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The Solution to Unrequited Review

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tstuAtomic number: 33
Name of chemical element: Arsenic
Symbol: As

Every solution has a poisonous flaw … even between best friends.

The agreement: Fall break together.
The struggle: A road trip from North Carolina to Massachusetts.
The reason: To find a way back into each other’s lives.
The issue: AJ’s not ready to let Evan reclaim the parts of her he made his.
The hindrance: Connecticut.

The Solution to Unrequited, Book two in the Science of Unrequited: The Story of AJ & Evan.

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aboutheauthorlenwebsterLen Webster is a romance-loving Melburnian with dreams of finding her version of ‘The One.’ But until that moment happens, she writes. Having just completed her BBusCom from Monash University, Len is now busy writing her next romance about how a boy met a girl, and how they fell completely and hopelessly in love

 

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I’m going to keep this review pretty short, because it’s a book and a series you have to read for yourself. These are not standalone books, and I don’t want to give anything away.

I read The Theory of Unrequited, and despite the drama, I really enjoyed reading it. I was really looking forward to The Solution. However, I realized this book was not for me. If you like angst, drama, and lots of self-flagulation, you’ll probably enjoy this book way more than I did.

We met Alex and Evan in The Theory. Best friends since forever, they’ve grown up and somewhere along the way, AJ made a mistake. She fell in love with her best friend. Throughout her senior year of high school Evan, being a typical boy and hiding things to protect AJ, messed up. It hurt AJ (and they were big mess-ups, not little ones) leading Alex to only one conclusion: when Evan went to Stanford in the fall, she wouldn’t be following.

She didn’t tell him. She lied to him for months. And then changed his number when he continued to call and she didn’t answer.

The Theory was all about why AJ went to Duke instead of Stanford, and Evan having to learn about his best friend again. The Solution was a lot of unnecessary drama. My biggest problem with the book, and the series, is that a lot of this could have been avoided if Alex just COMMUNICATED with her “best friend” about half the stuff that was wrong. Instead, she lied and cut him out of her life cold turkey.

It didn’t make sense to me.

Now, this book wasn’t for me, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be for you. It was extremely well written, and the plot line is good if you like angsty plots. I, however, do not. Alex and Evan are best friends, and they’re rediscovering themselves and each other slowly (Four books slowly). So start with Theory and see what you think. Len is a very good writer, so I will probably try other books of hers. I’m most likely not continuing this series though.

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Accidentally Yours by Mallory Funk Review

arcblurbaccidentallyyoursAll I wanted was a baby.
Simple, right?
The plan was to get sperm and have a baby.
Sometimes plans don’t always go how we expect them to.
I didn’t know one phone call could change my life,
I didn’t know the deep voice on the other end would be the man I would end up with for the rest of my life.
One mix up at the sperm bank and I am now stuck with a man who I have never met before.
Someone who I have never had sex with, but I’m carrying his baby.
Sometimes accidents happen for a reason, right?

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aboutheauthormalloryfunkI have always loved writing. It wasn’t until recently I decided to put my stories into words. I have the support of my husband and family to follow through with my own book. I always loved to share my work with people and now I’m glad I can share it with more than my family and friends.

I am married with two children under the age of four. I spent my days writing, reading and with my kids. I have always loved to write since I was a little girl. It wasn’t until I started reading all the time that I decided to put my words to ‘paper’ so to speak.

I am the youngest of three girls but my family extends beyond that!

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Normally when I see a title with “Accidentally” in it, I question how “accidental” it is. How do you accidentally fall in love? End up accidentally married? Even if you got drunk in Vegas it wasn’t an accident. It was just the alcohol talking. Name your book “Drunk in Love” or something. However, this blurb intrigued me like no other. So I read it, and I loved it.

Ella lost the love of her life right after she found out they were pregnant after going to get fertility treatments. But it turns out there was a mix-up at the sperm bank, so she didn’t receive some anonymous donor’s, she received Damien’s. Even though she could have moved on with her life, and ignored the phone call that sent her life into another tailspin, but she didn’t. Being the woman she is, she wants to make sure she gives Damien a chance to know his son or daughter. Along the way she finds more than just love.

