ARC REVIEW: THE DARE BY ELLE KENNEDY

ARC REVIEW: THE DARE BY ELLE KENNEDY

“Conor Edwards is absolutely the guy you fall for before you learn that girls like me don’t get guys like him.”

College was supposed to be my chance to get over my ugly-duckling complex and spread my wings. Instead, I wound up in a sorority full of mean girls. I already have a hard time fitting in, so when my Kappa Chi sisters issue the challenge, I can’t say no.

The dare: seduce the hottest new hockey player in the junior class.

Conor Edwards is a regular at Greek Row parties…and in Greek Row sorority beds. He’s the one you fall for before you learn that guys like him don’t give girls like me a second glance. Except Mr. Popular throws me for a loop—rather than laughing in my face, he does me a solid by letting me take him upstairs to pretend we’re getting busy.

Even crazier, now he wants to keep pretending. Turns out Conor loves games, and he thinks it’s fun to pull the wool over my frenemies’ eyes. But resisting his easy charm and surfer-boy hotness is darn near impossible. Though I’m realizing there’s much more to Conor’s story than his fan club can see. And the longer this silly ruse goes on, the greater the danger of it all blowing up in my face.


13The Dare was surprisingly unlike what Elle Kennedy has written before. I’ve been a big fan of hers since reading The Chase last year, which reawakened my love for the romance genre. This books premise of a young college woman trying to “get over their ugly-duckling complex” set off my intuition: that this book would feature a plus size main character. (Cue: Kristen Bell’s sloth meltdown on Ellen.) No other 2020 release had me nervously clamoring to read it quite like The Dare. But soon after picking it up I became engrossed with this sweet fake dating romance.

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ARC REVIEW: THE TOURIST ATTRACTION BY SARAH MORGENTHALER

ARC REVIEW: THE TOURIST ATTRACTION BY SARAH MORGENTHALER

“Some women walk in a room and turn a guy inside out. You turned me inside out, and I’ve never enjoyed anything more.”

When Graham Barnett named his diner The Tourist Trap, he meant it as a joke. Now he’s stuck slinging reindeer dogs to an endless string of resort visitors who couldn’t interest him less. Not even the sweet, enthusiastic tourist in the corner who blushes every time he looks her way…

Two weeks in Alaska isn’t just the top item on Zoey Caldwell’s bucket list. It’s the whole bucket. One look at the mountain town of Moose Springs and she’s smitten. But when an act of kindness brings Zoey into Graham’s world, she may just find there’s more to the man than meets the eye…and more to love in Moose Springs than just the Alaskan wilderness.

(2020) Book Images (3)14Apparently I can’t get enough of contemporary romance stories and I am seriously leaning on these books during this time for solace. I will happily say that despite what looks like a meager rating, I thought The Tourist Attraction was the perfect book to cozy up with this weekend. The experience of this story gave me the impression that I was a seasoned traveller, who has seen all the glory the Alaskan wilderness has to offer. When in reality, I haven’t travelled farther than the distance between my bed and the fridge today.

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BOOK REVIEW: THE BRIDGE KINGDOM BY DANIELLE L. JENSEN

BOOK REVIEW: THE BRIDGE KINGDOM BY DANIELLE L. JENSEN

‘One kingdom to save. One kingdom to destroy.’

Lara has only one thought for her husband on their wedding day: I will bring your kingdom to its knees. A princess trained from childhood to be a lethal spy, Lara knows that the Bridge Kingdom represents both legendary evil – and legendary promise. The only route through a storm-ravaged world, the Bridge Kingdom controls all trade and travel between lands, allowing its ruler to enrich himself and deprive his enemies, including Lara’s homeland. So when she is sent as a bride under the guise of fulfilling a treaty of peace, Lara is prepared to do whatever it takes to fracture the defenses of the impenetrable Bridge Kingdom.

But as she infiltrates her new home – a lush paradise surrounded by tempest seas – and comes to know her new husband, Aren, Lara begins to question where the true evil resides. Around her, she sees a kingdom fighting for survival, and in Aren, a man fiercely protective of his people. As her mission drives her to deeper understanding of the fight to possess the bridge, Lara finds the simmering attraction between her and Aren impossible to ignore. Her goal nearly within reach, Lara will have to decide her own fate: Will she be the destroyer of a king or the savior of her people?


RATING: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Kingdom of Maridina is the homeland of 11 of the most fiercest, and unsuspecting spies, the daughters of the Maridian King. These princesses have been trained since childhood to be lethal spies, as one will be sent as a bride under the guise of fulfilling a treaty of peace. Their real motive? Bringing the legendary Bridge Kingdom to its knees.

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RECENT ROMANCE READS: SOME AVERAGE READS AND A NEW FAVOURITE

RECENT ROMANCE READS: SOME AVERAGE READS AND A NEW FAVOURITE

Hello everyone! I hope you’re having a great start to the week. I’ve discovered my new favourite romance that I’d love to share with everyone, as well as discussing the other romances that I’ve recently been reading. I’m pretty sure all these are available on KU if you have the subscription as well!

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RECENT ROMANCE READS: F/F ROMANCE AND PROBLEMATIC READS

RECENT ROMANCE READS: F/F ROMANCE AND PROBLEMATIC READS

Hello lovelies! You all know I love my romantic fiction, which I have been reading and indulging in so much over the last few months. As much as I love doing wrap ups, sometimes I’m just not able to talk enough about the books I read or do them justice in a single post. So I’ve decided to start a new series where I basically give mini-reviews and this week we’re starting with my three most recent romance reads!

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