Presidential by Lola Keeley

Presidential by Lola Keeley

Emily Lawrence, a passionate environmental lobbyist cross paths with the first-term president, Constance ‘’Connie’’ Calvin, after an unfortunate turn of events. Quick enough, one meeting turns into more and political promises are at stake. 

To be able to make the best review of Presidential, I’ll have to split my review in two different points of view on this book both as valid as the other, because on one hand, I was expecting so much more from the book with its first chapters; but on the second part of the book, I think everything fell into place. So, bear with me through this, as it seems I am one of the few who had some things to say about it. 

At first, kudos for having the first American female president on paper. For that alone, this book is worth a read. Add to that the ‘’Age-Gap Romance’’ theme and it’s a recipe for success.

 The passion and confidence Emily and Connie share in their day to day life are impressive, yet, I felt like it didn’t quite reach their relationship, which at first, in my opinion, was missing great and bold romance between both characters. 

From the moment they met and started speaking to each other, I could feel where the writer was trying to take us, emotionally, torn between unstoppable force meets an immovable object. As they quickly get together, at times, their moments lacked the sparks that we usually get from other Keeley’s books, I could feel their constant battle throughout the novel, but I would still have love to read and feel more chemistry between them. 

 I was disappointed by the ‘’ date’’ scene, which I think was cut way too short for what it could have provided to the story in the long run. I also found the characters were lacking the dept and research we usually get from Keeley’s books.

But then, as the book progressed, I found the scenes to be more complete. The feelings were more intense and a lot more realistic than in the beginning. It felt amazing that Emily and Connie were sharing more of their personalities and it felt more like the story I was expecting early on. This part is what saved the book and its rating for me. 

 Presidential is a good read, even with all I mentioned, I had a pleasant time reading. I am left under the general impression that Presidential could’ve been a lengthier novel. Some scenes felt ‘’cut short’’ to allow the second half of the book to be as complete as it is. I felt like many of the scenes I thought were lacking dept, were scenes that had to be reworked on, thus left having a lot less meaning than usually intended. For once, I would like to read the first drafts to compare them. 

I’ll give 4.5 for it, since the ending was so beautifully written and saved it all.

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Fair Game by Charlotte Mills

Fair Game, by Charlotte Mills 

With no apparent reason, Lexi Ryan’s life takes an unexpected turn right after her girlfriend, DCI Helen Taylor moves in and they spot something unusual happening on the roof of the building next door. Coincidence or not, who knows? From there, both women set on finding the what and whys and discover who is behind all the uncommon situations happening around them.

 Fair Game was my second read by Charlotte Mills, the first being the previous publication of the Serie, Payback. I am now familiar with Ms. Mills’ excellent writing and the detailed explanation following each discovery made by either Lexi or Helen. This mystery novel is so professionally written, the story and its actions flow perfectly, making it hard to stop reading. I love that with time, through both books, both characters kept their chemistry, but also grew up and matured a lot. The way they are written in Fair Game is even more entertaining than they were in Payback.

 I remember commenting on my previous review of Payback and had mentioned how much X-rated scene there were and how it was a bit too much for my liking. Well in this one, I do find the balance is better. The scenes are well placed, and I find they happen for the right reason and at the right time, making them feel a bit less like excited teenagers and more like grown women in love, in my opinion. 

 The intrigue is unpredictable, each new clue or new scene making the reader have its theories, which are getting scratched for a new one every time a few chapters go by. I have been kept on my toes, as the resume of the book states, until the very end. It was a lovely good surprise. 

 Even though the book is the second tome of the Serie, it can still easily be read as a stand-alone, though I would still suggest you read both, mostly because they are both great reading material, but also because it helps to get to know Helen and Lexi’s character pasts and why they are afraid it might interfere with what is happening in Fair Game.

I’d recommend this book to every mystery/thriller reader because Charlotte Mills knows how to write suspense novels.

5/5

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Wrong Number, Right Woman by Jae.

Wrong Number, Right Woman by Jae.

