14 Jan 2019

The Attraction Equation | Review

Title: The Attraction Equation
Series: Love Undercover #2
Author: Kadie Scott
Pages: 197 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

FBI agent Max Carter lives his life by a strict set of rules – rules that don’t allow for distraction, deviation … or a relationship. But tell that to his matchmaking mama. To avoid yet another set-up, he announces he has a girlfriend. And now has to produce said girlfriend at Christmas dinner. Maybe Santa has a suitable actress in that red bag of his…

Gina Castillo is about to break her building’s iron-clad ‘no pets’ policy to give her little brother the perfect Christmas gift – a dog. Too bad Max, the most inconveniently sexy tenant in the building, catches her red handed. Gina expects to be evicted, but instead finds herself blackmailed into playing the role of his girlfriend.

Two lies plus one dog should equal a hot mess of a holiday, but attraction and Christmas magic might just defy the rules…

Review

This book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Entangled Publishing and Netgalley!

The Attraction Equation tells the story of an FBI agent, Max Carter, whose mother is trying to play Cupid while Max doesn’t want it. So to avoid his mother playing Cupid again he tells her he has a girlfriend when in reality he’s single. So he has to find a fake girlfriend for Christmas.

The Attraction Equation is the perfect read for winter or Christmas because it’s just so fun to read. It’s so fast paced and well written, and the story itself was so sweet and steamy. I really liked Max and Gina because they’re so cute together.

The Attraction Equation has a double perspective as well as fake relationship turning into a real one. It’s really cute and swoon-worthy as well as funny. Kadie Scott did an amazing job and I cannot wait to read the first book, The Wrong Kind of Compatible.

You don’t have to read the Love Undercover books in order.

11 Jan 2019

Physical TBR

So I’ve been reading a lot of ebooks, namely ARC copies, and I’ve been neglecting my physical TBR for a while now. So I would like to finish all the books I bought in (and before) 2018 by the end of 2019, like I mentioned in my 2019 reading goals last week.

Let’s dive into my physical TBR!

Anthem for Jackson Dawes by Celia Bryce
Megan Bright and Jackson Dawes are two teenagers who first meet each other on the hospital ward where they are both being treated for cancer. Megan is scared and worried about her illness, but Jackson seems to be an old hand, having been on the ward for ages. And everybody loves Jackson! He is a whirlwind of life and energy, warmth and sparkle. Megan will need to borrow some of Jackson’s extraordinary optimism to face her and Jackson’s future. A moving story of first love and a remarkably powerful debut novel.


After Obsessio by Carrie Jones & Steven E. Wedel
Aimee’s deceased mother struggled with mental illness & hallucinations, and Aimee thinks it could be hereditary. Alan is Aimee’s best friend Courtney’s cousin. He is in touch with a kind of spiritual mysticism from his Native American heritage. In a desperate plea to find her father, Courtney invites a demonic presence into her life.

 
Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) and Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas  
I’m just going to give the synopsis for book 5.
 
The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what – and who – to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.  

Empire of Storms: Goodreads ~ Amazon
Tower of Dawn: Goodreads ~ Amazon

Glass Sword (Red Queen #2), King’s Cage (Red Queen #3) and War Storm (Red Queen #4) by Victoria Aveyard  
I’m just going to give the synopsis for book 2. 

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known – and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red – the color of common folk – but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince – the friend – who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

Glass Sword: Goodreads ~ Amazon
King’s Cage: Goodreads ~ Amazon 
War Strom: Goodreads ~ Amazon

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
A new kind of big-hearted novel about being seen for who you really are.

Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school. Like anyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret, and she’s determined not to get too close to anyone.

But when she meets sweet, easygoing Grant, Amanda can’t help but start to let him into her life. As they spend more time together, she realizes just how much she is losing by guarding her heart. She finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself, including her past. But Amanda’s terrified that once she tells him the truth, he won’t be able to see past it.

Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? It’s that at her old school, she used to be Andrew. Will the truth cost Amanda her new life, and her new love?

Meredith Russo’s If I Was Your Girl is a universal story about feeling different and a love story that everyone will root for.


In the Absence of the Sun by Morgan Rublee
in the absence of the sun is a poetry collection that explores our midnight thoughts – the ‘nightmares’ and ‘dreams’ that haunt us when we are unable to sleep. This collection takes you through a night of insomnia, ruminating on ideas of self-doubt, loss, and hope for the future.


