Tag: Halloween Creatures Tag 2.0

So, this Halloween Creatures tag started floating around the book blogs and I was sitting at my desk thinking how fun it looked when I saw that Jamsu had tagged me! So thank you! What a great tag to start October with. 🙂

  • Answer all prompts.
  • Answer honestly.
  • Tag 1-13 people.
  • Link back to this post.
  • Remember to credit the creator. (Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward)
  • Have fun!

Witch | A Magical Character or Book

Since I just finished it, I think I have to go with The Name of the Wind. I loved the magic in this book. I also loved everything else about this book.

Werewolf | The Perfect Book to Read at Night

I don’t know that I have any one book I can recommend to read at night. I usually read my romance books at night, though. 🙂

Frankenstein | A Book that Truly Shocked You

I was truly shocked by how bad Troll was. I know I haven’t posted my review yet (just wait!!), but please trust me. It was so, so, so bad.

The Devil | A Dark, Evil Character

Scythe Goddard in… Scythe. He was just the worst.

Grim Reaper | A Character that Should Never Have Died

I’m not going to say which characters because I don’t want to spoil it for anybody, but there was more than one death in A Conjuring of Light that was probably unnecessary.

Zombie | A Book that Made You “Hungry” for More

I marathoned the whole Raven Cycle because I just couldn’t get enough.

Gargoyle | A Character that You Would Protect at All Cost

Michael Phan from The Kiss Quotient. I don’t want anything bad to happen to Michael ever. He’s the best.

Vampire | A Book that Sucked the Life Out of You

The Last Time I Lied put me in a such a reading slump! Sometimes really good books can do that too, but in this case, it was so bad and it just killed any desire I had to read.

Ghost | A Book that Still Haunts You

Sometimes I’ll just be sitting around and minding my own business and I’ll just randomly think about how Lygia Day Penaflor wrote an entire book about topknots.

Demon | A Book that Really Scared You

I was so spooked while I read 172 Hours on the Moon all alone in my house. This bitmoji was actually me.

Skeleton | A Character You Have a Bone to Pick With

Every character in Always Never Yours for cheating on each other. Like, literally… every. single. character. All cheating on each other. It’s just a big web of infidelity.

Mummy | A Book You Would Preserve Throughout Time

The Catcher in the Rye has already been preserved pretty well throughout time, but I don’t think I’m hurting anything by preserving it some more. There’s definitely a reason that it’s still being read 60 years later.

Creepy Doll | A Cover too Scary to Look At

I don’t actually think I have any really scary covers! I don’t read a lot of spooky books and it definitely shows since all the covers on my shelf are cute. Or at least not scary. 🙂

The Monster Mash | It’s Fun to Be with Friends on Halloween!
Tag Your Friends!

👻 Daniel 👻 Lori 👻 Raya 👻 Alyssa Grace 👻

No pressure if you’ve already done the tag or you’d just rather not. Let me know if you like tags and I’ll add you to my list! And let me know in the comments if you agree or disagree with any of my choices!

ARC review: America’s Sweetheart by Jessica Lemmon

America’s Sweetheart by Jessica Lemmon
Series: Real Love #5
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Links: Amazon • Goodreads
Publication Date: October 2, 2018
Source: ARC from publisher (via Netgalley)

Old flames burn bright. When a disgraced starlet returns home to lick her wounds, she discovers that her high school sweetheart is just as tempting as ever.

Allison: When I left for California, I gave myself a new name and never looked back. Now my carefully crafted good-girl image is getting torn to shreds in the press thanks to my Oscar-winning A-hole of an ex-boyfriend. So I escape to the only safe haven I know and trust—my hometown—to take a breather while I plot my triumphant Hollywood comeback. However, when I arrive at my parents’ house, Jackson Burke answers the door instead. And suddenly the past comes rushing back. . . .

Jackson: First kiss. First time. First love. Yep, Allison Murphy and I shared a lot of firsts back in the day. When she left, she took half my heart with her. Now she’s back in town, and even though I swore I’d keep my distance, her parents hired me to remodel their house, and I’m going to finish the job. But one hot kiss later, suddenly the press is calling us the next big celebrity couple. Sure, I’ll play the part, for Allison’s sake—but I refuse to let her close enough to break my heart all over again. . . .

At this point, I think I’ve lost track of how many of Jessica Lemmon’s books I’ve read. I know that this is the fifth book in her Real Love series, a series that I had been more or less enjoying… until now. I’m not sure what exactly it was about this book that bothered me so much, but I found myself rolling my eyes all the way through.

To start, I guess that the premise really isn’t my favorite thing. I love a good second chance romance, but this book almost had too many tropes for me. Not only is it a second chance romance, but it’s got some fake dating, a small-town girl who became a famous actress, a misunderstanding that turned into a scandal, some agents meddling in their clients’ lives… it was too much.

And not only that, but I couldn’t get over the push and pull between Jax and Allison. Do you want to be together or don’t you? Is it a bad idea or a good one? Are you pretending to date or dating for real? Are you dating other people or not? Make up your mind! You’re grown adults.

And finally, the POVs. I am totally fine with multiple POVs in my books, but it needs to make sense. Alternate every chapter or every couple chapters. Don’t just do the first 45% from one character’s POV only to randomly switch to the other’s. And if you’re going to randomly switch like that, maybe just leave it? Don’t randomly switch back in the middle of a sex scene. It was so disorienting and there wasn’t even so much as a character’s name at the top of the chapter to warn me.

I’ve really enjoyed many of Jessica Lemmon’s previous books, but this one just didn’t do it for me.

Previously: Eye Candy • Arm Candy • Man Candy • Rumor Has It

Have you read America’s Sweetheart? Are you a fan of Jessica Lemmon?
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