Review || Smart Girl


Title: Smart Girl
Author: Rachel Hollis
Genre: Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Digital
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Before anything else, I received a digital Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) of this book (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much, Rachel Hollis and Lake Union Publishing!

Smart Girl, the third installment in Hollis’ The Girls series, has not yet been officially released. The book is expected to be published this coming January 2016. As such, I will avoid any major spoilers in this review, which is a Herculean task for me because Smart Girl has easily wormed its way into my favorite novels. (Seriously, if you’ve already read the book and are in need of someone to squeal with, I’m your girl.)

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Review || Not Just Another Romance Novel


Title: Not Just Another Romance Novel
Author: Lisa Suzanne
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Chick Lit, Humor
Copy: Digital
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Piper is a college student working on attaining her master’s degree in Psychology. As a huge sucker for romance novels, she decides to relate her thesis to her penchant for romance clichés, stereotypes and happy endings. From there, she comes up with the research topic: “Does the modern day romance novel leading man create unrealistic expectations for a prolonged adult relationship?” Her social experiment involves dating all the known stereotypes in romance novels – billionaires, bad boys, rock stars, bikers, dominants, athletes and maybe even her stepbrother.

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Review || Collide


Title: Collide
Author: J.C. Hannigan
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Copy: Digital
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Before anything else, I received a free digital copy of this book (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, J.C. Hannigan and Booktrope!

After her near-death experience in a car accident that killed both her boyfriend and her best friend, Harlow Jones (cool name, by the way) moves away from Southern Ontario and transfers to a Catholic high school where she meets physically attractive 28-year-old, Iain Bentley. The moment they meet, the attraction is instant. Soon enough, Harlow finds herself struggling between following her heart and doing the right thing.

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Review || Nirvana


Title: Nirvana
Author: J.R. Stewart
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance
Copy: Digital
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Oh my god. Oh my god. Oh my god. Okay, I’m done. *clears throat* Before anything else, I received a free digital copy of this book (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so abundantly much, J.R. Stewart and Blue Moon Publishers! Seriously, thank you.

I don’t think I have the discipline and capability to give a summary of this book’s plot without giving too much away. So instead, I’ll be quoting the book’s blurb.


When the real world is emptied of all that you love, how can you keep yourself from dependence on the virtual?

Animal activist and punk rock star Larissa Kenders lives in a dystopian world where the real and the virtual intermingle. After the disappearance of her soulmate, Andrew, Kenders finds solace by escaping to Nirvana, a virtual world controlled by Hexagon. In Nirvana, anyone’s deepest desires may be realized – even visits with Andrew.

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Review || Deal Breakers

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Title: Deal Breakers
Author: Laura Lee
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Digital
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Before anything else, I received a free digital copy of this book (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Laura Lee and LAN Fiction LLC, IBPA!

An excerpt from the novel:

The city view is lost on me because I’m not really paying attention to our surroundings. I can’t stop thinking about the keys in his pocket. The ones that lead to our hotel room. The room where we’re going to have sex. After we leave here. Oh God.

Riley is the stereotypical womanizing college guy who has no problem with meaningless hook-ups and sex with zero strings attached. Devyn, on the other hand, is an ambitious and independent go-getter who has her life planned out for herself despite her tragic past.

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Review || The Boy Next Door


Title: The Boy Next Door
Author: Meg Cabot
Genre: Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Digital
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The Boy Next Door is the first book of Cabot’s Boy trilogy but can stand as an independent novel. The story revolves around a gossip columnist living in New York City named Melissa Fuller. She gets reprimanded regarding her frequent tardiness, but this time (or more appropriately, around the 50th time), the reason why she’s late for work is that she found her elderly neighbor unconscious in her apartment and after taking the old lady to the hospital, took the responsibility of caring for her pets.

When her neighbor was put into a comatose, Mel eventually makes contact with the lady’s only living relative to tell him the awful news (and to pass on the duties of animal caretaking). This relative is none other than her nephew, Max Friedlander, who cannot bother to immediately travel to New York to watch over his aunt’s pets. As such, he convinces one of his friends to impersonate him. And that’s where the story gets interesting.

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