Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

Tweet Cute tells the story of two teenagers from New York City, Pepper and Jack. Pepper moved from a small Midwest town when her parents got divorced and her mom moved to the city to grow their small burger shop, Big League Burger, into a national corporation. Jack, on the other hand, feels like he will never live up to his twin brother and will be forced to work at his family’s neighborhood deli, Girl Cheesing, forever. But when Jack accuses Big League Burger of stealing one of the deli’s recipes on Instagram, a viral Internet war ensues, pitting the two teens and their family businesses against each other, forcing them to work out their differences face-to-face and become friends, or something more.

This was such a cute book and perfect for this time period, where businesses post sarcastic tweets and posts all the time. The internet side of things was great- it was interesting to see what tweets the two people were sending. Pepper and Jack’s relationship was really interesting to read about- the feelings between them seemed very real, as well as the relationships between the main characters and their families and the other people in the book, especially the competitive nature of Pepper and Jack’s elite school. The book is told in both Pepper and Jack’s points of view, so we get to see both sides of the story unfold. Overall, a really fun page-turner that’s relevant to today’s students with a cute relationship.

The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin

When Sarah Smith, a bookshop owner, is given the opportunity to run a bookshop in Paris for six months, saying yes is a no-brainer. Of course, she’ll have to leave the handsome Ridge Warner behind, but this is going to be a holiday to remember! But will her dreams of a Parisian happily-ever-after come true?

The Little Bookshop on the Seine is a sweet and heartwarming holiday novel. Sarah, a small town bookstore owner in Ashford, has few problems- just a little financial situation at the bookshop. When her friend, Sophie, asks her to switch bookshops so that she can get over a humiliating breakup, Sarah agrees. Her boyfriend, Ridge, is away on assignment, so this seems like the perfect time for an adventure of a lifetime. You really get to see Sarah grow, open up to herself, and gain a lot more confidence. Paris and Ashford were both so beautifully described. Overall, it was a fun and cute holiday romance.

Thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Husband Material by Emily Belden

Twenty-nine year old widow Charlotte has a seemingly perfect life- no one in her new life knows her husband’s dead, and she wants to keep it that way. But when her husbands ashes are dropped on her doorstep, Charlotte has to figure out what to do with this new twist of fate, forcing her to talk with her husband’s mother and best friend. Charlotte must learn to move on and trust others, as she deals with grieving for her husband’s death all over again.

This was a cute and fun rom-com. The writing style is light, despite some depressing subject matter. The characters are all so realistic, quirky, and amusing and you get to see how much progress Charlotte makes throughout her journey through grief and back into love, and the secondary characters were even more interesting. It’s a funny and uplifting tale about letting go of the past and loving again.

Thank you to NetGalley and Graydon House for providing me with a feee copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Meant to Be Yours by Susan Mallery

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Meant to Be Yours by Susan Mallery

Summary: Wedding coordinator Renee Grothen isn’t meant for marriage. Those who can, do. Those who can’t, plan. But she never could have planned on gorgeous, talented thriller writer Jasper Dembenski proposing—a fling, that is. Fun without a future. And the attraction between them is too strong for Renee to resist. Now she can have her no-wedding cake…and eat it, too.

After years in the military, Jasper is convinced he’s too damaged for relationships. So a flirtation—and more—with fiery, determined Renee is way too good to pass up…until his flame becomes his muse.

Renee is an expert at averting every crisis. But is she finally ready to leap into the one thing that can never be controlled: love?

4 stars. Meant to Be Yours is a super fun romance, following Renee, a wedding planner, and Jasper, a novelist. Renee isn’t interested in marriage or anything like that- more of a friends with benefits situation, but, of course, things don’t go according to plan.

Renee has a lot of interesting secrets that are revealed throughout the book. The reveals really worked and the characterization is great. Jasper has PTSD from his time in the army, and this is also fascinating to read about, and the other characters are great as well. The small town everyone lives in sounds so cute and magical- the descriptions were great. The wedding planning side of things was really fun and a lot better than many of the other wedding planning books I’ve read. The book had a super sweet ending, and was overall an exciting and cute page-turner.

