Book Review: Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory

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party of two by jasmine guillory book coverAfter not loving the last two books in Jasmine Guillory’s The Wedding Date series, I was hesitant to read the latest entry, Party of Two. After seeing some reviewers whose opinions I trust noting that Party of Two was a return to form for the series, I reluctantly decided to pick it up, and I’m glad that I did. Party of Two turned out to be a gooey slow burn romantic comedy with a heart of gold and predictable happily ever after.

A chance meeting with a handsome stranger turns into a whirlwind affair that gets everyone talking. 

Dating is the last thing on Olivia Monroe’s mind when she moves to LA to start her own law firm. But when she meets a gorgeous man at a hotel bar and they spend the entire night flirting, she discovers too late that he is none other than hotshot junior senator Max Powell. Olivia has zero interest in dating a politician, but when a cake arrives at her office with the cutest message, she can’t resist—it is chocolate cake, after all.

Olivia is surprised to find that Max is sweet, funny, and noble—not just some privileged white politician she assumed him to be. Because of Max’s high-profile job, they start seeing each other secretly, which leads to clandestine dates and silly disguises. But when they finally go public, the intense media scrutiny means people are now digging up her rocky past and criticizing her job, even her suitability as a trophy girlfriend. Olivia knows what she has with Max is something special, but is it strong enough to survive the heat of the spotlight?

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Book Review: The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren

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The Honey Don't List by Christina Lauren book coverCan Christina Lauren write a bad book? So far, I’m not convinced that mediocrity is in their vocabulary. They are one of my few automatic buy authors – every book I’ve read by them has been good (and The Unhoneymooners is one of my favorite books ever). Their latest book, The Honey-Don’t List is perfect for HGTV junkies – it focuses around the two exhausted and undervalued assistants to a TV home renovation power couple.

Carey Douglas has worked for home remodeling and design gurus Melissa and Rusty Tripp for nearly a decade. A country girl at heart, Carey started in their first store at sixteen, and—more than anyone would suspect—has helped them build an empire. With a new show and a book about to launch, the Tripps are on the verge of superstardom. There’s only one problem: America’s favorite couple can’t stand each other.

James McCann, MIT graduate and engineering genius, was originally hired as a structural engineer, but the job isn’t all he thought it’d be. The last straw? Both he and Carey must go on book tour with the Tripps and keep the wheels from falling off the proverbial bus.

Unfortunately, neither of them is in any position to quit. Carey needs health insurance, and James has been promised the role of a lifetime if he can just keep the couple on track for a few more weeks. While road-tripping with the Tripps up the West Coast, Carey and James vow to work together to keep their bosses’ secrets hidden, and their own jobs secure. But if they stop playing along—and start playing for keeps—they may have the chance to build something beautiful together…

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Book Review: Not Like the Movies by Kerry Winfrey

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not like the movies by kerry winfrey book coverLast year, I read Waiting For Tom Hanks and did not love it – but I decided to give the sequel, Not Like the Movies, a shot. Needless to say, my expectations were low, but Kerry Winfrey surprised me. This book was an adorable take on what happens when two small town people are thrust into the spotlight overnight. Plus, it reads like a professionally written book instead of a fanfiction, unlike Waiting for Tom Hanks.

What happens when your life is a rom-com…but you don’t even believe in true love?

Chloe Sanderson is an optimist, and not because her life is easy. As the sole caregiver for her father, who has early onset Alzheimer’s, she’s pretty much responsible for everything. She has no time—or interest—in getting swept up in some dazzling romance. Not like her best friend Annie, who literally wrote a rom-com that’s about to premiere in theaters across America…and happens to be inspired by Chloe and Nick Velez, Chloe’s cute but no-nonsense boss.

As the buzz for the movie grows, Chloe reads one too many listicles about why Nick is the perfect man, and now she can’t see him as anything but Reason #2: The Scruffy-Bearded Hunk Who’s Always There When You Need Him. But unlike the romance Annie has written for them, Chloe isn’t so sure her own story will end in a Happily Ever After.

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Book Review: Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

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undercover bromance by lyssa kay adams book coverThe Bromance Book Club was a bit of a dark horse read for me – I didn’t expect to love the book as much as I did. Needless to say, when I found out a sequel was coming, I was over the moon excited (especially when I found out it would be focused on the overly cocky Mack). My expectations were high, and fortunately, Undercover Bromance definitely lived up to its predecessor – in fact, it might even be better than The Bromance Book Club.

Braden Mack thinks reading romance novels makes him an expert in love, but he’ll soon discover that real life is better than fiction. 

Liv Papandreas has a dream job as a sous chef at Nashville’s hottest restaurant. Too bad the celebrity chef owner is less than charming behind kitchen doors. After she catches him harassing a young hostess, she confronts him and gets fired. Liv vows revenge, but she’ll need assistance to take on the powerful chef.

Unfortunately, that means turning to Braden Mack. When Liv’s blackballed from the restaurant scene, the charismatic nightclub entrepreneur offers to help expose her ex-boss, but she is suspicious of his motives. He’ll need to call in reinforcements: the Bromance Book Club.

Inspired by the romantic suspense novel they’re reading, the book club assists Liv in setting up a sting operation to take down the chef. But they’re just as eager to help Mack figure out the way to Liv’s heart… even though she’s determined to squelch the sparks between them before she gets burned.

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My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

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My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan BraithwaiteMy Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite has been on my radar since its release – the title alone was enough to draw my attention. The concept sounded like a quirky thriller – I mean, how many books have you read that are about a character who reluctantly helps her sister get away with murder? Since this is such a short book, I’m going to keep my review short.

Korede is bitter. How could she not be? Her sister, Ayoola, is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola’s third boyfriend in a row is dead. Korede’s practicality is the sisters’ saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood, the trunk of her car is big enough for a body, and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures of her dinner to Instagram when she should be mourning her “missing” boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit.
A kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where Korede works, is the bright spot in her life. She dreams of the day when he will realize they’re perfect for each other. But one day Ayoola shows up to the hospital uninvited and he takes notice. When he asks Korede for Ayoola’s phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and what she will do about it.

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