Book Review: Foreplay

In keeping with my Sophie Jordan themed weekend, my next post is a book review of the most recent New Adult novel I have read of her’s, Foreplay. The sequel, Tease, is out now.

Scroll down further in the site to check out the cover reveal for her latest Young Adult novel, Unleased.

 

Foreplay by Sophie Jordan

Published by HarperTeen, HarperCollins

 

Synopsis-

Before she goes after the life she’s always wanted, she’s about to find the one she needs. 17254035
Pepper has been hopelessly in love with her best friend’s brother, Hunter, for like ever. He’s the key to everything she’s always craved: security, stability, family. But she needs Hunter to notice her as more than just a friend. Even though she’s kissed exactly one guy, she has just the plan to go from novice to rock star in the bedroom—take a few pointers from someone who knows what he’s doing.

Her college roommates have the perfect teacher in mind. But bartender Reece is nothing like the player Pepper expects. Yes, he’s beyond gorgeous, but he’s also dangerous, deep—with a troubled past. Soon what started as lessons in attraction are turning both their worlds around, and showing just what can happen when you go past foreplay and get to what’s real…

 

 

 

Review:

I am a big fan of New Adult books. Those and Young Adult (or Teen as they’re being called these days) have more heart and passion in them than most women’s fiction does. I am happy to day that Foreplay doesn’t not let you know. Besides being extremely well written, Jordan creates a story that you feel like you can step into. A lot of romance novels and very surface based. You can’t really relate to the characters, and they are really more for entertainment than for creating a great story. But Pepper’s character is completely relate-able. She is shy and insecure, yet still strong and intelligent at the same time. She is torn between her heart and her brain and it makes sense that all of this is happening while she is 19 years old.

I really liked this book, and will absolutely be reading the next installment.

5 stars

Sophie Jordan

Book Review: The Heiresses

The Heiresses by Sara Shepard

Published by Harper, HarperCollins

 

Synopsis-

heiressesYou know the Saybrooks. Everyone does. Perhaps you’ve read a profile of them in People or have seen their pictures in the society pages of Vogue. Perhaps while walking along that choice block on Fifth Avenue, you’ve been tempted to enter the ornate limestone building with their family name etched into the pediment above the door.
The only thing more flawless than a Saybrook’s diamond solitaire is the family behind the jewelry empire. Beauties, entrepreneurs, debutantes, and style mavens, they are the epitome of New York City’s high society. But being a Saybrook comes at a price—they are heirs not only to a dizzying fortune but also to a decades-old family curse.

Tragedy strikes the prominent family yet again when thirty-four-year-old Poppy, the most exquisite Saybrook of them all, flings herself from the window of her TriBeCa office. Everyone is shocked that a woman who had it all would end her own life. Then her cousins receive an ominous threat: one heiress down, four to go.

Was it suicide… or murder? In the aftermath of the tragedy, the remaining heiresses—Corinne, the perfectionist; Rowan, the workaholic; Aster, the hedonist; and Natasha, the enigma—wrestle with feelings of sadness, guilt, and, most of all, fear. Now they must uncover the truth about their family before they lose the only thing money can’t buy: their lives.

 

 

Review:

A fantastic read! Gossip Girl meets Pretty Little Liars. I seriously could not put this book down. Sara Shepard never disappoints with her well rounded, relatable characters and spooky murder mystery plot lines. Exactly what I was hoping for from her latest novel. I really hope she turns it into a series because the ending sets it up for one. At least a sequel, please!

I recommend this book for Young Adult and New Adult lovers, although those who enjoy Women’s Fiction will probably like it also.

5 stars

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Book Review: American Honey

American Honey by Nancy Scrafano

Synopsis-

After graduating high school, Olivia “Ollie” McKenna leaves her small town roots in Summerville, Georgia, to pursue her dream of becoming a professional singer. With her best friend and older sister in tow, wholesome Ollie travels to the big city to compete in singing contest Atlanta Idol.

