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.

Cover Reveal: Earn Your Extra Credit (Meghan Quinn)

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Earn Your Extra Credit by Meghan Quinn
Release Date: April 15th
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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“She went home with someone else that night?”

Hearing the disbelief from my best friend’s mouth makes the events of my failed date sting that much more.

I would like to make it known, I have a lot more swagger than what it seems. I don’t normally ask a girl out, have her fail to recognize it’s a date, and then give me a high five–as if I’m her wingman–and take off with someone else.

No. Normally I’m the one taking the girl home but with Stella, it’s been one failed attempt after another and frankly, I’m done trying.

But thanks to my best friend getting married in Hawaii right before the school year starts, I’m stuck on a tropical island, watching Stella parade around in what she claims is a bathing suit.

Unfortunately, that’s not the worst of it, just the tip of the iceberg. Because what I think is going to be a relaxing vacation, avoiding the one girl I can’t seem to make it work with, has turned into a spectacle of being recruited as Stella’s doting fake fiancé so she can save face with an old “friend” from high school.

Now I’m navigating through purgatory while trying not to get turned on by the way she holds my hand or kisses my jaw. It’s all fake, that’s what I keep telling myself, even though it feels entirely too real.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book.

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WWW Wednesday: March 31, 2021

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

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

The last book I finished was an ARC of The Good Lie by A.R. Torre.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

I am reading an ARC of Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid. It’s my last NetGalley ARC. Woohoo! Now I’m going to try not to request any, or not let them pile up at least. I want the freedom to mood read.

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

I think I’m going to read Chance of Sprinkles (Donut Disturb, #3) by Melissa Williams. This series is so fun and light. I think I might need that after those last two books.

Cover Reveal: The Legacy (Elle Kennedy)

I have some big news and a cover to share with Off Campus series fans today! Check out below!!!

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Book Series I Walked Away From

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 supposed to be Places in Books I’d Love to Live, but I’m not very imaginative and honestly love living in the Pacific Northwest. Instead you’re getting:

Ten Book Series I Walked Away From**

**This isn’t a topic I thought of myself. I borrowed the idea from Annemieke of A Dance With Books. She posted this topic last week and I loved the idea of it. If you would like to read her original post from last week with this topic, you can find it here

1. Vino & Veritas – World of True North

I didn’t walk away because this series was bad. I actually adored three out of the eight books I read in it. The rest were good, too. I just don’t know think I’m going to read more unless I already know and love the author(s). Too many books, too little time and all that.

2. Busy Bean – World of True North

It’s pretty much the same for this series. I enjoyed the two books I read, but there’s going to be a ton of them. Unless I’m called to a book by the author or the blurb, I’m going to skip them. I am going to focus on the Moo U series from this world instead.

3. Silver Springs – Brenda Novak

I used to read all of Novak’s books. I especially loved her Whiskey Creek series. I wanted to dive back into her books, so I tried A California Christmas. I think I might have outgrown her books or just like to read a different style of writing now because I had a hard time with that book. I don’t think I’ll be reading more of the series.

4. Frisky Business – Kendall Ryan

I was on a Kendall Ryan binge last year. I read the first book in the Frisky Business series and it was cute. It just wasn’t what I was expecting, though. And for some reason it kind of put me off Ryan’s books…at least for now.

5. The Club – Lauren Rowe

This one might not be forever. I read the first book because it was free and I had read and loved many of her current related books. Problem is I read the next related series and it kind of spoiled this one for me. I still might go back and read it, but not for now.

6. Donner Bakery – Smarty Pants Romance

I read three books in this series. Only two worked for me — both by Karla Sorensen. Since her books became a spin-off series of their own, I probably won’t go back to this series.

7. Only One – Natasha Madison

I was really into a couple of Madison’s series, but they seem to have gone downhill for me. Some of the books work and some don’t. Unless I see someone that I trust raving about a book in this series, I won’t continue it.

8. Lost Boys – Emma Scott

I love me some Emma Scott books, but the angst level in the first Lost Boys series got me bad. I don’t think I can continue the series unless I know it’s not going to be as angsty.

