Michele Gorman – Match Me If You Can


“You listen to me, you daft cow. You are not boring. If you were we wouldn’t be friends. You’re funny and clever and, yes ,okay, you’re a bit of a dingbat sometimes but that doesn’t make you boring. The fact that we never know what’ll come out of your mouth actually makes you interesting. Now, that’s the end of that.” 

Book Details:

  • Publisher: Avon
  • Published On: January 14 2016
  • Pages: 416

Synopsis: Three friends upcycle their exes through London’s most popular boyfriend recycling website, but haven’t bargained on the consequences of the exchanges they make.

Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella and Lindsey Kelk.

Meet best friends Catherine, Rachel and Sarah. Yet to find Mr Right, they’ve been settling for Mr Right Now. But when Catherine, London’s finest matchmaker, gets the girls to join her dating site where they can recycle their ex-boyfriends, they soon realise that anything could happen.

Rachel’s office romance James was a big fat mistake and she’s more than happy to upcycle him… Or is she? Homebody Sarah hasn’t had a date in years but when her transformation finds men falling at her newly-pedicured feet, will her popularity be worth the sacrifices she’s making? And Catherine falls asleep more often on her desk than on a man, so when she builds the perfect partner who ticks all her boxes, surely it’s a recipe for love . . . not disaster?

There’s someone for everyone, right? These best friends are about to find out for themselves . .

Review: Match Me If You Can was an alright read for me. It wasn’t all that great but I did enjoy Catherine & Sarah’s stories quite a bit. The idea of “recycling” your exs was a new one which I really found interesting. I really liked that the book included a few recipes at the end of the book, was a really cute & nice touch. Also, who the hell asks their fiance’s ex to help plan their wedding 😂😂😂😂. 

Rating: 💎💎💎

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Hannah Doyle – The Year of Saying Yes

“I’ll be taking on one new challenge a month, something that I have to say yes to. No is not an option. GULP!”

Book Details:

  • Publisher: Headline
  • Published On: July 1 2017
  • Pages: 363 (Kindle Edition)

Synopsis: Join Izzy on her journey from January blues to joy. THE YEAR OF SAYING YES by Hannah Doyle will make you dirty-laugh, feel warm and fuzzy, and rediscover life’s magic – all thanks to one little word: yes. Fans of Lindsey Kelk, Mhairi McFarlane and Lucy-Anne Holmes, you’re in for a real treat.

Dear Readers,
It’s drizzling outside, which totally matches my #currentmood. Pigs in blankets, all the mince pies and a festive Baileys or five are distant memories. You know the drill – it’s January. Everyone’s banning booze (terrible idea) or cutting carbs (impossible). To add to the misery pile, my plans to seduce the man of my dreams at the stroke of midnight flopped spectacularly.

I’m Izzy. I don’t just need a New Year resolution, I need a whole new life. And I need YOU. My dreary life is about to get a total makeover – it’s my ‘Year of Saying Yes’. And this is where you come in. It’s up to you to #DareIzzy. I’m saying yes to your challenges, no matter how nuts, adventurous or wild they are. The sky’s the limit – I’m at your mercy, readers!

Wish me luck. I have a feeling I’m going to need it.

Love

Izzy x 
Review: Thankyou NetGalley for sending me this book in exchange for a honest book review. I love this book! I was laughing so hard & I thoroughly enjoyed it! It’s a book with a different plot & idea which I loved. I loved how the year of saying yes became a life changing year for Izzy. All the 12 dares really made me think, which of these would I be up for? Social media plays a crucial role in the book because that’s where the dares come in from, social media is greatly on the rise especially for businesses like Pulse & others because that’s where millions of people are all within your reach with just a few tweets or snaps! 

I really really recommend reading the book. I loved reading about the changes that came to Izzy & how she grew as a better person from being someone who never steps out of there comfort zone to someone who takes the little steps out of it one thing at a time! 

Rating: 💎💎💎💎💎

Charlotte Butterfield – Crazy Little Thing Called Love

‘You do this, you hop from boyfriend to boyfriend, pinning unrealistic expectations onto each of them. Writing the script in your head of what you want them to say and how you want them to act, and if you keep doing that you’ll always end up being disappointed.’

Book Details:

  • Publisher: HarperImpulse
  • Published On: September 7 2017
  • Pages: 300

Synopsis: When Leila finds herself on the painful end of yet another disastrous break-up, no amount of Ben & Jerry’s and trashy rom-coms can cheer her up. And so – to the amusement of her friends and family – Leila takes a more drastic approach to dealing with heartbreak: she swears off sex for an entire year.

