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Review: Lailah by Nikki Kelly

October 25th, 2014 Bridget Posted in Review 1 Comment »

LailahTitle: Lailah

Author: Nikki Kelly

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: The Styclar Saga (Book #1)

Publication Date: October 7, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 416 Pages

ISBN-10: 1250051517 (MacTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-1250051516 (MacTeen)

Reviewed by: Bridget


The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.

On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.

In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?

Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.

Quick & Dirty:  Interesting YA paranormal featuring vampires. While I didn’t love everything about it, I still ended up really enjoying this unique story!

Opening Sentence: Lightening streaked and forked into three, the thunder pounded in wave of two, and the silence fell at once.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Francesca or better known as Cessie knows two things — that for some reason she can’t die and she is not human.  For over two hundred years she has traveled the earth trying to figure out who and what she is. She has no family and doesn’t usually have the luxury of making many friends. She has died too many times to count and while she can remember small glimpses of her past, most of it is just a blur. The only thing that is a constant memory is the name and face of, Gabriel, a man that fills her dreams.

Then one night on the way home from work she runs into a stranger that is in dire need of help. She is the type of person that just can’t walk away from someone in need, even if that person is a vampire. Jonah has gotten himself into a bind and with the help of Cessie, he is able to escape and in return he promises to protect her. Jonah is unlike most vampires and he belongs to a group that is lead by a strange rogue Angel named, Gabriel.

Soon Cessie is emerged into a war she didn’t know existed between good and evil. She learns that her true name is Lailah and she will have to make some difficult choices in the future.  Not only does her life depend on it, but so does all of mankind!

For the most part, I really liked Lailah. She is a strong and caring person that has been through a lot in her life. Never knowing who you are or what you are would be really difficult, but she hasn’t let her hardships destroy her good heart. I loved that she is always trying to do the right thing, even if it isn’t easy. You can see her beautiful soul shine throughout the pages in her actions and that made it really easy to like her. But she isn’t a pushover and I loved that she would stand up for herself. The only thing that irritated me was how indecisive she was, especially when it came to the boys. One minute she would be all about one boy and literally the next page she would be all about the other boy. I can understand being confused about your feelings, but I felt that she was really immature at times, but only when it came to her love life. But I loved everything else about her.

At first I liked Gabriel. He was mysterious and crazy hot, but as time went on my feelings for him slowly turned negative. Basically, the more I got to know him the less I liked him. I get that in his own mind he was trying to protect Lailah, but I feel like he is trying to mold her into someone that she’s not. It felt like he was always telling Lailah what to do which made him come across as kind of a overbearing jerk at times. The one thing he does have going for him is that he and Lailah do have great chemistry. I do think that he has some redeeming qualities and I have hope that my feeling for him will improve in the next book.

I freaking loved everything about Jonah! He is a crazy hot vampire with a tainted soul but a good heart. He is all bad boy which I am a total sucker for. But the best thing about him was that he loved Lailah for who she was. He didn’t want her to change and he never made her feel like she was anything less than beautiful. The only thing not in Jonah’s favor was that I felt he brought out the darker side of Lailah. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I don’t know if in the long run they could really work. Also, he doesn’t have the same type of connection with Lailah as Gabriel does. Yes, there is steamy chemistry, but not a whole lot else between them.

Lailah was an intense story brimming with romance and magic! I will admit that it had some serious flaws that I will mention in a minute, but it was still a great read. So let’s start with the things I liked. First off, I loved the background story she created, it was fascinating and very different from other vampire books I have read. Another thing I loved about it was that it was a memorable story even though it was a vampire/angel story, which has been told many times in the YA world, this one still stood out to me. The pacing was spot on and I never felt that there was any moment that dragged or felt rushed. Also, there were some great plot twists that took me completely by surprise but in a good way. Ok, now let’s talk about the things I wasn’t a huge fan of. First off, there is a love triangle and it is a huge part of the story, so if you don’t like triangles I would recommend you steer clear of this one. I actually generally like love triangles, but this one just didn’t quite do it for me. I think the reason why was because I wasn’t really sold on either guy, I kind of don’t want her to end up with either of them. The other thing that I had a hard time with was that at times I felt a disconnect with the story. I can’t really pinpoint why, but there were just times where I didn’t feel like reading it. These moments were short and there were only a few but it did happen a couple times. With that all being said, I ended up really enjoying this book and I am really looking forward to the next book, especially after the ending! I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a fresh and different young adult paranormal read.