Legion (Talon #4) and Inferno (Talon #5)  by Julie Kagawa  
I’m just going to give the synopsis for book 4.

The legions are about to be unleashed, and no human, rogue dragon or former dragon slayer can stand against the coming horde. 

Dragon hatchling Ember Hill was never prepared to find love at all – dragons do not suffer human emotions – let alone the love of a human and a former dragonslayer, at that. With ex-soldier Garret dying at her feet after sacrificing his freedom and his life to expose the deepest of betrayals, Ember knows only that nothing she was taught by dragon organization Talon is true. About humans, about rogue dragons, about herself and what she’s capable of doing and feeling.

 In the face of great loss, Ember vows to stand with rogue dragon Riley against the dragon-slaying Order of St. George and her own twin brother Dante – the heir apparent to all of Talon, and the boy who will soon unleash the greatest threat and terror dragonkind has ever known.

 Talon is poised to take over the world, and the abominations they have created will soon take to the skies, darkening the world with the promise of blood and death to those who refuse to yield.

Legion: Goodreads ~ Amazon
Inferno: Goodreads ~ Amazon 

Shadow of the Fox (Shadow of the Fox #1) by Julie Kagawa
One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish – and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos. 

Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn.

Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure – one part of the ancient scroll.

There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll … at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together.

With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart. With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself.


Sommige meisjes houden niet van roze by Chrostin 
If you don’t speak Dutch, please copy paste the text in DeepL!

Vrienden, verliefdheid, sociale media, zelfbeeld, een veranderend lichaam... opgroeien kan behoorlijk ingewikkeld zijn. De bekende comic Chrostin geeft in dit boek grappige en heldere antwoorden op alle (levens)vragen waar je mee worstelt, zoals:

* Hoe kom ik op voor mezelf?
* Wat gebeurt er met mijn lichaam?
* Waarom stinken mijn oorbellen?
* Hoe kan ik gezond én lekker eten?
* Kan ik overleven op instantnoedels?
* Hoe ga ik om met trollen en pestkoppen?
* Wat moet ik doen met een gebroken hart?
* Hoe kan ik van mezelf (leren) houden?

Sommige meisjes houden niet van roze is dé survivalgids die je nodig hebt om de puberteit en het leven door te komen.


Tell Me (Me #1) by Abigail Strom
Shy bookstore owner Jane Finch grew up hiding in the margins of her own life while her vibrant, adventure-loving sister, Samantha, dominated every plotline. She’s made peace with it, unlike Sam’s business partner, Caleb, who’s always nudging Jane to go after what she really wants. Why should she care what blunt, brash Caleb thinks? They’ve never had much in common, except for Sam. 

After tragedy strikes, they don’t even have that.

Caleb can’t quite remember when Sam’s little sister stopped being like a surrogate sibling to him and became just … Jane. She’s the most intriguing woman he’s ever met, and so much sexier and stronger than she thinks. On the emotional journey to honor Sam’s memory, the spark they’ve tried to deny becomes an inferno. This journey was meant to be an ending, but will they discover an unexpected new beginning?


The Darkest Star (Origin #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
In the world of the Lux, secrets thrive, lies shatter, and love is undeniable. 

#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout brings her trademark drama and intrigue to this new series with a girl caught up in a world she doesn’t understand, secrets long buried, a betrayal that could tear her life apart … and Armentrout’s most swoonworthy book boyfriend yet.

Seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher knows firsthand the devastating consequences of humanity’s war with the aliens. When she’s caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen … but he is in fact something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she’d only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head…


To Make Monsters Out of Girls (Things that Haunt #1) by Amanda Lovelace 
"What happens when the man of your dreams turns out to be a nightmare with sharp teeth and claws?’ 

Winner of the 2016 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Poetry, amanda lovelace presents her new illustrated duology, ‘things that h (a) unt.’ In this first installment, to make monsters out of girls, lovelace explores the memory of being in an abusive relationship. She poses the eternal question: Can you heal once you’ve been marked by a monster, or will the sun always sting?


Verity by Colleen Hoover
Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of what really happened the day her daughter died.

 Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.


Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
I borrowed this book from a friend. 

Let luck find you. Alice doesn’t believe in luck – at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday – just when it seems they might be on the brink of something – she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes.

At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy’s father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy’s newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall.

As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined … and about the unexpected ways in which luck and love sometimes intersect.


Do you have a big physical TBR?

