Tag: 4.5 Reviews

Review: I Think I Love You by Lauren Layne

Posted July 13, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: I Think I Love You by Lauren LayneI Think I Love You
by Lauren Layne
Series: Oxford #5
Also in this series: Irresistibly Yours, I Wish You Were Mine
Published by Random House, Loveswept on July 10, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Point of View:Alternating Third Person
Pages: 200
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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four-half-stars

A game of seduction between two best friends goes deliciously wrong in an irresistible Oxford Novel that brims with wit and sexual tension. Library Journal hails Layne’s work as exemplary contemporary romance.”

Brit Robbins knows that dating in New York City is hard—she just hoped to have it mastered by age thirty. But after yet another promising suitor says they have no sparks, Brit decides it’s time to torch her dating game and try a new plan. And who better to coach Brit through the art of seduction than the guy who first gave her the “let’s be friends” card?

Hunter Cross has always figured there’s nothing his best friend Brit can do to surprise him. But Brit’s request is a surprise he doesn’t see coming—and one he’s definitely not prepared for. Hunter and Brit have always been careful to keep things perfectly platonic, but the fake dates and faux flirting are starting to feel like the real deal. And soon Hunter realizes he has taught Brit too well. Not only has she become an expert at seduction, the man becoming thoroughly seduced is him.

I Think I Love You is the final book in Lauren Layne’s Oxford series and on one hand, I’m super sad about that but on the other, another Oxford book! Lauren Layne strikes again with a sweet contemporary romance that I couldn’t put down.

So this story follows Hunter Cross and Britt Robbins as they take their best friendship into forever love land. Britt has just been dumped again and she starts to wonder why every man on the planet seems content to keep her in the friend zone. Her friends are starting to pair off with their love matches and she’s feeling a little alone and wants to find her own person to settle down with. Or, she wants to make guys stop seeing her as their bestie and start seeing her as the girl they’d like to bang. Who better to help her learn the ways of lovin’ than her best friend, Hunter.

Only Hunter doesn’t want any part of helping Britt learn how to seduce random men, especially since he’s starting to see her as more than friend. Seeing these two fumble their way from best friends to more than friends was fun and it was funny and I completely adored them.

Hunter Cross is my book boyfriend of the week because I adored every single thing about him. I loved seeing him fall in love with his best friend. I loved seeing him with his family. I loved the brother he was to Malik and I really loved that he was the one that fell in love with Brit first.

Sure, he was a complete bonehead in the way he dealt with those feelings and then the way that he tried to play the martyr where Brit was concerned at the end made me want to kick him in the nuts but holy cow, the way that these two came together made me so happy that I forgave Hunter for being dumb. I believed in him and his feelings for Britt and I knew that he loved her with all of his heart and that hit me right in the feels.

Thanks to Lauren Layne’s awesome Pinterest boards, I didn’t have any trouble picturing Hunter in my head because this was her inspiration behind his character and holy cow, he’s perfect for Hunter. Super duper perfect.

If you’re a fan of the Oxford and Sex, Love and Stilettos series then you should read this one because you’ll get a lot of those folks in this book and the story itself is a good one. Lauren Layne knows how to write the heck out of a romance and this one isn’t to be missed.

Final Grade

4.5 out of 5

Oxford Series

four-half-stars

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Review: Speakeasy by Sarina Bowen

Posted June 29, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: Speakeasy by Sarina BowenSpeakeasy
by Sarina Bowen
Series: True North #5
Published by Indie Published, Tuxbury Publishing LLC on May 29, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 452
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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four-half-stars

Sometimes you fall for Mr. Right. And sometimes for Mr. Right Now…

May

Did you hear the one about the girl who walks into a bar and catches her live-in lover kissing someone else? No? You’re the only one in town who missed it. Luckily Alec is there to wrap me up in strong arms and carry me out the door before things get too ugly. And that’s not all Alec is good at. Our unexpected chemistry makes him the perfect rebound guy.

