Book Review: The Little Shop Of Happy Ever After ( Scottish Bookshop #1 ) – Jenny Colgan

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Given a back-room computer job when the beloved Birmingham library she works in turns into a downsized retail complex, Nina misses her old role terribly – dealing with people, greeting her regulars, making sure everyone gets the right books for their needs. Then a new business nobody else wants catches her eye: owning a tiny little bookshop bus up in the Scottish highlands. No computers. Shortages. Out all hours in the freezing cold; driving with a tiny stock of books… not to mention how the little community is going to take to her, particularly when she stalls the bus on a level crossing…


 

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Naaaw. NAAAW! What a lovely read.

`´The Little Bookshop Of Happy Ever After` by author Jenny Colgan is a charming and heartwarming romance. Something I would consider to be a traditional romance with an extra pinch of coziness and rich with beautiful details.The Little shop

“Just do something. You might make a mistake, then you can fix it. But if you do nothing, you can’t fix anything. And your life might turn out full of regrets.”

 

Nina, an ex-librarian is forced to start over new and decides to get into the mobile bookshop business. She buys a van and transforms it into a bookshop on wheels.

Set in the beautiful Highlands, Nina ( MC ) goes on a journey to start a new life for herself.

Nina´s voyage wasn´t particularly exciting but it was interesting. What I loved most was how much love she had for books.. and the countless indirect book title mentions. * sigh *.

Enter the romance: 

Not really anything overly dramatic or gut-wrenching but still enjoyable. It´s simple and great for the soul. Think of this read as soul food. Comforting and uncomplicated.

The Little Shop Of Happy Ever After is a quick read. The writing is effortless. And the story is also highly predictable. I´m not really too mad about the predictability of the story, though. I wasn´t expecting too much mind blow with a chick-lit, to be honest.

 


 

Would I recommend this book? For fans of Jenny Colgan, yes. For romance readers- If you love mature fluff- yes.

Would I reread this book? I might.


 

The Cover – 3 Stars:   Chick-lit illustrations are pretty to look at but they´re all terribly alike.

The Story – 3 Stars:   A lovely comfort romance.

The Characters – 3 Stars:   Comfort romances usually have wallflower characters. Not a terrible thing but I would have loved a little more depth with the MC.

My emotional state after finishing this read – Happy.

Why I DNF´d`Eighty-One Nights` by Georgia Cates

What a beautiful cover, right? I love the color theme. I love the simplicity of the whole. And after having read the synopsis and a few Goodreads reviews I decided to buy this romance stunner.

Eighty One Nights

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Beautiful, penniless American girl meets handsome, wealthy Scotsman.
Sounds like the beginning of a fairy-tale romance?
It’s not.

This story begins with a contract.
And an exchange of money.
A lot of money.

An angel perches nervously on one shoulder.
A devil lounges smugly on my other.
And even that dark little bastard is leery of what I’m doing.

Maxwell Hutcheson wants the girlfriend experience.
All of it.
And I’m going to give it to him.

I’m not supposed to enjoy being his whore.
I’m also not supposed to fall in love with him.
But I do. Both.

When our contract expires, I will walk away.
Because I have to.
But he’ll always have a piece of me.

I’ll mask my sorrow with a smile.
I’ll hide my love with indifference
… all while it’s killing me softly.

A fairy-tale romance.
It isn’t mine to have.
And this man I’ve come to love so dearly isn’t my happily ever after.

 

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There´s also a little info notice under the online book description over at Goodreads.

About Eighty-One Nights:
While the characters from Eighty-One Nights are entirely new, their storyline is a combination of fresh material and carefully selected themes, scenes, and settings from The Beauty Series, The Sin Trilogy, Dear Agony, and Indulge. This is intentional. I chose some of my favorite elements from previous releases and interjected them into Hutch and Lou’s story. Let’s call it a “story fusion” between our old favorites and new material.

(This title was very briefly released as The Girlfriend Experience under a pen name. This edition contains new and updated material different from that of the original release.)

 

 

Oookay. I´m not sure if I needed to know all this since I had never read any previous works from the author. I´m totally clueless. But hey, it´s there. Might as well take notice.

 

I went into this book with an eager mindset, thinking I´d get my average romance fix. Something romantic. Something heartbreaking. It was what I was looking for. The title indicates that something will happen within 81 nights. That´s a little over 2,5 months. A lot can happen in that time frame. I had a slight feeling this book would also be some sort of escort/client romance. I wasn´t wrong. I was looking forward to reading an escort love story. It´s been a hot minute since I read the last one.

