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BOOK REVIEW: Arrogant Devil by R. S. Grey

BOOK REVIEW: Arrogant Devil by R. S. GreyArrogant Devil Purchase on: AmazoniBooks
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Synopsis:

A full-length STANDALONE romantic comedy from USA TODAY bestselling author R.S. Grey.

Everyone in Cedar Creek, Texas, knows Jack McNight is an arrogant devil. Physically, I get it: he’s tan and fit, with coal-black hair that’s clearly been scorched by hellfire. Oh, and his personality? It burns just as hot.

When I show up on the doorstep of Blue Stone Ranch, I’m run-down and rockin’ my last pair of underwear. I’m hoping for a savior, but instead, I find him.

My opinion of Jack is marred by a dismal first impression, but his opinion of me is tainted even before I arrive. He’s heard I’m a spoiled princess there to take advantage of his goodwill. To him, I’m more trouble than I’m worth.

Our button-pushing banter should get under my skin. His arrogance should be a major turn-off. Problem is, devils are known to offer their own form of temptation.

Every one of his steely glares sends a shiver down my spine.

Every steamy encounter leaves me reeling.

Sure, it could be the Texas heat messing with my head, but there’s no way I’ll survive the summer without silencing him with a kiss and wrestling him out of those Wranglers.

Who knows…going to bed with the devil might just be the salvation I’ve been looking for all along.

Be glad I’m with you.
Be glad I’m with you.

He was holding my head under water, and I didn’t drown, didn’t break. I grew gills.

As Kevin says to Dwight when they show up at his bar during Dwight’s bachelor party during the finale, “Well, well, well, well, well, well.” (I’m pretty sure after reading like three Office references that Grey must also be a rabid fan like myself) I found another winner, guys!!!! I don’t know about everyone else but I LOVE when I find a romance author who has consistently great/ HILARIOUS writing, especially when they already have quite a few books out. I had read a few of her books previously, one being a hit and one a miss, and I just didn’t feel like venturing forth into more for a while. THAT IS until I signed up for a free month’s trial to Kindle Unlimited and basically all of her books are free muahahah.

“Oh I’m sorry, Alfred! I just realized I didn’t give you any. How rude of me to bring it up.”
He forgives me because he’s a dog and he doesn’t speak English. Also, I think he’s my best friend.

Anywayyyys this particular book is about Meredith and Jack. Meredith is a woman who came from a well off family and married a well off man straight out of college. She really hasn’t had to ever work for anything in her entire life until the day/night she decides to finally leave her emotionally abusive/manipulative sleezeball of a husband and run to Texas where her half-sister lives. When she finds that her sister is in fact halfway across the world on a vacation because her house is being renovated, she is forced to take a job at Jack’s ranch. Jack is a hot, prickly cowboy who would really rather not have Meredith around. He’s heard from Meredith’s sister about how she’s never had to work a day in her life and has probably just left her husband to get attention of some kind. Obviously that all changes once the two actually get to know each other/ each other’s stories.

Alfred follows after me, acting as my accomplice, and together, we hightail it back to the shack. Once we’re inside, I slam the door closed and press my back against it. Mission: Possible, apparently. 
I glace down at my bounty. I managed to nab a bottle of Jack Daniels. Fitting. I pour myself a bit and barf a little in my mouth when I take my first sip.
“It’s so bad,” I tell Alfred, trying to keep the rest of it down.
He looks at me with sad, questioning eyes as if to say, Hmm, and I thought you weren’t a little bitch.

There were so many things to love about this book:
-Meredith’s tenacity to prove to Jack that she can work her butt off and that she isn’t just some rich, flighty girl who left her husband because she was somehow bored or unhappy
-Alfred the golden retriever who sounds exactly like my dopey golden named Oakley
-Jack’s grandma, Edith, who is a hilarious angel sent from above
-Jack and his prickliness and how he obviously is a big softy on the inside and once he hears Meredith’s story he immediately believes her like no one else ever has
-Sexy scenes that will make you blush
-Meredith getting to tell off her horrible husband and being extremely brave about it and realizing her self-worth
-More Alfred
-More Edith
-Super adorable epilogue

I have one thought before I reach her: if there have to be consequences, make them all worth it.

HIGHLY RECOMMEND

BOOK REVIEW: Not So Nice Guy by R. S. Grey

BOOK REVIEW: Not So Nice Guy by R. S. GreyNot So Nice Guy Purchase on: Amazon
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Synopsis:

"Oh my god. Who is that?"
I get asked this question a lot.
"Oh him?" I reply. "That's just Ian."

