Review: Secret Puck (Rebecca Jenshak)

Secret Puck
Series: Campus Nights, #1
Author: Rebecca Jenshak
Publication Date: October 19, 2020
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Secretly hooking up with the team captain’s sister was a bad idea.
In my defense, the first time I saw her I didn’t know who she was.
Kind, gorgeous, a little naïve. Ginny brightened my world from day one.
I knew I was no good for her. She was just out of a relationship and I had a reputation for having a new girl in my bed every weekend.
I tried to do the right thing. Honest.
I’m the one who insisted we should be just friends.
That lasted about as long as you’d expect.
But Ginny? She’s the best – best friend, best everything.
So yeah, hooking up with the team captain’s sister wasn’t a great idea.
Would I do it again?
In a heartbeat.


You know how some books make your heart happy? That’s exactly what Secret Puck did for me. I loved it from the very start. I had no doubt I would, getting to return to the same college setting that hosted Jenshak’s Smart Jocks series, and getting to know Nathan’s little brother Heath better. It was more than that, though. Jenshak has become an author I know is going to make laugh, smile, and fall in love with her characters.

Ginny and Heath were so stinking adorable together. Their relationship had this natural progression that I really dug. It may have been a “secret” relationship at the start, but that didn’t weigh things down emotionally. Secret Puck was low on angst, even when dealing with the more complex issues Ginny and Heath faced. I loved how they truly enjoyed each other’s company. It was all just so swoony!

Another thing that made me incredibly happy were all the side characters. Heath’s teammates and roommates were perfect additions to this book, and make me excited to find out what’s coming next in the series. Ginny also had some great friends who I can’t wait to see find their significant others in the future. There are just so many possibilities for romances coming. I can’t stand waiting!

So, yeah. I loved this one. I loved it so much that I don’t know that I really have anything non-gushy to say about it. It was just one of those romances that I could sit back, read, lose myself, and enjoy. If you like college sports romances, this is definitely one I would recommend.

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Review: Overdue (Miranda Elaine)

Overdue
Author: Miranda Elaine
Publication Date: October 8, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Growing up, Griffin Thorne was the most annoying, adorable, and infuriating boy I’d ever met. I told myself I wanted nothing to do with him, but no matter how much I tried to hate him, that crazy boy somehow became my best friend.

As teenagers, we were inseparable. Despite the high school rumors, we never crossed any lines. Friends forever. That was our motto.

Griffin grew up to become a smoking hot firefighter and I got my dream job as the town librarian. Life was perfect. However, when tragedy strikes and we’re forced to move in together, our friendship is put to the biggest test yet.

Do I risk everything for the chance at an epic love? If I follow my heart, I could lose my best friend. But if it works, we could finally get our very own Happily Ever After.


This review is harder for me to write than I was expecting. Expectations are truly the issue here. I am a big fan of Miranda Elaine’s Fixing series. That is a contemporary romance series filled with some big emotions. I went into Overdue expecting the same type of story, and that’s not what it was. Overdue was a contemporary romance with a romantic comedy vibe. There were emotions, but it didn’t feel as emotional overall. It wasn’t what I was expecting, so I had to switch gears. That being said…

Miranda Elaine is a writer who knows how to pull me into a story. She makes me fall in love with her characters quickly. Firefighting, best friend Griffin was a sweetheart. I loved that he knew Leni enough to know when the time was right. He let her grow and that was swoon worthy. As for Leni, she could have been a token “special snowflake” character with her quirky dressing and love of books. She didn’t come off like that way. Leni came off as someone who built walls around herself that was just waiting for the right person to knock them down. Obviously, her best friend was the person to do that. What I loved most about their relationship was that the friendship always came first and developed naturally.

Leni and Griffin were joined by some other special characters. Leni’s grandmother was a hoot. I’m enjoying the trend of crazy, amazing grandmothers in books lately. Her new neighbors were a fun addition, too. I’m hoping Parker gets a book.

