Release Day Blitz: Lucky Kisses by Addison Moore

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From the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author, Addison Moore—
Cosmopolitan Magazine calls Addison’s books, “…easy, frothy fun!”

She’s mouthy and bossy as hell. He’s a hot player who’s not having any of it. He’s determined to teach her a lesson. She’s determined to take him down a notch.

Lawson Kent is a jackass of the highest order. Sure he’s got the face of a god and the body of a prisoner dedicated to pumping iron, but every time he’s in my way my blood boils.
His obnoxious mug seems impossible to escape. So when we’re paired together to work on the community interaction project, we call a truce. In fact, the more I hang out with Lawson, the more it seems he really gets me. Not too many people do.

Lucky Madden is a mouthy piece of work. Yes, she’s gorgeous to a fault and that’s precisely why her overprotective, tatted up brother, Jet, pays me the big bucks to make sure none of the idiots at Whitney Briggs University land her horizontal. Only, too bad for me, Lucky Madden is the last person I want to hover over every free chance I get.

Then one night, she cuts the mouthy routine and does something far more productive with those lips, she kisses me. Now I can’t get Lucky Madden out of my mind. I’m addicted in every single way, and soon enough, the only person her brother will want to rip to pieces is me.author79e42-author2bpicAddison Moore is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author who writes contemporary and paranormal romance. Her work has been featured in Cosmopolitan magazine. Previously she worked as a therapist on a locked psychiatric unit for nearly a decade. She resides on the West Coast with her husband, four wonderful children and two dogs where she eats too much chocolate and stays up way too late. When she’s not writing, she’s reading.

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ARC Review & Giveaway: Heath, Cliffs, and Wandering Hearts by Laura Barnard

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Life for sixteen year old Savannah Franks has just been turned upside down. Her Mum’s business has failed and they’re forced to move into a maisonette in the rough end of town.

She doesn’t want anyone to know her dire situation, not even her besties. So when the rest of the money for the school ski trip is due she can’t be seen not to attend. Everyone is going! She just needs to find a job. Add that to the list of getting a boyfriend and losing her pathetic virginity.

But working every spare hour in a job she hates on top of school work and mounting secrets doesn’t prove easy. Soon she’s keeping so many she’s not even sure herself what’s true and what’s not.

The only person she can lean on to tell the truth is her best friend Heath.

Only…did he get hot recently? That won’t make things awkward between them…right?

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***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via the author

+++This book does contain some adult situations and what may be triggers for some individuals. 

Heath, Cliffs, and Wandering Hearts is that quintessential British coming of age comedy much in the vein of the beloved Confessions of Georgia Nicholson series. Full of quirky, awkward moments, blunt commentary, and tons of drama, Heath, Cliffs, and Wandering Hearts is that fun read that’s perfect to sit back and relax with. 

PROS:

  • Teenagers flail. That make stupid choices, they’re super awkward, and they deal with very real consequences of their actions. They’re constantly worried about not moving fast enough, moving too fast, and how their peers see them. Laura Barnard totally captures that atmosphere of teen angst and insecurity. The world is real, vibrant, and full of lively, unique characters who will definitely leave a lasting impression. 
  • Savannah is a mess. She’s frazzled, she’s clumsy, so has no clue what she’s doing and is constantly embarrassing or injuring herself. I loved that about her. In a YA world where girls need to be strong, fierce, and independent, Savannah is not. She’s just Savannah, a normal teenage girl wandering along trying to sort out her feelings and get through everyday drama. Her voice is strong.
  • The ANGST. The drama. It’s out of this world. It floods off every single page. 
  • Heath is adorable. He’s attentive and playful and hot and always there for Savannah. He truly is a goofy knight eager to come to her rescue. You may feel the need to shout at the book, to tell Savannah to wake up, ignore that other fool and make a move. The tension is high and the wait is long, but…FIRE. 
  • While some of the comedy was mild, other times it was laugh-out-loud, shake your head at how ridiculous this is. If you’re looking for a feel-good, light read this is definitely something you should check out. 

