Love Scene, Take Two by Alex Evansley
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Publication Date: June 12, 2018
Source: ARC from Xpresso Book Tours
Teddy Sharpe is kind of famous. He might actually be on his way to being really famous, especially if he’d nailed an audition for the lead role in the movie adaption of the newest bestselling young adult book series. There’s just one problem: He totally blew the audition. And he’s stuck in a tiny North Carolina airport. And his maybe-ex-girlfriend kind of just broke up with him.
The weekend isn’t exactly looking good until Bennett Caldwell, author of the very book series he just auditioned for, takes pity on him and invites him to her family’s lake house. Away from the glitz and glam of Hollywood for a few days, Teddy starts to relax . . . and somehow he and Bennett just click. But dating is hard enough when you aren’t the subject of several dozen fanblogs, and the Internet is full of juicy gossip about Teddy and Bennett . . . gossip that Bennett might not be prepared to handle.
Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, Alex Evansley’s debut novel, written from both Bennett and Teddy’s perspectives, will have teens laughing, swooning, and falling in love along with these fantastically relatable characters.
Let’s get one thing straight: This book is adorable. I fell in love with the book, the writing style, and Teddy Sharpe himself on page one. Just look at this opening line:
There are few things in life of which Teddy Sharpe is absolutely certain, and he’s absolutely certain this audition is going to be a train wreck.
✔️ A teenage bestselling author
✔️ An up and coming actor who isn’t a total jerk
✔️ (He’s actually a really good guy)
✔️ The cutest pairing ever with totally swoony scenes
✔️ Just enough drama to keep things interesting
Was this book written for me?
I love that this book is YA written about the post-high school crowd. I love that Teddy lets teenage girls fawn all over him and take his picture and talk his ear off and he never once complains about it. I love that Teddy stands up for Bennett’s younger cousin over and over again. I love that Bennett calls herself out on judging Olivia, the main actress in the film adaptation of her book, before she even knows her. I love so many things about this book.
I had such a good time reading this book that I actually took my time. I didn’t want it to end, so I drew it out over almost a week. I could’ve binged it in a night — it’s well-written and so adorable — but I wanted the experience to last, so I only read a couple chapters each night.
Highly, highly recommended.
About the author:
Alex Evansley is a twenty-something-year-old writer from North Carolina. Her specialized talents include putting on workout clothes and not working out, sleeping during the day, losing socks, and procrastinating stories she’d like to write. Love Scene, Take Two is her debut novel.
Today I’m doing things a little differently and bringing you the chance to win a copy of I Flipping Love You by Helena Hunting! The publisher has graciously provided one paperback copy to be mailed to the winner. Check out my review and the giveaway details below!
Rian Sutter grew up with the finer things in life. Spending summers in The Hamptons was a normal occurrence for her until her parents lost everything years ago. Now Rian and her sister are getting their life, and finances, back on track through real estate. Not only do they buy and sell houses to the rich and famous, but they finally have the capital to flip their very own beachfront property. But when she inadvertently catches the attention of a sexy stranger who snaps up every house from under her, all bets are off…
HE’S A FIXER UPPER
Pierce Whitfield doesn’t normally demo kitchens, install dry wall, or tear apart a beautiful woman’s dreams. He’s just a down-on-his-luck lawyer who needed a break from the city and agreed to help his brother work on a few homes in the Hamptons. When he first meets Rian, the attraction is undeniable. But when they start competing for the same pieces of prime real estate, the early sparks turn into full-blown fireworks. Can these passionate rivals turn up the heat on their budding romance—without burning down the house?
I FLIPPING LOVE YOU, set in the Shacking Up world, follows two people, both working in real estate, who find themselves vying for the same properties in the Hamptons, leading to a sometimes-not-so-friendly competition.
I was so excited to be invited to participate in this blog tour by St. Martin’s Press! I’d never read anything by Helena Hunting — and yes, this is book three in a series — but I think this was a good place to start. Before I get into my review, I just want to put it out there that you don’t need to read the first two books in the series to understand what’s going on here.
I had a lot of fun reading this book. Rian was such a spitfire, never afraid to speak her mind or put Pierce in his place. She could be really sassy when she wanted to be and I loved how focused she was on her goal of getting her life back by flipping houses. I also loved Pierce, who was a total gentleman and absolutely adorable. He deserves everything he wants in life and more! I loved that he was a rich lawyer who could get pretty cocky, but he never turned into a gross alpha male stereotype.
