G. Bianco, 2019
Lasairiona McMaster is back with the fifth (and what might be one of the best) installment in the Snow Pirates Series! Two for Tripping, which comes out on June 30th, follows the Snow Pirates’s team captain, Will, as he not only navigates new love, but also his past demons.
After graduating top of his class, Will Morrison has no idea of what to do next. Everything feels meaningless, and his recent mistakes have put him on tenuous ground with his best friend and sister. His hockey teammates are moving on without him, he has too many choices for what to do next, and no clue what makes his heart sing… Until a one night stand with a fiery red-head turns his world upside down. Quinn’s everything he’s not: outgoing, brave and driven. Being with her shines a light on his dark side. But following the road to redemption means more than making amends with friends and family. Can he forgive himself, and accept that he doesn’t need to know the full path to take the first step? Or will his inability to love himself mean losing her, too?
Wow, do I love this series! While the beginning got off to kind of a fast-paced start, the way this book eventually got its footing was very well done and by the end of the book, I was searching for another Snow Pirates Book to binge read (so if you could get on that Lasairiona, that’d be GREAT lol)!
Will was a character I was really excited to read about since we’ve seen bits and pieces of him in past books (especially in Two for Roughing) and I think McMasters did a fabulous job of making him a redeemable and lovable character.
This book did touch upon some heavy topics, like sexual abuse, but I think they were handled gracefully and authentically.
I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to see what’s next for the Snow Pirates! If you haven’t checked this series out yet, I highly recommend you do!
*I received an ARC from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
Cupcakes and romance? Say no more! Jamie Wesley’s Fake It Till You Bake It, which comes out on June 21st, is the sweet romance you need this summer!
Jada Townsend-Matthews is the most reviled woman in America after turning down a proposal on a reality dating show. When she comes home to lick her wounds, Jada finds herself working at San Diego's newest cupcake bakery, Sugar Blitz, alongside the uptight owner and professional football player Donovan Dell. When a reporter mistakenly believes Jada and Donovan are an item, they realize they can use the misunderstanding to their advantage to help the struggling bakery and rehabilitate Jada's image. Faking a relationship should be simple, but sometimes love is the most unexpected ingredient.
This romance was so cute and honestly worth reading just for the drool-inducing descriptions of cupcakes in the story.
Fake dating has always been a favorite trope of mine and this one was done so well and just made me love this trope even more!
I loved the different personalities of the main characters and how Jada and Donovan complemented each other. Plus the fact that Donovan is a stern grumpy pants while Jada is a sassy sunshine makes this story even more delicious! Add in a few amazing bestie side characters and you have a recipe for a great romcom!
I seriously need to read August’s book ASAP so I hope it comes out soon! But in the meantime, Donovan and Jada’s story is so much fun and is definitely one to add to your Summer TBR!
*I received an ARC from St. Martin’s Press in exchange for my honest opinion.
A bestseller and a Book of the Month pick in 2021, K. M. Jackson’s seemingly outrageous romcom takes being a fan to a whole new level. How to Marry Keanu Reeves in 90 Days mixes reality and fiction to create a unique reading experience.
Bethany Lu Carlisle is devastated when the tabloids report actor Keanu Reeves is about to tie the knot. What?! How could the world's perfect boyfriend and forever bachelor, Keanu not realize that making a move like this could potentially be devastating to the equilibrium of...well...everything! Not to mention, he's never come face to face with the person who could potentially be his true soulmate—her. Desperate to convince Keanu to call off the wedding, Lu and her ride-or-die BFF Truman Erikson take a wild road trip to search for the elusive Keanu so that Lu can fulfill her dream of meeting her forever crush and confess her undying love. From New York to Los Angeles, Lu and True get into all sorts of sticky situations. Will Lu be able to find Keanu and convince him she's the one for him? Or maybe she'll discover true love has been by her side all along…
The first half of this book is so slow and honestly doesn’t even feel like a romance book. The plot feels very disjointed, the characters weren’t very relatable to me, and the whole idea of a woman in her 40s being so obsessed with Keanu Reeves that she’s willing to follow around NYC and the US just to convince him not to get married was just so ludicrous and immature to me.
Honestly, I almost DNFed this book on multiple occasions. I just wasn’t very invested in the characters and the romance aspect of the book came so late into the story (literally 3/4 of the way through) that it wasn’t even satisfying to read.
I also am not a Keanu Reeves super fan so a lot of the references in this book went over my head. Plus, Lu’s celebrity sightings seemed very fake and it seemed like the author just wanted to make the book more exciting by name-dropping a bunch of other people (like Chris Evans, Jason Momoa, and Lisa Bonet). It only enhanced the absurdity of this whole plot.
This book was just way too immature and unrealistic and the romance between the main characters took too long to get to. Basically, I don’t recommend this book…
We all love a good retelling, so when I heard about Priscilla Oliveras’s newest romance being a Romeo and Juliet retelling it’s safe to say I was VERY excited! West Side Love Story, which comes out on June 1st, is a celebration of music, culture and love that any romcom lover will enjoy!
Having grown up in the nurturing household of Casa Capuleta, Mariana will do anything for familia. To solve her adoptive parents’ financial problems amid their rapidly changing San Antonio comunidad, Mariana and her younger sisters are determined to win the Battle of the Mariachi Bands. That means competing against Hugo Montero, their father’s archnemesis, and his band and escalating a decades-old feud. It also raises the stakes of Mariana’s forbidden attraction for a certain dark-eyed mariachi who sets her heart racing. To Angelo Montero’s familia, Mariana is also strictly off-limits. But that doesn’t stop him from pursuing her. As their secret affair intensifies and the competition grows fierce, they’re swept up in a brewing storm of betrayals, rivalries, and broken ties. Against the odds, they vow to bring peace. But sacrifices must be made and consequences weighed for two star-crossed lovers to make beautiful music together.
This may be my favorite Priscilla Oliveras book so far! I loved this Romeo and Juliet retelling and really appreciated learning more about mariachi music and Latin culture.
As with all of her romance novels, Oliveras deftly weaves an engaging romance with Latin culture and phrasing that really engrossed a reader in the story. Reading this story made me want to hop on a flight to San Antonio and visit Casa Capuleta myself!
Alongside the themes of familial loss and gain, the foster system, and what it means to follow your heart, Mariana and Angelo’s story was so wonderfully written and I cannot wait to read more about the Capuleta Sisters in future books!
This is a must-read romance for your summer TBR that is sure to tug on your heartstrings! I cannot wait for the sequel to be released next year!
*I received an ARC from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
Hi! My name is Elisa and my bookshelf is quite literally overflowing! Join me in my journey of reading as many books as humanly possible!