9. The Brown Sisters – Talia Hibbert

I say this now, but it will probably change. I liked the first book, but didn’t love it enough to continue. That said, every time I see someone raving about the next two books in the series I’m tempted to try them again. So this might just be another for now. Maybe if I can get them on audio form my library…

10. Brayshaw – Meagan Brandy

I read the first three books in this series because I thought it had a similar vibe to Fallen Crest High by Tijan. It did and it didn’t. By the third book, I was like WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE??? and THAT’S FREAKING CRAZY! I saw reviews that were not so good for book four, so I decided I was definitely DONE.

Series Review: Vino and Veritas Books 4-8 (World of True North)

Earlier this month I shared with you reviews for the first three books in the Vino and Veritas series. Today, I have reviews for the next fivebooks in the series. 

Undercover
Series: Vino and Veritas, #4
Author: Eliot Grayson
Publication Date: March 29, 2021
Publisher: Heart Eyes Press
Genre: LGBTQ+, Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ 

My thoughts: 

This is a case of it’s not you, it’s me. Undercover was well written. It was a book I would say was good, but didn’t make me fall in love with it or its characters. While the suspense plot was good, I didn’t love that it had Alec lying so much to Gabe. It made me cringe whenever he did it because of what I already knew of Gabe’s personality. Gabe was very self-conscious and self-loathing at times. I got his reasons why, but it made it his character feel immature in a way I didn’t like. That combined with Alec’s lying made things messier than I would have liked them to be. I will say that didn’t change the fact that I liked Alec and Gabe together. I could see Alec’s maturity and confidence rubbing off on Gabe in a good way. Plus, they were cute together.

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Aftermath
Series: Vino and Veritas, #5
Author: L.A. Witt
Publication Date: March 29, 2021
Publisher: Heart Eyes Press
Genre: LGBTQ+, Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

My thoughts: 

Aftermath was a story that felt unique to me. I hadn’t really read a romance like it before. Brent had some issues resulting from a major injury that I hadn’t read in a book before. I liked that it felt like I was learning something while also enjoying the love story. Brent and Jon started out casually, but things got serious faster than they or I expected. I liked how they built trust and intimacy in unexpected ways. I also loved the maturity Jon brought to the story. It was such a sweet romance.

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Booklover
Series: Vino and Veritas, #6
Author: J.E. Birk
Publication Date: March 29, 2021
Publisher: Heart Eyes Press
Genre: LGBTQ+, Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

My thoughts: 

Booklover was a sweet romance. Jamie had family problems he was trying to work deal with. Briar had a past he was trying to outrun. Neither had time or wanted a relationship when they met, but their immediate connection in a romance book club was undeniable. Jamie and Briar were adorable together and I loved their journey. They had a lot of emotional stuff to work through, but it never felt like too much. Everything brought them closer together so they could have an HEA just like their favorite romance novelist wrote. 

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Series Page: https://hearteyespress.com/wotn#/vino-and-veritas/

Flipcup
Series: Vino and Veritas, #7
Author: Kim Hartfield
Publication Date: April 5, 2021
Publisher: Heart Eyes Press
Genre: LGBTQ+, Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ 

My thoughts: 

Flipcup was cute and sweet with some great flirty banter, BUT (and that’s a big but) I couldn’t handle Chelsea. She was way too immature for my liking. I know she was only twenty-two, but the selfishness and poor me stuff she had going on annoyed me. I wanted to love her because Tara obviously did, but I couldn’t help feeling like Tara deserved better after everything she had been through. That’s something I had a hard time moving past to make this more than a 3 star read for me. 

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Hideaway
Series: Vino and Veritas, #8
Author: Rachel Lacey
Publication Date: April 5, 2021
Publisher: Heart Eyes Press
Genre: LGBTQ+, Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts: 

Hideaway was a sweet second chance romance between first loves. Phoebe had returned to Vermont after years of absence. Taylor wasn’t sure she could trust Phoebe. When Taylor convinces Phoebe to foster a pregnant shelter dog, puppies and reignited feelings bring them together. This was a pleasant romance read without a ton of drama. 

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