Damien, who did not donate his sperm, is a member of the Vicious Snakes MC. One look at Ella, and he wants to know everything he can about her. Her body draws him in, but it’s her heart that keeps him. He loses interest in the club girls, in any of the girls, and focuses on his baby mama. (So yes, this novel is safe.)

One of the things I loved about this book is purely Damien. He is 100% invested in Ella from the start. He can be a grade-A jerk to everyone around him, but behind closed doors he shows Ella who he truly is. He’s her protector, her lover, and most of all: her friend. There’s so much drama in this book, and a lot of it centers around Ella, but never once does he doubt her or stray from her.

I gave it four stars instead of 5 because there was a heavy emphasis on the er, position, the club “girls” had in the MC. It was just a little much for me. At first it was ok, but as the story went on it just became too much. However, the story is still really good. So you should definitely be reading this book. It’s free on Kindle Unlimited!

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Broken Love Story by Natasha Madison Review!

arcblurb956c1-35239470_1064540333711769_7107813220068360192_nSamantha: 

I had the perfect life; a husband who loved me, and two kids who were my world.
Until someone else answered his phone and my perfect life shattered.
When he died, I was left with answers he couldn’t give me and a box full of lies.
He left me broken.

Blake: 
I fell in love when I was fifteen, knowing she was the one.
For five years, she was my everything—my every breath, every heartbeat, every thought.
She made me promise to move on, promise to find love again, but I broke those promises because I can’t move on.

Two broken souls brought together by tragedy and heartbreak.
Can a broken love story be fixed?

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When her nose isn’t buried in a book, or her fingers flying across a keyboard writing, she’s in the kitchen creating gourmet meals. You can find her, in four inch heels no less, in the car chauffeuring kids, or possibly with her husband scheduling his business trips. It’s a good thing her characters do what she says, because even her Labrador doesn’t listen to her…

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Holy crap I wasn’t ready. After reading Perfect Love Story and Unexpected Love Story, I hoped and prayed Broken was about Samantha and Blake. AND HELLO IT WAS. After all my finger crossing and rain dancing in hopes it was this story, I thought I was prepared for their love story.

I.
WAS.
NOT.
READY.

In her way, Natasha Madison seamlessly blended three love stories happening in concert, while simultaneously creating three unique and individual romances that will leave you wanting more. Each piece of the story you read adds a new layer to the lies that one man told effectively ripping apart the lives around him.

If you hated Eric in Perfect, trust me, it gets worse. One minute, Samantha was taking care of her kids while wondering where her husband was, and the next she got a call that her husband was dead. Not only that, he had another wife. Her life as she knew it was over but just when Samantha’s perfect life crashes down around her, she finds a friend in the most unlikely place: Blake. Her dead husband’s second wife’s older brother. Yeah, say that three times fast.

Blake is a compassionate man, who suffered his own loss when he was young. Because of that, he’s broken in his own way. He’s picked up the pieces as best as possible, but it’s not really until he meets Samantha that he realizes what he’s missing. What starts out as extending a helping hand to someone struggling, becomes more. So much more.

To sum it up: ALL THE FEELS. This book had everything! Healing, love, romance, friendship, and (my personal fave) a single mom. Blake steps up in ways that Eric never did. He shows not only Samantha, but also her girls, what love is like. He shows them what a family is supposed to be. This is probably my favorite of the series (though Gabe is still mine!) because of all the stuff we didn’t see in the previous books. Samantha went from a girl I disliked immensely, to a girl I felt bad for, to a woman I want to be when I grow up. Her strength in living life after a tragedy, in trying to mend her broken pieces, in everything was so amazing I admire her.

Basically, you NEED this book. And this series.

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Ain’t Doin’ It by Lani Lynn Vale Review

arcblurbaintdoinitCoke Solomon has lived a full life.

He’s a retired army drill sergeant, so he is more than used to getting his way.

