ARC Review – Happily and Madly by Alexis Bass

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Hello lovelies! Hope you had a wonderful weekend. Today, I have my review for Happily and Madly by Alexis Bass.

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aboutbook

Expected Publication: May 21st 2019

Publisher: Tor Teen

Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: Hardcover 352

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synopsis

Maris Brown has been told two things about her destiny:

1. She will fall happily and madly in love.
2. She could be dead before she turns eighteen.

The summer before that fateful birthday, Maris is in the wealthy beach town of Cross Cove with her estranged father and his new family–and the infamous Duvals. Since the youngest member of the Duval family, Edison, is back from college and back in the arms of Maris’s new stepsister, her summer looks to be a long string of lazy days on the Duval’s lush beach.

But Edison is hiding something. And the more Maris learns about him, the more she’s given signs that she should stay as far away from him as possible. As wrong as it is, Maris is drawn to him. Around Edison, she feels truly alive and she’s not willing to give that up. Even if it means a collision course with destiny.

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Not quite happily or madly satisfied, but it’s an interesting story

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Happily and Madly by Alexis Bass didn’t make me madly in love with the story or happily satisfied with everything. I’m actually quite conflicted with this book. I was intrigued in the beginning and there are things I liked, but in the end it just wasn’t the book for me.

Maris Brown is not a character I would say I loved and could relate to, but she’s also not someone I dislike. In many ways, my heart broke for her and everything she’s been through and is still going through. On the other hand, I sometimes didn’t care about the consequences of her actions. I felt that she doesn’t try to avoid putting herself in situations that inevitable hurts her. I don’t want to go into her character development too much, but I was really frustrated with Maris that sometimes it took precedence over me feeling bad for her. I mean, I understood why she acted the way she did and I could feel her pain… I just wanted her to make different choices… better choices.

The other characters didn’t really impress me either. Although I thought Edison (Finn) was intriguing, I just didn’t like him that much. He’s mysterious and had this charm about him, but it just didn’t personally work for me. I liked Chelsea more than I thought I would, but I still felt uneasy about her. I liked that she tried to include Maris and it seemed like Chelsea really wanted to be close/friends with her step-sister. I just couldn’t quite understand her fascination with Edison, his family, and this picture perfect version of her happily ever after.

I didn’t like the romance aspect at all. It was flat, infuriating, and I felt no emotions. That’s most likely because I couldn’t connect with Maris or Edison and at the end, I just didn’t care about their relationship. If anything, I was quite annoyed.

Having said all that, I did enjoy the mystery, suspense and twists which kept me intrigued until the end. I thought the writing style was easy to read, the pacing was okay, and the plotline was engaging enough. And, even though it seemed a bit rushed, I did like the ending.

Overall, Happily and Madly was an interesting read. While some parts felt slow, the mystery part had me thinking and wanting to know what would happen next. It’s just a bit disappointing that I personally couldn’t connect with the story or characters. It may not have been a book for me, but I’m sure this would appeal to plenty of readers.

I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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abouttheauthor

(Bio and photo taken from the author’s website/goodreads)

alexisbassAlexis Bass grew up in Washington, went to college in Arizona, and spent her early twenties in Seattle. She currently lives in Northern California with her husband and a gorgeous and rambunctious golden retriever, Dylan McKay. She loves good fashion and good TV as much as a good book, and is a huge advocate of long beach vacations.

 

Her novels, LOVE & OTHER THEORIES and WHAT’S BROKEN BETWEEN US (HarperTeen), are available wherever books are sold.

 

She is repped by Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc.

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WEBSITEGOODREADSINSTAGRAMTWITTER – FACEBOOK

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Thanks for stopping by loves!  Have you read this book? What did you think?

sincerelykjologo

 

ARC Review – Getting Hot with the Scot by Melonie Johnson

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Published: April 30, 2019

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance,

Pages: Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages

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synopsis

“IT’S TIME TO FLIRT WITH A MAN IN A KILT 

Cassie Crow, a pop-culture reporter for a TV talk show, is focused on becoming a “serious” journalist. But when she stumbles into a kilted Highlander with a killer accent, Cassie decides that taking one night off from work and spending it with a sexy Scot couldn’t hurt. . .

Logan Reid has built a career on his charm, hosting a series of off-the-wall hijinks on the Web. But when the Scottish prankster meets the all-American, equal parts intelligent and irresistible Cassie, Logan realizes that one night of fun won’t be enough. Could it be that this career-focused, commitment-phobic couple is finally ready to take a chance at true and lasting love?

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A Steamy, Sweet, Humorous, and Wonderfully Delicious Treat

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This book was so much fun and I really enjoyed Cassie and Logan’s story! It was just as sexy and steamy as it was sweet, swoony and endearing.

I have this obsession with stories that take place in Scotland and have smoking hot Scottish characters. It’s actually been such a long time since I’ve read something like that, so when I saw this book on Netgalley, I just couldn’t resist. And whoa! This book was pretty much a delicious treat I never wanted to finish. The writing was witty, clever and wonderfully engaging. Although there were some parts that lagged a wee bit here and there, I thought the plot was well-developed and satisfyingly entertaining. I found myself intrigued and enamored with the setting, the characters, the friendships, and the adorable romance. I really enjoyed watching Cassie and Logan’s relationship develop and blossomed into something that meant so much to the both of them.

I adored all the characters in this book. They were charming, fun, and relatable. They’re exactly the kind of characters I’d want to be friends with and I just thought they were so wonderful. Cassie and Logan had my heart from the start. Cassie’s such an amazing heroine. I loved her determination, spunk and strength. I thought she was the perfect match for Logan who was utterly enticing, irresistible, and had a heart of gold. Cassie’s best friends were a blast and so interesting. I really enjoyed getting to know all the characters and cannot wait to continue with the series.

A beautifully well-written and heartfelt romcom with characters that will steal your hearts, Getting Hot with the Scot by Melonie Johnson was a fantastic read until the last page. It was humorous, exciting, steamy, and sweet.  I also liked that in the midst of all the fun and crazy shenanigans, there was also this amazing emotional depth that made me fall deeper in love with this book and series. Johnson just made it to my new to me favorite author list and I cannot wait to be smitten with Bonnie and Theo in the next installment.

This was truly an absolute delight to read! If you love strong heroines, sexy men in kilts, amazing friendships and a realistic and heartwarming romance, then do yourself a favor and add this wonderful gem to your TBR.

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

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Bio taken from Author’s Goodreads Page and Photo taken from Author’s webpage

meloniejohnsonA Star Wars junkie and Shakespeare groupie who quotes both Yoda and the Bard with equal aplomb, award-winning author Melonie Johnson—aka #thewritinglush—is a two-time RWA Golden Heart® finalist who loves dark coffee, cheap wine, and expensive beer. And margaritas. And mimosas. And mules. Basically any cocktail that starts with the letter m. She met her future husband in that most romantic of places—the mall—when they were teenagers working in stores across the hall from each other. Today, they live happily ever after in the magical land midway between Chicago and Milwaukee with their two redhead daughters, a dog that’s more like a small horse, and a pair of hermit crabs. After earning her Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago, Melonie taught high school English and Theatre in the northern Chicago suburbs for several years. Now she writes smart and funny contemporary romance and moonlights as an audiobook narrator under the pseudonym, Evelyn Eibhlin.

 

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Thanks for stopping by lovelies. Don’t forget to add this book on your TBR!!!!

sincerelykjologo