Eve Brown is a certified hot mess. No matter how hard she strives to do right, her life always goes horribly wrong—so she’s given up trying. But when her personal brand of chaos ruins an expensive wedding (someone had to liberate those poor doves), her parents draw the line. It’s time for Eve to grow up and prove herself—even though she’s not entirely sure how…
Eve’s character didn’t really gel with me at the start of the book. I thought she was spoilt and childish, pretty much exactly what her parents thought of her. But as the plot progressed and we learnt more about Eve and her struggles figuring out who she is as a person and why she throws away opportunities at the earliest convenience before the fails. She displays a lot of growth over the course of the storyline and even though her feelings for Jacob come on pretty quickly it made sense and she sat down and thought out why and if she was really feeling this way before communicating that to Jacob.
Jacob was precious. I love his sternness and abruptness and his overwhelming standoffish attitude yet that starkly contrasts with how he runs the B&B giving his tenants any and every opportunity to engage with him to make their stay better. I loved the banter between them, especially their first meeting! To see him slowly thaw around the edges when he was around Eve and accept all of her little quirks was wonderful to read and the way he tries to fight his feeling for her down was very cute.
I love a good hate to love trope and this book hit the nail on the head for me. I have to say the conflict between them that drove them apart was a little lacking in the dramatics for me. I think Eve definitely should of been a lot more sterner with her family and sent them away before going and talking to Jacob. It all felt a little rushed in the end and I wish it would of been drawn out a little more.
I have to say this is probably my favourite out of the three books in this series. In comparison to the other books this one felt a lot more light hearted and carefree. The stakes weren’t at a all time high or anything and it was just a fun, light fluffy read that I needed at this point in time. Talia Hibbert pretty much stuck to the same format throughout the three books but it works so why change what isn’t broken?!
Stacey is jolted when her friends Simon and Emily get engaged. She knew she was putting her life on hold when she stayed in Willow Creek to care for her sick mother, but it’s been years now, and even though Stacey loves spending her summers pouring drinks and flirting with patrons at the local Renaissance Faire, she wants more out of life. Stacey vows to have her life figured out by the time her friends get hitched at Faire next summer. Maybe she’ll even find The One.
I really liked Stacey as our main protagonist. I thought she seemed very realistic and relatable. I can totally see how she would invest herself in this relationship with Dex online after being so lonely for so long. It was quite subtle and progressed I thought naturally to what it ended up being when she found out the truth. Had I been in the same situation I probably wouldn’t of forgave Daniel quite as quickly as she did but there connection was electric!
I knew immediately when Stacey had so many queries about whether or not this was the same Dex she had the flings with over the summer that it wasn’t him writing all of these emails. And they the only other male character that was introduced was Dan so it was kind of obvious that he was the one. But I was able to overlook the predictability of the plot because of the setting and the bond I have with the other character from the previous book.
The pacing was at times a little slow and repetitive but I was pretty much invested with these characters right from the start so it carried me through the story pretty quickly. I could of dealt with a little more sexy scenes in the book as well, it was definitely less smutty than the first book in this series but it was still pretty cute!
⭐️4/5 stars was an enjoyiable, romantic, fun read!
Bea Schumacher is a devastatingly stylish plus-size fashion blogger who indulges in her weekly obsession: the hit reality show Main Squeeze. The fantasy dates! The kiss-off rejections! The surprising amount of guys named Chad! But Bea is sick and tired of the lack of body diversity on the show. Since when is being a size zero a prerequisite for getting engaged on television? Just when Bea has sworn off dating altogether, she gets an intriguing call: Main Squeeze wants her to be its next star, surrounded by men vying for her affections. Bea agrees, on one condition–under no circumstances will she actually fall in love.
I loved Bea as our main protagonist. She’s witty, fun, well spoken and still is constantly making mistakes but owning them and moving forward at all times. I loved the fact that she’s such an advocate for plus sized people yet still has her own insecurities when it comes to dating and men in general, especially under the contrived circumstances of a reality dating show. I think anyone in her situation would think and react quite similarly to her and I loved how raw and accurate the depictions were.