I also loved the setting! I know I’ll never be able to afford to vacation in the Hamptons, let alone live there full-time, but reading about the beaches and the restaurants and everything really made me want to see what all the fuss is about! I liked that even though all of the characters acknowledged that there was a lot of money in the area, nobody really came across as snooty or materialistic.
I suppose now I should mention the couple things that kept me from rating this book higher: the pacing and the big conflict. When it comes to the pacing, all I can really say is that it’s slow. The sexy scenes are pretty sexy, the conflicts can be pretty dramatic, but overall, it always seemed like it took awhile for things to actually happen. I know that a lot of people really go for this style of storytelling, but I’d rather see things happen. As for the big conflict, I saw it coming but thought that Rian was way off-base with how upset she got. I feel like I can’t really say more than that without spoiling it!
Overall, I enjoyed this book and I think I’ll add the second book in the series, which features Pierce’s sister, Amalie, to my TBR. I loved her character and would love to learn more about her and her fiance.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.
And now for what you’ve been waiting for, the giveaway!
Do you want a chance to win a copy of this summery romance? Just comment on this review to let me know you’re in!
Disclaimer: Giveaway runs May 30, 2018 – June 1, 2018 11:59pm EST. One paperback copy of I Flipping Love You by Helena Hunting will be mailed to the winner by St. Martin’s Press. US only (sorry!) as per the publisher’s wishes.
The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde
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Publication Date: May 22, 2018
Source: ARC from Xpresso Book Tours
A teen rockstar has to navigate family, love, coming out, and life in the spotlight after being labeled the latest celebrity trainwreck in Jen Wilde’s quirky and utterly relatable novel.
As a rock star drummer in the hit band The Brightsiders, Emmy King’s life should be perfect. But there’s nothing the paparazzi love more than watching a celebrity crash and burn. When a night of partying lands Emmy in hospital and her girlfriend in jail, she’s branded the latest tabloid train wreck.
Luckily, Emmy has her friends and bandmates, including the super-swoonworthy Alfie, to help her pick up the pieces of her life. She knows hooking up with a band member is exactly the kind of trouble she should be avoiding, and yet Emmy and Alfie Just. Keep. Kissing.
Will the inevitable fallout turn her into a clickbait scandal (again)? Or will she find the strength to stand on her own?
The Brightsiders was actually one of my most anticipated books of 2018. I mean, a book about a teenage rock star and her awesome friends with some scandalous friends-to-lovers romance happening on the side? Sign me up! That said, I was a little nervous to read it because I was expecting such great things, but…
Guess what? I loved it. This book was so much fun!
I knew I was in for a wild ride when Emmy was spiraling out of control at 10% in — but I felt that Wilde handled all of the conflicts really well. I loved all of the main characters and would love to be friends with them if I were ten years younger. (Maybe at this point in my life I can be a surrogate big sister.) All of the characters are complex and fully fleshed out and although there’s a wide variety of representation (bisexual, pansexual, genderqueer, nonbinary, different races and ethnicities, mental health issues) nobody feels like they’ve been added to the story just to check a box.
This is exactly what I’m looking for when I read YA and I can wholeheartedly recommend it to anybody looking for a fun contemporary. If you’ve read Wilde’s Queens of Geek, keep an eye out for some cameos by characters you already know and love.
Jen Wilde is a writer, geek and fangirl with a penchant for coffee, books and pugs. She writes YA stories about zombies (AS THEY RISE), witches (ECHO OF THE WITCH) and fangirls (QUEENS OF GEEK). Her debut series reached over three million reads online and became an Amazon bestseller. Her next book, THE BRIGHTSIDERS, comes out May 2018, and GOING OFF-SCRIPT releases Summer 2019.
When she’s not writing, Jen loves binge-watching her favorite shows on Netflix, eating pizza, traveling to far away places and going to conventions in Marty McFly cosplay.
Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over by Shani Petroff
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Publication Date: May 15, 2018
Source: ARC from Xpresso Book Tours
A bad storm, two canceled flights, stuck in an airport with a hot stranger and the guy who broke her heart… what could go wrong?
After Sari caught her boyfriend Zev cheating on her, their romantic Florida vacation was ruined. She can’t get back to NYC soon enough. Unfortunately, mother nature may have different plans. A huge storm is brewing in the Northeast, and flights all over the country are getting canceled—including Sari’s. She winds up stuck at the airport for hours. With Zev!