Just Ian is the biggest understatement of the century.
Just the Mona Lisa. Just the Taj Mahal. Just Ian, with his boring ol' washboard abs and dime-a-dozen dimpled smile.

Just Ian is... just my best friend.

We're extremely close, stuck so deep inside a Jim-and-Pam-style friendzone everyone at works assumes we're a couple - that is until one day, word spreads through the teacher's lounge that he's single. Fair game. Suddenly, it's open season on Ian.

He should be reveling in all the newfound attention, but to our mutual surprise, the only attention he seems to want is mine.

He's turning our formerly innocent nightly chats into x-rated phone calls. Our playful banter sports a new, dangerous edge.

I want to assume he's playing a prank on me, just pushing my buttons like always - but when Ian lifts me onto the desk in my classroom and slides his hands up my skirt, he doesn't leave a lot of room for confusion.

I'm a little scared of things going south, of losing my best friend because I can't keep my hands to myself. So, I'm just going to back away and not return this earth-shattering kiss - oh who am I kidding?!

Goodbye Ian, ol' buddy, ol' pal!

Helloooo mister not so nice guy.

Review:

SAM: TY for breakfast. Coffee is LIT.
IAN: It’s the new blend you bought last week. Are your students teaching you new words again?
SAM: I heard it yesterday. I’m not sure when to use it yet. Will report back.

BAAHHAAHAH alright folks this is one funniest romances I have ever read. Like it’s up there at Sally Thorne status which in my world is a PRETTY BIG DEAL. I swear to God I haven’t spent as much time laughing at a book in I don’t know how long. And I mean, this might sound stupid because who doesn’t, but I LOVE laughing. Like it makes me light and giddy and even just having one good laugh a day can turn a completely shitty mood into a brighter one instantly. The fact that I spent nearly the entire book laughing—well you can just imagine how I felt the last day then, can’t you?

ALSO, BONUS, the friends-to-lovers trope is one that I will never in a million years be sick of. This one was just done perfectly. I literally have no complaints.

For 1300 days, I’ve been best friends with Ian Fletcher, and for 1300 days, I’ve convinced myself I’m not really in love with him. 

Sam and Ian are best friends who both teach at the same school together. They started on the same exact day and failed their orientation together and had to retake it, much to their to their mortification which = friendship cemented. The best part about this book in relation to this kind of trope is that we learn right away that BOTH of them were secretly in love with each other but thinks the other just wants to be friends. They both have POVs and both of them start out with their own reasons why they think the other doesn’t like them like that. Right off the bat, hilarious. They’re so deep into a best friendship though (shared meal and Netflix subscription, inside jokes, hanging out every second of every day basically) that every other faculty member of their school assumes they’re together until a new long term sub asks Sam if Ian’s single. Open season on both of them commences.

We’re talking through our curriculum for the sex-ed course tomorrow morning. Most if it’s preplanned for us, but Sam wants to be extra prepared. 
“Why don’t you just grab a condom or two from your house for the demonstration?” she asks. “Oh Wait, will they still unroll if they’re all expired and dried up? Don’t want to embarrass ourselves in front of the kids.”
“Hilarious. Make sure to bring your 55-gallon barrel of lube.”
“Ha. Why me—don’t you keen any around?”
 she asks, truly perplexed.
“I don’t usually need it.”
“Oh because the women who make it into your house are just gushing Niagara Fallses 24/7?”
“24 is a stretch. I’d say it’s only during the act, so, three, usually four hours.”

She snorts. “Ooookay Casanova, let’s hope you’re keeping these mythical moist maidens properly hydrated. Jesus, I hope you offer them a Gatorade on the way out.”

Next, that sexual tension tho. I love me some good, intense, drawn out sexual tension. This book 100% delivered. *shivers* From getting a little too close while dying hair to the ~certain~ phone conversation…..I may have been blushing.  I loved the way they danced around their feelings for a good chunk of this book but obviously loved it even more when he straight up told her how he felt and that he wanted to pursue something.  She may have been unsure  because their friendship was so important to her but I was glad he just laid it all on the line.  There wasn’t any guessing about feelings.  They were either going to go for it or they weren’t.

“Petite thing? Read hair? Yeah, she was here—almost had to kick her out. She was high on drugs, came in and made a mess of the place.”
What the fuck?
“Did you see where she went when she left?”
“Probably to get more horse tranquilizers.”