CONS:

  • Some of the humor fell a little flat. The timing was off or it felt forced in the situation. 
  • The typical teenage trope of promiscuous and jealous, hot ex-girlfriend was the big villain. 
  • One scene really bugged me because it was brushed off and not properly dealt with and then the dialogue between characters about it afterwards was just (it was real because that’s how some idiots think, but still) frustrating. Plus, it didn’t feel necessary to the story. There was enough build up and pent up emotions anyway. I know I’m being super vague but I don’t want to spoil anything and the scene can be triggering to some. 

authorLaura Barnard lives in Hertfordshire, UK and writes romantic comedy or ‘chick lit’ as its so often described. In her spare time she enjoys drinking her body weight in tea, indulging in cupcakes the size of her face and drooling over hunks like Jamie Dornan, Ryan Gosling and Leo Dicaprio.

She enjoys wearing yoga pants and reading fitness magazines while sitting on the sofa eating chocolate. She’s a real fan of the power nap and of course READING!

She writes not to get rich or famous, but because she LOVES writing. Even if one person tells her they enjoyed her book it makes the midnight typing worth it!

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Release Day Blitz: Dirty Kisses by Addison Moore

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NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author, Addison Moore—
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Jet Madden is notoriously good in bed. It’s not a fact I can confirm through experience, but, according to the lust-driven grapevine at Whitney Briggs University, he’s a sexual force to be reckoned with—many, many times in a single savory night.
 
The day my world crashes around me, I’m shuttled off to live with the ratted, tatted, roided-up hulk. Regardless of the fact, I’ll do anything to keep my distance from that egotistical, giant ball of muscles. The last thing I want is to become another notch on that totem pole of seduction he keeps tucked in his pants. The very last thing I want is to befriend or, God forbid, fall for Hollow Brook’s resident wick dipper.
 
But that sheet rock chest, those steel cut abs—a girl can only hold up her resistance for so long before she slowly goes insane. I’m trying to resist him, really I am, but I have to see if those rumors are true.
 
Each night I dream of falling asleep in Jet Madden’s arms, and each day I pretend as if I loathe his existence. It’s all a lie. We’re a lie. Staying away from Jet Madden is proving impossible. My body demands to collide with his, even if all it will ever amount to is our dirty little secret.
 
He’s afraid to get too attached.
She’s afraid of losing control.
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Addison Moore is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author who writes contemporary and paranormal romance. Her work has been featured in Cosmopolitan magazine. Previously she worked as a therapist on a locked psychiatric unit for nearly a decade. She resides on the West Coast with her husband, four wonderful children and two dogs where she eats too much chocolate and stays up way too late. When she’s not writing, she’s reading.

 
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ARC Review: The Bad Decisions Playlist by Michael Rubens

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Sixteen-year-old Austin is always messing up and then joking his way out of tough spots. The sudden appearance of his allegedly dead father, who happens to be the very-much-alive rock star Shane Tyler, stops him cold.

Austin—a talented musician himself—is sucked into his newfound father’s alluring music-biz orbit, pulling his true love, Josephine, along with him.

None of Austin’s previous bad decisions, resulting in broken instruments, broken hearts, and broken dreams, can top this one.

Witty, audacious, and taking adolescence to the max, Austin is dragged kicking and screaming toward adulthood in this hilarious, heart-wrenching YA novel.

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3/5 Stars

***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & Clarion Books

The Bad Decisions Playlist is an eclectic mix of coming of age, self discovery, and romance. 

