Book Review – I Flipping Love You by Helena Hunting

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Published May 29, 2018 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Genre(s): Romance, Contemporary

Paperback, 320 pages

A new kind of love story about flipping houses, taking risks, and landing that special someone who’s move-in ready…

SHE’S GOT CURB APPEAL

Rian Sutter grew up with the finer things in life. Spending summers in The Hamptons was a normal occurrence for her until her parents lost everything years ago. Now Rian and her sister are getting their life, and finances, back on track through real estate. Not only do they buy and sell houses to the rich and famous, but they finally have the capital to flip their very own beachfront property. But when she inadvertently catches the attention of a sexy stranger who snaps up every house from under her, all bets are off…

HE’S A FIXER UPPER

Pierce Whitfield doesn’t normally demo kitchens, install dry wall, or tear apart a beautiful woman’s dreams. He’s just a down-on-his-luck lawyer who needed a break from the city and agreed to help his brother work on a few homes in the Hamptons. When he first meets Rian, the attraction is undeniable. But when they start competing for the same pieces of prime real estate, the early sparks turn into full-blown fireworks. Can these passionate rivals turn up the heat on their budding romance — without burning down the house?

I FLIPPING LOVE YOU, set in the Shacking Up world, follows two people, both working in real estate, who find themselves vying for the same properties in the Hamptons, leading to a sometimes-not-so-friendly competition.

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3.75 – Lighthearted and Adorably Entertaining

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I’ve heard so many great things about Helena Hunting and have been wanting/planning on binging her Pucked series for a while now. However, that hasn’t happened since I’m so busy and have so many books to read and ARCs to review. But being me and a booknerd, that never stopped me from requesting for more and when I saw this on Netgalley I thought why not just go for it. The title’s a little weird and cheesy, but the synopsis seemed fun and promising.

Well, I can honestly say that I wasn’t disappointed, BUT…

I Flipping Love you was a kind of slow for me. The story itself wasn’t exceptionally breathtaking or emotionally moving with enough FEELS. I was missing that and I think that’s why I wasn’t completely crazy over this book. Nevertheless, it did have plenty of really good moments I found quite enjoyable. There were some steamy scenes, sweet swoons, a little drama here and there, and some funny parts too. Definitely made me smile and also almost had me tearing up… almost.

The characters were all pretty interesting. I thought Pierce was an awesome male lead – sexy, rich, and a bit cocky, but also considerate, kind, and romantic. Rian was smart, spunky, headstrong, and an amazing sister. I also really admired her dedication and passion. Marley was a bit irresponsible at times, but she’s also hardworking and very determined. I really did like the characters, but no one really stood out for me. Except maybe Amalie… Yeah.. I think she’s my favorite. Even if she was barely in the book, I loved all the parts with her – being so bubbly, witty and fun.

The romance was sweet and I thought the chemistry between Pierce and Rian was adorable. Even though I wasn’t on board with their romance in the beginning, I eventually warmed up. I liked the angst and how their relationship developed. They had some heartwarming moments and I enjoyed their playful bantering a lot.

The ending was pretty sweet and overall, I Flipping Love You was a delightfully fun read… I’m just not completely head over heels in love with it. That being said, I did really enjoy this novel, so I’m definitely still interested in reading Helena Hunting’s books… just not anytime soon.

This may have not swept me off my feet, but it’s still an awesome summer read – quick, light, and charming.

I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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NTY and USA Today Bestselling author of The PUCKED Series, Helena Hunting lives outside of Toronto with her amazing family and her two awesome cats, who think the best place to sleep is her keyboard. Helena writes everything from contemporary romance to romance comedy, sports romance and angsty new adult romance.

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Cover Reveal – Maiden by Teresa A. Harrison

Maiden
Teresa A. Harrison
(The Lightwalker Series, #1)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: October 13th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Marta and Jayme are childhood friends with different beliefs. Marta dreams of becoming a healer. Jayme has been schooled by the black-coats, a group of priests who claim women are inferior, and he fears Marta is jeopardizing her eternal future.

Despite a heated debate over Marta’s soul, Jayme betrays her to the priests. The consequences of this betrayal change Marta’s life forever and sends Jayme on his own journey.

After a brutal massacre, Marta awakens deep in the forest overcome with grief for her lost sisters, but the world will not let her rest. The tragedy has changed her. She hears the call of nature, eventually steering her toward a small cottage in the wilderness. There she learns of nature’s magic and what it means to be a LightWalker. The path is there for her to follow. If she’s strong enough to embrace it…

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Teresa (McPeek) Harrison grew up in Decatur, Illinois. After graduating from Eureka College in Eureka, IL, with a BA in Speech and Theatre, she moved to Granby, Massachusetts where she married and started a family and was actively involved with the local community theatres for several years.

When her son was young, she helped start a Community Playground project. Over the years, she was a Girl Scout leader and a den mother for her son’s cub scout troop. Teresa also helped start a new community theater in Granby. She directed musicals for four years and produced four additional musicals for the eight years she was involved.

After 13 years as an Assessor in Granby, she knew she needed to do something different. She went to work at Earth Spirits in Sturbridge, MA. She wrote a monthly newsletter, worked in the shop and helped develop their online presence. As sometimes happens, after many years, she and her son’s father divorced.

Teresa was brought up Catholic in a time and place that encouraged individual thinking (the 60’s). She enjoyed the prayers, rituals and singing in the choir. However, because of her Catholic education, she knew there was more to discover.

Eventually, she became interested in all faiths and how they played out in an individual’s life. She spoke with others and read extensively about the 5 main religions and their offshoots and various other spiritual paths. Her path led her to go inside and find her personal truth, beginning a journey of nearly 40 years.

She is a Reiki Master, a BreathWork Facilitator, an herbalist and a teacher. She has done an extensive study of Reincarnation, Universal Laws, Aromatherapy, Yoga, Meditation and many other topics of interest.

In 2000, while on a spiritual journey to Sedona, AZ, she met her husband, Glenn. They realized they had something special, but did not know how this new relationship would survive. After all, they lived on opposite edges of North America.

They did figure it out and a two-year cross-continent romance began. When her son left for college and she finished her Master’s in Public Administration, Teresa joined Glenn in Southern California. Her son and daughter-in-law, who live in the Greater Boston area, have given them two beautiful grandchildren.

They both love to travel, and on a cross-country trip in 2003, they made a stop in Sedona for an overnight on their way to Santa Fe, NM. They decided to look at some real estate while there and never made it to New Mexico. They now live in the beautiful Red Rock country of Sedona, AZ, sharing the land with a herd of javelina, three large mule deer bucks, three ravens (more or less), various coyotes several quail families, packrats and assorted lizards.

Teresa has been reading and telling stories her whole life, and now she is writing them down.

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