Meet Cute by Helena Hunting

meet cute

Rating
4.5/5 stars

Genre

Fiction – Contemporary Romance

Goodreads Summary

Talk about an embarrassing introduction. On her first day of law school, Kailyn ran – quite literally – into the actor she crushed on as a teenager, ending with him sprawled on top of her. Mortified to discover the Daxton Hughes was also a student in her class, her embarrassment over their meet-cute quickly turned into a friendship she never expected. Of course, she never saw his betrayal coming either…

Now, eight years later, Dax is in her office asking for legal advice. Despite her anger, Kailyn can’t help feeling sorry for the devastated man who just became sole guardian to his thirteen-year-old sister. But when her boss gets wind of Kailyn’s new celebrity client, there’s even more at stake than Dax’s custody issues: if she gets Dax to work at their firm, she’ll be promoted to partner.

The more time Kailyn spends with Dax and his sister, the more she starts to feel like a family, and the more she realizes the chemistry they had all those years ago is as fresh as ever. But will they be able to forgive the mistakes of the past, or will one betrayal lead to another? 

Review

After hearing great things about this book and obsessing over the cover, I decided to bump it up on my TBR list. SO glad I did! Wow, I loved this one way more than I expected.

While I was expecting a cutesy romance, I was pleasantly surprised by the depth this story contained. It had a great balance of real life struggles and flirty fun! It reminds me a bit of The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez in all the best ways. Not that the content is the same, but that there is so much more depth to the story line than I anticipated.

I loved these characters! Both Kailyn and Dax both had such sweet and endearing qualities about them. I loved that they were flawed and worked toward improving themselves. Their relationship is highly entertaining to watch unravel. From the classic enemies to lovers, seeing how it unfolds was so enjoyable. While there are some steamy scenes in this book, I actually felt like it was pretty limited. I didn’t encounter one until about half way through the book. You could easily skip over them if that’s something you don’t enjoy.

I flew through this book and would highly recommend this when you’re looking for a book to get caught up in. I look forward to reading more books by Helena Hunting!

Author Helena Hunting’s website

Her Daughter’s Mother by Daniela Petrova

her daughter's mother

Rating
4/5 stars

Genre

Fiction – Psychological Suspense

Goodreads Summary

Lana Stone has never considered herself a stalker–until the night she impulsively follows a familiar face through the streets of New York’s Upper West Side. Her target? The “anonymous” egg donor she’d selected through an agency, the one who’s making motherhood possible for her. Hungry to learn more about her, Lana plans only to watch her from a distance. But when circumstances bring them face-to-face, an unexpected friendship is born.

Katya, a student at Columbia, is the yin to Lana’s yang, an impulsive free spirit who lives life at the edge. And for pragmatic Lana, she’s a breath of fresh air and a welcome distraction from her painful breakup with her baby’s father. Then, just as suddenly as Katya entered Lana’s life, she disappears–and Lana might have been the last person to see her before she went missing. Determined to find out what became of the woman to whom she owes so much, Lana digs into Katya’s past, even as the police grow suspicious of her motives. But she’s unprepared for the secrets she unearths, and their power to change everything she thought she knew about those she loves best…

Review

This was definitely an intriguing read! I found it to have a unique and fascinating plot.

The author allows us to get to know the characters well by providing a rotation of first person narratives for each of the main characters. I enjoyed this because I felt like I was able to get thoughts and perspectives of each instead of being limited to one narrator. Each character was equally fascinating to me as well, which is a rare thing.

I love a suspense novel that can keep me guessing throughout, and this one delivered! At one point or another, I thought each of the characters was not to be trusted. But I also felt for what each of them were going through. While this book is suspenseful, it is also rather emotional. With the story revolving around infertility, this was far from a light read. Some of the content was heavy and heartbreaking. The author did an exceptional job of portraying the emotions that I imagine come along with experiencing infertility. If this is something you struggle with or are sensitive to, I would warn you against reading this book.

I would highly suggest this fantastic debut from the very talented Daniela Petrova! I can’t wait to hear what you think!

Available June 18th!

Thank you to Daniela Petrova & G.P. Putnam’s Sons for my Advance Reader Copy. All opinions expressed are my own.

Author Daniela Petrova’s website

Pub Day Books – 5/28/19

Happy Tuesday! I’m sharing some books that are available as of today! Hope you find something that interests you! 🙂

the flatshare

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time. 

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…

ask again, yes

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

A profoundly moving novel about two neighboring families in a suburban town, the friendship between their children, a tragedy that reverberates over four decades, and the power of forgiveness.

Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope are two NYPD rookies assigned to the same Bronx precinct in 1973. They aren’t close friends on the job, but end up living next door to each other outside the city. What goes on behind closed doors in both houses—the loneliness of Francis’s wife, Lena, and the instability of Brian’s wife, Anne, sets the stage for the stunning events to come.