I only had one issue with Overdue. I didn’t find Miranda Elaine’s writing quite as seamless as I did in the Fixing series. Some of the words and sentenced felt a little awkward to me. Maybe that was just a minor editing issue or a sentence structure preference on my part. The story also didn’t flow quite as elegantly as I wanted. I’m going to blame it on the flashbacks. The flashbacks were cute and gave some insight into the past of the characters, but I am not big on flashbacks in a romance in general. They might have worked better all combined in a prologue or Part 1 for me. That’s a personal preference, though. It’s not like they took away from the romance or story. They enhanced it. I just preferred the present story line more.

So, yeah, not quite what I was expecting. That’s okay because I ended up enjoying Leni and Griffin’s sweet and slightly funny romance anyways. The time I invested with them was time well spent. Overdue is a romance I would recommend to readers who are looking for a sweet, upbeat contemporary romance.

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Review: Varsity Rulebreaker (Ginger Scott)

Varsity Rulebreaker
Series: Varsity, #3
Author: Ginger Scott
Publication Date: October 8, 2020
Genre: Mature Young Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC provided by WordSmith Publicity and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Hollis Taylor is allowed to break the rules. She’s coach’s little girl. And she’s good. If that means she gets to bump one of the guys for the starting catcher’s job on the Public High baseball team, then the others on the squad better suck it up and deal.

But breaking rules has taken Cannon Jennings far in life. One of the nation’s top pitching prospects, he came here to throw to his cousin and show college recruiters everything he could do on the mound. Taking his signs from a girl was not part of his blueprint, especially one that screwed over his favorite relative and best friend.

Too bad he broke the biggest rule of all before he knew exactly who she was.

It was just a New Year’s kiss. Totally forgettable. Especially under the circumstances.

So why can’t he stop thinking about it?


Varsity Rulebreaker was a home run. It was everything that Ginger Scott excels at in her novels. Here’s what I loved about it:

  • The writing was addictive with just the right amount of teen angst.
  • Hollis and Cannon were a good match. I loved the feelings of not just romance but friendship developing between them.
  • I also loved the friendships they had with previous series characters. These characters didn’t take over, but were there for support.
  • The issues Hollis and Cannon faced in life were socially relevant to today’s teens and packed a punch in the special way Ginger Scott has. This book spotlighted some very important topics without feeling preachy.
  • There was also a TON of actual sports related situations. This sports romance was heavier in that area than most.

Varsity Rulebreaker was a great sports romance that was big on baseball and love. It’s my new favorite in this series. I would highly recommend it. I think it could be read with or without having read the previous books.

 
 
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“Well?” I lift a brow.

His stare is decisive. No more blinking lashes to lull me into submission. I’m being dissected solely by the dominant glow of his swimming-pool blue eyes. His nose is pink from being out in today’s sun and reflective clouds. His wet hair is drying right before my eyes into touchable waves that I imagine in my fingers. I’m thankful my arms are crossed to hide them because I can feel them twitch.

“Fine.”

I flinch at his sudden answer, most of me prepared for him to bail on this little wager. By the way he rounds the table and motions with his hand for me to step back, I start to tremble at the knees. Cue ball palmed in his left hand, stick grasped in his right, he steps into the space between me and the table and comes close enough that I can feel the warmth of the breath he exhales from his nose.

“Pardon,” he says, and I step back several feet to lean against a pub table.

Cannon positions the ball a little off-center then dabs one more dusting of chalk on the end of his cue, blowing the dust away while he looks at me, his eyes focusing away from the tip of the stick and onto my gaze. His mouth quirks on one side, and it’s in that small look that I know I’m done. I’m so fucking screwed.

He lunges over the table in a smooth pivot, bringing the stick back slowly and getting the feel of the slide before letting it rip, knocking the balls in all directions and quickly sinking one of each—a solid and a stripe. His eyes on the center of the table, he rounds it, his tongue sticking out the way Michael Jordan’s always did when he was deciding whether to put the game away with a dunk or a little fadeaway from the top of the key.

“You got a preference?” he asks.

“I…well…” I stumble on my words, his sudden confidence really nailing me to the floor.

He chuckles then bends down, lining up a shot at a solid.

“It’s alright,” he says, quickly leaning his head to one side to glance up at me and wink. “It won’t matter.”

