Review: Bombshells (Sarina Bowen)

Bombshells
Series: Brooklyn, #8
Author: Sarina Bowen

Publication Date: April 13, 2021
Genre: Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

The women’s league is in the house! And Brooklyn will never be the same again for Anton Bayer and the team…

This is my last chance to ditch my playboy reputation and finally fulfill my potential. So I’ve made three rules for our biggest season yet: no boozing, no women, and no scandals.

Especially that last thing.

So who do I befriend on the very first day back at the rink? An amazing female hockey player. I want Sylvie in a way that’s more than just friendly. I crave her. But I have a championship to win, and so does she.

Then she gets her heart broken by my teammate, and I make the foolish mistake of comforting her in the best way I know how. Our night together sets off a string of sins.

Nobody can know about our affair, especially my overprotective teammate. I can’t let anyone see into my greedy little heart. Not even her.

The things I want from her, and the things we’ve already done? If anyone knew, there’d be bombshells.

Contains: a defenseman with dreamy blue eyes, a female goalie with bad ideas, a major battle of the sexes and a swimming pool scene…


Bombshells is one of the books I’ve been looking forward to the most for the spring of 2021. I am happy to report it was everything I could have wanted it to be. This time around it’s “Baby Bayer” who meets his match. In case you’re trying to remember who “Baby Bayer” is, it’s Anton Bayer. He’s related to retired player Eric Bayer (Moonlighter). 

Anton is a player who has had some ups and downs in his short career. This season, he’s determined to stay away from the temptations of his career and be the most professional athlete he can be. That plan is thrown off guard by Silvie, one of the goalies for the new Brooklyn Bombshells hockey team. Anton can’t help but be attracted to Sylvie — even if he should avoid her due to her relationship with one of his friends and teammates. 

Anton was a funny guy. He could be mature and focused, but he could also be a man-child. I loved his made up words and upbeat personality. What I loved most about his character, though, was the way he supported and built up Sylvie. He knew how to encourage her.

Sylvie was a sweet and somewhat naive. She didn’t have a lot of experience with relationships and that showed, but it was also perfect for this story. I liked the ups and downs she went through with Bryce and how it prepared her for what was to come with Anton. I also loved how she worked hard to make her goalie dream a reality. Don’t let the sweet and naive comment fool you. Sylvie was a strong woman and force to be reckoned with.

Anton and Sylvie’s relationship was full of a bunch of fun ups and downs. I loved that they got to know each other first through a friendship and hockey camaraderie. The time they spent together as friends made their transition into a relationship feel very natural. There was a fire between them, but also a sweetness. I loved every moment of it. 

Bombshells was an enjoyable return to the Brooklyn series. It was everything I’ve come to expect from Sarina Bowen’s books in this hockey romance series. It had a great couple and a bunch of cameos from my favorite Bruisers. I hope Bowen continues this series because I can’t get enough of it.

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Review: The Temporary Roomie (Sarah Adams)

The Temporary Roomie
Author: Sarah Adams
Publication Date: April 1, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

What happens when you have to play nice with your greatest enemy? Revenge.

Drew Marshall may have let me move into his spare bedroom while my house is being renovated, but don’t think for one second his kindness comes without strings. Big, ugly, fake relationship strings.

That’s okay, though, Dr. Andrew. I’ll agree to your terms, move into your house, and act like
your girlfriend when the big day comes; but I also plan to make your life miserable—make you pay for what you did to me.

I may not be good at forgiving or forgetting, but I’m excellent at getting even.

Get ready to laugh until you cry with this sizzling, hilarious, closed-door romantic comedy!


Sarah Adams’ books keep getting better and better. The Temporary Roomie made me laugh harder than I have in a long time. It was an enemies to more romance/prank war I couldn’t get enough of. Jessie and Drew hate each other for all the wrong reasons, and what they’re willing to do to annoy each other is hilarious and almost endless. Underneath all that “hate” is a sizzling chemistry and a surprising tenderness. I loved every minute of their shenanigans romance.

WWW Wednesday: April 7, 2020

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

I didn’t read much in the last week. We watched a ton of basketball with the NCAA tournaments going on. I did manage to finish All Rhodes Lead Here by Mariana Zapata.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

I am reading an ARC of Earn Your Extra Credit by Meghan Quinn.

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

I’m planning on reading an ARC of Game Time (Moo U, #4) by Jami Davenport.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Burn

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

Books I’d Burn

This week’s prompt was actually books I’d gladly throw into the ocean, but I don’t think we should be throwing anything into the ocean so you get burn instead. Let’s just imagine I need to find some sort of kindling to make fire. These are the books I would toss first.  I didn’t like them or they frustrated me to extremes. Don’t hate me if you loved them. 



The Why:

  1. The Map From Here to There – This sequel frustrated me because the MC reverted to who she was at the beginning of the first book. I needed more of the cute relationship stuff.
  2. Again, Again – The way this book was written didn’t work for me and I usually love this author.
  3. Again, But Better – I couldn’t get past the immaturity of the MC.

  4. Healed – Yeah, it was just horrible.

  5. Taking Chances – I hated the love triangle.
  6. Allegiant – Did the first 2/3 really need to be that boring only to lead up to that ending?
  7. City of Fallen Angels – This series should have just stopped after book 3. I couldn’t even make it through half of book 5 after finishing this one.
  8. After – This was actually the first book that came to mind when I saw the prompt. Tessa and Hardin’s “relationship” was not cute. It was emotionally abusive. Honestly, pretty much the entire series could have been on this list.
  9. The Curious Incident of Dog in the Nighttime – I just remember being SO BORED while reading it for a book club.
  10. Author Anonymous – 5 stars for the writing, but I wanted to DNF it so badly because it was all about cheating. 