Denny, 41 years old, is a multifunctional worker at the Grocery Port, a great sister to Salem and an amazing aunt to her 11 years old niece, Bella whom she helped raise. When it comes to other areas in her life, like flirting or dating, she has not mastered them at all. When Denny’s phone ring while she is home alone with Bella, and she receives a text and a picture from Eliza, asking for fashion advice, her life changes, and as one text turned into hundreds of back and forth, Wrong Number, Right Woman has you turning pages one after the other. Eliza loves crafting and cannot connect with any of the men she dates. When her best friend Heather gets her a membership profile on No More Frogs for her thirtieth birthday, she ends up in a dating frenzy, having her mistakenly text a number that was supposed to be Heather’s but was Denny’s in search of advice on what to wear. The rest is history.  

 

I loved that the whole book takes place in Portland, which has been a great part of a few of Jae’s novels. I smiled like an idiot when I realized Austen and Dee were in that novel, as I had just finished relistening to Under a Falling Star the day before. 

 

I might be biased, but I must admit that I have been looking forward to that book for as long as it was first mentioned. I do not know why but people meeting online has always been part of my favourite storyline for years. Sadly, up until now, the number of released books fitting this description was almost inexistent, only a few come to mind. 

 

As usual, Jae’s characters are perfect from their highest qualities to their deepest insecurities. It was fun to read the back and forth between them, and how they are all connected. 

 

 I loved that Eliza was able to understand Denny’s shyness and introvert way of acting/reacting in most situations, and how they were both so good to the other. I also admire Eliza for being so upfront about her feelings, without putting a label on herself, even if up until Denny’s the possibility of ever connecting with a woman was out of her mind. The fact that both women had big insecurities about their looks and bodies also made them more human and approachable.

 

I cannot explain what makes this story so good and hit so close to home for me, but I love how immediate friendship without having met in person seems so unattainable to some, yet others thrive in those friendships. I love that the bond that exists is so strong, that even most of the real-life friendship have trouble competing with it.

I do know from experience that hiding behind a phone, or a screen does help connect, and share some things you probably would have felt too exposed to share with real-life friends. And the fact that whatever the question is, you have the time to find the right way to express your feelings, or what any conversation means, I find beauty in that. I do believe there is something beautiful and amazing that can be reached when two people must put words to explain their feelings or make sure to properly explain so that the other knows exactly what is happening. And Jae portrayed that with so much efficiency, the storyline blew my mind.

 

Bonus points for the ”date/ not date” at the Carnival since Eliza wanted to meet Denny before anyone else could. The feeling overload was beyond anything I was planning to read.

 

I feel like this review is a total rambling from my part, but it is ok. I feel strongly about this story and I would recommend this book to anyone, and for those who really loved Something in The Wine, I felt like the friendship/relationship struggle was close to it and enjoyed it. I wish there were more books like those. 

 

Grab your copy as soon as it becomes available, you won’t regret it.

5/5

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It’s in Her Kiss by Rachel Lacey

It’s in her kiss by Rachel Lacey

Rachel Lacey’s book ‘It’s in Her Kiss’’ came into my life as a great surprise. After spending the last day reading, I still cannot believe I had never heard of Rachel Lacey and any of her writings before. I am greatly pleased and surprised by the quality of the writing, and the dept of the story I received as an advance review copy.

 It was a page-turner that easily qualifies Rachel Lacey as good as any of my usual favourite writers. ‘’It’s in Her Kiss ‘’ is the second tome of the Midnight in Manhattan Serie, to which a 3rd novel will soon be added to the trilogy in February. All can be read as standalone.

 Jules and Sophie meet at an audition for ‘’It’s in Her Kiss’’: an off-Broadway coming out story. Both of them are auditioning for the lead role, Bianca. What starts as small talk to spend time while they wait for their turn to audition, quickly turns into a great and easy friendship. Their chemistry is undeniable. When both of their agents call them the same night to say they have been asked for a second audition, the story truly begins and starts to unravel.

The contrast between Sophie’s character, who is out and proud of her sexuality, and not afraid to say it, and Jules, who Is still ambivalent about her sexuality and is still trying to figure herself out, is perfect. I have to admit that at times, Sophie’s insecurities making her push Jules to come out made me resent her a little, the book is so well writing that I still understand where she comes from and why she acts that way. 

I honestly could not drop the book while reading it. The characters’ personalities and fears and so precise that whatever happens between them always seems inevitable, or not. 

I love when romance starts early in a book; and that you can see the story evolve with them as their characters evolve. Bonus points for all the sexy scenes amazingly written.

 

 ‘’It’s in Her Kiss’’ is set to be released on September 15th; therefore, I suggest you all add it to your wish list, and I will be recommending this book to any future reader without a doubt.