Ask Again, Yes by award-winning author Mary Beth Keane, is a beautifully moving exploration of the friendship and love that blossoms between Francis’s youngest daughter, Kate, and Brian’s son, Peter, who are born six months apart. In the spring of Kate and Peter’s eighth grade year a violent event divides the neighbors, the Stanhopes are forced to move away, and the children are forbidden to have any further contact.

But Kate and Peter find a way back to each other, and their relationship is tested by the echoes from their past. Ask Again, Yes reveals how the events of childhood look different when reexamined from the distance of adulthood—villains lose their menace, and those who appeared innocent seem less so. Kate and Peter’s love story is marked by tenderness, generosity, and grace.

stay sexy & don't get murdered

Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff & Georgia Hardstark

Sharing never-before-heard stories ranging from their struggles with depression, eating disorders, and addiction, Karen and Georgia irreverently recount their biggest mistakes and deepest fears, reflecting on the formative life events that shaped them into two of the most followed voices in the nation.

In Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered, Karen and Georgia focus on the importance of self-advocating and valuing personal safety over being ‘nice’ or ‘helpful.’ They delve into their own pasts, true crime stories, and beyond to discuss meaningful cultural and societal issues with fierce empathy and unapologetic frankness.

passion on park avenue

Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne

For as long as she can remember, Bronx-born Naomi Powell has had one goal: to prove her worth among the Upper East Side elite—the same people for which her mom worked as a housekeeper. Now, as the strongminded, sassy CEO of one of the biggest jewelry empires in the country, Naomi finally has exactly what she wants—but it’s going to take more than just the right address to make Manhattan’s upper class stop treating her like an outsider.

The worst offender is her new neighbor, Oliver Cunningham—the grown son of the very family Naomi’s mother used to work for. Oliver used to torment Naomi when they were children, and as a ridiculously attractive adult, he’s tormenting her in entirely different ways. Now they find themselves engaged in a battle-of-wills that will either consume or destroy them…

Filled with charm and heart and plenty of sex and snark, this entertaining series will hook you from the very first page.

sorry i'm late

Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come: One Introvert’s Year of Saying Yes by Jessica Pan

What would happen if a shy introvert lived like a gregarious extrovert for one year? If she knowingly and willingly put herself in perilous social situations that she’d normally avoid at all costs? Writer Jessica Pan intends to find out. With the help of various extrovert mentors, Jessica sets up a series of personal challenges (talk to strangers, perform stand-up comedy, host a dinner party, travel alone, make friends on the road, and much, much worse) to explore whether living like an extrovert can teach her lessons that might improve the quality of her life. Chronicling the author’s hilarious and painful year of misadventures, this book explores what happens when one introvert fights her natural tendencies, takes the plunge, and tries (and sometimes fails) to be a little bit braver.

 

Have a great day! ♥ The Oxford Comma Momma

 

Dating by the Book by Mary Ann Marlowe

dating by the book

Rating
3/5 stars

Genre

Fiction – Romance

Goodreads Summary

Six months ago, writer and bookstore owner Maddie Hanson was left at the altar. Since then, she’s had zero interest in romance–despite the fact that she runs a book club full of sexy eligible bachelors. But when her latest novel is panned by an anonymous blogger who goes by the name Silver Fox–and who accuses her of knowing nothing about passion–she decides to prove her nemesis wrong by seeking a romance hero in real life…

There’s the smoldering rock musician, the bookish college professor, and her competitive childhood friend who may want to steal her bookstore more than her heart. Even Silver Fox is getting in on the action, sending Maddie alarmingly–and intoxicatingly–flirtatious emails. And that’s not all. Her ex wants her back.

Now Maddie is about to discover that like any good story, life has twists and turns, and love can happen when you least expect it–with the person you least expect… 

Review

Goodness, I am in such a funk right now with reading! I really wanted to love this book, but it just wasn’t for me.

I’ll start out with the things I enjoyed about this book! I really loved that the main character, Maddie, was an author, owned a bookstore, and ran her own book club. As a total book lover, this was so fun! I also enjoyed the talk about Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) and how the way you review a book can really be a huge deal to the author. As I’ve said before, I never want to bring an author down or make them think I don’t appreciate all the work they put in to publish a novel. However, each person has different opinions when reading a book and the beauty of it is that there is no “right” answer.

What didn’t really jive with me was the overall chaotic feeling of the characters and storyline. There was just a bit too much going on for my taste. I never fully connected with the main character or any of her love interests and, because of that, there was no one I was rooting for her to end up with.

I’d also like to note that if you enjoy many of the classics such as Pride & Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Little Women, Gone with the Wind, and The Little Prince, then I would guess that you may absolutely love this book! I, unfortunately, have yet to read any of the aforementioned titles so I felt a little lost during the book club discussions the characters in the book had.

While this book was just okay for me, please do not hesitate to pick it up! I have seen some rave reviews so I know I’m not necessarily in the majority.

Available June 25th!