Notable Scene:

“What are you doing!” I stepped away from him, irritated.

“Let me see it. I’ve been feeling guilty about it since it happened.”

“No.” I turned on my heel and started to make for the door. Gabriel has been quite adamant that I shouldn’t reveal my particular gift to anyone, least of all a Vampire.

I was reaching for the handle when he spun me around, pressing me up against the wall so that I was forced to face him. Jonah was tugging his jacket and the cardigan off from around me, holding me by the waist, restraining me.


The Styclar Saga:

1. Lailah

FTC Advisory: Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan provided me with a copy of Lailah.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Review: Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst

October 24th, 2014 Bridget Posted in Review 1 Comment »

ChasingPowerCover_HiResTitle: Chasing Power

Author: Sarah Beth Durst

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Series: N/A

Publication Date: October 14, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 376 Pages

ISBN-10: 0802737552 (Bloomsbury)

ISBN-13: 978-0802737557 (Bloomsbury)

Reviewed by: Bridget


Lies, secrets, and magic — three things that define Kayla’s life.

Sixteen-year-old Kayla plans to spend her summer hanging out on the beach in Santa Barbara and stealing whatever she wants, whenever she wants it. Born with the ability to move things with her mind — things like credit cards, diamond rings, and buttons on cash registers — she has become a master shoplifter. She steals to build up a safety net, enough money for her and her mom to be able to flee if her dad finds them again. Well, that, and the thrill of using her secret talents.

But her summer plans change when she’s caught stealing by a boy named Daniel — a boy who needs her help and is willing to blackmail her to get it. Daniel has a talent of his own. He can teleport, appearing anywhere in the world in an instant, but he lies as easily as he travels. Together, they embark on a quest to find and steal an ancient incantation, written on three indestructible stones and hidden millennia ago, all to rescue Daniel’s kidnapped mother. But Kayla has no idea that this rescue mission will lead back to her own family — and to betrayals that she may not be able to forgive… or survive.

Quick & Dirty: Entertaining story that was full of adventure, romance, and suspense. I really enjoyed this and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a fun YA sci-fi novel.

Opening Sentence: Razor blade.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Kayla is not your average sixteen-year-old girl. Sure, she likes to hang out with her best friend, go to the beach, and check out cute boys like any other girl her age does. But she also likes to steal and she has a special power that makes it really easy for her to never get caught. For her whole life she has had the ability to move things with her mind which makes picking pockets very easy. For the last few years she has perfected the art of stealing and she has never been caught until now.

Daniel is a stranger that suddenly appears in Kayla’s life demanding that she help him find his kidnapped mother. He happens to know her secret and he threatens to expose her if she refuses to help him. Daniel’s mother is an anthropologist and she has spent her life working on a special project that got her kidnapped. To save her Daniel must find some ancient stones that supposedly have magical powers and he needs Kayla’s help. Daniel also happens to have a special talent, which is the ability to teleport anywhere in the world. Together Kayla and Daniel travel the world in hopes of saving Daniel’s mother before it is too late.

Kayla was a spunky girl with lots of attitude which I completely adored. She is funny and always seems to have a comeback for everything, which made her a very entertaining character. But she is also a very compassionate person, and even though she is a thief she still generally tries to be a good person. I think one of my favorite things about Kayla was the unique relationship she had with her mother. In many ways their relationship reminded me of Lorelei and Rory Gilmore’s. Of course there were some major differences but their bond was very similar. They were so close and for the most part they were completely honest with each other. Overall, I thought that Kayla was a really fun character and I was glad I got to read her story.

Daniel was a swoon worthy boy. With his good looks and shy personality he was hard not to like even though he was blackmailing Kayla. The thing I liked most about him was that he surprised me. He didn’t end up being what I originally expected from him and I enjoyed that. He is a good person and he was perfect for Kayla. They evened each other out and while there wasn’t much romance, the little there was were adorable. I loved watching them get to know each other and thought they made a great couple.

