The Fill-in Boyfriend

23291575The Fill-in Boyfriend by Kasie West  
 : 2015
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 : ebook
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4starWhen Gia Montgomery’s boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she’d been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend— two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it’s not the real Bradley she’s thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn’t even know. But tracking him down doesn’t mean they’re done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend’s graduation party — three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.

Right along with my romantic contemporary reads, I started this bad boy.  I enjoyed the heck out of it and almost read it in one sitting. The characters were well written and with just the right amount of angst to keep the plot going.

Although Gia is not my favorite heroine, I loved the heck out of Hayden. For once, we have a guy that is not shady and seems like a genuinely good guy. Where are they at in real life? Anyway, their feelings toward each other are a little too insta-love for me, but I can easily over look it.

I enjoyed the relationship Gia had with her family, and it wasn’t a great one. I thought her brother was a little mean with his video, but I get the point he was making. Gia was shallow and only worried about how many likes/hits she got. I thought that helped drive the plot to where she would realize how crazy she is and straighten up.

It wasn’t the most original story, but it was so well written and I loved the characters so much that I will probably re-read this one again.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

15749186To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han 
Published : 2014
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3starTo All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

I wanted this book to be so much more than it was. I had a quite a few problems with it in terms of plot and characters, but for what it was, I did enjoy it and I picked up the second one right after finishing this one.

I thought that the plot had so much potential but it ended up being a normal teen romance story. One that I thought was predicable and unsurprising. The major redeeming quality that I loved about this story was the strong family connections. I loved that the parents were present and involved in the story. Sure, it’s sort of a cop out to have Lara’s dad work all the time, but when he was at home it was magic.

I was confused almost throughout the whole story (actually I still am) about why Lara and Gen weren’t friends anymore. I also wish that Lara Jean had more girlfriends. I didn’t care for one friend who was never around and always into trouble.

Even though it seems like I didn’t like this book, I still think it was a decent story. I flew through it in about 24 hours. The romance was cute and I really enjoyed the idea of Lara Jean and Peter. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves YA contemporary.

Roadside Assistance

27969091Roadside Assistance by Marie Harte
Published : 2016
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3starFoley Sanders figured he’ll always be content with a life of cars and casual hookups. Until a run-in with Cyn, a statuesque firecracker with a hate-on for men, leaves him bewitched and intrigued-much to her annoyance.

Maybe Cynthia Nichols was a little hard on Foley, that muscular, tattooed, super-hot mechanic next door. But she’s tired of feeling defensive about her size and has sworn off men. She’s got a new job, new life, perfect plan. Foley has trouble written all over him-no way is she going to fall for his charms.

Foley might look like a bad idea, but underneath, he’s all gentleman. Too bad Cyn’s not buying it. What’s a bad boy to do when the goddess of his dreams won’t give him the time of day?

This book was nothing like I was expecting. I mean sure, it’s a romance book and has lots of sexy time, but the story was very well done and tasteful. I related to Cyn more than I thought I would and Foley was a great male lead. It was nice to see that for once, it wasn’t the guy who ended things near the end of book. He was the same from start to the end and didn’t cheat, stray away or change. I appreciated this most in the book.

As someone who is not or has never been skinny, I enjoyed Cyn’s story arc in the novel. Her relationship with her mother is something thankfully I’ve never experience, but I do know that it happens. I was happy to see that she came to understand what all of the digs was doing to her and her relationship with Foley. She got the help that she needed and was better for it. Again I was happy to see people stand up for her when she thought no one would.

I don’t read too many adult romance books, but I really liked this one and I plan to read the rest in the series because I want to know more about those handsome mechanics.

The Islanders Vol. 2

23287181The Islanders Vol. 2 by Katherine Applegate
Published : 2015
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3starThe Islanders have known one another forever–but everyone has a secret. The third and fourth book in Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant’s electrifying series reach a whole new audience in this gorgeous omnibus edition.

Nina has never been very interested in having a boyfriend. Especially since the only guy she’s ever really liked happens to be dating her sister, Claire. But when Ben and Claire break up Nina begins to wonder if it’s time she take a risk and put her heart on the line. The only problem is the other thing . . . the secret that Nina has never told anyone. The secret that has haunted her for years.
Now Nina must decide if she can tell her friends the truth. And, if she does, whether it is possible Ben will ever look at her the same way again.

I feel the same way with this volume as I do with the first one. I miss the original books. I don’t connect with the updated slang and cultural references. I still really enjoyed it and it brought back memories of reading it in high school, so so many years ago.

I had forgotten what the third book in the series was about. Nina’s story is one that touches me because I’ve gone through something similar. I knew how she felt and she acted the way that one would expect from a victim of abuse. It was a dark story and for a while I didn’t think that she was going to get the support she needed. It was a nice surprise to see people stand up for her, who normally wouldn’t.

The fourth book was a nice break from all the heavy drama in the third one. It was mostly about the homecoming dance and who would be king and queen. Some of the drama might have been a little over board, but I enjoyed it none the less.

I’ll keep reading the next two novels whenever I need a good pick me up story. I’m so glad they decided to republish this books and hope that they will continue with the rest of the series.

Good Girl

28185836Good Girl by Lauren Layne  
Published : 2016
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3starJenny Dawson moved to Nashville to write music, not get famous. But when her latest record goes double platinum, Jenny’s suddenly one of the town’s biggest stars—and the center of a tabloid scandal connecting her with a pop star she’s barely even met. With paparazzi tracking her every move, Jenny flees to a remote mansion in Louisiana to write her next album. The only hiccup is the unexpected presence of a brooding young caretaker named Noah, whose foul mouth and snap judgments lead to constant bickering—and serious heat.
Noah really should tell Jenny that he’s Preston Noah Maxwell Walcott, the owner of the estate where the feisty country singer has made her spoiled self at home. But the charade gives Noah a much-needed break from his own troubles, and before long, their verbal sparring is indistinguishable from foreplay. But as sizzling nights give way to quiet pillow talk, Noah begins to realize that Jenny’s almost as complicated as he is. To fit into each other’s lives, they’ll need the courage to face their problems together—before the outside world catches up to them.

I picked up this book for the 2017 Reading Challenge to read a book with a character with my name. It’s really hard to find a decent book with a character named Jennifer. Wonder what that means? Hmm.. I know the main character goes by Jenny not Jennifer, but I’m going with it okay.

This book was okay for me. A typical romance (which I’m starting to realize that I don’t like all that much). I don’t know what it is about romance lately, but please authors listen to me. “A**holes are NOT sexy”. If a guy is treating me like dirt, if he has more mood swings than I do, I’m not going to be attracted to that. I yawn at the whole “we can’t be together, so I’m going to push you away with insults, but oh I can’t keep my hands off you, I want you so bad.” I don’t know maybe that’s typical NA romance, I don’t read it much to really know. It felt like the sex in this book was there just to have sex. None of it felt natural to the story.

The characters were not that unique for me. Jenny didn’t feel completely fleshed out. She didn’t really have a backstory and I never got a real sense of who she was. I didn’t like that she let Noah do whatever he wanted do and with her. The whole “revenge” plot she had on him, I mean really? What kind of revenge is that? The person you’re trying to hurt isn’t supposed to like it that much. Noah at least had a backstory, although it was very stereotypical.

The only reason this book got a three star instead of two is that it was a very quick read. Took me about a day and that’s always a plus for me. I probably won’t recommend this to any of my friends, because they aren’t interested in romance, but I recommend it to anyone that loves NA romance. It’s just not for me.