PROS:

  • Austin lives a life of spontaneity and bad choices. He’s constantly getting himself in trouble and is so recklessly fearless that he gets into the worst situations. He’s headstrong, foolish, and there are definitely times where you’ll want to shake some sense into him because he can be pretty idiotic. Austin is sort of addictive, kind of like rubbernecking when you drive by an accident on a highway. You know it might be something bad, in Austin’s case that he might be doing something ridiculously stupid and pointless, but you have to see. The more Austin throws himself into precarious situations, the more you want to know how he’s going to get out of it alive. It’s crazy, but somehow enthralling. It’s a love-hate relationship with his characters, for sure. 
  • There’s a great balance of comic relief and serious subjects, like parents getting remarried, abuse, relationships, and being reunited with a parent that abandoned you. 
  • The most profound and crushing part of the story is hope vs. reality. Austin has built his father up on a pedestal. He wants to believe in him, he has to. He’s like a musical god to him and everything he does, Austin wants nothing more but approval and praise from the father that left him as a child. The hope, it’s like a puppy staring out a window begging to be loved. It’s heartbreaking, that moment when you’re blindsided by the truth. You ignore what’s in front of you because you want to believe the best in people and then you’re slapped in the face by reality. The greatest lesson is that there’s good and bad in everyone. You will be disappointed in your parents. No one is perfect, and seeing someone’s flaws can help you form a better understanding and relationship with them, or it might not. That’s the harsh reality. 

CONS:

  • A serious case of instalove that makes hardly any sense. For someone who is so into building a relationship, not letting anyone in until she’s sure, Josephine jumps right on in. It conflicted with her character.
  • The chemistry was random and muted. Barely visible at all. The awkwardness was something else. There’s so much space between Josephine and Austin, and they’re worlds apart mentally, that it’s pretty shocking that they can stand each other enough to do anything. Austin pretty much moons over her from the moment he met her and it makes ZERO sense. 
  •  Austin’s so-called best friends make an appearance once or twice in the entire book. They’re mentioned and then fade out. There’s this kind of fleeting, wishy-washy development for most secondary characters besides Austin, his love interest, and his bully. 

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Jordan

Tour, Interview & Giveaway: Wax by Gina Damico

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Pub. Date: August 2, 2016

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Paraffin, Vermont, is known the world over as home to the Grosholtz Candle Factory. But behind the sunny retail space bursting with overwhelming scents and homemade fudge, seventeen-year-old Poppy Palladino discovers something dark and unsettling: a back room filled with dozens of startlingly life-like wax sculptures, crafted by one very strange old lady. Poppy hightails it home, only to be shocked when one of the figures—a teenage boy who doesn’t seem to know what he is—jumps naked and screaming out of the trunk of her car. She tries to return him to the candle factory, but before she can, a fire destroys the mysterious workshop—and the old woman is nowhere to be seen.

With the help of the wax boy, who answers to the name Dud, Poppy resolves to find out who was behind the fire. But in the course of her investigation, she discovers that things in Paraffin aren’t always as they seem, that the Grosholtz Candle Factory isn’t as pure as its reputation—and that some of the townspeople she’s known her entire life may not be as human as they once were. In fact, they’re starting to look a little . . . waxy. Can Poppy and Dud extinguish the evil that’s taking hold of their town before it’s too late?

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  1. Describe Wax in the length of a tweet.

Girl sneaks into creepy candle factory, girl meets creepy old lady who sculpts wax figures, girl accidentally adopts wax boy who comes to life, chaos ensues.

  1. What inspired you to write Wax?

I’d been itching to write a book with a character like Dud, someone who has suddenly been thrust into being without any past or childhood or context with which to view the world. Someone who’s just been dropped off on earth without any explanation and needs to figure out how to be human. Also, I really wanted to write about a crazy candle factory. I live near a rather popular flagship candle store and the insanity therein was something I couldn’t not write about.

  1. Poppy is quite the sleuth, who are some of your favorite pop culture investigators?

Veronica Mars has them all beat. Snark is the most powerful tool to have in one’s arsenal.

  1. How would you classify Wax? Is it more horror than mystery or is there a little romance on the horizon?

I’d argue it’s more humor than anything, but there’s certainly enough horror and mystery to keep it humming.

  1. Why should we root for Poppy?

When we first meet Poppy, she’s still raw from the most mortifying event in her life – appearing on a reality show talent competition where she slipped and fell and bled all over the stage, and all of it captured on national television. Her humiliation has gone viral, she’s a national joke, and her dignity is all but gone. But Poppy doesn’t want the rest of her life to be dictated by those few precious seconds, and so she’s striving to push past all that, to restore some of her reputation, and to do something that actually matters.