9 Jan 2019

The Blood Prince | Cover reveal

Title: The Blood Prince
Series: Sovereign #3
Author: Josie Jaffrey
Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult
Release date: 20 February 2019

Synopsis
The price of freedom is always paid in blood.

The sovereigns of the Silver have awakened, but the Queen is a fractured shell of the woman Cam remembers. He hopes to put her back together by finding her son, the missing prince. At least, that’s what he tells his friends when he leaves for the Red.

Back in the Blue, Julia’s old tormentor Rufus is hounding her at every turn. She’s sick of feeling powerless, but she has a plan that will bring the Nobles to their knees.

All she needs is blood.


About the author 
I have always written stories, but it wasn't until I started the first book in the Solis Invicti series in 2014 that I really became obsessed with writing. I love to read, particularly where the escapism of the story is enhanced with an element of fantasy or science fiction. For me, writing is simply an extension of that journey, but I get to decide what happens next (though it's amazing how often the characters seem to decide for themselves what I'm going to write!).

I love to hear from readers with their comments and feedback on the books, so please do get in touch through my website or via Twitter.


8 Jan 2019

Match Me If You Can | Blog tour

Title: Match Me If You Can
Author: Tiana Smith
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release date: January 8th 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Synopsis
Mia’s best friend Robyn is known for her matchmaking skills, which is perfect, because homecoming is just around the corner. But Robyn refuses to set Mia up with the guy of her dreams, which forces Mia to take matters into her own hands. She uses Robyn’s matchmaking service to make sure popular Vince Demetrius falls for her.

Vince asks her out, but Mia doesn’t count on Logan, the persistent school newspaper photographer who seems to like her out of the blue. Now she has to choose between Vince – the guy she knows is right for her – and Logan, who insists that she give him a chance. And she needs to make sure Robyn doesn’t find out that Mia’s been matchmaking behind her back.

Mia has two weeks before homecoming. Can she fix the mess she made or will she have to kiss her perfect match goodbye forever?


Review
This book was provided by the publisher through Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Swoon Reads and Xpresso Book Tours!

Match Me If You Can tells the story of Mia and her friends. Mia is looking for a date for homecoming and she wants to go with Vince, but her best friend and matchmaking expert tells her to go with Logan. Now Mia has to decide which guy she’s going to pick…

Match Me If You Can was such a cute Contemporary read. I’ve been reading a lot of Contemporary and Romance novels and this one was definitely one of the good ones! I really liked the story and the characters.

Match Me If You Can was so fast paced and I couldn’t get enough of the story. I really like love triangles and even though it was kinda obvious who Mia was going to end up with, it was still an amazing love triangle.

The only negative thing I have to say about this book is that Mia was a bit annoying. She was constantly nagging about one of the guys, and it was so annoying. That’s also the main reason why I gave this book 4 stars. But luckily Mia ended up with the right guy, and her being annoying, didn’t change the fact that I really liked this story.

Overall Match Me If You Can is an amazing Contemporary read if you’re into love triangles and looking for Mr Right. I cannot wait to read more books written by Tiana Smith!  

Giveaway
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About the author
Tiana Smith is a copywriter turned novelist who grew up in the Wild West of Montana. When she isn’t writing, she’s chasing after her ninja boy, reading, or binging the Disney Channel. She’d love to be fluent in sign language, but for now she gets by with awkward hand gestures and even more awkward French. She has double degrees in Honors and English from Westminster College but wants to go back to school to be a lion tamer.

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Match Me If You Can | Review

Title: Match Me If You Can
Author: Tiana Smith
Pages: 288 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release date: 8 January 2019
Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis

Mia's best friend Robyn is known for her matchmaking skills, which is perfect, because homecoming is just around the corner. But Robyn refuses to set Mia up with the guy of her dreams, which forces Mia to take matters into her own hands. She uses Robyn's matchmaking service to make sure popular Vince Demetrius falls for her.

Vince asks her out, but Mia doesn't count on Logan, the persistent school newspaper photographer who seems to like her out of the blue. Now she has to choose between Vince - the guy she knows is right for her - and Logan, who insists that she give him a chance. And she needs to make sure Robyn doesn't find out that Mia's been matchmaking behind her back.

Mia has two weeks before homecoming. Can she fix the mess she made or will she have to kiss her perfect match goodbye forever? 


Review

This book was provided by the publisher through Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Swoon Reads and Xpresso Book Tours!