And if he can’t have it his way? Well, let’s just say that’s never happened before…

At least not until Cora Maldonado walks into his life, demanding he fall in line, or she’ll find a way to make his life hell.

He finds out fast that Cora marches to the beat of her own drum, and a lot of times that drum takes her farther away rather than closer to where he feels she needs to be.

He can’t stand it.

He wants her, and he has to have her.

It doesn’t matter that she’s twenty years younger than him, and has a father that would rather see him dead than have his baby girl anywhere near him. Nor does it matter that his ex-wife is highly offended that she’s been replaced with a much younger woman.

Despite the odds stacking against them, he’ll fight for what he wants.

His ex-wife, her father, and their age difference be damned.

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aboutheauthorlanilynnvaleLani Lynn Vale is married to the love of her life that she met in high school. She fell in love with him because he was wearing baseball pants. Ten years later they have three perfectly crazy children and a cat named Demon who likes to wake her up at ungodly times in the night. They live in the greatest state in the world, Texas. She writes contemporary and romantic suspense, and has a love for all things romance. You can find Lani in front of her computer writing away in her fictional characters world…that is until her husband and kids demand sustenance in the form of food and drink.

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Single, sort-of alpha a-hole dad meets quirky, virgin animator that’s usually seen as just strange. Add in a ten year age gap, a crazy ex-wife, a failed kidnapping, and someone’s aversion to relationships, and you have the recipe for disaster… or happily ever after.

Ain’t Doin’ It was a sweet story with Cora’s weirdness drawing you in as easily as she draws her characters. Although Coke is a single dad, his daughter is closer to Cora’s age (she’s in her early twenties, Coke’s daughter is 17), allowing them to bond more like friends than mother/daughter. Cora is compassionate, loving, and a little more reserved due to her upbringing. She doesn’t express herself well in person, so she pours herself and her feelings into her artwork. But she ain’t weak that’s for sure. Coke’s desire to stay single is because of a crazy ex-wife, who’s seriously off her rocker. It doesn’t happen all at once, but through Coke’s resolve, Cora worms her way into his heart little by little (like we all knew she would, I mean seriously.)

Why is this book 4 stars and not 5? For a couple reasons. One, the blurb is seriously misleading. The age gap is not that big. I believe it’s only ten years. Am I being picky because of this? Maybe, but blurbs lead you to read the book and this one doesn’t accurately depict the novel. Two, this book was mostly fluff. Sure, there was drama, but it moved past everything so quickly you didn’t really have time to comprehend what was happening. There was just a lot of sex. The oomph I wanted just seemed to be missing.

Despite these, this book deserves every star I gave it. It’s well written, and cute. There’s also the mental illness factor. I’ve only read 2 Lani novels (I know! Shame!) and both have had, what seems to me, like well researched problems. They weren’t thrown out there for the hell of it, but added another dynamic to the characters. There comes a sort of normalization with adding this layer. They characters aren’t crazy, and aren’t made out to be crazy, and they don’t make excuses for themselves, but have identified their problems and learn to lead well rounded lives with them. And their significant others try to understand them as best as possible, even though it takes experiencing it to truly understand it. It helps create not-so-perfect characters living with things that are common, yet taboo to talk about.

Overall, this will not be my last Lani book.

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The Theory of Unrequited by Len Webster Review

arcblurbttouAtomic number: 8
Name of chemical element: Oxygen
Symbol: O

Every theory has a test subject … even between best friends.

The pact: Stanford.
The betrayal: AJ attending Duke.
The reason: She did something stupid like fall in love with Evan.
The problem: Evan’s not ready to let this betrayal go so easily.
The solution: Find AJ and fix them.

The Theory of Unrequited, Book One in The Science of Unrequited: The Story of AJ & Evan

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aboutheauthorlenwebsterLen Webster is a romance-loving Melburnian with dreams of finding her version of ‘The One.’ But until that moment happens, she writes. Having just completed her BBusCom from Monash University, Len is now busy writing her next romance about how a boy met a girl, and how they fell completely and hopelessly in love.