  1. Wax sounds a little like a fairy tale, would you say you draw inspiration from that?

A twisted fairy tale, absolutely. There’s a reason so many fairy tales are set in and around forests –they’re scary, dark, inscrutable places where magic lays in wait and almost anything can happen. Like rumors of living wax creatures skulking through the trees…

  1. Describe Dud in five words.

Puppy dog in “human” form.

  1. Do you have any favorite lines from Wax?

When Poppy and her friend Jill visit the Grosholtz Candle Factory: 

Poppy tried to ignore the costumed musical atrocity that was befalling the food court, but it was not designed to be ignored. A dancing pig dressed in overalls swung his bucket oh so merrily across a raised stage while a trio of cows sang and wiggled their udders. There was also a terrifying anthropomorphic representation of the state of Vermont ambling and cavorting about, his ceaseless, dead stare no doubt sucking the souls from the slack-jawed children who had the misfortune to fall under his tyranny.

“I will miss my eyes,” said Jill, “when I gouge them out. But I see no other course of action.”

  1. What do you want the reader to take away from Wax?

As always, I just want the reader to have fun. If I’ve made you laugh, I’ve done my job. Though an increased awareness of sentient wax beings possibly STANDING RIGHT BEHIND YOU would be beneficial to readers as well.

  1. Is Poppy a heroine? If so, what makes her so?

Yes, but for more subtle reasons than plucky-heroine-saves-the-world. She soldiers on even though literally everyone in the country thinks that she’s a failure and a laughingstock. She knows what people think of her, and still she looks them in the eye and defiantly holds their gaze. She knows she’s better than the horrible thing that happened to her, and she is determined to prove it. And then she goes and does just that.

authginadamicoGina Damico is the author of Croak, Scorch, and Rogue, the grim-reapers-gone-wild books of the Croak trilogy. She has also dabbled as a tour guide, transcriptionist, theater house manager, scenic artist, movie extra, office troll, retail monkey, yarn hawker and breadmonger. A native of Syracuse, New York, she now lives outside Boston with her husband, two cats, and one dog, and while she has never visited hell in person, she has spent countless waking hours at the Albany Regional Bus Terminal, which is pretty darn close. Visit her website at www.ginadami.co.

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8/2/2016- Ohana Reads- Guest Post

8/3/2016- A Dream Within A Dream- Review

8/4/2016- YA Book Madness- Interview

8/5/2016- A Gingerly Review- Review

Happy reading, 

Jordan

Guest Post: The Indie Author Journey by Sherry Soule

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Guest post by Amazon Bestselling Author Sherry Soule

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Sherry Soule has some exciting news to share with us! She has recently published the next book in her popular Starlight Saga series, a humorous paranormal romance. Today, Sherry is doing this fun guest post to share the book love with fellow readers.

Be warned, these books have scorching-hot romance!

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When I was growing up, the only thing I ever dreamed about was being a professional writer. Today Amazon sent me an email inviting me to create an author page. This probably sounds lame to some people, but it’s an exciting step to me. My own official author page! I realize for self-published and indie authors that it’s an on-going struggle to get your books out into the world, and hopefully make some money in the process.

Like every writer, I am incredibly passionate about my work. The main reason I write is because I love to do it. Not for the money. No, because I love creating characters. I love crafting suspense. And I love telling stories—my kind of stories.

Writing has always been my true passion. This was what I wanted to do with my life. I wanted to publish novels. I dreamed of being a professional author since I was seven years old, and I enjoy writing both adult and young adult tales.

Best-selling author, Tracy Hickman was quoted as saying, “Don’t seek to be published, seek to be read.”

Simple words. Great advice. It made so much sense. Write for your readers. Write what you love. Write every day and don’t give up.

Our dreams should give us wings. Let us fly. Soar above the clouds. And we should never, ever have to look down. Right?

