Shannon’s Favorite Books of 2016!

Posted December 30, 2016 by Shannon in 2016 Favorites / 0 Comments

 

Well, another year has come and gone! We’ve had such a fantastic year here at the Sisterhood, we’ve read hundreds of books, attended multiple signings and made friendships with even more people! Readers, bloggers and authors alike, we love chatting everything books. I’ve personally read 175 (and counting! Still have 2 days left 😉 ) books this year and have managed to pick out my favourites in no particular order. Below I’ll include each book cover, blurb, a link to my review (where applicable) and what I loved about each! I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store for us and already there looks to be some amazing releases in January and February, so check back often and see what we’re currently reading and reviewing!

 


Synopsis:

There is no greater burden than a secret, and Kari Stanley has been carrying one alone for a long time. But fate intervenes in the form of a broken down car and the kind offer of assistance from a handsome stranger with a sweet, southern drawl. In exchange, all she has to do is go to dinner with him. Temptation was never so sweet.

Max Quinn has secrets of his own. His good deeds aren’t just a product of his southern upbringing; they’re his atonement. As one dinner turns into two, he realizes that Kari just might be his salvation.

As they struggle to find their path together, their secrets weigh heavier on them. Will they be able to trust one another with the truth, or will their secrets keep them apart forever?

Okay, Max Quinn ladies and gentlemen. Max. Quinn. Can someone start the slow clap please? Oh my gosh, he was so incredibly swoony I could hardly stand it! He was so sweet and caring, the true definition of a southern gentleman and his love for Kari was always obvious. Throw in some jealousy, secrets and suspense and I was sold!

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Synopsis:

We are not guaranteed anything, not even this life.

Rivers Young is the popular guy untouchable by reality. He is like a star—bright, consuming, otherworldly. The thing about stars, though, is that they eventually fall, and he is no different.

He falls far and he falls hard.

Delilah Bana is the outcast enshrouded in all of life’s ironies. Alone, in the dark, like dusk as it falls on the world. When Rivers hits the ground, she is the night that catches him. In the darkness, they meld into something beautiful that shines like the sun.

Only, the greater the star is, the shorter its lifespan.

So this book was not at all what I expected. Yes it is heartbreaking but its beautiful and hopeful as well. I swear to you, I was not the same person after I finished this one. The ending ruined me but in the days after, I felt a change in myself and my views. It’s an ugly cry, so be warned, but oh so worth it! If you ever doubted River’s love, just remember: He flies planes because she loves the stars. <3

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Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka “His Royal Hotness,” is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant―hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.

Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn’t bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.

Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.

Dating a prince isn’t what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.
There’s a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they’ve traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces and haven’t chopped anyone’s head off lately―the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.

But to Olivia―Nicholas is worth it.

Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is and, more importantly, who he wants to be: a King… or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.

Think: The Prince and Me meets The Princess Diaries. This story is the epitome of RomCom and HAS to be a top favourite of the year! I not only had all of the feels but also the butterflies and the nerves too. Nicholas and Olivia were so much fun to read about (and route for!) that I just didn’t want it to end. Plus it was SMOKIN’ hot! Like wowza, someone turn on the AC!

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Synopsis:

One kiss lasts a moment.
But a thousand kisses can last a lifetime.

One boy.
One girl.
A bond that is forged in an instant and cherished for a decade.
A bond that neither time nor distance can break.
A bond that will last forever.
Or so they believe.

When seventeen-year-old Rune Kristiansen returns from his native Norway to the sleepy town of Blossom Grove, Georgia, where he befriended Poppy Litchfield as a child, he has just one thing on his mind. Why did the girl who was one half of his soul, who promised to wait faithfully for his return, cut him off without a word of explanation?

Rune’s heart was broken two years ago when Poppy fell silent. When he discovers the truth, he finds that the greatest heartache is yet to come.

Standalone Young Adult Tearjerker Romance.
For ages 14 and up.

I’d like to start by saying I made it to 50% before I started to cry! I think that should be a life achievement and I feel like I need an award. After that though I went downhill and FAST. This is another one of the beautiful and heartbreaking stories that teach you about life. I honestly read these and always find that I learn something about myself in the process. Poppy and Rune, I’ll meet you in the cherry blossom trees. “For infinity. Forever always.” *sniffle*

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Debut author Sally Thorne bursts on the scene with a hilarious and sexy workplace comedy all about that thin, fine line between hate and love.

Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.