Finally, that ending. I could see some people maybe not liking it? But with these two…I loved the proposal, I loved the rush to just do it, I loved where they did it and that they had to literally run out to avoid being fined, and I loved how desperate they were to get up to the hotel and with everything that happened after…A situation that would have felt weird and rushed in any other instance, these two had been so close for three years that in all honesty, the way things panned out here just fit. I also loved Sam’s enthusiasm afterwards with everything..just how excited she was to be Mrs. Fletcher and buy groceries and go shopping for THEIR house. She was crazy and I loved it. Also loved the epilogue too. ♥ HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND. This is the best book I’ve read by Grey to date.

You’re mine and you don’t even know it. I’ve never told you.

BOOK REVIEW: My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

BOOK REVIEW: My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina LaurenMy Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
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Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author that “hilariously depicts modern dating” (Us Weekly) comes a sexy romantic comedy about online dating, and its many, many fails.

With a world-famous speaker at their university, Millie Morris and her four woefully single male colleagues make a pact that they’ll all find dates. Unfortunately, Millie has more success helping them make matches online than she does navigating the onslaught of lewd pics in her own feed. But when she creates a fictional name for a new account, Millie finds herself vying for the online attention of a man she sees every day in the flesh.

 

**ARC received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review-And, also, they were very strict about not using quotes without seeing finished publication so, sadly, I cannot post any! Sorry!**

Christina Lauren is a new author for me, so each book is like some new discovery, just waiting to be explored. I was lucky enough to read an early copy of this with my friend and blog mate, and we both just loved it to pieces. I recently read her book Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, and while I really related to the main character and loved the book to pieces, it didn’t jump to immediate everlasting love, for me. What it did do, however, is awaken a new kind of hunger for this author and the addicting type of writing she (they) can accomplish. And, because of this hunger, I found an absolute and total winner in this fun little read.

I absolutely fell head over heels for Reid, the guy in this one, whereas in her other book, it was Hazel that hooked me and kept me going. The chemistry between Reid and Millie just flew off the charts, and I adored how they were best friends first and explored their, ahem, needs after. But what happens when pushed to find dates for an event through a dating app, even though the heat is through the roof between these two, secretly?

I can willingly admit that I needed more drama in Josh and Hazel-and perhaps that makes me a monster that I can’t just enjoy a happy book with just a light smidge of angst instead of a full out oh-my-gosh-when-is-he-going-to-find-outi’mgoingtodie. I just love that feeling. I mean, obviously I hate that in real life, so why do I love it so in books? Well, it came full force here and I LOVED how it wasn’t just brushed under the rug. I loved Reid. I loved his pure heart. I loved everything about how he slowly fell for Millie…even as he fell for a girl online he hadn’t met…that was, in fact, Millie, too.

A tangled web they weave, slowly falling for one another, but in different ways that could alter their friendship forever. Reid isn’t all innocent, talking to other women on the app as well as falling for his best friend, but I’d say he’s a lot less at fault-but that’s for you to decide.

With an awesome group of friends surrounding them (I loved them all!), you can’t help but to love this story with its quick wit and friendly humor. But Ed, as a secondary character, really stood out to me as the most-sincere, loyal, and just an all around sweet and tender-hearted guy looking for love. I found that he made my heart beat with all the most wonderful feels, right beneath Reid and Millie.

Honestly, this review has been really hard to write, because I don’t want to say too much and ruin the whole plot-but I also wanted to stress just how much I love this angst, this drama, this I’m-falling-for-my-friend deep and emotional roller-coaster. I just…I loved it, and I loved how deeply I fell for it. But, to be fair, I am OBSESSED with online romance/’I don’t know who it is but the other person does’ romances. I’m actually a rabid fan of them and it’s been forever since I read a good one…so what an amazing, surprising new favorite for me.

I can’t wait to purchase this for my bookshelf when it comes out and I think many fans of this author duo will really like it. To those who haven’t read anything by her yet? It’s definitely a fun one and I highly recommend it-though, I may be biased because this trope duo is a favorite of mine 😊.

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GROUP BOOK REVIEW + Q&A: 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

We are so excited to do our first joint review for the hotly anticipated next installment from Sally Thorne! After The Hating Game, this blog became one of her biggest fans....so when her newest installment became available for request, we apparently all jumped for it! Once we all realized it, we came up with the idea to post them all at once, since we all finished so quickly-in fact, we devoured it! Here are all of our reviews in one...and a Q & A to further show our thoughts side by side. We hope you enjoy it! 🙂 -Chelsea

GROUP BOOK REVIEW + Q&A: 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
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Synopsis:

Crush: a strong and often short-lived infatuation, particularly for someone beyond your reach…

… If Darcy Barrett hadn’t met her dream man when she was eight years old, the rest of the male population wouldn’t be such a let-down. No one measures up to Tom Valeska, aka the best man on Earth, not in looks, brain or heart. Even worse is the knowledge that her twin brother Jamie saw him first, and claimed him forever as his best friend.

Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99%. One percent of Tom has had to be enough for Darcy, and her adoration has been sustained by his shy kindness. And if she’s honest, his tight t-shirts.

Now Darcy’s got three months left to get her life together before her twin insists on selling the tumble-down cottage they inherited from their grandmother. By night, she’s working in a seedy bar, shooting down lame pickups from bikers. By day, she’s sewing underwear for her best friend and wasting her award-winning photography skills on website shots of pens and novelty mugs. She’s enjoying living the messy life, and a glass of wine or ten… until that one night, when she finds a six-foot-six perfect package on her porch.

Tom’s here, he’s bearing power tools—and he’s single for the first time in a decade.

As a house flipper extraordinaire, Tom has been dispatched by Jamie to give the cottage a drastic facelift that will result in a ton of cash. Darcy doesn’t appreciate Tom’s unsentimental approach to knocking down walls, and he really, really doesn’t approve of her current burnout boyfriend. They can’t be in the same room together without sparks flying- and it’s not the faulty wiring. One bedroom wall separates them at night, and even that’s looking flimsy.

Will Tom ever see Darcy as anything other than a little-sister obstacle to get around? And can she stand up to her most formidable opponent—her twin? This time around, she’s determined to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers, and he’s never managed to say no to her yet…

REVIEWS:

**ARC received via Edelweiss (THANK YOU BABY JESUS!) by Chelsea, Arielle, and Cassie in exchange for an honest review***

Chelsea’s Review (5 Stars):

There are moments in your life that truly define you as a person, moments that are far and few between but, when it happens, you just know it changes/changed you for the better. For me, dramatic as I am, I find it transcendent when I discover an author who can make me smile in the worst of times, who I will obsess and stalk and wait for in the wings until they announce and/or produce another work. I have found lately that perhaps my busy schedule and tiredness can affect how I feel about a book, so I cherish these moments (that rarely happen lately).

Patty is a shiny shorthaired black and tan Chihuahua, with a big apple dome head. She’s got a judgmental narrowing to her eyes. I don’t take it personally anymore, but sheesh, this dog looks at you like you’re a steaming turd.

Perhaps I’m just jaded? When you read 100 books a year (give or take), you become pickier and not as easily drawn in as you once were, seeing as you read so many good books every year. But, to get to the point, Sally Thorne is one of those transcendent authors who sucked me in the moment I read her first novel, The Hating Game. There are some books that just CLICK when you read them, that make you forget there’s a world around you when you pick them up….and her first book, and now this masterpiece, are just that. Unputdownable and fantasy inducing.

He has his first job for his own company and doesn’t want me smooching around like Pepé Le Pew. I’m the client. I’m his best friend’s sister. I’m Mr. and Mrs. Barrett’s weak-hearted daughter. I’m the liability he swore to take care of.

I’ll admit this book was hard for me, at first. And let me stop there before I even begin, because I know I’ll forget and it’s very important to get this in here-what I’m about to say [but haven’t said] is the mark of a true author. Okay-now that that’s out of the way-this book was SO DIFFERENT from her past work. A lot of times an author knows what works for them and they stick with it for a while. I get it, I do-I’d do that if I had a speck of the talent my favorite authors have. But Thorne, in her cute little way, created a book that has just as much fire, passion, and heart without making it exactly the same.

Banter. Hot, heated I-can’t-have-you-but-I-want-you-banter/situations. Working in close proximity. It all seems the same, yet it’s so…vastly out of this world unalike. How do you do that? How can you keep your same writing style, so simple yet so bubbly and sweet, yet not produce a carbon copy of your first story? It’s witchcraft, honestly, because like when I read THG, this book could draw me out of my horrendous mood and take me to another world entirely and make me want to insert myself into this story in Darcy’s place.

Annnnd there’s the elephant in the room-Darcy is Lucy on crack. Darcy was by far the hardest thing to handle in this book. Darcy was….something else. And, here it is again-she won me over, by the end. In your face, extremely sexualized (a recurring theme, I notice, in Thorne’s work), and, frankly, somewhat aggressive-but not in a mean way…just, hey, she knows what she wants and, good lord, she wants it bad. And what does she want? Well..more like whom?