 

 

 

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If you like angsty, young adult novels, you will love this book. AJ and Evan have been friends for as long as they can remember. AJ always picked Evan: over school, over Evan’s brother, over her dreams: over everything. Evan hasn’t quite caught up to AJ’s level of devotion yet.

Alexandra has always loved Evan, but somewhere along the way she fell in love with him. So much so, her senior year is filled with pain and heartache as she watches Evan continuously put others before her. She gazes into his eyes and sees love, but not the kind she feels. She hears his words, and reminds herself she means everything to Evan as his best friend. After a devastating year and prom (WHAT HAPPENED AT PROM??) she decides to break all the promises she once made to him, in order to find herself again.

Evan has always loved AJ, which is why her betrayal hurts so much. She is his entire world, and he doesn’t know who he is without her. He doesn’t understand why others seem to know his best friend better than he does. Because while AJ has been closing off her heart to Evan, he’s been trying to protect her from someone who should have been trying to protect her too.

Most of the drama in this book is internal. It is the fight to find yourself with out the one you love. It’s the fight to understand why it hurts so much not to have someone in your life. It’s the painful truth you fell in love with your best friend, and they don’t reciprocate the same feelings. It’s having your life intertwined with someone, only to realize you can’t live with them.

The reason this is four stars and not five isn’t because it’s not a good book. Len’s writing is fabulous and she weaves a tale of heartache, pain, and betrayal so amazingly, you’re sucked into the world that she created, effortlessly. However, I feel like most of the drama could have been avoided had AJ done one thing: COMMUNICATED. I get it, you don’t want to lose your best friend and tell them how you feel and they don’t feel the same. But the other stuff? She could have just talked to him about half of what she was feeling.

AND THE SAME GOES FOR EVAN.
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Love on the Run by Gemini Jensen Review!

arcblurbloveontherunI’ve spent most of my life on the run from a dangerous man, who also happens to be my father. Jumping town to town and changing my name more times than I can even count.
Friendships and relationships are alien to me…
My closest companion being my mother, who has given up everything to keep us safe.

A new town, per usual.
New identities, also per usual.
Only this time, my mother throws me a curveball. Apparently, she plans on staying here long enough for me to settle in and complete my Senior year of High School. She wants me to see what it’s like being “normal.”

That’s how I meet Gray, and there is nothing expected about him at all. Even though the attraction is instant, we both try our best to ignore it. A high-school girl and an older man will cause a small-town scandal, which I need to avoid for my mother’s sake.
The difference in our age isn’t even the half of it. Not to mention my view on love and relationships: Purely chemical and ever-changing.
But how do I fight this when he is everything I don’t believe in, and I’m exactly what he doesn’t need?

*NOTE: This is a sweet, yet steamy, New Adult Contemporary Romance.
RECOMMENDED FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY.*

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aboutheauthorgeminijensenGemini has a passion for all things romance-related.
Particularly… angst-charged, forbidden, slow-burn romance.
Bad boys are her thing!!! Along with tattoos, motorcycles, sexy southern hard-working gentlemen… who are mixed with some hidden vulnerability and alpha-hotness, of course.
She has a desire for her heroines to be uniquely themselves. Her favorite part about writing romance, is creating the journey her characters endure while falling in love.

She’s a southern gal through and through. Born and raised in Western North Carolina, not far from a little university known as WCU. She is the mom of two perfectly imperfect children, and wife to a husband who sometimes counts as a third child.

She has been reading romance for much longer than she should be able to admit, stealing books from her Mom’s book collection at an early age, and returning them unnoticed. While romance is her favorite genre to write, she also dabbles in some poetry for her own form of therapy and self-expression. When she was in 3rd grade, she entered a poetry contest between all the kids 3rd – 8th grade in 4 different schools, and won! She was named Queen of the parade in her small-town.

When she isn’t reading, writing, or editing, she can be found enjoying time with family which typically includes whipping up something delicious to eat.