I started reading and ended after chapter 4. Why?

 

  • The writing. It wasn´t for me. I know many readers who love this type of style but I just couldn´t.

 

  • The dialogue was another thing that was off-putting for me. There was too much of it and it was also a tad choppy. I missed a nice flow of conversation between characters.

 

  • The beginning wasn´t strong enough to hold my attention. Which is a shame because I was really looking forward to reading about the struggles of an escort´s romantic life.

 

  • The beginning also has an info overflow. I´m one of those readers who likes bits and pieces thrown at me throughout the entire story instead of getting a full character description within the first few pages. 

 

  • When the Heroine referred to herself as a “dumbass American”. Two things: Either the author wanted to emphasize how little the Heroine thinks of herself or there was a wish to point out how Europeans perceive Americans. Either way… this was a turn off for me. What´s next? Frog leg eating French? Cheese-head Dutch? 

 

With that being said- I´m a little gutted `Eighty-One Nights` didn´t meet my reading expectations.

 

Even if I wasn´t into what this book had to offer I can still see why others would go absolutely ape-shit over this read.

 

If you´re interested in reading Eighty-One Nights by Georgia Cates then be sure to get your copy now!

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Book Review: Hard To Love – W. Winters

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She was too good for this world. I was too much of a bastard to push her away.

I grew up in this life, and now I run these streets. Blood and violence taint everything I touch.

Everything but her. She was my constant through it all.

Just a touch would singe and soothe.

Just a look would tempt and torment.

She became my escape and my addiction.

I only survived because she was by my side.

I should’ve known better than to indulge.

I should’ve known better than to let her fall for me.

It was only a matter of time before the danger bled into what we had.

I was Laura’s downfall. Problem was, she was mine too.

 

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I saw a post about this book somewhere on Facebook. A book blogger claimed that this was the real deal. Dark romance galore! My first thought was  ” Tell me something new.

A book cover with a guy who doesn´t have a shirt on? * holds breath *  We all know my thoughts on those cover images. Insert the title and I was ready to forget about this book. It was the hilarious statement that got me interested, though. The post caption said:

 

“Bitch, PLEASE! Give me more.” 

 

I hopped on over to Amazon. One look at the price for the paperback had me swallowing hard. 14.46 Euros. Well, slap me silly. That´s a proud sum of money for a 197 page read from an author I wasn´t familiar with. Weeell, I ended up buying the paperback. Don´t judge… I was in a good mood that day and turned a blind eye towards the price. Hard To Love 2

 

`Hard To Love by author W. Winters has become my favorite 2019 dark romance! Good Lawd, I went through some awful hot-flashes while reading this gripping romance and I loved every minute of it.

Right at the beginning, you get to experience a heartbreaking moment through the eyes of Seth- the Hero. That first scene had tension with a nice build-up. From there on a reader is plunged back to the past, where the story unfolds and you can understand what happened, in the beginning, a little better.

If you´ve been following my reviews you´ve come to know that I´m not a fan of time leaps or dual POVs. Funnily enough- There is a time leap and dual POVs in this one but neither bothered me. I can´t really say why. Maybe because the story was short? Or because the time leaps were reduced to a minimum? Beats me. All I know is that I´m one happy camper.

 

`Hard To Love` is intense. It´s unforgiving. It´s romantic and sexy. It´s exactly what I´ve been looking for.

 

I like my romances dark. Darker than dark. While `Hard To Love` is a dark romance I wouldn´t classify it to be shocking in any sense. There is a level of violence in this one but nothing too dramatic. The focus is more on the relationship and what the couple´s environment has done to their relationship.

About the writing: You know, it´s a total surprise for me that the author pulled off a well-balanced story in a little less than 200 pages. The writing was spot on. The dialogue and details were perfect. I lived in their world and suffered with the characters thanks to the writing.

If there is one thing I´m not happy about then it would be the page count & knowing there´ll be a book 2. I flew through this one effortlessly. And even if I loved the story I´m still a little hurt about the price. Other than that…
All in all I´m satisfied and can only second what the book blogger included in her post.

BITCH, PLEASE! GIVE ME MORE! trenner

 

Would I recommend this book? Sure. To anyone who loves themselves a quick and intense read and for fans of dark romances, absolutely.  