When another stranded passenger (a hot NYU guy) suggests a connecting flight to Boston, Sari jumps at the chance. But when her mom freaks out about her traveling alone, she has no choice—she has to include Zev, and somehow survive being trapped with the guy who broke her heart!
First of all, can I just say that I love the title of this book? The title is what first drew me in and what first made this book show up on my most anticipated of 2018 list. Also, how awkward, imagine being stranded with your cheating boyfriend because of a non-refundable vacation and some terrible weather? Yikes! Anyway, without further ado, let’s get into the review.
Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over reminds me a lot of classic YA — the kind of stuff I read when I was an actual Young Adult. It’s not a groundbreakingly deep book or anything, but it’s fun and dramatic and a quick read. The drama makes it easy to keep reading even when I, a certified Real Adult, wanted to take Sari and Zev by the shoulders and tell them to stop overthinking and overreacting and just listen to each other.
I really liked all of the side characters, especially Sari’s grandmother and Dylan and Fitz, the two boys who help Sari in her quest to get back home. I actually wish we could’ve seen more of Dylan and Fitz! They seemed to be two genuinely good guys. I was never quite sure what to make of Sari, who was strong and driven but too much in her head, and Zev, who was nerdy and charming but hard to trust.
In the end, I’d recommend this for younger YA readers. I think it will feel very relatable to teens but might be frustrating to older readers.
Shani Petroff is a writer living in New York City. She’s the author of the “Bedeviled” series, which includes Daddy’s Little Angel, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Dress, Careful What You Wish For, and Love Struck, and is the co-author of the “Destined” series which includes Ash and Ultraviolet. She also writes for television news programs and several other venues. When she’s not locked in her apartment typing away, she spends a whole lot of time on books, boys, TV, daydreaming, and shopping online.
This was my first read by Kendall Ryan and I loved it!
I immediately fell in love with Barrett and Ava, both individually and together. They had such great chemistry and balanced each other out really well. Barrett is honestly one of the best romantic heroes in recent memory since he was such a great guy. He was really fixated on not violating the Bro Code, but it never really came off in a weird way. He just really appreciated everything that his best friend had done for him over the years and didn’t want to jeopardize their friendship by making a pass at his sister.
Can we talk about the tropes here for a second? This had some of my all-time favorites. Brother’s best friend. Secret childhood crushes. Pining from afar. Barrett and Ava have history together, which makes their relationship that much better. I have no doubt that they made their relationship work.
The book was just so much fun that I couldn’t help but devour it in one day. This might have been my first book by Kendall Ryan, but I hope it won’t be my last.
Final rating: ★★★★☆
I received a complimentary advance copy of Bro Code from Inkslinger PR in exchange for my participation in this review blitz. Bro Code is now available.
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.
I’m so excited to be a part of the blog tour for Emma Hart’s The Hook-Up Experiment! I absolutely devoured this book and I’m sure that you’ll love it, too. Without further ado, here’s what you need to know.
1. Hate-screw my high school nemesis.
2. Remember to hate him.
3. Prove my brother wrong.
It should be easy. It isn’t.
As the owner of Pick-A-D*ck, New Orleans’ premier hook-up website, my job is simple. Connect two people for a no-strings, no-expectations hook-up. The plus for my clients is that I’m the one who gets to sift through the d*ck pics—except this time, they’re required.
My problem? My brother, co-owner of Pick-A-D*ck’s sister dating site, doesn’t believe it’s possible to hook up with someone three times and not fall in love. I disagree. I know it’s possible.
And my disagreement is exactly how I end up reconnected with my high school nemesis, Elliott Sloane. The guy who asked me to junior prom and then stood me up. Who egged my car when I rejected him, and convinced my senior homecoming date to ghost me.
It should be easy to hate-screw him. If only he was still that person, instead of a hot-as-hell single dad, working as a builder to make ends’ meet, fighting for custody of his daughter.
One outcome. Right?
“Is she okay with that juice?” Peyton watched her go.
I selected the Blu-ray from the cupboard and shot a smirk her way. “Sorry to break it to you, but you’re getting a juice box.”
“I can live with that.”
I turned away and hit the eject button on the player. “You didn’t have to say yes to her, you know.”
“Of course, I had to. Have you seen those eyes? How do you say no to her, ever?”
“I think of all the times she screams and swings her arms like a tiny terrorist, and it’s pretty easy.” I put the disk in and turned around.
Peyton had one eyebrow raised. “See, now, I’d think that’s reason to say no.”
“It depends on the day. Sometimes it results in her being put to bed to calm down, which means she ends up taking a rare afternoon nap, and I get some peace and quiet.”