Tom Valeska. A perfect specimen of a man…I agree with her here-he stole my heart from the first page he entered. I couldn’t breathe from the moment we meet him until the end when I closed that sad final page (I hate when wonderful books have to come to an end). I don’t know what it is about fierce, jealous, loyal guys, but they just get to me. They pierce my heart and never let me go-but his backstory? What led them here? My lord. I was a GONER. It stabbed me and kicked the breath from my lungs and I just can hardly STAND it. Clearly I have breathing issues, because every time-every dang time-I fall for a dude, the first thing to go is rational thinking and my breathing.

But, to be fair, he was one sexy being. Josh and Tom are both amazing dudes and my favorite thing about both books, so I can only IMAGINE what Thorne could do/create/write next time! *Fans self*.

I have to be honest, though, the writing sometimes felt…so odd. I think that’s partially because it’s a very early copy of an ARC, and, also, we’re in Darcy’s mind and she’s a rather disjointed specimen of a girl. Meaning, I think Thorne wrote Darcy how we think-sporadic, flighty, jumpy, funny, quick-witted, and it was harder for me to flow with the story sometimes. It was a rare occurrence, but I did notice it. Or, ya know, it could just be me being tired, as I am, ALL THE TIME.

This story, in scope, is a much simpler story, yet the heart that’s buried beneath is so vast. A story centered around the beating heart of all three of our main characters, it adds depth to the story that you don’t even realize until they are all close to falling apart. I loved that this book had such a simplistic tone, yet it meant so much to every MC involved. It hit you in the heart and made you realize how special the project was to all three of them, even as they fought and bickered, and even though each outcome achieved something different for each of them. I truly loved that facet of the story, and thought that it added much needed layers in the story when Darcy got a bit silly-all the better for character growth and relatability!

And, lastly, the chemistry (of even her twin brother in this adorable little threesome). They all had such wonderful chemistry that leaped off the page, making you sad and angry, and then so quick to swoon or make your heart melt. Tom and Darcy have been circling one another like animals (but really) since they were young, and the sexual frustration and tension is through the charts and so palpable we choke on it. I literally was so invested in this that I would sit and read and re-read every adorable moment between Tom and Darcy, just to get more of them falling for one another (even though they both fell long ago).

I’m sorry, but Tom’s jellyness and possessiveness sparked a hunger so deep inside of me…I don’t even care how that sounds-it was by far my favorite part of their story, besides their deep rooted friendship. And, not even in a weird way, Jamie, in this little trio, added something spicy, too. I hated him at first. I did. Like…until the end. But, like all things, I fell prey to the vulnerability of not knowing your place and the uncertainty of losing a best friend-and a sister-and caved. I loved them all, in the end. But no one ever said I wasn’t a complete sucker.

He laughs, and the afternoon sunlight turns the floating dust particles into glitter around us. It turns his eyes to whiskey, and they get me drunk. A guy like this? He’s the only one who’s ever made my stomach flip.

So, here I am, writing my heart out about another Sally Thorne book, aching and craving anything and everything I can get from her. Anyone who hasn’t read her last book is crazy. So I really don’t know who those people are, but say you come across this review because you’re curious: You’re crazy, I don’t get you, and you need to skidaddle and get a copy of THG immediately so you can understand what I mean-then we can be friends. I think. We’ll see-you have to love Josh and Tom, yet you can’t have them. They’re mine. So…tentative friends. But all joking aside, I truly hope that when this one comes out everyone enjoys it like me and my blog mates all did (joint review on the blog for the win!) and that it helps you find your happy place like it did for me. Her characters are just like that-addicting in the best kind of way. Just plain unputdownable.

**Quotes are subject to change by publication, so I only used a couple :)**

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OMG I want to marry Tom Valeska. I literally ATE THIS BOOK UP. Why does it have to be overrrr??? From beginning to end, Tom had my heart and, somehow, Darcy won me over, too. Sally Thorne didn’t let me down 🙂

RTC!!!!!!!

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Arielle’s Review (5 stars):

Buddy reading with Chelsea because SOME SWEET ANGEL FROM ABOVE/EDELWEISS GRANTED BOTH OF US A COPY *crazy eyes*

**All quotes came from an uncorrected ARC and are subject to change**

My friend Truly—my only friend from school who still lives here—thinks that women should buy themselves an indulgent weekly consolation prize. You know, for putting up with the world’s shit.