Would I reread this book? You can bet your ass on it.

 

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The Cover – 3 Stars:   Nope. Not a fan. But I will say that I think it fits the story.

The Story – 5 Stars:   I´m a sucker for the violent stuff. I love myself some bad guys/gangster/mobster romances. For me, they somehow make everything more dramatic.

The Characters – 5 Stars:   Seth- I loved his character to bits. Laura- She easily made my top 5 fav Heroine list. Strong but still delicate.

My emotional state after finishing this read:   Thrilled I can add a new favorite to my list!

 

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Purchase the book!

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Popular Romance Authors I Don´t Read Anymore

What once was is no longer…

 

Do you have an author you´re devoted to? That one special writer who touches your emotions with their words? I have one. Actually, I have a few go-to authors. Unfortunately, I also have a list of writers who I don´t reach out for anymore.

A huge shout out goes to Jess @Fiction No Chaser for inspiring me with her post Am I Growing Out Of YA? 

May it be due to the simple fact that I´ve grown out of an author´s style or because an author´s style has changed… I don´t consider myself a dedicated fan anymore.

But before I continue I´d like to leave a little informative note.

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Here is a list of popular authors who I don´t read anymore.

 


 

Colleen Hoover

 

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Hands down, I was THE fan. I gave the word dedication a new definition when it came to CoHo´s books. Since then the author has celebrated great success with her emotionally-charged books. I was able to follow the author as a faithful fan until 2018 when `All Your Perfects` ( check out my review here ) was published.

The Problem:  I think it´s safe to say that the author´s books and I  aren´t meant for each other anymore. For me, things started going downhill after I read `Confess `. I tried pushing myself to read every new release ( because- dedicated fan here and all ) but I wasn´t able to see the same beauty others saw. With every book, I became more disappointed. I started weighing my options: Should I read another CoHo book? Should I give another one a try? That´s when I pulled the breaks. I went from superfan to try to be a super fan then ended up being a supportive fan. Now I´ve called it quits and just admire the author´s older works.  It´s time for me to move on.

 

 

 

Tarryn Fischer

 

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Tarryn Fisher is known for pushing emotional limits with her books and I´ve adored the author for exactly that. The author´s a master of her craft.  `The Opportunist` was what captivated me back in 2013. A raw story that kind of haunted me for days. My last Tarryn Fisher read was `Atheists Who Kneel And Pray `.

The Problem:  I developed a dislike towards the writing style. Every book published between the books I´ve mentioned was more a miss than a hit for me. I felt a strong attitude in the writing I didn´t enjoy. The rawness was taken to new dimensions. I wouldn´t necessarily say I´ve grown out of Tarryn Fisher´s books but I´ve definitely moved on and don´t feel an urge to drop everything to read the latest release anymore.

 

 

 

J. Sterling

 

j sterling bannerJ. Sterling used to be an author I occasionally checked in on. I´ve read the majority of the author´s books. I remember having received an ARC of one of her books ( can´t recall for which book, though. It´s been sooo long ). I was an on and off reader for a few years until my interest in the author´s books stopped.

The Problem:  My tastes changed. J. Sterling is a wonderful author and her stories are lovely but for me, they aren´t exactly what I´m looking for anymore. Although- I will say that I haven´t written the author completely off. If someone recommends a J. Sterling novel to me and it sounds interesting, I will check it out.

 

 

 

Christina Lauren

 

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Ooooh, I was a fan of Christina Lauren. I´m actually still a fan even if I don´t reach out to the author´s books anymore. My first Christina Lauren book was `Beautiful Bastard`. Gosh, I remember when I first saw the cover and thought it was the next best thing since Mark Wahlberg in the Calvin Klein ad. The writing was refreshing and sharp. Exactly what I was looking for at the time.

The Problem: Too many books were released within a short period of time. Now, I´m normally not one to complain about these things because I´m usually the person who´ll bitch about not being able to read the next release right away. But with Christina Lauren´s books, I just wasn´t able to keep up- Not with reading other books from other authors in between. Before I knew it I had lost focus on the whole beautiful series and then ended up hissing my white flag.

 

 

 

Jodi Ellen Malpas

 

JEM bannerJodi Ellen Malpas was an author who could do me no wrong. Whatever that woman wrote- I inhaled it. First J.E.M. read: ` This Man  `. I´ve abused the `This Man Trilogy` and the `One Night` books to a point where the pages started giving away. If there ever was a go-to author then J. E. M. was it for me.