“That’s a thing around her? She was talking to me for thirty minutes flat about what I did and didn’t like.”
“Only thirty minutes? Lucky you. She has about three hours of material of that.” I took a seat on the sofa, making sure to leave space between us for Bri. “Did she get started on hedgehogs yet?”
Peyton looked a little confused. “Hedgehogs?”
“YouTube is the devil.”
“That…was quite the jump in subject.”
I laughed as the main menu music hit on the TV. “I’m going to preface this by saying kids are weird.”
“Some get that from their parents.”
I blinked at her for a second. She wasn’t wrong if half these people who had a mini-career opening fucking toys on YouTube were parents.
“There are a bunch of stupid videos on YouTube, and apparently, watching people open toys is thrilling.”
Now, she looked really confused.
“And on one of those she watched, the person had a pet hedgehog who wasn’t having the nonsense of her opening a Hatchimal on camera, so it stole the egg.”
She blinked several times in quick succession. “I have no idea what you just said, and if I’m honest… Please don’t explain it.”
I laughed and hit play on the TV.
“Here’s your dooce-box,” Briony said, handing Peyton two. “And das mine. I can’t do the straws.”
“Oh. Right. Okay.” Peyton looked at the two juices that had been thrust at her.
Smiling, I took one from her. I pulled the straw off the back, out of the tiny plastic slip, and poked it through the foiled hole in the top. “There you go,” I said to Briony. “What do you want for dinner?”
She put the straw in her mouth and pursed her lips as she sucked the juice up. Peyton watched her, lips twitching, as she put her straw in place.
“Pizza!” Briony announced.
Oh no. I’d eaten too much pizza lately.
Was there such a thing as too much pizza?
Maybe if the toppings were changed up…
“Peydon, do you want pizza?” Bri asked, leaning right into her.
“I like pizza,” she replied, smiling sweetly down at her. “What’s your favorite?”
“I like spots and cheese.”
I coughed on my water. “Pepperoni,” I explained. “They look like spots on the pizza.”
Peyton’s eyes met mine for a minute. Silent laughter shone back at me. That really was toddler logic at its finest.
“You know,” she said, looking down at Peyton. “Spots are my favorite, too!”
Once again, Briony gasped. “Reawy?”
“Really, really. I love spots.”
It might have been a mistake introducing these two. Not only was my daughter becoming increasingly obsessed with someone who seemed to be a brunette, adult version of her…
No, that was the problem. Peyton was the brunette, adult version of Briony, attitude and all—and if there was anything my daughter didn’t need, it was someone who could teach her a thing or ten about sarcasm.
“I’ll order pizza,” I said, going to stand.
“Oh, you got it last time. I’ll go call them.” Peyton put her juice on the side table and tried to move, but Briony stopped her.
“No. Mimi told me that only gentlemen buy dinner. Princesses sit and look priddy.”
Peyton looked down at her. “Sit and look pretty? I like to buy my own pizza sometimes, and that’s okay.”
Without missing a beat, Briony said, “Princesses sit and look priddy so the mens buying dinner don’t know dat we can kick dere butts.”
When Peyton lectures her brother on the mechanics of a proper friends-with-benefits situation, he bets her that she can’t sleep with the same guy three times without falling in love. Peyton’s not looking for love, she doesn’t have time for love, and she’s nothing if not competitive, so she takes the bet, allowing her two best friends to set her up on a blind date. She never expected that they’d choose the guy that broke her heart in high school.
There’s absolutely zero chance of Peyton falling for Elliott. High school may have ended a decade ago, but seeing Elliott again takes her right back to the tears and the anger. To top it all off, he’s even moreattractive now as a fully-grown man. Maybe the two of them can burn off some steam between the sheets, but that’s as far as this will go… right?
Holy tropes! This book includes some of my absolute favorites:
✓ It’s enemies-to-lovers
✓ It’s (sort of) a second chance romance
✓ Peyton’s got some meddling friends
✓ And Elliott seems like a jerk but is really a big softy
I loved how Peyton and Elliott actually communicated, even when it was hard or awkward or uncomfortable. I loved how Elliott owned what he did and explained himself, but never tried to excuse what happened. I loved how Peyton softened so much around Elliott’s daughter and that the two of them spent so much time with her throughout the book.
This was my first book by Emma Hart and I was so pleasantly surprised! I need Chloe’s romance next! I have to know what happens!