Thank you to Net Galley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and this does not affect my rating or review.



The Desire Card by Lee Matthew Goldberg

The Desire Card by [Goldberg, Lee Matthew]

Synopsis:

Any wish fulfilled for the right price. That’s the promise the organization behind The Desire Card gives to its elite clients – but sometimes the price may be more menacing than anyone could ever imagine.

Harrison Stockton has lived an adult life of privilege and excess: a high-powered job on Wall Street fuels his fondness for alcohol and pills at the expense of a family he has no time for. Quite suddenly all of this comes crashing to a halt when he loses his job and at the same time discovers he almost certainly has only months left to live.

Desperate, and with seemingly nowhere else left to turn, Harrison activates his Desire Card. What follows is a gritty and gripping quest that takes him from New York City to the slums of Mumbai and forces him to take chances, and make decisions, he never thought he’d ever have to face. When his moral descent threatens his wife and children, Harrison must decide whether to save himself at any cost, or do what’s right and break his bargain with the mysterious group behind The Desire Card.

4 stars. The Desire Card was a fast-paced read that was compelling all the way through. This type of scenario isn’t my usual cup of tea, but I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The characters were really interesting- we got to see the main character, Harrison’s, lowest point and how he dealt with this. Harrison is a very unlikable character. He’s a heavy drinker, rude to most of the people he meets, drowns himself in work, and doesn’t spend much time with his wife and kids. There’s a lot of moral corruption in this book- in Harrison and in many of the other characters. However, we get to see Harrison and the other characters change and grow throughout the book.

The book was action-packed and a pretty fast read. Just as it was starting to get a little stereotypical, a great plot twist arrived that I didn’t see coming. Interesting, dark themes throughout the book, especially in Mumbai, where it describes the realities of impoverished people there.

The Desire Card is a thrilling book with action that will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time and dark lessons about life.

Note: I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.



Again, But Better by Christine Riccio

Again, But Better by Christine Riccio

373 pages

Synopsis: Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents…sounds ideal—but Shane’s made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance…what’s that? 

Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time’s a ticking, and she needs a change—there’s nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She’s going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure! 

Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart. 

Shane comes to find that, with the right amount of courage and determination one can conquer anything. Throw in some fate and a touch of magic—the possibilities are endless. 

“You’re bolder than before.”

I usually don’t like books by YouTubers, but Again, But Better really exceeded my expectations. It’s fun, it’s cute, and it’s a fast but emotional read. I loved the characters and the drama between everyone- especially Shane and Pilot and Shane and her parents- and Shane’s development throughout the book was really great.

Christine Riccio made studying abroad and all the places the people in the book visited sound vibrant and exciting with great descriptions.

The writing was not spectacular, but decent for a debut. It had an overload of references to 2011 (when the first half of the book was set) and Shane, the main character, seems very similar to the author, Christine Riccio. However, the book had a lot of funny moments and nostalgic vibes. The pacing was done very well, with a good balance between school, work, and hanging out with friends.

The plot twist was definitely unexpected, though I would have liked to know more of the background behind it, and have the ending fleshed out a bit more.

I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

xoxo,

Adeline

One Summer in Paris by Sarah Morgan

One Summer is Paris tells the story of two women, Grace and Audrey. Grace’s husband has just announced that he wants a divorce, and she must take the trip to Paris she planned for their twenty-fifth anniversary by herself. Meanwhile, Audrey, an English girl, wants to get away from her difficult home life by spending a summer working at a book shop in France (though she hates reading). When an unfortunate incident causes the two to meet, they become friends.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun vacation story, but it had darker moments and a lot of great lessons to learn about discovering yourself and successful relationships. The characters were able to grow so much and become amazing, kind, and independent people. Though a little predictable, it was a captivating storyline with very fun, relateable characters and a dash of romance and humor. Overall, a fantastic book.

Thank you to NetGalley, Sarah Morgan, and the publishes for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

xoxo,

Adeline