                       2) A person’s undoing

                       3) Joshua Templeman

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

You’ve probably been seeing this book everywhere and thinking, “What’s the big deal?”

My answer: READ IT! Then you’ll know.

This was by far the most genuine book I’ve ever read. These are real people, I swear to you it’s not a story. I actually visualized the entire thing happening and lived in this book with both Lucy and Josh. I can’t stress enough how refreshing and fascinating this story is, or how many swoony feels it gave me. “Come visit me up here for a sec.” <– Probably one of the most inconsequential quotes in the entire book but I think of that line/scene all the time and laugh/sigh. 🙂

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Synopsis:

VIVIAN BINGLEY HAS BIG PLANS FOR HER SEMESTER ABROAD IN SPAIN…
Along with her BFF, Maddie, Vivian hopes to indulge her inner Art History nerd by visiting the best museums in the world. She also wants to tackle more practical concerns—like a less than stellar GPA in her major, Economics—with the help of a Spanish tutor.

BUT FALLING FOR HER STUDLY SPANISH TUTOR ISN’T ONE OF THEM.
Madrileño Rafa Montoya is the stuff study abroad dreams are made of: super studly and super smart. He also happens to be super into Vivian. With his wicked dancing skills and his passion for the arts, he tempts her to throw caution to the wind and live out her wildest dreams.
Only problem? Maddie wants Rafa, too, and Vivian promised herself she’d never settle for second best again…not after a hookup-gone-awry last semester left her heartbroken. Is it best for Vivian to protect her heart at all costs? Or is letting Rafa in worth the risk?

This book is a New Adult contemporary romance, suitable for mature audiences.

Get your passports ladies, we’re going to Spain. End of story. This book reminds you what first love feels like and its so, so cute! From the first meeting to Rafa’s unconditional support of Viv, I fell for these two hard and fast. And this author, she’s pretty fantastic too. Books 2 and 3 in this series are also available now (I’ve rated them as 4.5 and 4 stars! 😉 ) Let me do you this favour: Run, don’t walk over to Amazon for this one!

Review | Amazon US


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Soccer goalie Rachel Jameson is in her final year at Glendale College on academic and athletic scholarships. It’s quite the achievement for a young woman who grew up in a home filled with drunken abuse, who barely made it out of high school alive.
But she’s smart, dedicated, and has her eyes set on that cap and gown next spring. Nothing’s going to get in the way of a hard-fought battle for the freedom and independence she’s so desperately craved.
Until she meets Mack.
He stumbles into her world with a flirty smile and warm eyes – a man that pushes Rachel out of her comfort zone and into his arms. Their chemistry is swift and undeniable, and soon after meeting the two recognize the depth of their connection.
But an unfortunate circumstance forces the two to abandon their romance before it has truly begun. Rachel’s carefully planned life begins to shake like an unstable house of cards, and when she risks losing Mack completely, she has to decide what’s more important.
Her future.
Or theirs.

OH MY GOOOOOSH! RJ and Mack. Mack and RJ. Yes. All of the yeses! I came across The Keeper when Jillian emailed us with a review request and I accepted it on a whim. Never did I imagine it would become one of my favourite reads of the year! RJ is me; she’s embodies every girl, their hopes, fears and desires. She was so relatable and reacted to every situation EXACTLY how I would too. Then there’s Mack: if he doesn’t make you swoon, you might need to get that checked out, just saying. Now don’t get me wrong, this is a fun book and I loved the feels of falling in love, but there’s more to it than that. It’s a forbidden romance but there’s also a dark past to both characters. Consider this your trigger warning for physical abuse.

Review | Amazon US


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I was born in sadness,which was just the beginning of a solemn and desolate life. I’m no stranger to pain—none of us are. The night I held my best friend’s hand as she died, I understood true agony. And I never thought I’d feel happiness again.
But that was so long ago…
Moving to Colorado to be with Colin, my high school sweetheart, was the perfect way to start over and rekindle what had begun to fizzle. I wanted that spark to ignite, to burn in passion and desire. Instead, I found myself falling for Jude, my boyfriend’s roommate. He’s the only person who understands my soul, who can breach the walls I’ve built. But I can’t have him.
Because I’m Trista Kohl, and my destiny is sorrow.

