Mini Reviews: Stripped, Save the Date, The Return, Listen to Your Heart

Series: Happy Endings, #1
Authors: Zoey Castile
Publication Date: August 28, 2018
Publisher: Kensington
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fiction
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★


Skilled, sculpted, and sexy, the men of adult entertainment are the kind of guys a woman reserves for her fantasies, not her reality. But is there more to these professional hotties than meets the eye?…

The day Robyn Flores meets Zac Fallon is one of those days. You know, when you’re already late for work. Mostly because you haven’t really slept since your best friend abandoned you for her fiancé and her exponentially better life. The kind of day you drag yourself to the cleaners to pick up your laundry, only to discover you’ve got the wrong bag—Star Spangled sequined thong, anyone? So Robyn is definitely not ready for the ridiculously gorgeous guy at her front door, except that they have each other’s clothes. But then, is any woman ever ready to meet the love of her life?

There’s just one problem: Zac Fallon is not the love of Robyn’s life. Zac knows, despite the all-too-intimate dinner they share, he doesn’t have a shot at her. Because the next time Zac sees Robyn, he’s front and center of the male revue headlining her best friend’s bachelorette party. So much for wooing the pretty schoolteacher, much less impressing her old-fashioned family, with his upstanding lifestyle. Now he’s only got one way to win his dream girl. It’s gonna be the steamiest, most irresistible seduction she’s ever seen. And this time it will be no act…


Stripped was such a fun read! Robyn was a fifth grade teacher who was trying to live life the “right” way. Everything went from falling perfectly in place for her to nothing going well. Then Robyn meets her new neighbor, Fallon. There’s an attraction and instant connection between them that feels more right than anything else going on in Robyn’s life. All of that is threatened when Robyn discovers Fallon is a male stripper.

I really liked this book. It made me think about how people judge those who work as strippers. To go even further, it made me think about how we judge people who “have it all”. I try not to judge people, but this book made me think hard about it. People have different reasons for their lives and career choices, and I thought this book did a great job spotlighting it. It was also a very sweet love story with some great humor thrown in at the right times. Definitely worth reading!

Save the Date
Author: Morgan Matson
Publication Date: June 5, 2018
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★


Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster—all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.

The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster.

There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.

There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo.

Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractingly…cute.

Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.


Save the Date was a very cute YA contemporary novel. It’s one fans of Morgan Matson are sure to love. I really enjoyed the whole tie in between the real life Grants and the comic strip Grants. I also loved how crazy and hectic all the wedding stuff was. The one thing that kind of bugged me was how dense Charlie was when it came to everything that was going on in her family and with her friends. It was a huge important part of the story, but it weighed on me at times. Otherwise, I loved reading this one.

The Return
Series: Titan, #1
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Narrators: Justine Eyre, Paul Boehmer
Publication Date: February 18, 2015
Publisher: Tantor Media
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Fiction


Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½


The Fates are cackling their bony asses off…

It’s been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they’ve given him have been violent and bloody–which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He’s got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy’s deal might be, but it’s a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her.

But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all.

Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

Book 1 in the new adult paranormal TITAN series, spin-off to the best selling COVENANT series.


To be honest, I only listened to this book because I needed a book to check off my Fantasy square on the NA Bingo I’m participating in. I was pleasantly surprised by the story. I really enjoyed it. Seth and Josie had a great forbidden love chemistry. I wanted to know what was going to happen between them and what Josie being a demi god meant. I wasn’t expecting to be that into the latter. I did feel like I was missing a little not having read the series previous to this one, but not much. I might have even rated this book higher had it not been for the male narrator. It wasn’t that he was a bad narrator. It was that his accent in this story made me think of Drac from Hotel Transylvania. I couldn’t decide if that was hilarious or horrible. It made me cringe every time he read a chapter because I kept seeing cartoon Drac in my mind. That wasn’t a good thing.

Listen to Your Heart
Author: Kasie West
Publication Date: May 29, 2018
Publisher: Point
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★


Talking to other people isn’t Kate Bailey’s favorite activity. She’d much rather be out on the lake, soaking up the solitude and sunshine. So when her best friend, Alana, convinces Kate to join their high school’s podcast, Kate is not expecting to be chosen as the host. Now she’ll have to answer calls and give advice on the air? Impossible.

But to Kate’s surprise, she turns out to be pretty good at the hosting gig. Then the podcast gets in a call from an anonymous guy, asking for advice about his unnamed crush. Kate is pretty sure that the caller is gorgeous Diego Martinez, and even surer that the girl in question is Alana. Kate is excited for her friend … until Kate herself starts to develop feelings for Diego. Suddenly, Kate finds that while doling out wisdom to others may be easy, asking for help is tougher than it looks, and following your own advice is even harder.

Kasie West’s adorable story of secrets, love, and friendship is sure to win over hearts everywhere.


Listen to Your Heart was adorable! I had so much fun reading it. I loved the whole podcast aspect of the story. I also loved all of the relationships in this book. There were great friendships and family dynamics. I was expecting a little more drama with those relationship, but the lack of it was refreshing in a way. Overall, an incredibly cute YA contemporary read.

10 thoughts on “Mini Reviews: Stripped, Save the Date, The Return, Listen to Your Heart”

  1. I really enjoyed Listen to Your Heart. Love Kasie West books! I have yet to read a Morgan Matson book, but I want to! I really like the cover for this one. That makes me really sad that the narrator for Seth was so bad! He’s one of my favorites.

    1. I think if you like Kasie West, Sarah Dessen or other similar authors you will like Morgan Matson’s writing. I have only read three of her books now and I’ve enjoyed every one of them. I get them from my library. 😉

      Now for Seth, you should see if your library had the audio or if you can listen to a clip of it somewhere. I would love to get your thoughts on the narrator’s voice!!!

  2. Did you know I’ve never read a book by Morgan Matson, Jennifer L. Armentrout, or Kasie West?! I know right….I just can’t pick them up for some reason. It’s super strange. I’m happy you enjoyed these for the most part!! I still need to pick up the lux series but haven’t had a chance. Great reviews <3

    1. Oh wow! Kasie West is my favorite for YA contemporary fluffy romances. They’re so feel good. I’m newer to Morgan Matson, but I like her stuff. I just read JLA this past month for the first time. Thank you!

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