Blog Tour – Review Just My Luck by Jennifer Honeybourn

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Hello bookish friends and welcome to my Blog Tour Stop for Just My Luck by Jennifer Honeybourn. This tour is hosted by Xpresso Book Tours and I’ll be sharing my review for this cute and fun summer book!

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Just My Luck
Jennifer Honeybourn
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: July 16th 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Marty has terrible luck and she knows exactly why. While working as a housekeeper at the ritzy Grand Palms hotel in Maui, Marty made it a habit to steal small items from the guests. What better way to stick it to the rich snobs they have to clean up after? Marty knows how to turn her luck around — she just has to return all of the items she stole.

When Marty meets Will, a new guest who is staying for the summer, she does the one thing she always promised herself she’d never do — fall for an out-of-towner. But Will’s special, different from the other guests at the hotel. Maybe Marty’s luck is finally turning around.

After a string of misunderstandings and accidents threaten Will and Marty’s relationship, Marty has to find a way to fix her luck for good — or say goodbye to Will forever.

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mythoughtsA Light & Cute YA Contemporary Romance Perfect for a Relaxing Day at the Beach

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Just My Luck by Jennifer Honeybourn is a quick, but lighthearted and enjoyable YA contemporary romance.

This book is an easy and cute read. I really liked the concept of the story and some parts are quite delightful. I also liked the pacing and the swiftly moving plot with plenty of events and happenings. However, I felt like both the story and characters needed to be fleshed out a bit more. I just wanted everything to be MORE than what it was. So while there are definitely a few things that could have been executed better, I did enjoy the friendships, the family drama, the adventure, the setting, and the coming-of age aspects of the book. I also liked the sibling relationship between Ansel and Marty and wished they had more moments together. The ending seemed a bit rushed, but it still made me smile.

The characters are all right. I liked Marty and Will well enough. Marty is relatable and I rooted for her the entire time. Will is quite funny, adorable and caring. The side characters like Ansel, Hayes and Nalani are likeable. They’re all interesting on their own ways, but I just really wanted them to be more complex and to have more depth.

Romance wise… Uhmmm well, I’m not too sure I completely liked it. I know I didn’t not like it, but I just wanted something more. There are some moments that are quite romantic and sweet… it’s just I didn’t really feel intense and delicious swoony vibes between Marty and Will. They also didn’t seem to have the kind of chemistry that makes my heart melt. Having said that, they shared some adorable moments and I did enjoy some of their flirty scenes together.

Overall, this novel is a light and cute read. Despite the fact that I personally wanted to feel MORE excitement, MORE fun, and ultimately just MORE feels, I still enjoyed most of the story and I think this book is perfect for a relaxing day at the beach.

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

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Jennifer Honeybourn works in corporate communications in Vancouver, British Columbia. She’s a fan of British accents, Broadway musicals, and epic, happily-ever-after love stories. If she could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, she’d have high tea with Walt Disney, JK Rowling, and her nana. She lives with her husband, daughter and cat in a house filled with books. Wesley James Ruined My Life is her first novel.

 

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July 15th
Valerie Ullmer | Romance Author >> Excerpt
A Dream Within A Dream >> Excerpt
Kait Plus Books >> Interview
We Live and Breathe Books >> Review

July 16th
Moonlight Rendezvous >> Review
TheBookNerdDiaries >> Excerpt
June Reads Books >> Review
The Heart of a Book Blogger >> Guest post

July 17th
The Avid Reader  >> Excerpt
Across the Bookiverse >> Interview
Provocatrix >> Review
Smada’s Book Smack >> Review
Just Because >> Review

July 18th
Literary Flits >> Guest post
The Cover Contessa >> Interview
Sincerely Karen Jo >> Review
Character Madness and Musings >> Excerpt

July 19th
Twirling Book Princess >> Excerpt
Viviana MacKade >> Guest post
trishajennreads >> Review
The Bookish Introvert >> Review

 

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Book Review – Stormy Kind of Love by Tia Lee

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Happy Friday Bookish Friends!! Have any exciting plans for the weekend? I hope you do. As for me well… since it’s getting hotter in Los Angeles and I’m not a summer person, I’ll be staying in, keeping cool, and relaxing with a book. Anyway, today I’ll be sharing my review for Stormy Kind of Love by Tia Lee.