Is it weird that my first thought when I sat down to write this was “HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO CHOOSE WHAT QUOTES I USE?!”? I can’t even tell you the number of lines I have highlighted, waiting to be chosen as the best of the best for this review (I’ll give you a hint—it’s too many). So just know, that for everyone one quote I add, there’s five more in another document, waiting for you to read them and obsess over them just as I did.

“So, good T-shirts can die and go to heaven.” I grin at his expression: dismay, surprise, disapproval, and flattery, all erased in one blink. I’m addicted.
“You’re still a teenage dirtbag.”
Prim with disapproval, he looks at his watch.
“And you’re still a hot grandpa.”

When I first saw Sally post on her Flamethrowers Facebook page that Edelweiss had started to give away ARCs, you better believe I scurried my ass over there right after yelling at Chelsea to do the same. It was with a hope and a prayer and what do you know, WE BOTH ENDED UP BEING LUCKY ENOUGH TO RECEIVE A COPY. I think I probably screamed and blacked out for a second when I found out. I obviously started as soon as possible and honestly read that thing every single waking moment that I was able to until I was finished. 

“You were quite a naïve boy. There are always puckered peaks and nests of curls,” I grunt, lifting a second half-empty box up. “And the women all orgasm after eight hard thrusts. Oh, Richard! Give me a break.” I write on the box: JAMIE’S FUCK BOOKS.

Basically what I have discovered is that Sally Thorne’s writing is like crack. Even though this story and these characters were completely different than her previous book, it still gave me all of the best feelings. With romance, because I’ve read SO many, it’s not often that I come across one that makes me feel every single emotion that strongly and when I do it become an absolute treasure. I also feel the need to say that even though I don’t personally know Sally, that I just feel this strong sense of proud-ness for her for this book. I know she scrapped the book she initially planned on writing right after The Hating Game and then struggled with writer’s block for a long time but Sally, if you ever read this, know that this book was absolutely 100% worth the wait (see what I did there?). I’m glad you took that extra time to write something because you loved the story and characters and that you didn’t force yourself to write a story that would never be what you wanted it to be. Reading about you getting your writing groove back on Twitter was a glorious thing to behold and I applaud you for that!

He tries to ease me with a hand on my shoulder. “Why are you doing this?”
“If I don’t do think, I’ll do something else.” 
Something so deeply irreversible we won’t be able to make eye contact when we pass each other in the nursing home hall. Fuck it. That complete honestly I pledged? Here it comes. Up my throat and out loud. One big terrifying blurt. 
“Are you going to put your hands on me, or what?”

Anywaysss–this book is not just about Darcy Barrett and Tom Valeska, no, it’s also about her relationship with her twin brother Jamie, and the relationship that all three of them have together. It’s about Darcy’s weak heart and Patty the dog and the house that Darcy’s grandmother left her and her brother to fix and flip and Truly’s underwear business. All of these things are interconnected because Darcy and Tom’s lives have been interconnected from the very first day Jamie brought him over to their house when they were kids. Everyone went on such a journey during this book and I was especially proud of the transformation that the twins went through from the beginning to the end.

I can’t say it. I will explode if I don’t say it. “You got the best butt on the planet.” I put the camera on high speed and begin to paparazzi his ass.

Even though the book is about all of those things, the main focus is obviously on Darcy and Tom. O. M. G. Can we just talk about how delicious the tension between them was? I could barely handle it. I honestly don’t want to say much more because I don’t want to spoil anything about the book at all, just know that I was in love with both of them and I loved this entire book so much. If you enjoyed The Hating Game you’ll definitely love this one, too.

“No one else is kissing your anymore,” he tells me in a conversational hush, not breaking our contact. “Your mouth is mine.”

HUGEEEEEEEEEEEEEE THANKS to William Morrow Paperbacks and Edelweiss for the chance to read and honestly review this book. ♥ ♥ ♥

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Cassie’s Review:

All hail Sally Thorne! She, along with Marianne Zapata, have made me come to appreciate well-written modern romances. For a girl that loves her dystopian and thrillers, this is a big switch in my normal reading habits. I was gifted “The Hating Game” by Chelsea for Valentine’s Day and I absolutely loved it. So much that I’ve read it a few times now. So when I found out Sally had another book coming out, I had to get my hands on it.

“99 Percent Mine” was a great follow-up to the fantastic “The Hating Game.” However, it didn’t surpass it. But I’m honestly ok with that, as “99 Percent Mine” is wonderful all on its own.

Tom Valeska has an animal inside of him, and I’ve felt it every time he’s looked at me.