Review: Heart & Seoul (Jen Frederick)

Heart & Seoul
Author: Jen Frederick

Publication Date: May 25, 2021
Publisher: Berkley

Genre: Women’s Fiction, New Adult
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

From USA Today bestselling author Jen Frederick comes a heart-wrenching yet hopeful romance that shows that the price of belonging is often steeper than expected.

As a Korean adoptee, Hara Wilson doesn’t need anyone telling her she looks different from her white parents. She knows. Every time Hara looks in the mirror, she’s reminded that she doesn’t look like anyone else in her family—not her loving mother, Ellen; not her jerk of a father, Pat; and certainly not like Pat’s new wife and new “real” son.

At the age of twenty-five, she thought she had come to terms with it all, but when her father suddenly dies, an offhand comment at his funeral triggers an identity crisis that has her running off to Seoul in search of her roots.

What Hara finds there has all the makings of a classic K-drama: a tall, mysterious stranger who greets her at the airport, spontaneous adventures across the city, and a mess of familial ties, along with a red string of destiny that winds its way around her heart and soul. Hara goes to Korea looking for answers, but what she gets instead is love—a forbidden love that will either welcome Hara home…or destroy her chance of finding one.


If I had a relationship status with this book, it would say “It’s complicated.”

As an adoptee, I am always fascinated by books about adoptees. I’m always looking for something I can identify with in them. Heart & Seoul was a little different of an adoptee read for me since I’m not a Korean American adoptee. I connected with many thoughts Hara had, but obviously not all. I’ve read some information about what it means society wise to be a Korean adoptee a few times. In my early childhood, I spent a lot of time with two different families with white parents and Korean adopted children. I never really thought about how different their experience as adoptees would be compared with mine until I reconnected with one of them through social media. Their thoughts and feelings about their adoption are way different than mine. I knew how they grew up and wanted to better understand their feelings. That was one of the reasons I was excited to read Heart & Seoul, along with the fact that I am a fan of Jen Frederick’s previous book.

Heart & Seoul was an emotional read from the start with Hara losing her adopted father. Her desire to search for her birth parents, and the reasons why, were easy to relate to. The journey she went on to Seoul was fascinating. I loved learning about Seoul, the customs, and some of the history of adoption there. Hara’s emotional journey was fraught with ups and downs. Her losses and gains were tough and had me hoping for a happy ending for her.

Since I brought up happy ending, I want to point out that this NOT a romance novel. You’re not going to come away with an HEA or HFN with this book. I didn’t realize this going into this book. Honestly, the ending is why I didn’t give this book 5 stars. I needed more resolution. Things ended too abruptly for me. The entire time I was reading Heart & Seoul, I kept thinking how different this book was from anything else I’ve read from Frederick — until I got to the drama and climax. That was exactly what I would expect from a Jen Frederick book. It shouldn’t have been shocking to me, but it was. That being said, I still enjoyed this book and learned a lot from it.

Review: The Last Night in London (Karen White)

The Last Night in London
Author: Karen White
Publication Date: April 20, 2021
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

New York Times bestselling author Karen White weaves a captivating story of friendship, love, and betrayal that moves between war-torn London during the Blitz and the present day.

London, 1939. Beautiful and ambitious Eva Harlow and her American best friend, Precious Dubose, are trying to make their way as fashion models. When Eva falls in love with Graham St. John, an aristocrat and Royal Air Force pilot, she can’t believe her luck—she’s getting everything she ever wanted. Then the Blitz devastates her world, and Eva finds herself slipping into a web of intrigue, spies, and secrets. As Eva struggles to protect her friendship with Precious and everything she holds dear, all it takes is one unwary moment to change their lives forever…

London, 2019. American journalist Maddie Warner, whose life has been marked by the tragic loss of her mother, travels to London to interview Precious about her life in pre-WWII London. Maddie has been careful to close herself off to others, but in Precious she recognizes someone whose grief rivals her own—but unlike Maddie, Precious hasn’t allowed it to crush her.  Maddie finds herself drawn to both Precious and to Colin, her enigmatic surrogate nephew.  As Maddie gets closer to her, she begins to unravel Precious’s haunting past—a story of friendship, betrayal, and the unremembered acts of kindness and of love.


Before I start this review, I have to talk about the author’s note. I have read all of Karen White’s books. Two on my list of favorites are Falling Home and After the Rain. It’s been years since I read those books and that is the only reason I have for not remembering who Maddie Warner was! Now, you don’t need to have read those two books to enjoy this one, but it sure had a delayed emotional impact on me when I made the connection! Now for the review…

The Last Night in London is one of those books that had my attention from the prologue. That chapter set up a story and mystery that had me questioning everything and everyone in the 1940’s setting. I was as curious as Maddie was to unravel the story in 2019. Even when I thought I knew, I don’t know that I knew what had happened with Precious, Eva, Graham, and Alex. It was frustratingly good to try and figure out.

As for the 2019 end of the story, I really enjoyed that part too. Maddie was a frustrating character when it came to her own life. She had her reasons, which I understood, but I wanted her to get over it. I loved how she played detective with Precious’ family to find out what had happened to her during the war and after.

Overall, this was another winner by Karen White. I love how she mixes past with present in her books, neither story winning me over more than the other. Both sides or timelines always keep me intrigued. She has done this with all her previous releases and again with The Last Night in London.