Review: Fall With Me by J. Lynn

fall with mePlot: I was glad to have a book about Roxy, the supershort and bespectacled bartender who befriended Calla in the previous novel. This story was a little predictable, or perhaps the clues were just very clear as to what would happen next. However this novel makes you think about not just hate crimes, but that we should all pause before doing or saying something in anger as it may have an unexpected result we never anticipated or wanted.

Cover: I adore all of the covers for this companion series, but none more than this one. How often do you see books where either character has glasses? As someone who wears them myself, I love it!

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Review: Stay With Me by J. Lynn

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Plot: Calla has to deal with the fallout of her mother’s substance abuse and that alone would be difficult, but this novel takes the story to action-movie levels rather than being entirely believable. However, taking this story to the extremes makes it a bit more palatable as it is hard to face the reality that people like these characters do exist outside the pages of a book.

Setting: This novel moves the series away from the college campus in West Virginia to Calla’s hometown. It works wonderfully for the story, but after a quick peak it seems the next few books take place in this town near Philadelphia rather than returning to the school.

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Review: Be With Me by J. Lynn

be with mePlot: This novel deals with teenage parenthood, abuse, and death. I never realized how serious JLA’s books can be until I started this series. These are things that young readers deal with in reality, and it is important for that to be reflected in literature in a way that is sympathetic rather than filled with unrealistic dramatic angst.

Setting: This novel also takes place in Shepherdstown where the main characters attend university. I have no notion if this is a real place, but it is apparently in West Virginia.

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Review: Wait for You by J. Lynn

wait for youPlot: This story deals with rape from the perspective of someone who did not press charges. It really makes you realize there are many reasons why a person may not want to speak up –thinking no one will believe you, parental pressure, not wanting to have to repeat your story over and over again to strangers… Also, trying to just deal with the fact it happened and trying to move on from the tragedy in order to live your life instead of merely surviving.

Author: The author writes under two names — J Lynn for her new adult and adult novels or Jennifer L Armentrout for her young adult books. It makes sense so that readers who are too young for some topics do not pick up such a book by accident while expecting hot sixteen year old aliens or some such.

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Review: Rescuing the Royal Runaway Bride by Ally Blake

RRRBRELEASE DATE: May 8, 2018

SYNOPSIS: On the way to his childhood friend’s wedding, Will Darcy rescues a damsel in distress–the bride running away from the wedding. With the whole country in a furor, Will and Sadie plan to hide in a B&B until the media frenzy dies down and it’s safe to leave. It is supposed to be just a moment out of time, a break from their real lives, except it feels like it could become a whole lot more…

AUTHOR: With the mmc being from London and a few unfamiliar words I assumed the writer may also be British, but it turns out Ally Blake is Australian. She is an award-winning author and has a couple dozen romance novels published.

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Waiting On Wednesday

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I love books with royals in them. I have done so ever since reading Cinderella as a little girl and dreaming of wearing beautiful gowns while dancing at balls with my soulmate… and let’s not forget the tiara. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend after all!

When I happened to see this upcoming release of “Royals” by Rachel Hawkins I went all googley-eyed. The cover alone –all pink and diamond-esque– made me want it, but the story sounds perfect for me too.

This novel comes out on May 1st from PenguinTeen (aka PenguinRandomHouse), but I’m not sure I can wait an entire two weeks for it! Think the publishers will send me an ARC for review if I ask really nicely?

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In My Mailbox (LCYW)

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Last year a friend of mine was gushing about a book –she still is for that matter– and so I added it to my TBR list. As more amazing reviews came in, I became more interested and was absolutely dying to get my hands on the novel. Then in a stroke of pure luck I won a giveaway for an autographed copy of Jacquelyn Middleton’s “London Belongs to Me” and fell in love with the story. Here is a link for my review of LBTM.

JM released a continuation of Alex and Mark’s story in “London Can You Wait” a year later this past October, and needless to say I was coveting that book as well and managed to snag the ebooks of both for five bucks! While I still want to have a signed copy of the second novel as well, which will have to wait until I’m back home in Canada, I’m so excited to finally be able to read LCYW now.

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