Being a voracious reader all of my life, I believe my writing style differs from the other young adult paranormals being published; because my stories tend to have elements of chilling suspense weaved into the plot. Nor are my stories always focused primarily on “love.” But there is a lot of kissing!

Yet I do write about people who fall in love under unusual circumstances. Not because I like a conventional happy ending—no, I write about love because I believe it’s the strongest human emotion we possess. And sometimes my character’s choices don’t get them a happy ending. Sometimes the endings are surprising. Sometimes bittersweet. Sometimes they end with a cliffhanger. But I hope they are never boring or too predictable.

How did I start?

Well, like I said, I’ve been writing since I was seven. I’ve written a lot of books over the years. Yeah, a lot of bad books, too. I went to college, but mostly took creative writing and English classes. I couldn’t go full-time because I had a family to look after, but I did take various writing courses for the past ten years.

To be honest, I’ve tried three times in my life to find a literary agent, aka the gatekeepers to the publishing world, without success. I’ve even had a few prominent agencies request my work. Looking back, I know what I did wrong. I didn’t have any critique partners. The manuscript wasn’t tightened up and polished. I didn’t hire a freelance editor. I thought it was good. Well, it sucked. Hence, the multiple rejections. Which also sucked.

I’d like to think I’ve learned a lot since then. I hope I have.

The turning point in my life came when, like so many people across the United States, I lost my job. I feel into a deep, dark depression. To escape my utter hopelessness and to be productive, I decided to try writing again. I rewrote an old story that I still believed in, but knew it still needed some major revision. Maybe this was a sign from God to try to get published after all these years. I wrote every day for months, then started query agents and editors again. No luck. More rejections.

I worked part-time and kept writing. I started editing a manuscript that I wrote about nine years ago called, “IMMORTAL ECLIPSE.” I did some freelance developmental editing to pay the rent. Then I was laid off again and after a few months, my unemployment ended. I was scared. No job. No money in my checking account and my savings account had been closed by my bank. Zero funds.

Time to freak out. I was a single mother with two young children to support. But no way to support them. Then I discovered that my seven-year-old daughter was diagnosed with a severe and very rare disease. The medical bills began to mount up. I needed money.

In my heart, I still didn’t want to give up on my dream. It was all I had left to encourage me…

Once I gave up the idea of a book deal with a New York publishing house and finding an über agent that loved my work, I decided to look into indie publishers. Then I read about Amanda Hocking’s success story on her blog. I was impressed and awed. She had taken a chance, so I decided to self-publish one of my early novels. Why not? I talked it over with my family—who agreed. I had nothing to lose. And since I was out of a job, I had time to promote my work.

Then some of my family members announced that they wanted to start an online publishing company. And guess what? I was the first to sign with them. Sure, they’re small but everyone has to start somewhere. So, they didn’t mind when I wanted to hire my own cover artist. (Do not be naïve—book covers sell books. Well, that and good writing.)

Going Indie is a scary endeavor. On occasion things don’t work out. Books don’t sell. The genre dead ends. Bad timing. Worse luck.

But indie authors can find a small amount of success due to the book blogging community, which is so incredibly supportive. And I sincerely thank the book reviewers who have embraced and heartily praised my novels.

Although, I may never reach the success of other self-published or indie authors, I won’t look back at my life someday with regret. At least I’ll know I tried, and that’s something, right? You only fail if you never try…

“If you’re waiting for the universe to provide for you, I’ve got a feeling you’re going to wait a long time. If you know what you want, then my advice is to confidently take the necessary steps and go get it.” – Bryan Hutchinson

So, now I need to get back to editing and writing new stories. No reason to let these manuscripts sit on my hard-drive. Maybe someone will enjoy reading them. Maybe not. Maybe I’ll keep dreaming and hoping, and someday those hopes and dreams will come true. Maybe not.

But what good are dreams if you don’t try to make them come true? What good is trying to follow your heart if those aspirations can’t be turned into reality?

Never let someone else put limits on your goals or hinder your own personal dreams. I know, I won’t…

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Sherry Soule is an Amazon bestselling author, who lives in the SF Bay Area with her family and one very spoiled black cat.

