BOOK REVIEW: THE FINE ART OF LOSING CONTROL BY ASHLEY SHEPHERD

BOOK REVIEW: THE FINE ART OF LOSING CONTROL BY ASHLEY SHEPHERD

‘I have the worst luck ever. I failed my Foundations of Western Art class. My roommate hates me. My ex-boyfriend sent a naked picture of me to his entire debate team. My mom’s having a baby. I’m in New Zealand. And I’m going to find my father. Holy shit.’

Willa Loveridge likes to be in control of everything and everyone. But when things start to spin out of her control, she only knows how to do one thing: panic. When Willa’s estranged father appears after nineteen years of radio silence for the sole purpose of paying her college tuition, without even seeing her or introducing himself, Willa boards a plane to New Zealand in an effort to regain some control of her rapidly spiralling life. She’s done with the absent father act, and wants to find the man that thinks he can just throw eighty-five grand at her and then disappear again.

But after an unexpected emergency landing and a brief encounter with a cult, Willa somehow finds herself in a caravan with a YouTuber, the star of a million Korean Dramas, and a Scottish kid with an unhealthy attachment to his guitar. Together, they navigate the backroads of New Zealand one wrong turn at a time. Which is basically her worst nightmare. Between some unnecessary hand-holding and a swift shove out of her comfort zone, Willa soon finds herself learning the fine art of losing control.


RATING: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

I, Carly, full-heartedly acknowledge that this review is absolutely biased. Because Ashley Shepherd’s writing is like a warm blanket on my soul that I can’t get enough of. The Fine Art of Losing Control is no exception to that. It’s the kind of book I stayed indoors all day reading on a Sunday, unable to leave the comfort of my bed until I knew how this book ended.

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MY FANTASY FEBRUARY TBR AND OTHER READING GOALS

MY FANTASY FEBRUARY TBR AND OTHER READING GOALS

Hello everyone, happy Monday! How are you? I have so many plans for the month of February, which involve prioritising some fantasy series that have been on my shelf for a while. And of course as it’s the month of looove I will be reading romance books, but really that’s no different from any other month really?!

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MY #SMUTATHON TBR: A WEEK OF STEAMY ROMANCES ❤️🔥

MY #SMUTATHON TBR: A WEEK OF STEAMY ROMANCES ❤️🔥

Hello everyone! Smutathon round 4 starts this week and as a lover of romance books, I couldn’t not participate. I’m so excited for my TBR for this round, I’ve got a list of four romance books that have been on my TBR for a while that I can’t wait to read!

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ARC REVIEW: MOST ARDENTLY BY SUSAN MESLER-EVANS

ARC REVIEW: MOST ARDENTLY BY SUSAN MESLER-EVANS

“She’s annoying, but she’s really hot. Why are the cute ones always the ones who make you want to rip your hair out?”

Spoiler Free Review
Title:
 Most Ardently
Author: Susan Mesler-Evans
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Genre: Romance, Contemporary and LGBT
Publication Date: October 21st 2019
Publisher: Entangled: Embrace
Format: e-Arc
Source: Netgalley
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Elisa Benitez is proud of who she is, from her bitingly sarcastic remarks, to her love of both pretty boys and pretty girls. If someone doesn’t like her, that’s their problem, and Elisa couldn’t care less. Particularly if that person is Darcy Fitzgerald, a snobby, socially awkward heiress with an attitude problem and more money than she knows what to do with.

From the moment they meet, Elisa and Darcy are at each other’s throats — which is a bit unfortunate, since Darcy’s best friend is dating Elisa’s sister. It quickly becomes clear that fate intends to throw the two of them together, whether they like it or not. As hers and Darcy’s lives become more and more entwined, Elisa’s once-dull world quickly spirals into chaos in this story of pride, prejudice, and finding love with the people you least expect.

Star Rating: ★★★☆☆

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ARC REVIEW: AGAIN, BUT BETTER BY CHRISTINE RICCIO

ARC REVIEW: AGAIN, BUT BETTER BY CHRISTINE RICCIO

Screen Shot 2019-07-03 at 9.40.11 amSpoiler Free Review
Title: Again, but Better
Author: Christine Riccio
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Publication Date: May 7th 2019
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Format: eArc
Source: Netgalley
Star Rating: ★★☆☆☆
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Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents…sounds ideal—but Shane’s made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance…what’s that?

Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time’s a ticking, and she needs a change—there’s nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She’s going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure!

Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart.

Shane comes to find that, with the right amount of courage and determination one can conquer anything. Throw in some fate and a touch of magic—the possibilities are endless. 

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