So, after reading that synopsis I’m sure you’re ready for this upbeat, hilarious book right? (You’re at the wrong one! Check out RVD or Jen Blackwood). This book is not only sad, but it’s honestly kind of depressing. But there’re moments of hope riding in on a white horse named Jude. #tentguy #roofchats #givemeallthechocolatemilk

Seriously, he’s pretty perfect and I love how he was there for Trista without pushing. He let her decide her own path and chose to support her along the way. Jude is easily one of my favourite heroes all year! This is a duet, so just know that Back to Yesterday comes after!

This wasn’t just fantastically written but at times it was downright poetic. plus they’re poems written in! I loved those. The ending of this book had the biggest impact on me that you could imagine. Even to this at (I read this book back in June!) I can still recite the last poem verbatim. And those last few pages… just magnificent.

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Synopsis:

Katharine Firestone is a bit of a mess.

Between an acting career that’s never quite made lift-off to stardom, a pathetic love life of online-dating-app losers, and a maxed-out balance on every one of her credit cards, things can’t get much worse. So, when she’s plucked from relative obscurity to land a lead role in Hollywood’s next big blockbuster, Kat is sure she’s finally on the right track.

Until she meets her co-star, Grayson Dunn… and all her plans are completely derailed.

Grayson is everything you’d expect the hottest actor alive to be — charming, disarming, and cocky as hell. As their characters slowly spiral into love on screen, Kat struggles to keep herself from falling for real. She knows handing Grayson her heart and expecting him not to break it would be the biggest mistake of her life. Yet the deeper she’s immersed in his glamorous world, the more blurred the boundaries between scripted affection and sincere passion become… and the harder it is to deny that their on-camera chemistry has crescendoed into a behind-the-scenes love affair…

What happens when you fall for someone who’s guaranteed to shatter you into pieces? Do you walk away? Or do you let him break you because, even broken, there’s simply no way you can’t stay?

THE MONDAY GIRL is a messy contemporary romance about a mixed up girl who falls for the wrong boy. It is the first part of a duet. Recommended for readers ages 17+ due to strong language, sexual situations, drug use, and other mature elements.

If Jake from State Farm called me, I’d answer. Oh, you don’t care? Fine then. Hellooooooo cliffhanger! Wow, I have my wishes/theories so I’m not even going to consider what might happen if I’m not right. I don’t think I’ll survive that. Kat is honestly myself personified in book form. I connected with her immediately and it only got stronger as the book progressed. Every thought, action, reaction she had is exactly what I would do. I felt so badly for her towards the ending too, I can’t wait to get some answers in The Someday Girl (releasing Feb. 1, 2017!) and to finally have her get the HEA she deserves. I need it!! *grabby hands*

Review | Amazon US


Synopsis:

My Josh. His Beth. Someone else’s Meredith.

Destined to fall apart before their lips have even touched, Samuel Michaels and Meredith Driessen have seven years of almosts between them.

Seven years ago, a night by the river would bind them together. Seven years ago, Sam’s entire world blew up before his eyes.

His only saviour …
Meredith.

She saved his life, exposing him to what it could be like to be with her. But that wasn’t Life’s plan. Because deep down, his secrets will destroy their lives and separate them. His secrets will break both their hearts until the day he finds her standing on the edge of the train platform, completely lost.

He did this to her.

And Sam knows that if he doesn’t go to her, he’ll lose her forever.

Will seven years be enough to mend their scars? Or will the secrets they both keep deny them once more?

One thing is certain …

You may never know tomorrow’s sunlight if you’re drowning in yesterday’s storm.

I cried. This story is so full of emotions, it takes you to each end of the spectrum and back again. Even after everything that Sam did, I still cared for him, and my heart broke over and over for Mere but I really appreciated how strong she was and how she did what’s best for herself. These two… man I feel like I’m going to be carrying them around for a while! Len Webster is such a wordsmith, I feel like I’ve been missing out when I just found out about her now. Definitely an author to consider and I” for sure be working my way through her backlist!

Review | Amazon US


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A smokin’ hot British player…A jilted girl…One night of mistaken identity…

Two weeks before her wedding, Remi Montague’s fiancé drops her faster than a drunken sorority girl in stilettos. Armed with her best friend and a bottle of tequila, she hops a plane to London to drown her sorrows before fall semester begins at Whitman University.

She didn’t plan on attending a masquerade party.

She sure didn’t plan on waking up next to the British bad boy who broke her heart three years ago—the devastatingly handsome and naked Dax Blay. Furthermore, she has no clue how they acquired matching tattoos.

Once back at Whitman together, they endeavor to pretend they never had their night of unbridled passion in London.
But that’s damn hard to do when you live in the same house…
One night. Two damaged hearts. The passion of a lifetime.