Chasing Power was a fast paced adventure that had engaging characters, cute romance, and great action. My favorite part of the story was all the different settings that were explored throughout the story. Because Daniel can teleport, he and Kayla travel all over the world and I found that really interesting. Durst did a really great job describing each setting to where I felt like I was there with the characters. The plot also had some great surprises that I wasn’t expecting and that is always a huge plus for me. Durst has such beautiful writing and she really knows how to weave together an entertaining story. While I haven’t read many books by Durst, this was by far my favorite from her. This was a very quick read for me and I really enjoyed it. I would highly recommend it to anyone that is looking for a great adventure with cute romance.

Notable Scene:

Before she could react, he clamped a hand on her shoulder, and State Street vanished.

Dark. Light. Blue sky. She felt her knees buckle, and a pair of strong arms hauled her backward. She pitched back and landed hard on her butt. She was on a slope—a slope composed of red tiles. Like a roof.

Exactly like a roof.

She was on a freaking roof.

The boy sat calmly besides her.

She was even with the tops of palm trees. The leaves tickled the lip of the roof. Below was State Street, bustling exactly the way she left it, minus her and Daniel. “What—“

FTC Advisory:  Bloomsbury provided me with a copy of Chasing Power.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Review: Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre

October 24th, 2014 Bridget Posted in Review No Comments »

Mortal DangerTitle: Mortal Danger

Author: Ann Aguirre

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: Immortal Game (Book #1)

Publication Date: August 5, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 372 Pages

ISBN-10: 1250024641 (MacTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-1250024640 (MacTeen)

Reviewed by: Bridget


Revenge is a dish best served cold.

Edie Kramer has a score to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn’t imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. But thanks to a Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the bullies pay. She’s not supposed to think about Kian once the deal is done, but devastating pain burns behind his unearthly beauty, and he’s impossible to forget.

In one short summer, her entire life changes, and she sweeps through Blackbriar, prepped to take the beautiful people down from the inside. A whisper here, a look there, and suddenly… bad things are happening. It’s a heady rush, seeing her tormentors get what they deserve, but things that seem too good to be true usually are, and soon, the pranks and payback turns from delicious to deadly. Edie is alone in a world teeming with secrets and fiends lurking in the shadows. In this murky morass of devil’s bargains, she isn’t sure who—or what–she can trust. Not even her own mind…

Quick & Dirty: Unique dark story weaved with mystery, romance, and action. To be honest, it took me by surprise on where the story went but I loved every minute of it!

Opening Sentence: I was suppose to die at 5:57 a.m.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Edie Kramer just finished her junior year of high school at the prestigious Blackbriar. She has attended Blackbriar for three miserable years and there is no way she can go through another. She has been bullied to the brink of her sanity, and she decides that the only way to end the torture is to commit suicide. She plans everything out perfectly, but just before she jumps to her death a mysterious boy stops her. His name is Kian and he offers her a deal that she just can’t refuse. Edie will be granted three favors that she has to use within the next five years. These favors can be whatever she wants, but in return she will have to grant three favors to WM&G, the mysterious company that can miraculously change Edie’s life forever.

The first thing Edie asks for is to become one of the beautiful people. She spends her whole summer learning how to become one of them so when school starts she can infiltrate their group and take them down one by one. Revenge never tasted so sweet, but as things start to progress the simple payback Edie was planning turns deadly. There is way more at stake than Edie could have ever imagined and she is just a pawn in a much bigger plan.

Edie was a very unique and interesting character. Given the circumstances it was obviously very easy to sympathize with but surprisingly I actually ended up really loving her as a character. I guess when I originally read the synopsis for the story I was worried that she was going to be a really depressed character and that it would be hard to connect with her. I don’t tend to like characters that are really negative about everything but luckily Edie was nothing like that. She does have many self esteem issues but for the most part she is actually a very positive person. As her confidence grew and she started to strive for what she wanted in life, I found that I could really relate with her on many different levels. No, I have never had to deal with the bullying that she did but I do know what it feels like to be insecure and undesired. I think that most teenagers know how this feels. Edie also has a lot of compassion for others and even though she is out for revenge on her enemies she never truly wanted anything horrible to happen to them. She just wanted them to get a taste of their own medicine. Another great thing about Edie was her intelligence. Yes, she makes some poor decisions throughout the story but she always thinks things through before she acts, and she doesn’t have to rely on others to fill her in, she uses her own brain to figure things out. Pretty much from the very beginning I liked Edie and my fondness for her just continued to grow through the entire story.