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Published: March 1, 2019

Genre(s): Romance, Suspense, Contemporary

Format: Kindle Edition, 181 pages

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It’s Rachel’s first day of Sophomore year at Oklahoma State University. The first day of school her biggest problem is getting to class late. Soon she finds herself in the middle of a love triangle, only one of the men who is a potential love interest is hiding secrets that put Rachel in danger. Will Rachel make the right choices or put herself in danger for love?

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An interesting college romance story that never fully grabbed my attention 

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2.5 rounded up to 3 hearts

I really wanted to love this book, but in the end… I just don’t think the story is exciting enough to live up to its intriguing premise.

The author’s writing is quite decent, but it never fully grabbed my attention. Personally, I felt like I was being told about what’s happening rather than being pulled into the story and actually experiencing it. The pacing was okay, but the flow of the story is quite… well stormy and bumpy. While the plot has a few entertaining moments, it seems like the author never builds up the emotions, the conflict, the drama, and the tension, so it seems a bit all over the place and quite lackluster at times. The dialogue is also a bit awkward and flat too. I just couldn’t feel any emotions and had such a difficult time trying to find a connection with the story and characters. Even when it should have been suspenseful, thrilling, or even sad, I found myself not really having any intense reaction to what’s happening in the story. I really do think this book has potential and there are things I liked, but for me, the story just wasn’t well executed. It’s supposed to be a suspenseful romance, but I felt very little to nothing. I did kind of like the alternate ending… even though it seemed unnecessary, I really had fun reading it.

As I mentioned, I had a difficult time connecting with the characters. I just felt so indifferent towards them.. well except for Asher. I didn’t dislike them, but I also didn’t care all that much. Rachel is an okay heroine and I thought she’s likable, but she didn’t shine like I expected. I liked that Sonya is a good friend and honestly, I felt like she’s a little bit more interesting than Rachel. I’m usually drawn to the “bad boy” type, but I didn’t find anything alluring or redeeming about Liam. Nothing that made me feel or think that there’s something substantial about him. On the other hand, I loved Asher from the moment he met Rachel. He’s sweet, considerate, caring, and just a really good guy. He’s dealing with his own personal issues so seeing his vulnerable side made me fall for him even more.

I liked and did not like the romance part of this book. I’m not really into love triangles and if it’s not done in a tasteful way, well… that’s a big NO for me. So, I was not a fan of the love triangle in this book. The way Rachel and Liam got together just felt unrealistic to me. There are a few scenes of them kind of flirting, but I didn’t feel any chemistry between them so as a couple… they didn’t make sense or seem genuine to me. I just knew right then and there that they would not work out. Having said that, I am definitely team Asher and was rooting for him from the start. Rachel and Asher as a couple is a little better. I liked that they’re friends first and they seem to really care about each other. Still didn’t have the all the swoony feels I love, but I liked their romance/relationship.

Stormy Kind of Love by Tia Lee is an interesting college romance story, but it didn’t make my heart melt or had me gripping the edge of my seat. There are some aspects of the book that I liked and even enjoyed, but overall I just never felt emotionally invested in the story or characters. While I didn’t love this as much as I thought I would, I think Tia Lee has really unique and interesting ideas that I’m sure will appeal to other readers.

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Tia Lee lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and two children. As a writer, I’ve found that there is a part of us which can become a bit reclusive while writing our view of the world we have created. Sometimes it can be hard to come back to reality.

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Thanks for reading loves! Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

sincerelykjologo