And it doesn’t. He proceeds to sink his initial target, and then every other solid ball on the table, sometimes two at a time. I’m half expecting him to drain the eight-ball without even looking. He has to work at it a little, though, what with so many of my balls still on the table and in his way. He calls the side pocket and when the ball falls in easily, I breathe out heavily enough to flap my lips, then I drop my stick.

“Two out of three?” I scrunch my lips up with my pathetic attempt to regain my edge.

“You think it will matter?” He lays his stick on the table and saunters toward me.

My nervous knee begins to twitch, and I find myself rocking where I stand to try to keep my legs busy and my blood flowing. Cannon stops about a foot away from me, and he looks down at the floor as he slips his hands into the pockets of his jeans. I draw in his scent, letting it numb my nerves like the venom of a scorpion. I got sloppy, arrogant even. And that trust I felt so sure of is waning a little now that he’s calling in his bet. I gave him a free pass to surprise me, to ask something of me or dare me or…that’s the thing. It’s the unknown. I did that. I did that!

My hands balled into fists at my sides, I roll my shoulders back and lift my chin, determined not to let my worry shine through.

“Bet’s a bet,” I say, shaking my head with tight lips. I had no idea I was going up against a pool shark.

“That it is,” he says, glancing up while keeping his head low. The way he peers at me through the strands of his hair that now shadow his eyes is both ominous and so freaking enticing.

“Five a.m. Saint Peters Gulch. Tomorrow.” He leans in and for a moment I think he’s going to kiss me, but instead he pauses while forward on his toes. “I’ll let you know what you owe there and then.”

I swallow and he sees it, his eyes darting to that place on my neck that betrays my bravado.

“Fine,” I gurgle out.

He laughs lightly and falls back to give me some space.

“Relax, Hollis. I’m sure you’ll be able to handle it.” With one last wink, he brings his hands from his pockets and claps them a few times to remove any leftover chalk. I force myself not to look over my shoulder as he leaves, and I keep that promise to myself, spending the next twenty minutes playing out the rest of the balls on our table and realizing I never even had a chance.

 
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Review: Muses & Melodies (Rebecca Yarros)

Muses & Melodies
Series: Hush Note, #3
Author: Rebecca Yarros
Publication Date: October 6, 2020
Publisher: Yarros Ink, LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

If I can keep Hush Note’s leading guitarist, Nixon Winters, on the straight and narrow for the next six months, I’ll finally get my own band to manage—assuming we don’t kill each other first.

The egotistical, irritating rock star is fresh out of rehab, but it’s obvious his demons followed him home—and now I’m sleeping down the hall. I’ve watched him self-destruct every summer, and with album deadlines and tour dates looming, I can’t let it happen again. My career is in his hands.

But tattoos can’t cover every scar, and I’m starting to see through his trademark, irresistible charm to the damage beneath.

Everyone wants the rock star.
I’m falling for the man.

If he doesn’t let me in,
he’ll never break the cycle—
And when these six months are up,
I might be the one left broken.


This is how you end a series! It feels weird saying that because each book in the Hush Note series was written by a different author, but still! Rebecca Yarros ended this series in the best way possible. I loved each book in the series and I love each author’s writing, but I’m going to have to admit that Muses & Melodies was my favorite in the series.

Rebecca Yarros is so talented at making me feel emotions. Nixon’s tortured soul came alive in this book. I felt his pain and struggles. The way Yarros handled Nixon’s addictions was impressive. He very easily could have been the token drug addicted, womanizing rock star cliche type of character I can’t stand, but he wasn’t. I was rooting for him right along with Zoe.

I immediately adored Zoe. She was one mentally strong chick. The stuff she put up with — I think I would have walked away. Her ability to see the good in Nixon and help in ways others might not have been able to was fascinating. Her thought process made me respect the choices she made.

Zoe and Nixon… I don’t actually have a ton to say about their relationship. They had a ton of chemistry. What stood out even more was the respect they had for each other, the understanding that grew with their changing relationship. I loved it all.

There is some other stuff I really, really want to talk about, but I don’t want to ruin the surprise. Yarros’ fans are going to be excited about some things. I know I was. That’s all I’ll say.

Muses & Melodies brought the Hush Note series to an end in the best way. I don’t know that any other author could have done Nixon’s character justice the way Yarros did. I loved seeing not only the characters grow but also the band itself.