Thank you to Kensington Publishing for my Advance Reader Copy. All opinions expressed are my own.

Author Mary Ann Marlowe’s website

The First Mistake by Sandie Jones

the first mistake

“How so much can happen in twenty-four hours—in one hour—one minute. That’s all it takes for your whole world to turn on its axis. In just a moment, everything can change, and your life will never be the same again.”

Rating
5/5 stars

Genre

Fiction – Domestic Thriller

Goodreads Summary

THE WIFE: For Alice, life has never been better. With her second husband, she has a successful business, two children, and a beautiful house.

HER HUSBAND: Alice knows that life could have been different if her first husband had lived, but Nathan’s arrival into her life gave her back the happiness she craved.

HER BEST FRIEND: Through the ups and downs of life, from celebratory nights out to comforting each other through loss, Alice knows that with her best friend Beth by her side, they can survive anything together. So when Nathan starts acting strangely, Alice turns to Beth for help. But soon, Alice begins to wonder whether her trust has been misplaced . . .

The first mistake could be her last.

Review

If I could give this more than five stars, I probably would do so! I absolutely loved LOVED loved this book! Sandie Jones is officially an auto buy author for me! First The Other Woman and now The First Mistake—it’s clear this woman knows how to write an unputdownable book!

Intrigued by the story from the first chapter? Check! Three sections with different points of view? Check! Storyline that keeps you going back and forth between what you think could actually be going on? Check!

The jaw dropping twists were so superbly well done that I had to just sit and think about them for a few minutes because they were that brilliant. The main characters had both horrible and redeemable qualities. And I truly had a gamut of emotions throughout this book. There were a few times I nearly cried and my heart was breaking. Other times, I was angry and fed up with some of the things a character had to put up with. And the suspense left me on the edge of my seat! It is rare for me to find a thriller complex enough to do all of that.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough! It will likely be on the list of my favorites of 2019!

Available June 11th!

Thank you to Minotaur Books and Sandie Jones for my Advance Reader Copy. All opinions expressed are my own.

Author Sandie Jones’s website

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

my lovely wife

Rating
5/5 stars

Genre

Fiction – Thriller

Goodreads Summary

Dexter meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith in this wildly compulsive debut thriller about a couple whose fifteen-year marriage has finally gotten too interesting…

Our love story is simple. I met a gorgeous woman. We fell in love. We had kids. We moved to the suburbs. We told each other our biggest dreams, and our darkest secrets. And then we got bored.

We look like a normal couple. We’re your neighbors, the parents of your kid’s friend, the acquaintances you keep meaning to get dinner with.

We all have secrets to keeping a marriage alive.

Ours just happens to be getting away with murder.

Review

As someone who has read my fair share of thrillers, they can start to blend together and lose their excitement. For this reason, I always try to read a different genre in between any thrillers and mysteries. However, My Lovely Wife was different—in all the best ways—from most of the thrillers I’ve read. I have never seen Dexter or Mr. and Mrs. Smith but, if they are similar to this book, I’m thinking I would probably love them!

I loved the super short chapters that made this so easy to keep reading! I also loved that the content was so engaging and gripping that I could basically read it anywhere and with anyone around and had no problem focusing on the story! The story is, surprisingly, solely told from the husband’s point of view, which I wasn’t expecting. However, I feel like it really worked well! With all the twists you could want in a thriller, My Lovely Wife is surely a memorable one! I would love to see this made into a movie.

Pick this one up ASAP because the hype is legit!

Have you read My Lovely Wife? Let me know what you thought!

Author Samantha Downing’s website

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

the unhoneymooners

Rating
5/5 stars

Genre

Fiction – Romance

Goodreads Summary

Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Amy, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancé is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.

Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.

Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of… lucky.

Review

I have been highly anticipating this new release from the dynamic writing duo Christina Lauren. Their 2018 novel Love and Other Words basically swept me off my feet and made me an immediate fan of theirs.

Well, The Unhoneymooners delivered all I was hoping for and more! I absolutely adored this book! I think this would make the perfect beach read as a majority of it takes place in Hawaii and gives off all sorts of summery vibes. I loved that the rest of the book took place in my native state, Minnesota. It’s always fun to read about areas that you are familiar with and can picture in your mind easily.

So, what did I love? Basically everything. Olive was such a quirky, insecure, and relatable character. Her body image issues were well balanced with her humor. Ethan seemed like your typical scumbag guy until you got to know him and realized that he is sweet, thoughtful, and committed. Reading about these two trying to vacation together, while despising each other, was nothing short of hysterical. I was laughing out loud more times than I could count!

An interesting conflict at the end kept me on my toes and questioning the direction I thought this book was going. I don’t want to give anything away so I’m going to leave it at that.

Read this book ASAP! It was so amazing and I’ll be talking about it for a long time, I’m sure!

Available May 14th!

Thank you to Gallery Books for my Advance Reader Copy. All opinions expressed are my own.

Author Christina Lauren’s website