Kian was a very mysterious boy that I had mixed feelings for. At first, I really didn’t know what to think of him because you really don’t know anything about him besides the fact that he is drop dead gorgeous and that he offered Edie a chance at a second life. So at first I wasn’t really sold on him, but the more I got to know him the better I liked him. His story is a sad one and in many ways it was very similar to Edie’s. He isn’t a bad guy but he is stuck in a bad situation that really has no good ending. I slowly fell for his quiet charm and good heart. His relationship with Edie was adorable and I loved how good he treated her even before her makeover. They also had really great chemistry which is always a big plus. So, while I didn’t love Kian right off the bat, I eventually fell head over heels for him.

Mortal Danger was very unique and completely different from what I was expecting, but in a good way. There was mystery, suspense, drama, romance, and action all weaved into a very entertaining story. From the first page, I was hooked and I found that I couldn’t put the book down until I was finished. The pacing was done perfectly and the plot was very intriguing. All of the characters were very engaging and easy to connect with. I will say that there were some pretty gruesome moments in the story that freaked me out a little bit, so just a fair warning if you don’t like that kind of thing. I feel like this covered a wide variety of genres and because of that it will be a big hit with a lot of different people. This is actually the very first book I have read by Aguirre, but rest assured it won’t be the last. Her writing is very addictive and she really knows how to create a very intriguing premises. While the ending was very satisfying, I can’t wait to see what happens in the next installment. I would highly recommend this to YA fans across the board, like I mentioned earlier it covers so many different genres I think that most YA fans will love it.

Notable Scene:

Davina was making a joke when Brittany wheezed and then there was a wet sound, a splatter, and I leapt to my feet. No time to think about whether she’s want me to—I yanked open the curtain and even in the gloom, I saw so much blood, blood everywhere, staining her gown, her sheets, pouring from her mouth in a river of red. Jen came to my shoulder and screamed while Davina fumbled for the call button.

Immortal Game Series:

0.5 The Girl in the Gray Sweatshirt

1. Mortal Danger

2. Public Enemies (August 4, 2015)

3. Infinite Risk (September 2016)

FTC Advisory:  Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan provided me with a copy of Mortal Danger.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Early Review: Wild by Sophie Jordan

October 20th, 2014 Bridget Posted in Review Comments Off

WildTitle: Wild

Author: Sophie Jordan

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Series: The Ivy Chronicles (Book #3)

Publication Date: November  18, 2014

Format: Paperback, 320 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062279912 (HarperCollins)

ISBN-13: 978-0062279910 (HarperCollins)

Reviewed by: Bridget


A good girl goes fabulously bad in the final book in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s sexy New Adult romance series, in which three Ivy League suite-mates seek higher knowledge of just how far they can go.

Months after her boyfriend dumped her, Georgia can still hear the insults he hurled at her. Boring. Predictable. Tame. Tired of feeling bad, she’s ready to change her image, and go a little wild. What better way to prove her ex wrong than a hot night of sexual adventure at the secret campus kink club?

In the shadowy den of the kink club, she unexpectedly runs into Logan Mulvaney, her friend’s little brother. A player extraordinaire too hot for his own good, he may be younger, but the guy is light years ahead when it comes to sexual experience. Now he’s telling her to go home—“good girls” don’t belong here!

Georgia is tired of having others define her. She’s going to teach Logan a lesson he won’t forget—one white hot, mind-wrecking kiss . . . that leads to another . . . and another . . . and. . . . Realizing she’s way in over her head, Georgia runs.

Only Logan won’t let her go. Everywhere she goes he’s there, making her want every inch of him. Making her forget who she is. Who he is. And just how wrong they are for each other.

Quick & Dirty: Sexy heartfelt story that was the perfect ending to a wonderful series. All new adult contemporary romance fans should pick this one up!

Opening Sentence: “I’m sorry, Georgia, it’s just, just…”

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Georgia has just recently broke up with her long time boyfriend. They have dated since high school and she always thought that they would get married. When he dumped her he said some things that were hurtful, but unfortunately true as well. She has always been a good girl, and being wild has never been one of her traits. But just to prove everyone wrong she decides to attend a secret sex club with one of her friends. Upon arriving she runs into Logan, one of her good friend’s younger brother. He might still be in high school but when it comes to sexual experience he is well beyond his years.