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Rebecca is a Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of over fifteen novels, and is always ready to bring on the emotions. She’s also the recipient of the Colorado Romance Writer’s Award of Excellence for Eyes Turned Skyward from her Flight and Glory series. She loves military heroes and has been blissfully married to hers for eighteen years. She’s the mother of six children, ranging from kindergarten to law school, and is currently surviving the teenage years with two of her four hockey-playing sons. When she’s not writing, you can find her at the hockey rink or sneaking in some guitar time. She lives in Colorado with her family, their stubborn English bulldog, and a feisty chinchilla. Having fostered then adopted their youngest daughter, Rebecca is passionate about helping children in the foster system through her nonprofit, One October.  Visit her website at www.RebeccaYarros.com for more!
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Review: Lies and Lullabies (Sarina Bowen)

Lies and Lullabies
Series: Hush Notes, #1
Author: Sarina Bowen
Publication Date: September 22, 2020
Publisher: Tuxbury Publishing LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Summer nights and star-crossed lovers! From USA Today bestselling author Sarina Bowen.

Once upon a time, he gave me a summer of friendship, followed by one perfect night. We shared a lot during our short time together. But he skipped a few crucial details.

I didn’t know he was a rock star.

I didn’t know his real name.

Neither of us knew I’d get pregnant.

And I sure never expected to see him again.

Five years later, his tour bus pulls up in Nest Lake, Maine. My little world is about to be shattered by loud music and the pounding of my own foolish heart.


Lies and Lullabies was a sweet second chance romance. The whole rock star and secret baby tropes melded perfectly. I loved Kira and Jonas’ characters. It was easy to understand why Kira kept Vivi a secret and for why Jonas would want to come back to her five years later. Their chemistry was on point, and it didn’t feel weird for them to reconnect quickly. I’m normally not a fan of flashbacks, but they were few, woven well into the story, and didn’t distract from the present but added to it.

Like in all of Bowen’s books, the side characters helped make the story. Kira and Jonas’ daughter Vivi was adorable. There were so many sweet moments due to her. Kira’s brother Adam also had a big part. I loved his character. I’m wondering if we’re getting a book for him because his part in the story felt like it wasn’t resolved. I hope so! And then there was the rest of Jonas’ band. I liked the introductions to Nixon and Quinn. I’m so interested to see where Rebecca Yarros and Devney Perry take those characters.

There were a few things that felt a little too unresolved to me. One was teh whole Luke storyline. The second was Adam’s story, as I pointed out earlier. The third was that I wanted a little more time with Kira and Jonas at the end. There was a perfect epilogue, but the story felt like it ended a little abruptly. I can’t exactly explain why it felt that way. I guess I needed a little more clarification on how everything worked out for them with Jonas’ tour, etc.

Overall, this was a great second chance romance. It was filled with sweet moments and rock star fun. I’m so excited to read the rest of the series!

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Review: Dirty Empire (Nina West)

From internationally bestselling author K.A. Tucker, writing as Nina West, comes the dark and sexy Dirty Empire series.

Dirty Empire
Series: Dirty Empire, #3
Author: Nina West
Publication Date: September 15, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

Mercy Wheeler and Gabriel Easton’s sordid tale continues in Dirty Empire as Mercy finds her loyalties tested and Gabriel’s attempt to break free of his family’s legacy comes with unexpected consequences.

Dirty Empire is the third book in the Dirty Empire series and should be read after Sweet Mercy and Gabriel Fallen.


One word for Dirty Empire: EXPLOSIVE.

Why explosive? If I gave away Gideon’s secrets he would kill me, so this review is going to be a little sparse. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Things started where they left off. The drama and suspense continued and actually heightened in this third book.
  • Gideon and Mercy’s relationship went next level and got hotter, if that was possible.
  • There were some revelations I guessed but still managed to be a little shocked by.
  • Dirty Empire was supposed to be the end of Gideon and Mercy’s story, but IT’S NOT!!! There was another crazy cliffhanger and there will be a FOURTH book. I can’t decide if I love or hate that.
  • Dirty Empire was a fabulous addition to this series and I can’t wait for the fourth book!
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Review: In a Holidaze (Christina Lauren)

In a Holidaze
Authors: Christina Lauren
Publication Date: October 6, 2020
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Holiday
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

In a Holidaze, the quintessential holiday romantic novel by the New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners, asks what happens when wishes come true…

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but not for Maelyn Jones. She’s living with her parents, hates her going-nowhere job, and has just made a romantic error of epic proportions.

