Back To The Start by Monica McCallan

Back To The Start by Monica McCallan

Back To The Start was an honest surprise. It was my first time reading one of Monica McCallan’s book and I can now say that I will happily be waiting for her next projects to come to life. I was pleased by her talented writing.

The story is about two broken-hearted best friends who lost each other after an unfortunate situation who left Remy felt like she has been played by the girl she loved, and Fallon frozen, unable to stand for herself and her friend. A decade later, we meet Remy, whose grandmother recently passed away and is the one having to clean her house and make it available on the market. Right from the start, it’s evident that she still is troubled by her past and she still has a lot of issues who needs dealing with. We don’t know much about what happened between them, but we know she is nervous about seeing Her again. By Her, I mean Fallon who gets categorized as the ‘’b*tch’’ of the story if we only see Remy’s point of view at first, when in fact, Fallon is probably the sweetest most honest and caring person alive, whose own heart has also been broken by the past events. A series of miscalculated events finds them as rivals, playing a game of pool with the winning prize being that Fallon finally gets the chance to say what she has to say to her old best friend, or Remy gets left alone for the remaining of her stay. And the rest after that is history.

I was impressed by the switch between the past and the present. Usually, writers lose me when they start going back and forth between different moments in their books, but in this case, it was so fluent that no explanations were needed to know where you were in the story. It all flows perfectly and always adds the parts of history you were missing at those given points.

After reading it, I can admit that I had a sweet spot for Fallon from the very first moment we meet her, even if she is at first portrayed as a mean person who has apparently done so much wrong, while Remy is portrayed as the lesbian who got her heart broken by her former best friend. The author wrote her character so genuine, it was impossible for me to see her the way Remy was seeing her and learning the complete story that happened between them both confirmed and broke my heart to pieces.

This book was a pleasant and fast read that I enjoyed more than I thought I would.
The story has a nice progression, in which we see both characters evolve, learning more about the adult they became. Bonus point to Claire, who never shy away from calling Remy out on her bad behaviors and choices.

I recommend this book as a light, fun and complete read. It’s a great addition to the ‘’Friends to Enemies to Lovers’’ category that should be owned by every Lesfics reader there is.

*I received an ARC in exchange of an honest review*

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The Red Files by Lee Winter

The Red Files by Lee Winter

What does a bus filled with 34 prostitutes, missing pink champagne and a launch party have that is intriguing enough to trigger a journalist’s inquisitiveness?

Lauren King is a journalist for The Daily Sentinel. Her focus? Going to hundreds of parties with A-list celebrities, relaying parts of what she learns while being there. She is good at it, but always knew she deserved more than those crazy parties and useless columns in the paper. Aiming to reach the goal she had set years before as she left her small Iowa country to get a first page article, she pushes the limits of what is expected of her, bringing golden stories to her ungrateful boss.

Catherine Ayers is the Ice queen reigning over The Daily Sentinel. Her favorite activities include engaging into feisty discussions and keeping everyone away from her. Everyone except an Iowa girl, who isn’t impressed by the persona that Catherine is. Intrigued by the story her nemesis is working on, Catherine pushes aside their differences for the greater good. Their paths get quickly interlaced and the scoop they are after might cost them more than what they are ready to sacrifice. But what threat is scary enough to keep two driven journalists away from their leads when their motto is ‘The story comes first’ .

It was one of the first suspense-like stories I’ve ever found myself intrigued by. The story is well written, the characters are well developed. It is clear from this story that the writer had a certain background in journalism because the situations and characters are relatable.

I started this book without even thinking there could be a bit of a romantic side to it, but there it was. Lauren and Catherine are the best example that opposites attract each other. At first, their relationship is like cold water on a burning fire. There isn’t much to it. Add oil to the mix, in this case the 34 prostitutes and the pink champagne, and you’ve got yourself an unstoppable situation on your hands. You can see both character’s evolution all through the story, you can see them work hard and with brilliant minds to get the complete story out of the people they meet along the way. Their determination and quick thinking is amazing and only a mind as brilliant as Lee Winter’s could pull it off. I was impressed to see all the little details coming together perfectly. I must admit the quality of this book kept me captivated all book long, even though I haven’t been a suspense-mysteries lover.

Having read this perfectly written book, I am more than excited to start reading the second book of the series coming out on June 20th. If it’s anything like the first one, it will blow my mind just as much.

I would recommend this book to any given soul who reads this review. It was one of the greatest book I’ve read this year and it left me completely astounded.  Lee Winter just grabbed herself a spot as one of my favorite writers with this book and I cannot wait to read more.

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Under a Falling Star by Jae

Under a Falling Star by Jae

Did you ever wish upon a falling star? I know I did more times than I can count, and I sometimes still do. I do believe it is everybody’s dream to make a wish and to see it come true. It adds to the magic every child still inside of us believes in and it’s that kind of mysterious magic that brought two amazing characters together.

Austen Brooks is a newly employed assistant to Mr. Saunders and since no one wants to take charge of decorating the office’s Christmas tree. Part of her decorations is insisting that everyone writes down a wish to hang on the tree.

Dee is the company’s second in command, therefore, everyone she ever met in her life is usually either afraid of her or being nice only to get something from her. Dee ‘s brother writes a simple Christmas wish for her to put up in the tree. To find a girlfriend. A lucky misfortune that happens leads her to spend a day with Austen Brooks, her brother’s new assistant.

Being new to the company, Austen doesn’t know who Dee really is and doesn’t care about voicing her unjustified opinion about the woman she named Attila after hearing rumors about her. Unlucky for her, she doesn’t know Dee’s real name is Daniella Saunders, aka Attila. Leaving Austen in the dark regarding the real identity of her new friend gives Dee an option she never had before, to see who she is truly dealing with, to get a glimpse at Austen’s intentions along with getting chance to meet someone she would’ve never ever considered speaking with before. Maybe there really is some magic in wishing upon a falling star.

I had this book in my Wishlist for longer than I could remember. If I had known it would be that good, I would’ve pressed the little ‘’Buy’’ button way before. I feel like I am repeating myself but as usual, Jae’s writing is flawless, her characters are so real and honest, you can’t stop reading. Even the most complex of them has an intriguing history and it pushes you to keep on reading through. It was another buy I will not regret. The research Jae has put in is once again perfect. You can see from the high writing level that Jae knows what she is doing.

Dee’s character was my favorite. As much as people are trying to make her feel like a mean and horrible character, she strikes me has an unforgiven, but impartial and loyal boss. She is married to her work and would do anything she needs to prove to her family and herself that she has what it takes to get the lead of the company eventually. Being a woman in a male dominated family forces her to outshine herself and is making her truly the best, regardless of her feelings she keeps hidden. Meeting Austen brings out the best in Dee and her emotional journey is amazing to follow.

This book is the proof that sometimes the most expected pairing is the truest of them all.

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