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Holy crap, woman. This is a debut? Seriously? This is absolutely AMAZING. From the first page I was absolutely captivated, and when it ended my scream of “WHAT THE HECK” could probably have been heard from Canada. (I’m not kidding). The only spoiler I’ll give: IT ENDS ON A CLIFFHANGER. GURL.

Sloane, er- Valley, and her mom are on the run and have been for the last eleven years. She’s bounced across the United States, running from her past and the man that haunts both of their dreams. When she lands in a small town, her mom tells her to make some friends since they will be there for as long as they can. So she gets a new friend… and meets her new friends older brother.

Gray sees Valley and feels an immediate attraction, even though she’s got jail bait written all over her. He’s rude, but it doesn’t deter her from remaining friends with his sister. Gray’s family has had a lot of hardships, so despite his growing attraction he tries to stay away so his sister and Valley can remain friends. And then her 18th birthday hits and BAM there’s no going back.

This book has it all. Angst, drama, taboo relationships, mystery and humor. It also has an alpha male (yay!). There flow of the novel was so good, I almost wished she described every day of the six months because I wanted to know more. I loved that even though it was a young adult/new adult, the characters were mostly mature. I loved that Gray and Valley had to overcome more issues than Vogue to get to where they are.

AND IT’S NOT DONE YET.

But most of all- they had to mature as separate entities in order to love they way they wanted to. So I cannot wait until Love on the Rise comes out because from what I read in book one… it’s gonna be EPIC!!!

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Truly Yours by Mia Miller Review

arcblurbtrulyyoursWe crashed into each other like the moth and the flame…

For years, we’ve been best friends.
I told him all my secrets and I believed I knew his.

In camp, I thought he was the most beautiful boy in the world.

In high-school, I promised him my virginity.

On our first day of college I had three revelations:

He’s a jerk.

He doesn’t care.

I don’t even know him.

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aboutheauthormiamillerMia Miller started writing as a getaway from a taxing day job in a multinational corp. A lover of all things romance since forever, Mia tries to find a little bit of a love story even in zombie movies. She likes her book boyfriends Alpha and her novels naughty.

Nowadays Mia can be constantly found typing away, with her Dogo Argentino at her feet. Mia brings to her readers books in the New Adult and Contemporary Romance genre.

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I gotta admit, making these teasers was SUPER fun. I don’t normally go for bright colors, but Delia brought out the artist in me.

Truly Yours breathes life into the term “second-chance romance”. I’m not usually one for second chance romances for one of two reasons:

  1. Someone was an idiot, which led to HUGE drama and it makes me want to scratch my eyes out.
  2. When they say “second chance” they mean second chance at love in general, where I always believed it meant finding love with the a person for a second time.

When a novel says it’s second chance, I usually skip past it. Either I want to throw the book at someone, or I’m confused as to what made it a second chance romance. But, when my girl Mia Miller announced this book, I couldn’t NOT read it. We all have our exception authors, and while Mia’s debut was only a few months back with Love on Hold, she blew me away. So whatever she writes, I’m bugging her until I can get my hands on it.

Truly is truly (heh) a second chance. Delia and Oscar met years ago at summer camp, when they were both young but infatuated. They became fast friends, opening up to each other in ways they didn’t think possible. They bonded on levels that they were too young to understand. But they lost touch over the course of their friendship, and miscommunication turned their young love into disdain. Fast forward a few years, and now their going to the same college, and the magnet that drew them together when they were younger brings them back. Delia may have started out as a girl infatuated, but she quickly grows to love Oscar as a woman (and I mean, he’s a ginger, who wouldn’t?). But Oscar is hiding a big secret, one that tore them apart when they were younger, and threatens their relationship now.

A perfect blend of past and present, mixing letters and memories for the past, Mia Miller paints a picture of two young adults finding love all over again. She creates a symphony of heartache and forgiveness, blending in topics that are hard to talk about and humor to lift you up. She outdid herself with this novel, and I’m anxiously awaiting the next *insert all the heart emojis here*.

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