I ADORED EMERGENCY CONTACT’S SWEET DIGITAL ROMANCE

“Romance was volatile, and if they came out of it with less than they had going in, she would be devastated.”

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Title: Emergency Contact
Author: Mary H.K. Choi
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Genre: YA/NA, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: March 27th 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Format: eARC
Source: Netgally
Star Rating: ★★★☆☆
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Emergency Contact was one of those books that bought an interesting array of mixed reviews upon its release. Despite the fact that I’m not a huge contemporary reader, picking up a YA contemporary every now and again for a lighter read feels very homey.

I can happily say, Emergency Contact does just the trick. But it’s accompanied with important elements that heighten this story from your average fluffy YA contemporary to an honest young adult story about flawed characters.

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FALLING IN LOVE WITH ROMANCE AGAIN THANKS TO ELLE KENNEDY

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Title: The Chase
Author: Elle Kennedy
Series or Standalone: Briar U #1
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Publication Date: March 19th 2019
Publisher: Elle Kennedy Inc.
Format: eBook
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★★★

The Chase is the first book in Elle Kennedy’s new steamy hockey romance series. We follow Summer Di Laurentis, who was recently expelled from Brown University after an unfortunate incident. So she’s starting anew at Briar U. But upon her arrival to Campus, her housing situation fell through and she’s without a place to live.

Summer’s older brother Dean pulls some strings and soon after, Summer finds herself moved into a house with three of her brothers hockey teammates, and she has the butterflies for one: Colin Fitzgerald, the tattoo-covered, video-gaming and hockey-playing, nerd-jock. But Colin has troubles of his own, and he passes Summer off as someone who is flighty and superficial. That’s strike one against him.

But if her sexy brooding roomie wises up and realises what he’s missing, he knows where to find her.

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MERRY INKMAS BY TALIA HIBBERT

“She’d started to think of him as a cup of coffee: black, with a shot of gingerbread syrup curled up at the bottom. Someone just needed to stir him up and make him sweet all the way through.”36640831

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Title: Merry Inkmas
Author: Talia Hibbery
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Holiday
Publication Date: December 1st 2017
Publisher: Nixon House
Format: eBook
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★★☆
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Merry Inkmas is a short, feel good holiday romance story following Bailey and Cash. Bailey is a strong willed, adorably nerdy and plus sized goddess working in a coffee shop whilst studying psychology. Determined to learn from her mother’s mistakes, Bailey insists she won’t sacrifice self-respect for any relationship. When Cash enters her life, a bad boy with a heart of gold, she finds herself wondering if this beast might be her prince Charming.

Cash Evans is tattoo artist with a troubled childhood, and a very flirty customer of Bailey’s. He’s come a long way and amassed wealth from his skills as an artist, but this can’t fix the hole in his heart. Cash knows that the sweet barista who haunts his dreams is off-limits… But life doesn’t always go to plan.

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THE SHATTERED COURT BY M.J. SCOTT

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Title: The Shattered Court
Author: M.J. Scott
Series or Standalone: Series ‘The Four Arts’ (Book #1)
Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Romance & Witches
Publication Date: April 28th 2015
Publisher: Roc
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★☆☆☆
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Full disclosure, I went into this book believing that it was fantasy romance. And I went solely into this book for that fact alone. I am a reader who loves romance in a fantasy context, and was so excited. Unfortunately, I found The Shattered Court to be an underwhelming instalment in the genre.

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GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE BY NATASHA NGAN

34433755.jpg“I know what it means to dream about the past. To dream about things you have loved, and lost.”

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Title: Girls of Paper and Fire
Author: Natasha Ngan
Series or Standalone: Series (Book #1)
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBT
Publication Date: November 6th 2018
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson Books
Format: eArc
Source: Netgally
Star Rating: ★★★★☆
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THE SURFACE BREAKS BY LOUISE O’NEILL

35842338.jpgTitle: The Surface Breaks
Author: Louise O’Neill
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings, Feminism, Romance
Publication Date: May 3rd 2018
Publisher: Scholastic
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★☆☆
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“Don’t be afraid, sisters. I hold my hands up, so they will see that I am no threat to them. I want to protect them. We are women. And women are warriors, after all. “

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GOSSIP GIRL BY CECILY VON ZIEGER

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Author: Cecily von Zieger
Series or Standalone: Series
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Chick Lit
Publication Date: April 1st 2002
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★☆☆☆

 

I concede. I read this solely because I was hugely obsessed with the early seasons of the CW adaptation of Gossip Girl. When I came across the audiobooks via my library, I thought why not? I have always wanted to try the books. However I can’t say I’m eager to jump back into this Cecily von Zeiger’s mind after what was a pretty unenjoyable, and at times, aggravating read.

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THE KISS QUOTIENT BY HELEN HOANG

36199084Title: The Kiss Quotient
Author: Helen Hoang
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Genre: Adult Romance, Contemporary & Chick Lit
Publication Date: June 15th 2018
Publisher: Berkley
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★★☆

The Kiss Quotient follows Stella Lane, an accomplished econometrician that’s given her much more money than she knows what to do with and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old. It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice–with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan–from foreplay to more-than-missionary position.

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PEOPLE LIKE US BY DANA MELE

35356380Title: People Like us
Author: Dana Mele
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller and LGBT
Publication Date: February 27th, 2018
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (Penguin Imprint)
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★☆☆

 

Upon beginning People Like Us, I would’ve described it as combination of Gossip Girl meets Netflix’s Thirteen Reasons Why. All the while, still remaining unique in it’s own way. However, the latter half of this book took a sluggish turn that severely hampered my enjoyment of this novel.

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