Match Me If You Can tells the story of Mia and her friends. Mia is looking for a date for homecoming and she wants to go with Vince, but her best friend and matchmaking expert tells her to go with Logan. Now Mia has to decide which guy she’s going to pick…

Match Me If You Can was such a cute Contemporary read. I’ve been reading a lot of Contemporary and Romance novels and this one was definitely one of the good ones! I really liked the story and the characters.

Match Me If You Can was so fast paced and I couldn’t get enough of the story. I really like love triangles and even though it was kinda obvious who Mia was going to end up with, it was still an amazing love triangle.

The only negative thing I have to say about this book is that Mia was a bit annoying. She was constantly nagging about one of the guys, and it was so annoying. That’s also the main reason why I gave this book 4 stars. But luckily Mia ended up with the right guy, and her being annoying, didn’t change the fact that I really liked this story.

Overall Match Me If You Can is an amazing Contemporary read if you’re into love triangles and looking for Mr Right. I cannot wait to read more books written by Tiana Smith!

7 Jan 2019

Catrice Bronze Eyeshadow Palette look | Tutorial

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that I received a lovely package from HappyLife PR and Catrice with some Catrice products a few weeks ago, and this is what I’ve created with those products! I really love how this look turned out even though I don’t really like glossy lips. 

1. Make sure to prime your eyelids with some eyeshadow primer. I keep saying this in every tutorial just because I highly recommend this step!

2. First you need to pack the brown eyeshadow with an eyeshadow brush and then blend it out with a blending brush. I recommend using this technique when using shimmer eyeshadows, so you don’t lose the pigment. I repeated this a few times until I had the desired shape and pigment.

3. Pack the pink eyeshadow on your eyelid and underneath your lower lash line. Then fill up the open spots with the same brown eyeshadow as in the previous step.

4. I decided to use a red eyeliner in my waterline to give this look something extra.
5. Use the highlighting shade and a beautiful bronze shade to highlight your inner corner and brow bone.

6. Apply some mascara and falsies.

7. My all-time favourite step: highlighter!
8. And the final step: lipstick.





And that’s how I’ve created this look!

4 Jan 2019

2019 reading goals

So this is the first time that I’m writing a ‘reading goals’ post but I wanted to give it a try and see if I could stick to my goals. I’m not someone who sticks to New Year's resolutions, that’s also why I don’t make them anymore, so I’m not sure if I’ll stick to my reading goals, but I still want to try it!

So I made a few goals this year, nothing too wild, but still interesting!

1. Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge
Back in 2013 and 2014, I set up my Goodreads Reading Challenge and from 2015 until 2018, I never did it again. I don’t really know why I stopped doing the Reading Challenges, but I wanted to try again this year and see what will happen. In 2018 I read 165 books and I want to read even more books in 2019, so my goal is to read 170 books. I know it’s a lot, but I think I’ll make it!

2019 Reading Challenge

2019 Reading Challenge
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2. Read more Manga, Comics and Graphic Novels
In November I read my very first Manga, Vampire Knight: Memories, and I really liked it. It’s so easy to read and I love seeing all the illustrations, the same goes for Comics and Graphic Novels. So this year I’d like to read some more Vampire Knight Manga, perhaps start a new series, and read more of the Harley Quinn 2016 comics.

3. Read more LGBT+ books
I’ve read a few books with characters from the LGBT+ spectrum, but I haven’t read enough books with characters who identify themselves as bi, gay, pan, etc. I hope to read more LGBT+ books and help the community by spreading my love for these books. I already have a book on my TBR about a transgender, but I hope to read more books with LGBT+ characters. 

4. Finish some book series
I hope to finish some book series this year because I keep on buying and reading books even though my TBR consists of sequels that I haven’t read yet, so series that I haven’t finished yet. There are a few series that I would like to finish:
  • Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard (I’ve only read the first book)
  • Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas (I have to read book 5–7) 
  • Talon series by Julie Kagawa (I have to read book 4–5) 
5. Finish my current physical TBR
My current physical TBR consists of 18 books, and I think it’s a doable goal to finish these 18 books this year. I’m going to post a blog post about my physical TBR next week, so I’m not going to include too many details here, but my physical TBR consists of Fantasy, Poetry, Romance, … so I get to read a variety of genres. 

So these 5 are my reading goals for 2019. Do you have any goals?

