by Sloan as we came to the last chapter. This is one of the rare books that you begin to feel so much more than the heroes mentioned. I also cried ugly in shock for Sloan and Brandon since this book is all about Kristen and Josh’s story then to see something so horrific to happen to the supporting characters is just ‘mind blowing’ that I didn’t function for days after reading this. A good rounding out to transition to the next book.

I’m glad to know that Abby worked on a sequel since she cannot leave Sloan the way she did in the end of this book. I cannot wait for the next book since Sloan’s story will evolve in a different direction, I am sure. 


Abby Jimenez is a Food Network winner and USA Today best selling author with her hit debut novel The Friend Zone. She founded Nadia Cakes out of her home kitchen back in 2007. The bakery has since gone on to win numerous Food Network competitions and has amassed an international cult following. Abby’s wry literary wit was spotlighted as the admin behind the hilarious viral comments on the now famous Nadia Cakes Vageode ® cake.

Abby loves a good romance, coffee, doglets, and not leaving the house. 

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Overnight Wife by Penny Wylder

Published on: 13 August 2019
Type: Stand-alone, no cliffhanger
AuthorPenny Wylder
Read : 27 January 2020
Shelved : 28 January 2020
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Get it: Amazon


I accidentally married my new boss.
I’ve always been the ‘good girl’ in my friend group. But when my bestie dares me to let loose on my last free weekend before I start my dream job, I give in.
It’s only one night in Vegas. What’s the worst that could happen?
Here’s a hint:
Too many vodka tonics.
Grinding against a stranger’s hot, muscled body.
A whispered demand to join him in his hotel room.
Multiple you-know-whats.
One major hangover…
And a ring on my finger the next morning that I don’t remember saying yes to.
Marrying someone I just met is a huge mistake. But you know what’s worse?
Flipping him off as I threaten a restraining order…
Then discovering he’s my new boss. 


Mara Greene: recently hired stage design coordinator for Pitfire Media. She went to Vegas with her friend, Lea, to

John Walloway: the extremely young and available CEO of Pitfire Media, a huge media company, where Mara recently got hired at.

“A girl like you deserves top-shelf everything.”

John, Overnight Wife

The relationship is quite fast. A lot of previous readers find it too simple, skipped parts of characters…but please note it’s supposed to be a simple plot of about 171 pages. It is not enough to really dive into John and Mara’s background and later relationship.

I always liked how Penny writes though there are other books of her’s that I liked more, this one is good enough. I think we try to find new and exciting stories outside the realm of rational reality when finding love is sometimes simple when everyone is on board and trusts the other. Yes, it’s insta-love/lust but what better love is there if everything seems to fit for the two of them?

This may not be for everyone’s taste but I love stories of strong semi-rational (who goes to Vegas to party then ends up married to the love of their life? not many, I assure you.) women who do not become insecure adults at a drop of a hat when one of the partners becomes dominant possessive and honest. It’s an easy read to enjoy the moment for John and Mara. Take it as that.

I would have appreciated more depth of the characters to better connect with them but I can see since this is a somewhat a “rushed wedding” that it warrants a few skips in detail of the characters. The family dynamics were skimmed quickly and focus was more on Mara and John.

I’m glad to see that Mara has a more rational thought about all that she had to go through. Of course, there is the initial shock/hesitation but upon further getting-to-know John, they seem to be perfectly matched. John is good at trying to abide by Mara’s request is honesty. Both are honest but with external people (Bianca) coming into play and nosy family members, it does put a strain in their already fragile, new relationship.

Moral of the Story: One can have success in her career and a balanced family life as long as she has the support and love of her partner.


Penny Wylder, A USA Today Bestselling author and #1 Amazon bestselling author, writes what you’d expect– wild romances. Happily Ever Afters are always better when they’re a little dirty, so if you’re looking for a page turner that will make you feel naughty in all the right places, jump right in and leave your panties at the door!

The Roommate Agreement by Emma Hart

Published on: 24 March 2019
Published by: Self-published by Staci Hart
AuthorEmma Hart
Series: Standalone, HEA
Read : 24 January 2020
Shelved : 26 January 2020
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Let your homeless best friend stay with you, he said. Being roommates will be fun, he said.
It’s only temporary, he said.

He never said I’d fall for him.

You know what isn’t ‘temporary?’ The endless stream of dirty socks in my bathroom and empty food packets under the sofa—and don’t even get me started on the hot guys who take over my living room every Sunday to watch sports.
I can’t take anymore.

So I propose a roommate agreement. One that will bring peace and order back to my life, complete with rules that might just stop my newfound crush on my best friend in its tracks.
After all, there’s only so many times you can see your best friend naked before you start to lose your mind.

Rules. They’re meant to be broken… Aren’t they?


The Characters.

Jay is a 26 year old man who is sharing a flat with Shelby. From the start of the book, he’s a big mess. I’m frustrated with him and no matter how much he can see Shelby pick up after him, he still acts like he’s the “entitled one” in the flat. He works at a gym and is all muscle versus being considerate.

Shelby is a saint for having to deal with Jay and his ‘inconsiderate ways’. She is the responsible one in the flat and I can see her being taken advantaged of in general. She’s an introvert, except with telling Jay off.

The Verdict.

I liked Emma Hart’s works in the past so was excited to read this…till I realized that it’s quite different from her past works. This book just didn’t work for me in the end and I’m frustrated with myself on this.

I appreciate her reference to the Big Bang Theory and other past song fits of the 80’s/90’s like Backstreet Boys. The funny moments and flashbacks were great but even that took me so much effort to finish. There were so many times I wanted to just stop and give it up. I had to put it down and just stop to find the inspiration to continue on.

I really feel for the characters but it was dragging in plot development for the protagonist. I was even more interested in the supporting characters of Sean and Brie. It got better 3/4th of the book which really made me want to finish it (at last). I love how the parents in the end had their own plot twist…even grandma came into the action. Those parts made it worth chugging along the book.

In the end, I’m glad that both, Jay and Shelby, learned to grow up and face the reality of their developing relationship. It’s cute but needs better “connection” – deeper character development. 


Emma Hart is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty novels and has been translated into several different languages. She first put fingers to keys at the age of eighteen after her husband told her she read too much and should write her own.
Four years later, she’s still figuring out what he meant when he said she ‘read too much.’

She prides herself on writing smart smut that’s filled with dry wit, snappy, sarcastic comebacks, but lots of heart… And sex. Sometimes, she kills people. (Disclaimer: In books. But if you bug her, she’ll use your name for the victims.)

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