Right away Logan tells Georgia that she doesn’t belong and tries to escort her out, but she is tired of being the good girl everyone thinks she is. So to show him she can be just as wild as anyone else she decides to kiss him. Georgia has kissed guys but none of them made her feel anything close to what she felt when kissing Logan. One thing leads to another and before she knows it things are escalating faster than she was expecting. But even though Georgia knows that they couldn’t be more wrong for each other she just can’t seem to stay away from Logan!

Personally, I really loved Georgia. I read in a few reviews that a lot of people found some of the things she did really annoying. While I did find her frustrating at times, I also thought that she was a very realistic character. Of course she is going to be scared to try something new. She has spent her entire life pleasing everyone else, and she has just finally realized that she was never truly happy.  The boy she spent four years with ended up being a total jerk, and her parents are super controlling. Big life changes like Georgia experiences throughout the story take time to adjust to, so when Logan comes charging into her life with all of his wild ideas it made complete since to me that she would be very wary of him. Her journey of self discovery was heartbreaking, frustrating, and written perfectly. I felt a very strong connection with her character and I am so glad I got to read her story. Out of the three girls featured in the series, I think she was actually my favorite girl!

From the moment I met Logan in Foreplay I was instantly intrigued by him. He is an 18 year old boy that has pretty much slept through most of the college girls at Dartford. He knows how sexy and charming he is and he’s not ashamed of it. At first you think that Logan is just a shallow guy that is just looking for a good time, but as you get to know him you realize that there is so much more to him. Yes, he has rightfully earned his reputation as a man-whore, but he is always upfront and honest with girls. He also had to learn to grow up a lot faster than most people because of his home life.  His chemistry with Georgia is electric and man do they have seriously hot sexual tension between them. I loved how he was so opposite of her, but in so many ways they were perfect for each other.  While I completely loved Logan, I would have liked to gotten to know him just a little bit better. I felt that some things about him were left unanswered which disappointed me, but I guess it leaves more to the imagination.

Wild was a sexy story filled with heartbreak, love, and growing up. I was so excited to be back in the world of Dartford college, and all the wonderful characters that reside in it! I loved that we got glimpses into the past characters lives, but it was refreshing to see the story from a different POV. That’s one of my favorite things about companion novels, you get reacquainted with characters you love, but you also get to met new ones. Like the other books in the series this one was very steamy and emotional. Jordan’s writing is always phenomenal, and she really knows how to tug at your heartstrings. I am so sad that this is the ending to the series because there are some characters that I would love to know what happened to them, but in all honesty this was a perfect ending.  I would highly recommend this entire series to all new adult contemporary romance fans, it is a must read!

Notable Scene:

I felt him move behind me before I felt his hands on my arms. “No, you don’t,” he growled. “You don’t et to run away again.”

I squeaked as he hauled me back against his chest. My spine stiffened iron-rod straight against the wall of his broad chest. I felt my eyes go huge in my face. He was touching me. Again. And I was freaking out on the inside. I sucked in a deep breath, determined that my freak-out stayed internal only.

“Let me go. They’re coming.” My heart hammered violently in my chest and I didn’t know if it was because we were about to get busted by my friends or because his body felt so unbelievable against mine. Okay, fine. It was both.

The Ivy Chronicles:

1. Foreplay

2. Tease

3. Wild (November 18, 2014)

FTC Advisory:  William Morrow/Harper Collins provided me with a copy of Wild.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Review: The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris

October 19th, 2014 Bridget Posted in Review Comments Off

The Fine Art of PretendingTitle: The Fine Art of Pretending

Author: Rachel Harris

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Series: The Fine Art of Pretending (Book #1)

Publication Date: September 30, 2014

Format: Paperback, 256 Pages

ISBN-10: 1939392284 (Spencer Hill)

ISBN-13: 978-1939392282 (Spencer Hill)

Reviewed by: Bridget


According to the guys at Fairfield Academy, there are two types of girls: the kind you hook up with, and the kind you’re friends with. Seventeen-year-old Alyssa Reed is the second type. And she hates it. With just one year left to change her rank, she devises a plan to become the first type by homecoming, and she sets her sights on the perfect date—Justin Carter, Fairfield Academy’s biggest hottie and most notorious player.