Alec

I should know better than to hook up with my rival’s little sister, but the fiery look in May’s eyes really turns my crank. She needs cheering up, and I’m just the guy for the job. It’s not like I’ll fall in love. Not even after a string of scorching hot trysts, and the realization that we’re good at the same things: wild nights and familial disappointment. I don’t do love, never have, never will. So this is the perfect arrangement, for both of us. Nobody would approve, but nobody has to know…

Speakeasy is the fifth book in Sarina Bowen’s True North series and it features Alec Rossi and one of my favorite characters in the entire series, May Shipley. Sarina Bowen really hits it out of the park for me with this book. I really enjoyed both Alec and May and seeing them come together in love. It wasn’t an easy road but together, their journey was sweet and I just ate it all up.

My book boyfriend for this week is Alec Rossi. I went into his book thinking that I wasn’t going to be too enthused about his character because I wasn’t a big fan of his in the earlier books but boy did he knock me on my ass.

Early reviews of the book didn’t shine Alec is the best light, a lot of people were underwhelmed about his character and his growth over the course of the story but I’m happy to report that I love Alec enough for all of those that didn’t love him. I thought he showed tremendous growth in the book and he really comes into his own because not only did he stop being stubborn where his Uncle was concerned, he came to realize that he couldn’t do everything without some help and I was glad that he could stop hating Griffin enough to team up to create something special.

I also loved seeing him fall in love with May. May has always been pretty special to me so seeing that she finally had someone in her corner who loved her for who she was and not who they wanted her to be was pretty great. I love how he wanted to be her champion and show everyone that May is grown and she’s strong. Gah, I just loved him to pieces.

Here’s who I pictured as Alec…

What a freaking dreamboat!

Final Grade

4.5 out of 5

True North Series

four-half-stars

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Movie Review: Coco

Posted June 13, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 12 Comments

Coco (2018)
Starring: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt
Director: Lee Unrich, Adrian Molina
Release Date: 21 November 2017
Rating: PG
Run Time: 1:45
Movie Type: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

I’m not much of an animated movies fan so I wasn’t planning on watching this movie until Brenna rented it and started watching it with me in the room. Within ten minutes of the movie starting, I was parked in front of the TV and captivated by everything going on. I went into the movie completely blind because I don’t think I had ever paid attention to any of the previews for the movie beforehand…and I think because of that, I was really invested in what was going on in the movie. There was no browsing on my phone while the movie played, no playing games on my phone or reading, just me, Brenna and the movie playing.

This movie was good. I cried. I laughed. I was happy and then sad and then happy again. This movie had everything and I can’t recommend it enough because it wasn’t just for the kids. There was plenty for adults to enjoy as well. This movie was about family and love and remembering those that came before us.

Miguel’s journey through the colorful land of the dead was adventurous and heart-warming with the sidekick he picked up along the way. Hector was a fabulous character that I couldn’t get enough of. I loved to see his love and heartache over not being remembered by his daughter and seeing Miguel try to make everything right made for such a delightful movie.

Disney knocked it out of the park with Pixar on this one. I have watched this movie over and over again and I still love the heck out of it. I highly recommend. The music, the colors, the land of the dead and the characters all made for a compelling and charming movie that will move you emotionally and have you rooting for the good guys to win. The ending was super sweet and had me in tears so seriously, you should check this out if you’re looking for a heartwarming movie to watch. This is a great one.

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My Rating

4.5 out of 5

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Book Review: Sincerely, Carter by Whitney G.

Posted June 12, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 6 Comments

Book Review: Sincerely, Carter by Whitney G.Sincerely, Carter
by Whitney G.
Series: Sincerely Carter #1
Published by Whitney G on May 1, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Point of View:Alternating First Person
Pages: 246
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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four-half-stars

Just friends. We’re just friends. No, really. She’s just my best friend...

Arizona Turner has been my best friend since fourth grade, even when we “hated” each other. We’ve been there for one another through first kisses, first “times,” and we’ve been each other’s constant when good relationships turned bad. (We even went to colleges that were minutes away from each other…)

Throughout the years, and despite what anyone says, we’ve never crossed the line.

Never thought about it. Never wanted to.

Until one night changed everything. At least, it should’ve...

Just friends. We’re just friends. I’m only saying this until I figure out if she’s still “just” my best friend…

Sincerely, Carter by Whitney G. is a re-read for me. My best friend chose this book as our book club discussion book because she was in the mood for a best friends to romance book and this fit that bill.