*A modern love story inspired by Romeo and Juliet*
**no one dies in the writing of this novel**

This second chance romance is SO freaking good!!! I love the unexpected reconnection and the bond between these two is immediately intense. Dax is just *heart eye emoji* and Remi is like my home girl; we’d be best friends, I can just tell. The modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet isn’t overwhelming and it’s done phenomenally, I really enjoyed it. Who doesn’t love a little bit of a forbidden love story with a twist?

Review | Amazon US


Synopsis:

When I opened my eyes, I was in a cell, my body covered in bruises.
Not a jail.
I’d been kidnapped and imprisoned.
I wasn’t alone. I shared the cell with Garin Woods, the man I’d loved since I was a kid.
The man I couldn’t be with because of the secret. A man who would kill me if he found out what that secret was.
Someone wanted to torture me.
Torture us.
One of us deserved it.
It wasn’t Garin.

WARNING: Prisoned is an extremely dark novel. There are strong sexual themes, drug usage, physical abuse and torture that could trigger and/or cause emotional suffering. You have been warned.

If you don’t like swear words, don’t read my review. Or better yet, don’t read this book .It’s not for the faint of heart, that’s for sure. Can anyone say MIND FUCK? Holy crap, Marni just likes to mess with me. Months and months later, I STILL think about this book, so then I usually find someone else to force it on so we can chat about it for hours on end. True story. I don’t want to say much about it other than don’t worry, when you think you’ve figured out who did it, you’re probably right. But then when you think you’ve figured out what’s actually happening in the book, don’t worry, you’re probably wrong. THAT FREAKING ENDING STILL HAUNTS ME! Oh and in addition to the warning above, this book is gory. Good luck.

Review | Amazon US


Synopsis:

Wingman rule number one: don’t fall for a client.
After a career-ending accident, former NFL recruit Ian Hunter is back on campus—and he’s ready to get his new game on. As one of the masterminds behind Wingmen, Inc., a successful and secretive word-of-mouth dating service, he’s putting his extensive skills with women to work for the lovelorn. But when Blake Olson requests the services of Wingmen, Inc., Ian may have landed his most hopeless client yet.
From her frumpy athletic gear to her unfortunate choice of footwear, Blake is going to need a miracle if she wants to land her crush. At least with a professional matchmaker by her side she has a fighting chance. Ian knows that his advice and a makeover can turn Blake into another successful match. But as Blake begins the transformation from hot mess to smokin’ hot, Ian realizes he’s in danger of breaking his cardinal rule…

Ian is so freaking adorable it hurts. Then him and Blake are like a double dose of hurt because they’re so stinking cute and she’s so clueless it’s hilarious. First thought: this should actually be made into a business, RVD you’re onto something here (I’ll help you with it!!). Second: This cast of characters and how they interact is seriously squad goals. Like, better than Taylor Swift. Third: It’s so much fun and you’ll have the biggest smile on your face but be prepared for some unexpected moments too! This group could never be predictable even if you paid them.

Review | Amazon US


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Wingman rule number two: never reveal how much you want them.

Lex hates Gabi. Gabi hates Lex. But, hey, at least the hate is mutual, right? All Lex has to do is survive the next few weeks training Gabi in all the ways of Wingmen Inc. and then he can be done with her. But now that they have to work together, the sexual tension and fighting is off the charts. He isn’t sure if he wants to strangle her or throw her against the nearest sturdy table and have his way with her.
But Gabi has a secret, something she’s keeping from not just her best friend but her nemesis too. Lines are blurred as Lex becomes less the villain she’s always painted him to be…and starts turning into something more. Gabi has always hated the way she’s been just a little bit attracted to him—no computer-science major should have that nice of a body or look that good in glasses—but “Lex Luthor” is an evil womanizer. He’s dangerous. Gabi should stay far, far away.
Then again, she’s always wanted a little danger.

RVD does it again and honestly, I can’t even act surprised. All of her books are winners, I mean come on, have you read them? Not only is The Matchmaker’s Replacement one of my favourite books of 2016, but it’s also on my all time favourites list. Lex and Gabi are just *ughhhh* and their banter is just *ahhhhh* and their chemistry is just *yummm* and it seriously doesn’t get better than these two. “Write that, Disney.” <3

Review | Amazon US


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It’s crazy how fast the buzz comes back after you’ve been sober for so long.
Whiskey stood there, on my doorstep, just like he had one year before. Except this time, there was no rain, no anger, no wedding invitation — it was just us.
It was just him — the old friend, the easy smile, the twisted solace wrapped in a glittering bottle.
It was just me — the alcoholic, pretending like I didn’t want to taste him, realizing too quickly that months of being clean didn’t make me crave him any less.
But we can’t start here.
No, to tell this story right, we need to go back.
Back to the beginning.
Back to the very first drop.
This is my love letter to Whiskey. I only hope he reads it.