This book is told from the perspective of Darcy, a long-time friend of Tom, who was her twin brother’s best friend. It’s clear that Darcy has been in love with Tom for a long time, but for various reasons, they have never gotten together. When the book starts, Tom is engaged and Darcy is living a bit of a nomadic life, except she’s in town to oversee the renovation of her grandmother’s home, which is being done by Tom’s newly formed construction company.

Darcy tries to keep her feelings under control, but as she learns more about Tom’s relationship status, things quickly escalate.

Get it together, Darcy. It’s not his fault he was born with your favorite kind of bones. He’s a sweet shy solid-gold human. Someone’s fiance. You’re a teenage dirtbag. Leave him alone.

While I liked Darcy overall, she was certainly not my favorite leading lady. She is strong and independent, which is great, but also very forward and lacking much of a filter. For these reasons, it was hard for me to connect with her. I definitely was still rooting for her and Tom, but at the end of the day, I just didn’t love this character.

Tom reaches for my arm but stops when an inch separates our skin. He opens his hand over the mark and measures it. He’s pissed. Outraged. Mouth open from the sheer audacity.

Tom. Freaking. Valeska. For every issue or annoyance I had with Darcy, Tom made up for it in spades. He’s funny, sweet, thoughtful, jealous and just overall amazing. I love his determination to make his business succeed and his loyalty to his adopted family and friends. He may not have been perfect, as Darcy kept alleging, but he was pretty damn great. Sally Thorne knows how to write an amazing male lead. Josh Templeton was amazing, but Tom took it up a notch. I can only imagine what the next male lead will be like.

His touch bring me relief, but also a restlessness. There are too many people in this room. They’re all a bunch of laughing, drinking jerks who don’t know that they need to get out.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was cute and funny and had great characters. While I obviously had a few issues, there were relatively minor and still make this an easy 4.5 stars for me. Don’t hesitate to pick this up when it comes out.

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Group Q & A:

1. What was your favorite part of the book?

Chelsea: If I am being honest, it was anything and everything involving Tom. That’s not necessarily a specific answer, though, so I THINK my favorite part has to be ‘the morning/day after. And, okay, a broad but extremely truthful answer is when Tom is jealous as Darcy works on the construction crew-I can hardly stand those moments…they make my heart explode with feels! Oh, and I can’t not mention the moment we learn why Tom picked a chihuahua….my heart.

Arielle: Ugh this is a hard question.  Well I’ll go this route, two scenes that really stuck in my brain were when Darcy found out that Tom was single and started tearing the kitchen apart/trying to get in Tom’s pants, all at the same time, lol.  Also, there’s another part where he comes up behind her and starts talking in her ear and….I just got the whole body shivers.  So yeah, what Chelsea said, a lot of things with Tom, Darcy, and Tension.

Cassie: Wow, this is a very hard question to answer. I think my favorite scene was when Darcy and Tom go on a date to a bar. Darcy was kind of dialed back and they were just able to have a nice conversation. There was so much pent up sexual tension it was wonderful. I loved their back and forth, but I often found Darcy to be over the top. So to see her reigned in a little bit with Tom was a nice change of pace. 

 

2. What moment made you immediately want to pick up your phone and text/chat about it? (Good or Bad)

Chelsea:  I mean… ALL OF THEM! But I specifically remember picking up the phone because I just COULDN’T CONTAIN MYSELF during the first childhood flashback of Tom. It lit a fire in me and I just…oh man I got obsessed QUICK.

Arielle: Basically every time I highlighted a funny line or came across some scene of sexual tension so thick you could cut it with a knife…so basically most of the book bahah.

Cassie: I don’t know how to pick a single moment. But honestly, I loved the first moment Tom pulled up with Patty and he and Darcy started their banter. It was funny and magnetic and set such a great tone for the rest of the book. 

 

3. Tom Valeska-Did he reach instant BBF status, or no?

Chelsea: LOLZ what do you think?! INSTANT.
Arielle: HE WAS EVERYTHING I WANTED/NEEDED.  I’ve got a weird thing for characters who can use tools and work with their hands..
Cassie: YES YES YES

 

4. What was the most unexpected moment?

Chelsea: I can’t say the real unexpected moment, because it’s a spoiler. I’ll just say its after Tom says his piece. Truly, I didn’t expect that. Also, a safer and non-spoilery answer is Darcy’s personality in general-she was not what I was expecting after Lucy.

Arielle: Well weirdly enough it was kind of how much of as ass Jamie is.  I don’t think that’s really a spoiler because you find out right away that he and Darcy aren’t talking.  I just think I am under the impression that twins never fight and always get along (which I know isn’t true, but still).  Don’t worry, he redeems his asshat-ness and helps Darcy come to terms with certain things at the same time, too.