The Problem: My inner fangirl aged ( sounds so much better than admitting that I´ve aged ) I still love the books I have but I can´t muster up enough excitement for the authors’ other works.

 


 

Such big names in a little ol´ post. I´d like to add that I have nothing against any of the authors mentioned in this post. Remember- This is about their products, not about the people behind those products. All the mentioned authors are probably wonderful human beings with hearts of gold.

 


On a kind note: Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher aren´t exclusively romance writers. Since they´ve written romance novels I´ve read I have included their names. Also: I did NOT read all the books in the featured images, only the majority and some I haven´t displayed.


 

Let´s chat: Who are your go-to authors? Do you have authors you don´t reach out for anymore? Feel free to drop some names in the comments below. ❤

 


 

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Book Review: Give The Dark My Love ( Give the Dark My Love #1 )- Beth Revis

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When seventeen-year-old Nedra Brysstain leaves her home in the rural, northern territories of Lunar Island to attend the prestigious Yugen Academy, she has only one goal in mind: learn the trade of medicinal alchemy. A scholarship student matriculating with the children of Lunar Island’s wealthiest and most powerful families, Nedra doesn’t quite fit in with the other kids at Yugen, who all look down on her.

All, except for Greggori “Grey” Astor. Grey is immediately taken by the brilliant and stubborn Nedra, who he notices is especially invested in her studies. And that’s for a good reason: a deadly plague has been sweeping through the North, and it’s making its way toward the cities. With her family’s life–and the lives of all of Lunar Island’s citizens–on the line, Nedra is determined to find a cure for the plague.

Grey and Nedra continue to grow closer, but as the sickness spreads and the body count rises, Nedra becomes desperate to find a cure. Soon, she finds herself diving into alchemy’s most dangerous corners–and when she turns to the most forbidden practice of all, necromancy, even Grey might not be able to pull her from the darkness.


 

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Puuh * pushes glasses up nose * I´m kind of struggling to find the right words to describe this YA fantasy novel. I have feelings. Strong ones.

`Give The Dark My Love` ( Give The Dark My Love #1 ) by author Beth Revis is definitely a game-changer in the YA fantasy niché. It´s dark. It´s graphic. Adventurous and a tad brutal. I really enjoyed this story. Give The Dark My Love

A young aspiring alchemist on a mission to find a cure for a deadly disease. FINALLY, something to read that can´t be compared to other YA fantasy bestsellers. FINALLY an anti Heroine. I´d be highly shooketh if it wasn´t for one thing. Mind you, this is the only thing I could have done without. The romance. It seemed as if the romance was added only for good measure. Totally unnecessary. I truly believe the story is strong enough on its own and would have been even greater without the insta-love. ( and this is coming from a romance advocate ). Aside from that, I appreciated the rest.

 

  • The title. Can we just stop for a moment to appreciate the title? Give The Dark My Love. I´m not blown out of my socks but it´s still a great title.

 

  • The anti Hero. It´s been so long since I came across an anti-heroine. Nedra ( Heroine ) is a well-developed character. Her journey from being an innocent young lady to becoming something like an evil doctor was great to read about. Her motives, her actions, what she suffered through and the way her life panned out in this book… I have no complaints. Absolutely none. Truly not bad for a YA fantasy book.

 

  • The writing was clean and sharp. Not too over the top.

 

  • The darkness. I love it when books have a certain aura. This one was set out to be dark and boy did that energy grow with the story.

 

All in all I can´t really say much about this story other than I enjoyed it and am willing to start the next one ASAP.


 

Would I recommend this book? For YA fantasy readers who don´t mind necromancy – Sure. I didn´t have a problem with it. It´s an interesting story.

Would I reread this book? I´m going to say it depends on how the story pans out. If book #2 is a disappointment and I end up discontinuing the series I won´t reread this one.


 

The Cover – 2 Stars:  The cover image is not for me. It´s very YA fantasy-ish.

The Story – 3 Stars:  It was the romance that kept me from doing a rain dance around the table. And the dual POV. I just don´t think those are worth it.

The Characters – 4 Stars:  Grey ( Hero ) should have been the first victim ever of The Wasting Death. But Nedra- Well done.

My emotional state after finishing this read: Satisfied.

3 stars

 

You can purchase `Give The Dark My Love` by Beth Revis on Amazon.com