I’m not sure if you would’ve noticed by now, but I sort of have a love affair with angst. It’s my jam. I love when a book can pull such raw emotion from its reader and A Love Letter to Whiskey does just that! This was by far my most angsty read o the year (or dare I say ever?) and it was incredible. Such a journey of highs and lows, the author takes you through it all over an eleven year period. Hold on tight because at times you might be tempted to throw your kindle, but its so, so worth it. Plus that last chapter, OH MAN. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Review | Amazon US


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“I would love you forever, if I only had the chance…”

Kacey Dawson has always lived life on the edge–impulsively, sometimes recklessly. And now, as lead guitarist for a hot up-and-coming band, she is poised at the brink of fame and fortune. But she is torn between wanting to be a serious musician, and the demons that lure her down the glittering, but alcohol-soaked path of rock stardom. A wrecked concert in Las Vegas threatens to ruin her career entirely. She wakes up with the hangover from hell and no memory of the night before, or how she ended up on her limo driver’s couch…

Jonah Fletcher is running out of time. He knows his situation is hopeless, and he’s vowed to make the most of the handful of months he has left to him. His plans include seeing the opening of his glass installation at a prestigious art gallery…they do not include falling in love with a wild, tempestuous rock musician who wound up passed out on his couch.

Jonah sees that Kacey is on a path to self-destruction. He lets her crash with him for a few days to dry out and get her head on straight. But neither of them expected the deep connection they felt, or how that connection could grow so fast from friendship into something more. Something deep and pure and life-changing…something as fragile as glass, that they both know will shatter in the end no matter how hard they try to hold on to it.

Full Tilt is a story about what it means to love with your whole heart, to sacrifice, to experience terrible grief and soaring joy. To live life with all its beauty, and all its pain, and in the end to be able to smile through tears and know you wouldn’t have changed a thing.

***FIRST BOOK IN A TWO PART DUET***
All In (Full Tilt #2) forthcoming…
#nocliffhanger #nocancer #tearjerker

I don’t read many ugly cry books a year, but man, I’m pretty sure this one hit me the hardest. I’m actually in love with Jonah (sorry not sorry) and I read this book, oh I don’t know… 7 months ago? He will forever live in my heart because I refuse to let him go. Any who, moving on. Full Tilt was by far one of the most beautiful and exquisitely written books that I’ve ever had the privilege of reading. the magic is in the details and emotion which Scott nails every single time.

Review | Amazon US


Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling authors of Stuck-Up Suit and Cocky Bastard, comes a sexy new standalone novel.
Money or love? Which would you choose?
You probably just answered the question in your head thinking it’s an easy decision.
For me, it’s not. Did I mention it’s a lot of money? A hell of a lot.
I needed to go far away to think it through.
As I embarked on an impulsive trip, I hit a detour when I met sexy Carter in the airport lounge. We struck up a heated conversation.
Then, he left.
I thought I’d never see him again.
But fate had other plans.
Surprise! He was the pilot of my flight.
The bigger surprise was the adventure that followed after the plane landed.
Carter was dangerous and always on the move.
Even though our connection was magnetic, I knew it was only temporary.
He would give me tickets, and I would follow him around the world to exotic places.
A bevy of flight attendant exes and rumors about Carter’s reputation were never far behind.
I didn’t know what to believe.
But I was addicted. Nothing else mattered anymore. And I was going to get hurt. Because a part of me wanted to be the one to finally ground the playboy pilot.
At the very least, he was taking me on a thrilling ride.
All good things must come to an end, right?
Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.

Have you read Cocky Bastard or Stuck Up Suit? No? Well what are you doing here still?! No, it’s okay, I forgive you. Playboy Pilot is the third in the Cocky Bastard series but do not fret, they can all be read as standalones. This one was a massive surprise for me. No only did it have more emotion than I was expecting, but it deals with a topic/trope/issue(?) that I HATE in books, and yet here we are… talking about my favourite books of the year! Yeah, it’s pretty crazy. Carter and Kendall were seriously perfect together and I really enjoyed witnessing their round the world journeys and escapades. It’s not angst or heavy in the feels department but its deeper than I expected. Definitely a welcomed surprise and not one to pass over! “Come fly away with me, beautiful.”