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There she meets nineteen-year-old Jack Bradley, a fellow country singer who quickly becomes a close friend. The connection between them is magnetic and an opportunity to sing together

could change their lives forever. But what about Ollie’s mama’s fear of the music business? She’s been burned by the lures of the bright lights before and doesn’t want Ollie anywhere near that world. And Ollie’s growing feelings for Jack as more than just a pal could ruin everything. Despite her own doubts, Ollie is determined to win. Can she make her dream come true or will she return to her hometown empty-handed and brokenhearted?

 

 

Review: Nancy Scrafano has written an adorable book! American Honey is a quick and easy read with a like-able main character (not to mention the title is named after an awesome song). A lot of the book took place in the next town over from where I live, so i was interested to see how Nancy described the area of North Carolina.

I would, recommend this book to readers of Young Adult and New Adult.

5 Stars

 

Nancy

For more on Nancy, you can check out her Twitter page @NancyScrofano or check out her Goodreads page https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5784909.Nancy_Scrofano

Book Review: How To Win A Guy In 10 Dates

How To Win A Guy In 10 Dates by Jane Linfoot

Published by Harper Impulse, HarperCollins

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Synopsis-

The 10 Date Challenge:

Day 1: Take one loaded commitment-phobe explosives expert, embarking on the impossible–a challenge to have ten dates with one woman.

Day 5: Add in a fiercely independent and feisty burlesque teacher who has sworn off men.

Day 10: She’s so not his type and he’s so not in her life-plan. But the heat is sizzling and the attraction is explosive. And they’re fighting it all the way….

 

 

Review:

I don’t usually read romance novels, in fact this is the first one I have ever read, but I must say this… Jane is a fantastic writer.

Her descriptive writing style makes you feel like you are right there with the characters themselves. The story is great and the book itself is an easy read. It’s one of those books that when you are reading, you don’t even realize how much time has passed. She is truly a gifted and talented writer and I can’t wait to read more from her.

I would recommend this book for anyone who likes romance novels.

5 stars

 

Jane Linfoot writes fun, flirty fiction, with feisty heroines and a bit of an edge. She lives with her family and pets in Derbyshire, UK, and loves hearts, flowers, happy endings and all things vintage.

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For more information on Jane or to buy her books you can check out her websites-

US     http://amzn.to/175vMNR

UK    http://amzn.to/19axrXZ

Author Page Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/JaneLinfoot2

Twitter: https://twitter.com/janelinfoot  @janelinfoot

Website: http://www.janelinfoot.co.uk

Book Review: Almost Royalty

Almost Royalty by Courtney Hamilton

Published by Forrest Thompson Publishers

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Synopsis- Courtney Hamilton is a Velveeta-loving attorney driven to distraction by a city that seethes with soul-sucking status seekers. When her friend Marcie formulates an impossibly detailed rating system for acceptable men–the Los Angeles Eco-Chain of Dating–Courtney goes on a self-destructive binge that doesn’t stop until she gets thrown out of group therapy for insulting a former child actress.

Courtney is mortified as she watches her best friends give up stellar careers in law and the arts to marry entertainment royalty and civilian overachievers. Worse, they expect Courtney to do the same. So they hatch plots to get her to give up her career, break her addiction to fake cheese, marry into high-orbit wealth and rule the stratosphere alongside them.

But Courtney resists. She doesn’t want to be a poster child for the Opt-Out Generation. And she certainly doesn’t want to be molded into date bait for the top rung of L.A. society. All Courtney wants is to be left alone so she can search beneath the surface for a meaningful life. But between a meddling, narcissistic mother, a self-absorbed therapist and friends trying to send her to dating re-education camps, it seems that fake cheese is the only genuine thing left in the city. Social ambition combats self-actualization in this biting tale of one woman’s search for certainty in a city full of mirages.

 

 

Review: Courtney Hamilton’s brain operates so much like mine that there were moments while I was reading this book when I wondered if I had

accidentally wandered into my own self conscious. Her hatred of all things phony (apart from cheese, of course) is downright inspiring.

Never have I laughed so hard while reading a book.

An absolutely fantastic read. Quick and easy- I honestly couldn’t put it down.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes comedy. I would recommend this book to anyone who can handle the truth about what the world is really like. I would recommend this book to anyone who breathes oxygen and drinks water.

seriously…. she nailed it.