5/5. 

*I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review*

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Changing the Script by Lee Winter

Changing the script by Lee Winter

Alex Levitin is a promising indie filmmaker. After a friend’s mishap in handling her money, she has no other choice but to take on the worst criticized movie: Shezan, Mistress of the forest and try to make it better. On her first day on location, an unlucky (or lucky) encounter with Senior Constable Sam Keegan makes up the first attempt at making us see what the book will be like. This is a good example from Enemy to lovers, another trope I can get behind. 

I loved to get a glimpse of Breaking Character’s Bess, Summer and Sky; even though the book can be read as a stand-alone, it is still cute and fun to get more scenes of Bess and Summer. 

I’ve read the reviews on this book, and I cannot get behind most of them. Sure, this book is different from any other Winter’s writing; but I still find it refreshing. I do not think this novel needed as much research as her previous ones had needed, in regards to all in involves but still, getting all the New Zealand environment perfectly is notable. I like the fact that Alex wants to be as ‘’precise and accurate’’’ on her location, nature and everything surrounding the movie as I feel Lee Winter is thorough with every book and their set environment. 

 I loved reading Changing the Script when I received it as an ARC months ago, enough that I went and bought the audiobook when it was released and has been listening to it a few times already. There are only a few authors whose books I know will always please me, and Lee Winter is one of them. When I got, ‘’Changing the script’’, it broke me out of the strand of ‘’ok’’ books I had been reading beforehand.

Got get your own copy, it is a book you want to own. 

5/5

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Not The Marrying Kind by Jae

Not the Marrying Kind by Jae

Ashley Gaines is the town’s perfect girl. She is the owner of The Flower Girl, and she used to be the best friend to Leontyne Blake, and ex to Holly Drummond, from Jae’s previously released, Perfect Rhythm. Sasha Peterson is the bakery owner and Holly’s best friend. When the two lovers tie the knot and ask Ashley and Sasha to work together at preparing their wedding, things get interesting.

Once again, in true Jae fashion, once you start reading this book, it’s impossible to put it down. The writing is as great as all her previous works. Perfect Rhythm held a strong spot in my heart since I’ve read it more times than I can count and have been waiting for the sequel to come out since the first time Jae mentioned there would be a second book to the series.

 I remember in the first book, how much I hated Ashley’s character for what has happened between Holly and her, and how I wished there were more scenes with Sacha in them. Not the marrying kind brought me all I was wishing for and more. It gives the second point of view to some of the biggest ‘’Drama’’ of Perfect Rhythm and made me appreciated Ashley and even feel a lot of empathy for her. It also helps to mend bridges and understand the second side of the story and see it from another perspective.

Once again, there was a moment in the book that hit me a lot, and it was when they were showing pictures of their weekend away. How the picture is described, it reminded me a lot of Just for Show, when they had a photographer take pictures to make their relationship look more real. This scene was my favourite. I can picture it with great accuracy and it’s what I love most about Jae’s writing. It’s precise and well done, nothing is left out. 

Without a doubt in my I recommend this book. I think it even managed to dethrone Perfect Rhythm from my favourites. Grab your copy now. It’s totally worth it. It can be read as a stand-alone, but I would suggest you read Perfect Rhythm before, so you get to know Fair Oaks and its habitants, and therefore are more ready to read the sequel. Both are totally worth the buy. I’m still waiting for the paperback version to be available to add it to my never-ending collection of Jae’s work. As I always say, buying a book written by Jae is a sure value. <*That part was written before the paperback was out, since then; I’ve bought the audiobook as well and listened to it more times than I can count*

5/5
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Dare to Love by A.L. Brooks

When Carmen’s best friend Felicity decides to get a tattoo, Carmen is far from impressed. From surprise to judgemental, Carmen’s opinion on the art changes as soon as she meets Ash, the tattoo artist.

Ash is a retired investment banker who had enough of the world she used to work in and decided to get her own tattoo shop. Carmen is an artist agent which we have met briefly in Write Your Own Script.