Many of her books have spent time on the Kindle bestseller lists and have been nominated as top picks in the “Paranormal Romance” categories by sites such as The Romance Reviews, Night Owl Reviews, and the Paranormal Romance Guild.

Sherry mainly writes urban fantasy, romantic suspense, and paranormal romance in young adult, new adult, and adult genres set in fictional places within Northern California that feature independent females and sexy alpha males.

While Sherry doesn’t consider herself a fashionista, she does like to express herself through her stylish apparel, and her heroines do, too.

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Pleasant reading, 

Jordan

ARC Review & Giveaway: Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies by Laura Stampler

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Release Date: July 19, 2016

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The Devil Wears Prada meets Sex and the City in a wickedly funny debut novel about a girl who lands a dream internship at a magazine in New York City. If only she hadn’t lied about being a dating expert on her resume . .

Harper Anderson has always thought she should have been born somewhere more glamorous than her sleepy Northern California suburb. After all, how many water polo matches and lame parties in Bobby McKittrick’s backyard can one girl take?

Already resigned to working at a Skinny B’s Juice Press for the summer, Harper is shocked when the ultra-prestigious teen magazine, Shift, calls to say they want her to be their teen dating blogger for the summer. All she needs to do is get her butt to New York in two days.

There’s just one teeny, tiny problem: Apart from some dance floor make-outs, Harper doesn’t have a whole lot of dating experience. So when Shift’s application asked for an “edgy” personal essay, Harper might have misappropriated her best friend’s experiences for her own. But she can just learn on the job…right? Will the house of lies Harper has built around her dream job collapse all around her, or will she be able to fake it until she makes it in the big city?

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4/5 Stars

***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & Simon Pulse 

Harper Anderson is Jenny Humphrey with a side of snark and a whole lot of funny. Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies is the perfect cure for your Gossip Girl hangover and the laugh out loud inside look at trying to fit in to Manhattan’s elite journalism world is seriously scandalous. 

Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies is hilarious. Small town girl Harper hops on the magical journey to the height of gossip and fashion as an “It Girl” dating blogger, the only problem is, her dating experience amounts to less than a few sloppy make outs. Her struggles to balance this persona as a know-how, expert dater who is both chic and feminist is embarrassing in the best way and super creative. The scenarios alone are enough to laugh for hours. Get ready to highlight on your e-reader because these one-liners are the best insults and crazy crafty catchphrases. 

Harper is fighting hard to learn how to date and who she wants to be. She wants to be a real journalist and she makes mistakes, but one thing she learns is how to be brave, ballsy, and an all out go-getter. She eschews her inner scaredy cat and puts herself on the line. She gets into weird, disturbing, and outright comical situations and there is NEVER a dull moment. If you love things like Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl, and The Carrie Diaries this might just be your next favorite.

Harper’s personality is strong and her voice makes the story read like journal entries. You’ll want to follow her to the ends of the Earth just to see what happens next. At the same time, she’s surprisingly down to Earth and real. She feels like the girl next door despite the insanity that is her life. 

Secondary characters are interesting and each have delightfully crafted personalities that suggest inner depth and strong beliefs. They should all have their own books. I want to read them.

Romance is eclectic and bold. It’s made up of downright painful moments of acute embarrassment and disbelief at just how bad dates can get, but also CHEMISTRY galore and that natural ease that comes from truly connecting with someone on a deep, spiritual level. There’s a variety of romance, and ways that people can fall in infatuation, lust, and love. 

There are so many quirky little things that I found myself marveling over, like the seriousness of Bark Mitzvahs and Pug Prom, color me surprised and delighted. Refreshing, fun, and a wonderful read. 

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Laura Stampler is a Californian turned New Yorker. After graduating from Stanford University, she became a journalist, interning—and then worked on staff—at various newspapers and magazines. Laura has written about everything from dating to social media stars to social justice issues at Time magazine, Business Insider, Huffington Post, The Nation, The New Republic, and The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. When she isn’t writing, she’s probably looking at pug gifs on the Internet.

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