But perhaps worst of all, this is the last Christmas Mae will be at her favorite place in the world—the snowy Utah cabin where she and her family have spent every holiday since she was born, along with two other beloved families. Mentally melting down as she drives away from the cabin for the final time, Mae throws out what she thinks is a simple plea to the universe: Please. Show me what will make me happy.

The next thing she knows, tires screech and metal collides, everything goes black. But when Mae gasps awake…she’s on an airplane bound for Utah, where she begins the same holiday all over again. With one hilarious disaster after another sending her back to the plane, Mae must figure out how to break free of the strange time loop—and finally get her true love under the mistletoe.

Jam-packed with yuletide cheer, an unforgettable cast of characters, and Christina Lauren’s trademark “downright hilarious” (Helen Hoang, author of The Bride Test) hijinks, this swoon-worthy romantic read will make you believe in the power of wishes and the magic of the holidays.


A holiday romance from Christina Lauren? Yes, please!

There was so much to enjoy about In a Holidaze. I loved the whole Groundhog Day movie vibe to the story. Normally, I’m not into the whole time travel thing, but it worked for this holiday romance. I loved what Maelyn learned from the past. It was also fun to see how different scenarios worked out not only for Maelyn, but the whole group.

I have to admit I wasn’t sold on the romance aspect of this book at first. There were some things that I was low key embarrassed for Maelyn about. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about things, but the charm in the romance was how it all played out. I was a believer by the end.

If you’re looking for a cute holiday romance for any time of the year, I would recommend In a Holidaze. It will put you in a festive mood.

Review: The Wreckage of US (Brittainy C. Cherry)

The Wreckage of Us
Author: Brittainy C. Cherry
Publication Date: September 8, 2020
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

Never in a million years did I think it would be Ian Parker who saved me…

I know I should stay away from Ian Parker.

But when my drug-dealing stepdad kicks me out, I have nowhere to go. Squatting in an abandoned shed on Ian’s grandpa’s farm seems like as good a plan as any.

Ian finds me there, of course, and he insists on me moving into his spare room. I should say no, but the appeal of a roof and a warm bed is too much. Not to mention Ian’s brown eyes and strong arms.

We’re nothing alike, but the spark between us is undeniable. My life is finally looking up.

Until I call the cops on my stepdad and unintentionally get my pregnant mom arrested.

Now I have to sacrifice my dreams to take care of my mom’s baby. She’s the only family I have left. Meanwhile, Ian’s band is taking off; his dreams are coming true.

Ian is my one chance at love. I just hope he doesn’t become the one chance that got away.


I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. Brittainy C. Cherry has a way with words. There’s a beauty and magical quality to the words she strings together and the stories she creates. I get excited each time she releases a new book because I know whatever story is coming my way is going to move me. The Wreckage of Us did just that.

Hazel Stone broke me heart. Her childhood was not easy. Her drug lord step-father made her someone everyone avoided, and she made herself invisible behind black, baggy clothes and heavy make up. Despite everything that knocked her down, Hazel was determined to do and be better. She was determined to succeed. Her heart was so big and her character so strong.

I feel bad saying this, but I WAS NOT an Ian Parker fan to start out with. The dude made me mad with how he initially treated Hazel. I got his reasoning, but I didn’t care. He should have been better. I’m glad that he was better after working through some crap because he and Hazel fit so well together. I loved the way music brought them together. Their chemistry was as undeniable as their emotional connection. The things they went through because of music and fame were things I could imagine happening to a band and their loved ones in real life. So, yeah, thank goodness Ian wised up.

One of my favorite things about this book was the setting. Eres, Nebraska was a special place. I loved the descriptions and feel of it, especially Big Paw’s ranch. There were so many great characters in that community: the band, Big Paw and Holly, Leah just to name a few. The warmth of the community made it somewhere I wouldn’t mind living myself.

