Review: Chef’s Kiss

Chef’s Kiss was a cute, quick read. I really liked the story of discovering yourself and your passions.

I really liked how supportive the chefs at the restaurant were, but I did feel like Ben made the wrong decision by not talking about his difficulty finding a job when he graduated, and his job at the restaurant with his family.

Also, Watson was such a fun character – and I loved the scenes he was in.

I will definitely be trying the butternut squash soup recipe in the back of the book! That sounds so, so good!

REVIEW: Heartstopper Vol. 3

It’s still Pride Month, and I chose to read the next volume of Heartstopper in honor of the month. 

Gosh, do I love this series. Nick and Charlie are so cute and awkward. These graphic novels absolutely warm my heart. 

If you haven’t already picked up this series, what are you waiting for?!

Review: A Risky Play

I was so excited to read A Risky Play, in the Suncastle College series. Marissa Gramoll has a way of writing romances that are gritty and honest, while still being steamy and swoony.

A Risky Play is Zac and Trish’s story, and while this can be read as a standalone, readers who read Gramoll’s A Game Like Ours will find that stories weave together and connect to really grow the world she has created.

I really appreciated how the romance and relationship in this book were not a cure all for the two main character’s emotional issues and mental health problems. When Zac has a panic attack, Trish stays with him and holds him. But doesn’t try to “fix” him.

And the chemistry between Trish and Zac is hot. Like, phew! My only disappointment is that the first half of the book was very hot and heavy, and the second half was just heavy – emotionally heavy. While I loved both halves, I wish there had been more integration of the heat and the heavy.

I did find that while I understood Trish when she was trying to push Zac away, I would find myself yelling at Zac at some of the dumb things he did. (Not text his sister, push Trish too hard, etc.) Also, and I know it’s just my personal preference, but Zac frequently asked for help from his “Holy Father,” which is fine. It became more and more frequent in the second half of the book and was a little off putting for me as a non-religious person reading this one.

This was my third book by this author, and definitely will not be my last. I look forward to reading whatever she releases next!

I received this book as a digital ARC from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Review: How Y’all Doing

I fell in love with Leslie Jordan on the ridiculous sitcom Call Me Kat, then found out he’s also amazing on Instagram. And when I saw Mr. Jordan had written a memoir, I knew I needed to read it.

I had not heard of Leslie Jordan prior to Call Me Kat, and did not realize he had such a rich history of comedy, so it was nice to read about how he started out and got to where he is today.

Also, as a student in strategic communications, it was nice to see how he learned Instagram and how he has grown his audience and creates content for his over five million followers.

I will say, there was a lot of name dropping of other actors, all within context. However, I’m the person who doesn’t know actors, so I spent a lot of time Googling names to figure out who he was talking about.

I appreciate that Leslie Jordan is 100 percent himself and lives that way – and advocates for his community. The reminder from this book to live your truth and to be who you are despite what others think of you, was a great reminder.

Book Review: Check Please Vol. 1: #Hockey

I might have picked up volume one of Check Please soley on the fact that the MC bakes. And baking is my stress reliever. But I did not expect a) so many pies! b) so much hockey and C) to enjoy it so much.

Each chapter is a Vlog of Eric Bittle’s time at Samwell University as part of the Men’s Hockey team. The side characters are fantastic and Bitty is such a lovable character that I absolutely just devoured this graphic novel!

And the ending?! Okay, no spoilers. But holy freaking moly. Just. Swoon.

Believe me, I’m definitely picking up volume two. And in the mood to bake a pie or three.

Review: Heartstopper Vol. 2

OMG! I thought Heartstopper Vol. 1 as adorable, but Volume 2 was so heartwarming and swoony that I could not put it down.

Nick is working through figuring out his identity and the entire 300 plus pages are around this gender identity search as well as Charlie and Nick’s budding relationship.

I’m so glad that for once, I took a chance on this hyped series because I am absolutely in love with Nick and Charlie.

Review and Recipe: Heartstopper Vol. 1

“You can’t tell whether people are gay by what they look like. And gay or straight aren’t the only two options.” 

Heartstopper was absolutely a Bookstagram made me do it book. And while I don’t typically read books that are this hyped on social media, this one was worth all of the hype it has received.

Nick and Charlie are adorable together, and I love their friendship and the story of finding your identity. This is such a sweet, heartwarming, wholesome story – and clean! Yay for clean YA books! 

But that ending was heart breaking. So much so that I cannot wait to read the next book.

Like chocolate and peanut butter, Charlie and Nick are so sweet together. Below I’m sharing a chocolate peanut butter cupcake brownie recipe that is perfect to snack on while you read Heartstopper!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake Brownies

Ingredients

3/4 cup cocoa

2/3 cup vegetable oil

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

1 1/4 cup flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp. Salt

1 10-oz bag of peanut butter chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Stir together cocoa and vegetable oil in large bowl until smooth

Stir in sugar

Beat in eggs and vanilla.

Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt

Once mixed, stir in 1 cup of the peanut butter chips (reserve the rest for the topping)

Spoon batter into lined cupcake tines, filling about 3/4 full

Bake 15 to 19 minutes (mine took about 19 minutes)

Remove from the oven and immediately place fingers full of the reserved peanut butter chips into the center of each brownie, using a knife to swirl.

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Cover Reveal: A Risky Play

⚾ COVER REVEAL FOR A RISKY PLAY ⚾

I am so excited to be on the street team for the cover reveal for @marissajgramoll’s new book, A Risky Play! A Risky Play releases on March 31, but you can pre-order now for the special limited time pre-order price of $2.99.

A Risky Play is Book Two of the Suncastle College Series of Standalones. (woohoo for standalones!)

Synopisis:

He knows she’s the one. She can’t decide if she’s ready to fall in love.

From the author of A Game Like Ours comes this hot and spicy angst-filled college romance.

A Risky Play Blurb:

Zac Williams’ loves the attention of being a starting first baseman for the Suncastle Knights. Girls wear his number. Charm earns him internet fame.

But Zac wishes he had the perfect, easy life everyone thinks he does. Instead, he’s fighting an internal battle every day. Then Trish shows up. She’s everything he didn’t know he needed and makes the demons in his head quiet for a while.

They promise to keep it casual. No strings attached.

Only, there’s so much between them that it’s impossible to ignore.

Zac can’t keep juggling his baseball career, his internet following, and a girl who takes so much effort to keep from slipping through his fingers.

When he’s finally ready to make a risky play, and go all in, she’s determined to walk away before she’s trapped….

Will Zac convince her they are made for each other? Or will she leave everything behind before he has the chance?

What to expect from A Risky Play:

💜 No Strings Attached
💜 College Baseball Star
💜 Freelance Photographer
💜 Lots of Spice
💜 Mental Health
💜 Broken Hero/heroine
💜 LGBTQ + Rep
💜 Southern Smalltown
💜 Book Two in Suncastle College series of standalones

Cover Designer: Sarah Sentz of Enchanting Romance Designs

Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/59535332-a-risky-play

Order here: https://books2read.com/u/bPyrdz