Enough time had passed since my last re-read of this book that it was like reading the book for the first time again. I remembered some things but more often than not, I was surprised all over again but one of the things that I remembered clear as day??? My love for Carter. Oh man, this book was super good. I enjoyed the romance, the characters and the love that was evident between Carter and Arizona. I loved how well Carter knew Arizona and how much Arizona cared for Carter. Their friendship was solid and it was sweet and when they fell in love with each other, it was more sweetness tacked on.

Carter and Arizona have been best friends since they were in elementary school and they’ve been 100% platonic for many, many years. That all goes up in smokes when Arizona walks out of work with a tight, pink tank top that makes Carter sit up and take notice of Arizona as a woman. When Arizona’s boyfriend breaks up with her, she turns to Carter for help in the art of seduction and things get really interesting.

The chemistry between Carter and Arizona was fantastic. Their friendship was strong and solid which made their romance all the more enjoyable for me. From beginning to end, I was invested in what was going on and where the story was going.

Carter was such a fantastic character. I really enjoyed getting to know him all over again. He was so confident in himself and in his relationship with Arizona and I just ate all of his page time up. I loved seeing him change from best friend to in love with his best friend and knowing Arizona’s mind better than even she does. That’s what best friends do. They know when the other needs them and they know how the other will react to every situation…and they will always look out for you, no matter what. Carter proved that not only was he the best friend that Arizona would ever have but he is also the man who would love Arizona more than anyone else. Gah, I just adore this man so much.

Arizona was strong in her own way but there were times when I wish she had more faith in herself and in Carter. I loved that she went after what she wanted, no matter what she had to do. Whether it was stealing classes over the weekend at the local culinary school or asking her best friend for help with embarrassing things. She was a go-getter and it was easy to see why Carter was so enamored with her.

Whitney G. wrote a sweet romance about two best friends who find in each other what they couldn’t find with others. There wasn’t much that I didn’t love about this book and it made me cry so you know that it’s a good one. I definitely recommend.

Final Grade

4.5 out of 5

Sincerely Carter Series

four-half-stars

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Review: Kingsmen: The Secret Service

Posted January 31, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)
Starring: Colin First, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Release Date: 13 February 2015
Rating: R
Run Time: 2:09
Movie Type: Action, Adventure, Comedy

The agent Harry “Galahad” Hart from the Kingsman Secret Service helps the troublemaker Gary “Eggsy” Unwin, who is the son of an agent that saved the lives of Harry and his team sacrificing himself seventeen years ago. Harry invites Eggsy to be candidate to the vacancy of a new agent in the agency and he is trained by Agent Merlin and competes with other candidates. Meanwhile, the Kingsmen investigate the industrialist Valentine, an insane genius of technology who is plotting a deadly plan with his assistant Gazelle to save Earth from global warming eliminating most of the population with a chip and saving only those that he has chosen.

What a fun movie this turned out to be. I wasn’t all that interested in watching it before but thanks to a recommendation from my friend Ames, I jumped right in and loved every minute of this movie. There were some parts that I could have done without but for the most part, this was an enjoyable movie that had me laughing one minute and gasping from the action the next.

Galahad has to find a new candidate for the Kingsman Secret Service and his choice is Gary “Eggsy” Unwin, the son of an agent that saved Galahad’s life. Eggsy is a bit of a troublemaker that can’t catch a break. He’s got a mother that is dating a really bad dude and he worries about her and his younger sister. So when he lands himself into some trouble, Galahad shows up to save the day and life as Eggsy knew it changes.

There’s a lot going on in this movie. There’s Eggsy’s training and then there’s the main plot surrounding Valentine’s big evil plan to take over the world and all of that filled this movie up with loads of action and awesome dialogue. I really enjoyed this movie and am kicking myself that it took me so long to finally watch this. Big kudos to Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Samuel L. Jackson because I was invested in this movie from beginning to end. I loved that this movie was fast-paced, funny and I connected with all of the characters…especially Eggsy. What a cutie patootie he is.

This movie was a good way to spend a couple of hours and I’m really looking forward to watching the next one. Luke says that it’s not as good as this one and I believe him because this movie is pretty hard to top.

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My Rating

4.5 out of 5

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