Luckily, she has plenty to keep her mind off men. Between starting a business with ice queen Lucy, straightening out her sister Tasha’s tangled love life, and running a blog read by thousands of single ladies, Leila is soon snowed under. But she can’t help finding a little time for irresistible architect Nick – Lucy’s funny and infuriatingly sexy brother.

After an unplanned encounter under the mistletoe, the Man Ban looks like it might be skidding to a halt. Has Leila found love when she least expected it? 

Review: Thankyou NetGalley for sending me this book in exchange for a honest review. I tried to write a spoiler free review but I couldn’t because I just had to talk about it, so yeaaaaaah 😂. The book shows just how important communication is in a relationship, TALK ABOUT YOUR FEELINGS. It was an interesting read, some parts I liked & others I was like what. 

Quotes from the book that I liked:

“It’s odd making a declaration of how you want to live your life in complete contrast to those around you. Society is completely geared up for a man and woman to meet, fall in love, marry and have kids. Yet there are thousands, millions of us that don’t fit that mould or expectation. I have gay friends, religious friends of different faiths, friends that have married inter-culturally, and each of them in their own way has come up against barriers to their happiness, for no other reason than people not understanding or being judgmental.”

“It’s about how when you die, on your grave, or plaque or bench or whatever, is your name and two dates separated by a dash. And that dash denotes your life. In the case of Gertie here,’ he motioned at the grave in front of him, ‘eighty nine years condensed into a dash.'”

I did enjoy reading about Nick & Leila’s relationship but eventually I kind of got annoyed with the sneaking around but also constant “oh I’m trying to be celibate because I don’t want to face the music of my family being “oh we told you so””.

Tasha’s life was interesting because I thought with her husband being a chronic cheater, there must be drama but at times I felt like she was in denial.

Lucy really weirded me out, the type of demands she made to Leila about the wedding, her date to the wedding & everything else that I was kind of like um..is she always like this? As the book progressed & reached the twist & when I realised what was going on, I was like oh no..shit’s going to hit the fan. The reveal of the reason behind the things that happened, my reaction:

confused white guy

Rating: 💎💎.5

Christina Lauren – Dating You / Hating You

“You look like you’re cycling through a lot of things right now.”

“Like what?”
“Like whether you should kiss me or punch me.”
“It’s a daily struggle.” 

Book Details:

  • Published On: June 6 2017
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Pages: 350

Synopsis: All’s fair in love and work. The first standalone romance by New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren (Beautiful Bastard) is a sexy, compulsively readable romantic comedy that dives headlong into the thrill and doubt of modern love.

Despite the odds against them from an embarrassing meet-awkward at a mutual friend’s Halloween party, Carter and Evie immediately hit it off. Even the realization that they’re both high-powered agents at competing firms in Hollywood isn’t enough to squash the fire.

But when their two agencies merge—causing the pair to vie for the same position—all bets are off. What could have been a beautiful, blossoming romance turns into an all-out war of sabotage. Carter and Evie are both thirtysomething professionals—so why can’t they act like it?

Can Carter stop trying to please everyone and see how their mutual boss is really playing the game? Can Evie put aside her competitive nature long enough to figure out what she really wants in life? Can their actor clients just be something close to human? Whether these two Hollywood love/hatebirds get the storybook Hollywood ending or just a dramedy of epic proportions, you will get to enjoy Christina Lauren’s heartfelt, raucous, and hilarious romance style at its finest.

Review: The book switches between the POVs of Carter & Evie. I really liked the book, it was cute, hilarious & filled with “mentally murdering” a certain charcter. The book showed sexism in the workplace & some revelations about said certain character. Overall, I do recommend reading the book! 

Rating: 💎💎💎💎

August Wrap Up! 

Hello everyone! Eid Mubarak! Wishing you & your family a very joyous eid! Today’s going to get quite busy because of the entireeeee fam getting together to celebrate.

❗️What’re your plans for today?

This month, I managed to read 19 books (9 ARCs & 1 DNF)! Books mentioned below with an * before their name have reviews up on my blog so if you click on the title of the book, it’ll take you to the review, if you’re interested!