Cassie: Mine is the same as Chelsea’s. I didn’t expect something Tom does near the end at all (at least to the extent it went). It’s not a bad thing, but just seemed out-of-character. 

 

5. Overall Thoughts?

Chelsea: This book was just an out of this world instant favorite for me-it came out of nowhere and I was so happy and blessed to get it way before it’s even available. I devoured this book-yet read it so slowly because I had to re-read every moment involving Tom 500 times. It’s rare that I fall for a book this deeply, especially a contemporary, and the last time I happened was the beginning of the year with Mariana Zapata’s books. But, before that, it was The Hating Game. So I think it’s safe to say that Sally Thorne is an absolute favorite author that I can count on when I’m down and out…she’ll always put a smile on my face.

Arielle: I LOVED this book.  A good story is what drives my interest but great writing is what ignites a spark deep in my soul.  Thorne’s writing is so unique and hilarious in a way that I have never found in any other author before.  I loved meeting and getting to know Darcy’s crazy personality and Tom’s steadfastness and I think it will be rare for other people to not feel the same way. THANK YOU, SALLY, FOR TOM VALESKA!

Cassie: I really enjoyed this book but I don’t think I can say I liked it more than “the Hating Game.” By no means does that mean this book isn’t good, because it is, but I missed the hate-to-love aspect that happened with Josh and Lucy. While I think it’s safe to say that in both books the characters will get together, I enjoyed the more slow-burn and hate-to-love with Josh and Lucy instead of the when-is-it-going-to-happen between Darcy and Tom. While Tom was an absolute GEM of a character, Darcy was…a lot. I didn’t relate to her and found her a bit all over the place. At the end of the day, I still was left smiling and thrilled to have another Sally Thorne book in my life. 

 

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BOOK REVIEW: My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

BOOK REVIEW: My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina LaurenMy Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
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Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author that “hilariously depicts modern dating” (Us Weekly) comes a sexy romantic comedy about online dating, and its many, many fails.

With a world-famous speaker at their university, Millie Morris and her four woefully single male colleagues make a pact that they’ll all find dates. Unfortunately, Millie has more success helping them make matches online than she does navigating the onslaught of lewd pics in her own feed. But when she creates a fictional name for a new account, Millie finds herself vying for the online attention of a man she sees every day in the flesh.

The fact that I have been able to read THREE new books by Christina Lauren (and fall in love with each) just this year makes my heart incredibly happy.   And, the fact that I was able to get Chelsea to read both of their newest books (and also love them) makes me even happier!  Once again, the main couple was very easy to fall in love with along with their group of friends. Oh. My. Gosh. I adore when a book or series has a group of secondary characters that you end up loving just as much as the main characters. Ed, Chris, and Alex were so funny and likeable that I wouldn’t have minded if each of them had gotten their own book, tbh! Along those lines, can we just talk about how amazing the banter was in this book (and let’s face it—is in all of their books)?! I was cackling out loud to myself on multiple occasions. My husband kept having to ask me why and then I would annoy him by saying “oh nothing, just this book I’m reading.” Sorryyyyyy, Kyle! lol

The only thing that had me initially worried was the trope of one of the MCs lying about ~something~ and then the fallout that is sure to follow when the truth comes out (I’ve read a few where the MC gets pregnant and doesn’t tell the guy about it right away, or a few others that were similar and deal with weird online secrets). Depending on how big the blowup is, and how it’s resolved really impacts my view of the book drastically. It if isn’t handled well, it could take what was a five star book down to a three. It’s happened enough before that when I run into a book that has a similar situation, I get extremely nervous.

Judging by my rating I’m sure it’s pretty obvious that I was okay with how things panned out. Millie got herself into a bit of a tricky situation but it was one that was understandable. Her mom died when she was fairly young so she basically had to help raise her sister. Because her father kind of withdrew and she had to mature a lot faster than any child should, she got used to suppressing her feelings. She kept them deep inside because who was she going to tell her problems to? Not her barely-keeping-afloat dad or baby sister that’s for sure. All of those years of keeping quiet led to an adult who still couldn’t talking about feelings. After she made her profile in IRL she found that she could suddenly express things that she had never been able to before, ironically enough, in real life. Of course by the end of the book she learns from her mistake and has her HEA. OF COURSE. And Reid. BBF material x100.

~Also, you better believe I have a TON of quotes to add later on.

Huge thanks to Gallery Books and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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