2 Jan 2019

The Dating Alternative | Blog tour

Title: The Dating Alternative
Author: Jennifer Woodhull
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Synopsis
Max has crushed on Brie for as long as he's known her but the timing was never right. When he finds out they're finally single at the same time, he's poised to move from friend zone to serious dating... until he finds out she's only looking for something physical. He offers his services in hopes she'll come around. Just when things are starting to go his way, a shocking turn of events snatches her from his grasp. Now he has to resurrect the life he thought he'd left behind to help the woman he's falling in love with before it's too late.



Review
This book was provided by the author through InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Jennifer Woodhull and InkSlinger PR!

The Dating Alternative is a New Adult/Romance book about Brie and Max who both agree to being friends with benefits. It seems like the perfect option, only Max has always had a thing for Brie, and Brie is trying hard not to fall for Max.

The Dating Alternative is definitely one of my favourite New Adult/Romance reads. The story is so fast paced and so easy to read. These days I love reading NA and Romance because those books are so relaxing to read and you can finish these books in 1 or 2 days.

The Dating Alternative was such a good book because it’s not just about love but also about discovering yourself after heartbreak, trying to find the right job, and family and friends are important to the main characters. I loved that The Dating Alternative is not just about the romance but also other important things in life.

 I really loved Brie and Max because they’re so perfect for each other. Max is so funny and flirty, and just one of my favourite book boyfriends. Brie is also a strong character because she’s been through a lot with her ex, and she still tries to accept Max.

I highly recommend The Dating Alternative if you’re looking for a good New Adult/Romance book and I cannot wait to read Jennifer Woodhull’s other books!



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About the author
We all need moments of escape. With all the demands on us day in and day out, we each need something just for ourselves. Perhaps nothing provides a private moment - a brief respite from every day - like escaping into a great story. When you pick up one of my books I hope you find that place that you can escape to. Explore the streets of Paris with new heroines or fly around the world to reclaim your lost love with a favorite hero. Whether it's the romance that takes your breath away or those climactic encounters that make your pulse race, I hope you find that solitary moment of enjoyment while lost in one of my stories.



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The Dating Alternative | Review

Title: The Dating Alternative
Author Jennifer Woodhull
Pages: 288 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

Brie picked the wrong guy—gave him the wrong finger.

When her fiance walks out three weeks before their wedding, she slowly picks up the pieces with the help of her friends. A serial monogamist, she's not quite ready to start dating again. There are some things she misses about having a boyfriend, though. Her friends convince her to try something more casual. Random hookups have never been her thing. When a guy she has flirted with for a while offers his services to solve her dilemma, she can't help but be intrigued. Now she's trying to keep things casual, but when she's wrapped in his arms, it's hard to remember she's not supposed to be falling for him.

Max has had a few hookups since he split with his girlfriend. Lately, though, he feels like something is missing. He has crushed on the girl he affectionately calls Cheese for years, but the timing was never right. When he finds out they're finally single at the same time, he is poised to make his move. Unfortunately, she's only looking for something physical. Of course, Max is happy to oblige, but the more time they spend together, the more certain he becomes that she's the perfect girl for him.

He pulls out all the stops, and just when he's about to make his move from the friends-with-benefits zone to serious dating, Brie completely ghosts on him. Now he has to figure out if she has really walked away, or if something more serious is keeping him from the girl of his dreams.

Funny, sexy, and satisfying, The Dating Alternative is a standalone new adult/contemporary romance.  

Review

This book was provided by the author through InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Jennifer Woodhull and InkSlinger PR!

The Dating Alternative is a New Adult/Romance book about Brie and Max who both agree to being friends with benefits. It seems like the perfect option, only Max has always had a thing for Brie, and Brie is trying hard not to fall for Max.

The Dating Alternative is definitely one of my favourite New Adult/Romance reads. The story is so fast paced and so easy to read. These days I love reading NA and Romance because those books are so relaxing to read and you can finish these books in 1 or 2 days.

The Dating Alternative was such a good book because it’s not just about love but also about discovering yourself after heartbreak, trying to find the right job, and family and friends are important to the main characters. I loved that The Dating Alternative is not just about the romance but also other important things in life.

 I really loved Brie and Max because they’re so perfect for each other. Max is so funny and flirty, and just one of my favourite book boyfriends. Brie is also a strong character because she’s been through a lot with her ex, and she still tries to accept Max.

I highly recommend The Dating Alternative if you’re looking for a good New Adult/Romance book and I cannot wait to read Jennifer Woodhull’s other books!