My least favorite thing was probably one crazy twist that I won’t say much about. It involved the darker side of the small town community, and just felt a little far fetched. That being said, I did appreciate where it took the story and how it shaped Hazel and Ian’s relationship.

Once again, Brittainy C. Cherry wrote a book that I couldn’t put down. It was filled with characters and a romance that I can’t stop thinking about. I’m truly hoping The Wreckage of Us is going to be the first in a series because I would LOVE each of Ian’s friends/band mates to get a book of their own. I don’t want to be done with The Wreckage or Eres, Nebraska.

Mini Reviews: Until Her/Him Series (Aurora Rose Reynolds)

Over the past couple of years, I’ve randomly read some of the Until Her/Him series books by Aurora Rose Reynolds. I decided to finish up the series and give you mini reviews for each book in this series. You will notice that reviews for Until July (#1) and Until June (#3) are sparse. Those are books I listened to and reviewed on Goodreads in the past. Also… One thing to know is that this series is related to the Until series. That original series is also good, and I would recommend reading it first because it’s the parents of these characters. There’s a lot of history and good stuff.

Until July
Series: Until Her/Him, #21
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publication Date: September 25, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

This was my first Aurora Rose Reynolds book. I really enjoyed it! I also enjoyed the narrator. I am looking forward to reading more in this series.

Until Jax
Series: Until Her/Him, #2
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publication Date: September 25, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

I liked this book, but I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would. Jax was the alpha sweetheart I knew he would be. Ellie was sweet and slightly naive despite growing up in a tough situation. Her daughter, Hope, was adorable. The three of them were great together. I think things just started out bumpy for me since it had been a long time since I read book #1. I felt like the story started off as a continuation of that first book, which it kind of was, and I was a little lost. Once I caught up, it was easier for me to understand their instant love.

Until June
Series: Until Her/Him, #4
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publication Date: May 24, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

This was really fun to listen to. I liked it even more than the first book in the series. I loved the second chance romance aspect of it. June and Ethan were a great couple and I loved their chemistry.

Until Ashlyn
Series: Until Her/Him, #4
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publication Date: December 27, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

I loved this book from the start. Things that start in Vegas are always fun, and this book didn’t disappoint. I loved the sort of enemies to more romance. I think what made it stand out amidst this series is that Ashlyn had a strong personality. She didn’t come across as weak at any point. She was just as alpha as Dillon. What was great about Dillon was that he had that alpha thing going, but it didn’t feel as over the top as some of the other guys. I think it was that both characters were the strong type. Anyways. The drama was slightly crazy, but the romance was on point.

Until Sage
Series: Until Her/Him, #5
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publication Date: May 9, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this one going in. I didn’t have the best impression of Sage from Until Jax and I thought Kim might deserve a better person. Sage impressed me, though. He was willing to admit when he was wrong, and was there for Kim every time she needed his support. Their love story was the least dramatic of all of the ones I’ve read, and I liked that. I was also a big fan of how they were both adoptees and the differences in their stories.

Until Harmony
Series: Until Her/Him, #6
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publication Date: December 27, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

This series is on a roll for me! I loved Harmony and Harlen’s story. Harlen seemed to have an alpha side, but he was more reserved. I liked that. Harmony was sweet and they made a great match. I also liked that the drama in this one felt underplayed compared to the love story.

Until Cobi
Series: Until Her/Him, #7
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publication Date: November 27, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts:

Until Cobi could have easily been another five star for me in this series. There were a couple things keeping that from me. I’m used to their being a lot of drama in these books, but this one surpassed the others by far. Crazy, bad stuff kept happening to Hadley. So many things that it become not only unbelievable, but took away from the romance going on here. Also, I know all the Mayson men are domineering, but Cobi went about it in a way that actually bothered me in the beginning. He didn’t take no for an answer. His reasoning was that he could “read” Hadley. He was pretty much always right, but at the same time “go away” should mean “go away” no matter what you’re reading off a person.