With 57 days until the dance, Aly launches Operation Sex Appeal and sheds her tomboy image. The only thing left is for Justin actually to notice her. Enter best friend Brandon Taylor, the school’s second biggest hottie, and now Aly’s pretend boyfriend. With his help, elevating from “funny friend” to “tempting vixen” is only a matter of time.

But when everything goes according to plan, the inevitable “break up” leaves their friendship in shambles, and Aly and Brandon with feelings they can’t explain. And the fake couple discovers pretending can sometimes cost you the one thing you never expected to want.

Quick & Dirty: Adorable contemporary romance that I couldn’t put down. I finished the whole thing in one sitting and loved every minute of it!

Opening Sentence: The cleavage popping out of my scandalously low-cut halter top heralds the beginning of Operation Sex Appeal.


The Review:

Alyssa Reed has always been friends with all the popular guys in school, but never one of their girlfriends. She is the type of girl that wears baggy jeans, and the only makeup she uses is chapstick. Looking back at all her years of high school she realized that she has always gone to school dances with just friends or pity dates. Now it is her senior year and she has decided that she no longer wants to be one of the guys. Then Operation Sex Appeal is born.

Aly has decided that by homecoming she will completely transform her imagine and that Justin Carter, the hottest guy in the school, will be her date. First off, she gets a whole new wardrobe and makeover. Now that she looks the part she just needs to convince everyone that she has become a carefree, hookup kind of girl. Now comes phase two of the plan where her best friends and total hottie, Brandon Taylor, becomes her pretend boyfriend. Everything is going according to plan until both Aly and Brandon start to develop more than friendly feelings towards each other. When the planned breakup happens it not only devastates both of them it also might be the one thing that will destroy their long-time friendship.

Aly’s story was really more of a coming of age story. She is at a point in her life where she decides to make some major life changes to try and attract guys. She’s not a hundred percent comfortable in her own skin so she changes her image. I loved watching her try to figure out who she really is and what it is she really wanted in life. It made it really easy to connect with her and like her. She makes many mistakes along the way, but that just made her feel more realistic. She is a smart beautiful girl that has some life lessons to learn and it was fun to be along for the ride.

Brandon really is the whole package. Not only is he extremely good looking, but he is respectful, kind, and just an all around good person. I did wish that I got to know him a little bit better, there were a few things about his past that I would have liked to have explored a little bit more, but that didn’t stop me from loving him. His relationship with Aly is sweet, sexy, and just perfect. They have been best friends for years and Brandon never wanted to ever do anything that would jeopardize their friendship in anyway because it meant so much to him. They could confide in each other and always be honest, which is a rare trait to find in a relationship. I thought that he was a great love interest!

The Fine Art of Pretending was adorable and I loved it. If you have read very many of my review you will know that my all time favorite type of romance is when best friends progress to something more, so right off the bat I knew I was going to like that about this story and it did not disappoint. The romance was seriously so cute and really well done, it totally made me swoon! There was also tons of great drama and humor blended into the story which made it a very entertaining read. The pacing was spot on and I pretty much blew right through the entire book in just one day. The plot was predictable but honestly in books like this it doesn’t bother me, I like knowing that there is going to be a happy ending. This is my first book by Rachel Harris but I have heard nothing but praises about her other books and having really enjoyed this one, I will be picking up more of her work in the near future. I would highly recommend this to anyone that is looking for a light, adorable romance.

Notable Scene:

Gabi clears her throat. “All right, my turn.” Her stare zeroes in on me as she says, “Truth or darea?”

Aw, crap. Is it possible to say neither? Gabi just got burned on truth, and I’ve been far from Miss Truthful lately. What would I say if she asks about Brandon? But then, a dare almost had me making out with Lauren a few minutes ago. I waffle back and forth, gnawing on my lip like a freaking rabbit, and then spit out, “Dare?”

Gabi sits up tall with eager eyes, and I immediately start to wishing for a do-over.

“Since this trip started, I’ve seen the two of you,” she says motioning between me and Brandon. “give each other little kisses on the check and that chaste peck on the lips last night, but I’ve yet to see you go at it. I’ve spent years watching the two of you pretend you weren’t hot for each other. So go for it already.” Wiggling her shoulders, she days, “Aly, I dare you to make out with Brandon for a full minute.”

The Fine Art of Pretending Series:

1. The Fine Art of Pretending

FTC Advisory:  I purchased my own copy of The Fine Art of Pretending.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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