I loved that at the moment I read this, and realized where I’d heard of Tamsyn Harris before, Facebook reminded me that a year ago, on that day, I was reading and reviewing write your own script, where Carmen has a second role as Tamsyn agent.
Dare to love is an incredible slow slow-burn romance. I think some might find that harder to read because the build-up from their friendship to their relationship takes forever, and even I felt it was getting long at times, but one scene, in particular, made it all worth the wait. When Carmen asks for her feeling to be taken as seriously as Ash’s niece are. That scene shook something in me and made the whole book worth reading and re-reading. I have read that scene more times than I dare to admit. Dare to Love; It’s about realizing where your heart belongs, even if it throws your whole entire life off balance.
Overall, this is a page-turner, at least it was for me because their easy friendship is something to be envied, even more at that age and the story is beautifully written.
I am a sucker for friendship to lover trope, and coming out stories, so this book already had all I needed for an amazing time. I recommend this book to whoever loves slow-burn romance with a load of complicity between characters.
5/5.
*I received an ARC from Ylva in exchange for an honest review*
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All at Sea by Cheyenne Blue

All at Sea by Cheyenne Blue

Stephanie Sterling (Stevie) is a newly registered nurse. After a messed-up party, she wakes up lost at sea, on Karin Malone (Kaz)’s yacht, Delilah. What starts like two siblings arguing, finally ends up being one of the greatest representations of amazing ‘’Team Effort’’ and how life can surprise you when you least expect it.

The novel revolves around Stevie, who keeps trying to mend edges with her unsupportive family, the powerful Sterling of Sterling Save, and around Kaz, the solitary but driven owner of precious Delilah and Sinbad, her lovely cat. Their bickering at the beginning of the book is perfect and helps understand who they are and what they both think is more important, Stevie’s new job, or Kaz’s mission with Ocean Rights.

I had such a great moment getting to know them and their individual universe. It was a great change in my usual reading habits since I know next to nothing about how to navigate a yacht and any of its components. I have to admit I had to search a few words online, simply to add to my personal knowledge.

Once again Cheyenne Blue surprises me with an incredibly developed story and characters. I remember again reading Code of conduct a while ago and being impressed by the level of research she had put in her book, and I am not surprised to see the same level of intensity and expertise reflected in All at Sea. The characters are complete, their baggage and background history are clear and consistent with their actions, reactions and beliefs. This book was a delight and I suggest you all grab a copy; the story is totally worth it.

5/5

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The Word Shimmer by Jenn Matthews

The Word Shimmer by Jenn Matthews

Mel Jackson is a paramedic. She is attending a class to perfect and expend her line of work.
Ruby Clark is a teacher at the same school. Their cold first meeting was a pure hazard, leading them to dread having to work together.

As much as I usually love Jenn Matthews’s work, I feel like this one wasn’t up to the standard I was expecting since I’ve read Hooked on You. Don’t get me wrong, I still loved the story and its character, but I do feel like there was something missing. There was a lot of great subjects touched in the book, like dyslexia, and homophobia, which I found very interesting to see and read about in this novel. The writing is as good as her other book is.

The main character’s chemistry, once it builds up enough, is impressive (at least after their first meeting was horrible).

Overall, this book is worth reading. I do believe I didn’t find it as good as I planned because I wasn’t ‘’in it’’ emotionally while I read it. I will give it another try later this year when my head is more relaxed and not as filled with everything filling it when I read it.

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4/5

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The Long Shot by A.L. Brooks

The Long Shot by A.L. Brooks

Morgan Spencer is a talented professional golf player. Andrienne Wyatt is a Television Producer.

 Their lives get entangled because of Andrienne’s documentary mostly about Morgan as she tries to get her hand on the Major prize, much to Morgan’s dismay at first. Will spending too much time together break their chance at friendship, or will it help it develop into something more?

This book came over me like a surprise. Not because of who writes it, because I am a HUGE A.L. Brooks fan, but mostly because I am rarely a sports fan, at all. I hate watching it, talking about it, hell, even read about it. I know next to nothing about it and I’m fine with that. Therefore, the fact that I enjoyed myself so much while reading this book surprises me. The writing is as good as it always is while reading any of Brooks’s books, so there is nothing more to say about it. The characters are funny and loveable, well, maybe except for Morgan’s father. I spent most of the book wanting to throw him under a bus. But other than that, the story flows so nicely it’s almost impossible to drop the book once you start reading it. The characters are all adding a lot to the story. Morgan’s mom being adorable as it can get. I loved it.

I suggest you all grab a copy because the story is worth it. Grab a few more by A.L. Brooks while you are at it. 

 

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