The format of the book was fantastic and definitely kept me engaged. From the production emails to the call sheet and the messages in the fan group chats, it gave much needed depth and contrast to the book and set a fast pace as well. At first the pacing felt too fast especially when we are meeting all of the men. I couldn’t really differentiate between them all and was forgetting which was which. I kind of wanted more of a slower introduction and a more thorough background of all of them but it made sense how rushed things were in terms of the plotline.
At times I got a little bored with all of Bea’s indecisiveness. Agonising over every single detail of the dates and whether or not the men were in this for the right reasons which again is valid but it did kind of get on my nerves. She comes across as such a boss bitch from the way she dresses and how she articulates herself but the journey to the end did drag a little.
Lauren’s indiscretion really got on my nerves. I feel like all the trust we built with her over the course of the storyline was shattered and I really feel like Bea should of been more hurt about it. She forgave her really quickly and given the context we receive from her earlier behaviour when she is confronted with similar situations she would of reacted differently. So that was a little weird for me as well.
Overall I highly enjoyed this book. It was really nice having some more fat representation in books and I feel like this is highly underrated!
Girl Gone Viral follows Katrina King, who was minding her own business in a cafe when a man walked up to her, asked to sit down and flirted with her. The encounter was captured and put on twitter which went viral. Due to her past Katrina is a very private person, so on the risk of being doxed she runs away to her long-time bodyguard Rav’s family home until everything blows over.
I liked Katrina, I found at times she could be just a tad too nice to people who don’t really deserve it. I wish we would have got more of a broader scope of what happened to her, especially with her father and when she got kidnapped. It was mostly alluded to and we got a bit of information but I wanted more. I also would of liked to find out more about her various business ventures and start-ups. How she grew her portfolio and made all of her money.
I really enjoyed Rav. I thought he contrasted Katrina very well and his love for her really grew over the years as opposed to being insta-lovey. It made sense that they would develop feelings for each other and the level of devotion he shows for her was very adorable. We definitely see him grow and evolve over the course of the story line, being able to communicate with his family how he feels and why he had to run away and work for Hardeep all those years ago.
One thing I appreciate about Alisha Rai’s books is that they are very diverse and have a plethora of representation included into the plot. Seeking out therapy or being honest with how you feel is portrayed in a very positive light in this book and being open and honest about your mental health and checking in on yourself was heavily featured.
I found myself highly entertained throughout the course of the book. The long drawn out aspect of the romance kept me highly engaged and anticipating every chapter. The familial aspects of the plot gave the book more depth and made me more attached to the characters. I honestly could of done with a little more romance and the ending was a little rushed, however, this was highly enjoyable and very cute!
The Honey-Don’t List revolves around a famous married couple called the Tripp’s and their assistants Carey and James who are trying to keep the fact that their employers are hot messes out of the spotlight, growing closer along the way.
Carey was a little frustrating at times. Melly is absolutely horrible to her for the majority of the book and she can see for herself how manipulative and neurotic she is yet always sticks up for her and puts up with it. Her loyalty is undeserving in my opinion and there really isn’t any interaction between them that supported Carey’s reasonings for her continued efforts. We aren’t really shown how Melly is this supposed mother figure through any actions on her part, which was confusing and again frustrating to see Carey putting up with it for so long. It was gratifying to see her put Melly in her place and finally tell them exactly what she thought of them and how they undervalued her for all these years.
I thought James was a nice contrast to Carey. His perspectives I found to be quite refreshing and illuminating. I was quite sympathetic to his situation and how he has had to rebuild his life after his previous job. I appreciated his honesty and the way he always wanted to communicate his thoughts and feelings to Carey constantly, making sure she was onboard and okay with everything that was happening.
I thought Rusty was hilarious. He was so checked out of the whole ordeal and his constant outbursts in public derailing the whole tour was highly entertaining and kept me engaged in the plot. His candor and no-fcks-given attitude added spark and life to the plot. I appreciate the fact that he was willing to call his wife out on her BS and give Carey the credit she was due.
The whole premise of the story was a little predictable to be completely honest. I found myself anticipating what was going to happen next at every point of the plot. What really drove up my rating was the romance. I love myself a good hate to love romance and seeing Carey and James overcome their previous misconceptions with each other and come together under the most ridiculous of situations was so much fun to read.