Final rating: ★★★★★
I received a complimentary advance copy of The Hook-Up Experiment from Inkslinger PR in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!
By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies—usually wine—and writes books. Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love. She likes to be busy—unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.
Welcome to my tour stop for Trip by T. Torrest! I’m so excited to be part of this tour and to share this excerpt and my review with you. And don’t forget to enter the 🚨 RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY! 🚨
Calling all 80s girls!
Layla Warren first introduced us to Trip Wilmington in REMEMBER WHEN… Now read his side of the story!
Trip Wiley wasn’t always a Hollywood movie star. In fact, he wasn’t always Trip Wiley. Back in 1990, he was better known as Trip Wilmington, the new kid in town. New place, new school… same old story. No big deal. It’s not like this is the first time he’s been forced to start over. But seventeen years of city living hasn’t prepared him for life in the suburbs… or for Layla Warren. Layla is smart, funny, beautiful… the kind of girl every guy dreams about. Trip should know. He’s been falling for her since the first minute he saw her. And his life hasn’t been the same since.
Prepare to travel back to your teen years… That time in your life before the real world kicked in, that limbo between adolescence and adulthood, that trial of hanging onto the past while figuring out where the future will lie. With heart-shredding romance, steamy love scenes, and hilarious 80s references, readers of all ages will find themselves falling in love with TRIP all over again.
Heidi caught my eye and took that as her cue to come talk to me. “Trip,” she slithered, stepping a little too close. “I can’t believe you’re really moving! This city won’t be the same without you.”
“Yeah,” I shot back. “Thanks, but I think Indy will be exactly the same as it ever was, whether I’m here or not.”
“I hope you’ll still remember me after you leave.”
My lips curled into a lethal grin. “Now how could I ever forget the one and only Heidi Brennerman?”
Shit. “That’s what I meant.” She stood there scolding me with her eyes, so I quickly added, “I was only trying to say that I’ll remember your sister and you. Especially you, Greta.”
Greta didn’t seem too insulted by my screwup, however, judging by the way she leaned in and danced her fingertips along my neck. Her graduation presents pressed against my arm as she stood on her tiptoes and whispered in my ear, “Well, at the very least, my mouth would like the chance to make sure of it.”
Nice. I could get down with a little blow-and-go.
“Well, if you insist,” I teased, before leading her out the back door.
Five minutes later, I’d find myself lain out on the couch in the poolhouse, getting a going away blowjob.
Five hours after that, I’d be sitting behind the wheel of my black Ford Bronco setting out for Norman, New Jersey.
It’s 1990 in Norman, New Jersey, and Trip Wilmington has just moved to town. He doesn’t expect that this move will be different than his many others, but when he walks into his first English class at St. Nicetius, he also doesn’t expect to meet Layla Warren. First, he’s struck by how beautiful she is. Then, once he gets to know her, he falls in love with her wit, her intelligence, and her personality. But Layla’s been dating someone on and off for years, and anyway, she thinks of him as just a friend, right?
Remember When (Goodreads // my review) was one of the best books that I read in 2014. I actually planned a re-read last summer, but life got in the way. Remember When is Layla’s side of the story, and it’s cute and funny and sexy and all the things that New Adult should be. Trip flips around the story of Remember When, showing us what exactly was happening in Trip’s head – and his home life – while everything went down with Layla.
I liked Trip in Remember When, but he’s something else here. Once I got into his head and started to understand him better, I just fell in love! Oh, take me back to first loves and high school crushes. It all seems so painful when it’s happening but it’s so cute to read about. Now that these characters are in my head, I want to know everything about them. Like I always say, my TBR is ten miles long, but I’m going to add the rest of this series because I need to know what happens next.
I received a free advance copy of Trip from the author in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!
T. Torrest is a romance and chick-lit author from the U.S.; her alter ego writes eroticomedy under the name T. Torrid. Her stories are geared toward readers of any age that know how to enjoy a good laugh and a dreamy romance.
Ms. Torrest was a child of the eighties, but has since traded in her Rubik’s cube for a laptop and her Catholic school uniform for a comfy pair of yoga pants. She’s a pop-culture junkie, a movie aficionado, and an enthusiast of talking about herself in the third person. A lifelong Jersey girl, she currently resides there with her husband and two sons.
She also really digs it when she hears from readers, and is known to use words like “dig” in a non-sarcastic way. You can find out more about her books at her website.
She also LOVES to get friend requests on goodreads and facebook and personal messages from readers via email firstname.lastname@example.org.