Until December
Series: Until Her/Him, #8
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publication Date: July 30, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts:

I really loved this addition to the series. December and Gareth were adorable together. I loved what a “plain” and “normal” person December was. I loved Gareth and his relationship with his kids. How their lives tied together was so sweet. The only thing was how FAST this couple got together. I mean, all of these books have insta-love, but this one felt especially fast even though I loved it.

Until Talon
Series: Until Her/Him, #9
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publication Date: August 24, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts:

Is it crazy that I don’t ever get tired of this series? I love the formula Aurora Rose Reynolds uses for it. It’s just plain fun. Talon and Mia were adorable together. I especially enjoyed that this one was lighter on the drama — but don’t let that fool you! I didn’t see the twist coming. I only had it half right! I also loved Mia’s sister and her girls. I am super curious about what will be next for her sister and Winston, but I also really want a book about Bax. I can’t wait to see what’s next in this series.

Overall comments about this series:

This was a fun series to binge on. It’s definitely heavy on instant love and alpha male characters. If either of those things bother you, skip this series. (There is a combined thread regarding the instant love that ties each book together in a way. It’s called “the BOOM” and it made the instant love more acceptable to me.) Otherwise, they are quick reads (all under 300 pages each) that have sweet romances with a hint of suspense added in. Also, the women in the Mayson family were probably my favorite in this series. That felt so different since the first Until series focused on the original Mayson brothers.

Mini Reviews: The Trouble with Quarterbacks, Until November, Until Nico, Hard Fall, & Southern Seducer

Today, I have some quick mini reviews for you.

The Trouble with Quarterbacks
Author: R.S. Grey
Publication Date: August 6, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

The Trouble with Quarterbacks was a fun read. I loved the slightly quirky British main character. Candace made me laugh a lot. Her friends were bananas, too. The things those three got into… Well, it was entertaining. I also loved Logan. He was more lovable because of the things that drew him to Candace and his relationship with Briggs. The only thing I wasn’t a huge fan of was the drama toward the end. It just felt a little thrown in for my taste, but it didn’t ruin the story or anything. Overall, I loved reading this one. It was a quick, upbeat read.

Until November
Series: Until, #1
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publication Date: September 15, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

November and Asher are a couple I’ve read about as side characters several times since I started mid-series. It was nice to finally go back and read their story. I loved their romance. Even though it’s extremely instant love, I liked how that was explained and how things went. Asher was a MAJOR alpha and I loved how November stood her ground with him. It was a very sweet story.

Until Nico
Series: Until, #4
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publication Date: May 29, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

This series just keeps getting better and better! I adored Nico’s turn for the BOOM. He and Sophie were so cute together. Nico was all tough alpha bad boy. Sophie was a sweet librarian. I loved how their differences in appearance and attitude blended. This was definitely one of my favorites in the series.

Hard Fall
Series: Trophy Boyfriends, #2
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publication Date: August 18, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Sports

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

After reading Hard Pass, I knew I had to read Hard Fall and get to know the annoying Trace “Buzz” Wallace. He was like that fly that wouldn’t go away with his idiotic humor, but he had a heart of gold. I couldn’t help but love his character even when I wanted to throw something at him for Hollis. I loved Hollis’ character so much! She was a great match for Buzz. I smiled a lot while reading this book. My biggest complaint, much like the last book, was that the instant love was strong and the book was too short. I wanted more of Hollis and Buzz. That being said, I still can’t wait for Trace’s twin brother Tripp’s book next.

Southern Seducer
Series: North Carolina Highlands, #1
Author: Jessica Peterson
Publication Date: August 8, 2020
Publisher: Peterson Paperbacks
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts:

I enjoyed Annabel and Beau’s friends to more story. It had a sweetness other romances don’t because of some of the important aspects of the story. Annabel has been diagnosed with PPD 4 months after having a baby as a single mother. Beau has recently been diagnosed with possible CTE. Those two angles were ones I haven’t read often in romance novels. As a mother, I could relate to some of the tough new baby stuff Annabel was going through. I think I would have appreciated this book even more when if I had read it soon after having my child. One thing I have to say is that I’m not a fan of this title. The “Seducer” gave me a the feel that this book would be on the scandalous side when in truth it was a sweet romance. I think others who might benefit from this book might skip it based on the title, which would be sad.