Review | Amazon US


Synopsis:

What happens in Aspen is definitely not staying in Aspen. . .
A girls’ trip to Aspen was exactly what Shay needed to forget about her toxic ex-boyfriend. She’s got her girls, pristine slopes for skiing, and hot guys everywhere. Of course, her epic self-rediscovery goes completely to hell when a wild (and deliciously hot) skier knocks Shay on her ass . . . and war is declared.
Kolton doesn’t know what it is about Shay that makes him lose it. Not just his cool—although she does have an unholy gift for that—but his restraint. When anger gives way to explosive chemistry, they’re both shaken with the intensity of it. But somewhere between lust and hate, Kolton and Shay realize they could have something real . . . if they don’t kill each other first.

Just in case anyone is curious, or delusional enough to try and doubt me, Kolton is my book husband. My one and only book husband. I know here we’re all about the Book Boyfriends but he is just one step above them. And did I mention that he’s mine? I don’t share, so back off. There is only one way to describe this guy and it’s PERFECT! He’s got the right amount of sweetness to swagger and confidence to vulnerability. On top of that, he wins the Olympic gold medal for his swoon efforts. Oh and he just so happens to be hot AF so… like I said: back off.

Review | Amazon US


Synopsis:

Warm Hawaiian sun. Lazy beach days. Flirty texts with her boyfriend back in Seattle.
These are the things seventeen-year-old Sloane McIntyre pictured when she imagined the summer she’d be spending at her mom’s home in Hawaii with her twin brother, Penn. Instead, after learning an unthinkable secret about her boyfriend, Tyler, and best friend, Mick, all she has is a fractured hand and a completely shattered heart.
Once she arrives in Honolulu, though, Sloane hopes that Hawaii might just be the escape she needs. With beach bonfires, old friends, exotic food, and the wonders of a waterproof cast, there’s no reason Sloane shouldn’t enjoy her summer. And when she meets Finn McAllister, the handsome son of a hotel magnate who doesn’t always play by the rules, she knows he’s the perfect distraction from everything that’s so wrong back home.
But it turns out a measly ocean isn’t nearly enough to stop all the emails, texts, and voicemails from her ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend, desperate to explain away their betrayal. And as her casual connection with Finn grows deeper, Sloane’s carefree summer might not be as easy to find as she’d hoped. Weighing years of history with Mick and Tyler against their deception, and the delicate possibility of new love, Sloane must decide when to forgive, and when to live for herself.

I can never seem to stick to one genre so I’m occasionally all over the place, but I LOVE Young Adult! It’s like my guilt pleasure. The Summer of Sloane was such a fun and exciting read, I was about 5 seconds away from booking a trip to Hawaii! That firdt chapter was an absolutely perfect hook and drew me right in. Complete with some angst and plenty of fun in the sun, Sloane and Finn are two that you won’t want to miss! Bonus tip: It’s usually best when you DON’T puke in the ocean…

Review | Amazon US


Synopsis:

Starr Media Second-Assistant Survival Guide

1. Don’t call your hot boss the antichrist to his face.
2. Don’t stare at hot boss’s, um, package or his full sleeve of tattoos. (No. Really. Stop!)
3. Don’t get on the malicious first assistant’s bad side.
4. Don’t forget to memorize the 300-page employee manual.
5. If you value your cashmere, steer clear of boss’s dog.
6. Boss’s dimples are lust-inducing. Do. Not. Give. In.
7. “The elevator ate your clothes” is not a valid excuse for showing up to important meetings half dressed.
8. Don’t break seven of the rules within the first week of employment if you, ya know, are in dire need of money to support your sick mom.
9. Whatever you do, don’t fall for the boss. See rule eight about sick mom.
10. Never forget the rules.

If you haven’t already guessed it, this book is hilarious! I had so many laugh out loud moments and plenty of smiles, plus I loved the sweeter, more tender moments between Brogan and Lainey. Chocolate chip cookies interest anyone? Take a look!

Review | Amazon US


 

If you’ve made it this far, I’m seriously applauding you! Hopefully you found a recommendation or two to try out and I sincerely hope you love it as much as I did. These books all hold a special place in my heart and I’d love to share them with you (except Kolton)!

 

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