*1- My Sister’s Bones – Nuala Ellwood: 💎💎💎💎

*2- The Life We Almost Had – Laura Miller: 💎💎💎💎💎

3-  The Couple Next Door – Shari Lapena: 💎💎💎💎

*4- A Beautiful, Terrible Thing – Jen Waite: 💎💎💎💎💎

*5- If I Die Tonight – A. L. Gaylin:💎💎💎.5

6- The Ice Beneath Her – Camilla Grebe: 💎💎💎💎

7- The Accident – S. D. Monaghan: 💎💎💎💎

*8- The Kind Worth Killing – Peter Swanson: 💎💎💎💎

9- The Perfect Girl – Gillian Macmillan: 💎💎💎

*10- Thicker Than Water – Oyinkan Braithwaite:💎💎💎.5

*11- Are You Sleeping – Kathleen Barber:💎💎💎💎

*12- Fragile Lives – Professor Stephan Westaby: 💎💎💎💎

13- Follow Your Heart – Tasha Nathan: 💎💎💎💎💎

14- Dating You / Hating You – Christina Laura: 💎💎💎💎

15- Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Charlotte Butterfield: 💎💎.5

16- Backstrap – Johnnie Dun: 💎💎💎

17- The Year of Saying Yes – Hannah Doyle: 💎💎💎💎💎

18- The Expatriates – Janice Y K Lee: 💎💎💎.5

19- Dark Matter – Blake Crouch: 💎💎💎💎

Peter Swanson – The Kind Worth Killing

“Truthfully, I don’t think murder is necessarily as bad as people make it out to be. Everyone dies. What difference does it make if a few bad apples get pushed along a little sooner than God intended? And your wife, for example, seems like the kind worth killing.”

Book Details:

  • Published On: February 3 2015
  • Publisher: William Morrow Books
  • Pages: 312

Synopsis: On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that’s going stale and his wife, Miranda, who he’s sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start—he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit—a contrast that once inflamed their passion, but has now become a cliché.

But their game turns a little darker when Ted jokes that he could kill Miranda for what she’s done. Lily, without missing a beat, says calmly, “I’d like to help.” After all, some people are the kind worth killing, like a lying, stinking, cheating spouse. . . .

Back in Boston, Ted and Lily’s twisted bond grows stronger as they begin to plot Miranda’s demise. But there are a few things about Lily’s past that she hasn’t shared with Ted, namely her experience in the art and craft of murder, a journey that began in her very precocious youth.

Suddenly these co-conspirators are embroiled in a chilling game of cat-and-mouse, one they both cannot survive . . . with a shrewd and very determined detective on their tail. 

Reviews: The synopsis is what really caught my eye & it made me question why I didn’t read it earlier. I really enjoyed the book & was so into it from the very beginning. The book is divided into 3 parts: Part 1 is called The Rules of Airport Bars & in this part the chapters switch between Ted & Lilly’s POVs. The second part is called The Half-Furnished House & in this part the chapters switch between Lilly & Miranda’s POV. Lastly, the third part is called Hide The Bodies Well & the chapters switch between Kimball & Lilly. I really do recommend the book even though a better ending could’ve made it much more better.

*SPOILER SPOILER*

One thing I will say though is that Lilly really knows how to get away with murder.

Rating: 💎💎💎💎

Laura Miller – The Life We Almost Had

“Sometimes, our greatest dreams are born under the stars – when they are all we have to light our path.”

Book Details:

  • Expected Publication: September 19 2017
  • Pages: 290

Synopsis: Back before everyone left the little town of Sweet Home to the ghosts, she was the girl next door. And he was the boy, who could never get on her father’s good side. But none of that mattered. The only thing that mattered was that her heart had picked him.

But that was years ago. And now, Berlin’s sister is praying for someone to show up to take her brother’s mind off the girl from his past. And surely enough, that someone does. But will this girl be able to cut the chains of his first love or will she just make him fall harder for that little girl he left behind in Sweet Home, Missouri? 

One week is all they have.

Review: Thank you so much Laura for sending me the book for an honest review! The book is definitely one that feeds my want of the perfect romance, it’s so cheesy but so romantic too. I would suggest having a few tissues with you 😂. It’s a super cute, heart breaking but at the same time a heart melting story because of how romantic the dialogues can be. It totally gave me Colleen Hoover & a bit of Nicholas Sparks vibes! I’m so happy that I also won a giveaway that Laura hosted, giving away a signed copy of her book & I’m so excited to receive it! Definitely recommend giving the book a read! 

Rating: 💎💎💎💎💎