 

5 stars

Book Review: Seven Minutes in Heaven

Seven Minutes in Heaven, a Lying Game novel

Reviewed by Jill

 

Synopsis-

Sutton Mercer had the perfect life, great friends, and a gorgeous boyfriend—until she was murdered. Then the killer forced Sutton’s long-lost twin sister, Emma, to pretend to be her. Emma has been living Sutton’s life for weeks now, frantically trying to figure out who killed her sister and why. But when Sutton’s body is discovered, Emma suddenly becomes the number-one suspect in her twin’s murder. Now she needs to find the killer before she ends up behind bars—or worse.

In this stunning finale to the beloved series The Lying Game, Emma finally solves her sister’s murder—but the killer will do anything to make sure that the truth dies with her.

 

Review: I reviewed the first Lying Game novel a few months back, and was so impressed by the originality of the book that I had to read the rest of them. I didn’t make sense for me to review every single one, I though it best to read the whole series first and then make a decision on whether or not it was worth reviewing in the end. And it WAS.

For all intents and purposes, Seven Minutes in Heaven is the last installment of The Lying Game series. There are two digital novellas that follow. The first is a prequel that takes place a year before Sutton dies called The First Lie (which I am currently reading), and the second is called True Lies.

But this is the book you want/need to get to. You find out EVERYTHING. It was one of the most compelling books I have ever read. Every single question I had, everything that didn’t make sense, is answered by the end of this book. Who killed Sutton? How, and why? You find out.

You feel a sense of really knowing the characters when it’s finished, and you’re glad you stuck with it through the end.

There are one or two books in the series that move a little slow, but this one grabs you from line one, and doesn’t let you go. I read this book in 2 days and it’s nearly 400 pages long (not terribly long but still I did leave the house to do other things during this time).

I highly recommend this book for anyone, especially if you are a teen or in your early twenties and ESPECIALLY is you like mysteries.

5 stars

 

P.S It would be my dream to interview Sara… so if you’re reading this and every want to make a woman happy.. please contact me ;-)

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Book Review: Me Before You

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

Reviewed by Jessica Morgan

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Synopsis- Me Before You is the story of two characters that unexpectedly meet when their lives are interrupted and they are forced to consider a different future for themselves.

Louisa Clark has been leading a comfortable life in her hometown. Clark has her world challenged when the cafe she has been waitressing at closes its doors. Not knowing what awaits her, she takes a job, out of desperation, as a caregiver for Will Traynor.

Will Traynor had a big life in London; the perfect job, the perfect girlfriend, and adventure at every turn. His life is interrupted by an accident which leaves him unable to care for himself.

Throughout this story, you will be wondering who these character were before each other and who they will be after.

Review:

From the moment the story began, I felt engulfed in the lives of the characters. Louisa Clark is the average girl next door, content with what she knows; unaware that life could look differently. She has a lackluster career and a mediocre boyfriend until life intervenes and she is thrust into a new way of life. Her character is endearing and you root for her as you watch her discover, rebel, and create a new life.

When Will Traynor enters the plot, intrigue and mystery direct your thoughts. He previously had an adventurous life that many would envy, but now confines himself to his home. Traynor is complex and deeply broken by the brutality life can sometimes deliver. From the beginning of the novel until the end, you are captivated by the uncertainty of this character.

Each page unveils a new piece of the story that captivates you. The character development unfolds in the most delicious way, constantly leaving you hungry for more. The intersection of these two characters and their families is spellbinding as you battle with your own sense of right and wrong. Throughout the novel, you are constantly challenged to think about what sacrifices you would make for a loved one.

Louisa and Will steal your heart, then break it, and then make you fall in love with them all over again. Neither of them were the one the other one wanted nor saw coming, yet they were exactly who they needed. I found this to be a beautiful story about the complexity of love and life. As soon as I finished the book, I wanted to start it over again.

5 stars

Check out more about Jessica on her web-site My Grits and Gravy! http://mygritsandgravy.blogspot.com/

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