Review: Prom Theory

I was so honored to meet author Ann LaBar and have her sign a copy of her debut novel, Prom Theory. I bumped this book up on my TBR list to read it during prom season – while I was seeing friends post pictures of their children in their prom dresses and suits.

While friends to lovers isn’t my favorite trope in romance, the miscommunication (or in this case the lack of communication) trope never works for me.

That said, I did enjoy reading this book. The friendships felt honest, and I would have loved to be part of this friend group.

Iris is determined to scientifically prove that attraction is a chemical reaction. She sets her target on the most popular, and newly-single, boy in school.

I did really like the the NVLD representation in this book – and that the author took the time to give more information about NVLD in the back of the book.

Review: Always Room for Cupcakes

Always Room for Cupcakes has been sitting on my kindle shelf for far too long. I was drawn to this book by the title and this fabulous cover, but I guess I never really read the synopsis before jumping into this one.

Lila works for a private investigator as a photographer, typically catching cheating husbands and boyfriends in the act. But her newest assignment is a little more dangerous.

On one of her assingments she meets Cade, a motorcycle hottie who is on a mission to get the drugs out of the community. 

This was a fun romantic suspense read – not something I would have picked up had I actually read the synopsis beforehand, and I would have missed out on a really enjoyable read. And at 182 pages, this was a nice, short read.

There was some heat, fun banter, and cupcakes. This book definitely inspired me to make cupcakes.

This is the first in the Delilah Horton series, and is free on Amazon Kindle.

Review: All the Right Reasons

I’ve recently found that I haven’t enjoyed YA romance as much as I used to. However, All the Right Reasons was definitely an exception to this – as the romance for the main character was definitely secondary to the rest of the story.

When Cara and her mom are cast for a dating reality show, they go into the show knowing there’s a payout on the other end. What they don’t expect is producers meddling in budding relationships.

I really enjoyed reading this book – although a lot of the conflicts could easily have been solved with a little communication. The budding relationship between Cara and Connor was super sweet and honest, and seeing how Cara’s mom, Julia, was considering her potential suitors.

I did really like the ending. Although I did kind of guess the surprise twist, I still swooned and couldn’t read it fast enough.

Review: How to Marry Keanu Reeves in 90 Days

With a title like “How to Marry Keanu Reeves in 90 Days” I couldn’t resist purchasing this book from Book of the Month.

It was kind of slow in the beginning for me, to be honest. But once the “K90” plan was put into place, I started to enjoy this one more. I definitely chuckled quite a few times while reading this and loved the adventure.

I will say, I think there might have been Keanu-inspired jokes that went over my head since I’m not much of a movie person. Regardless, this was a cute read.

I did enjoy the friends to lovers trope in this book. I wasn’t sold on the relationship at first, let alone really expecting the budding relationship. But I did fall in love with Lu and True together.

And the ending! Oh my goodness – absolutely perfectly swoony.

Despite the slow start, I really enjoyed How to Marry Keanu Reeves in 90 Days! It was a super cute romcom read this spring.

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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Review: Cupcake

Cupcake was such a cute read! Ariel, whose nickname is Cupcake, is nominated for homecoming court her senior year of high school And while she’s not unpopular, she doesn’t describe herself as the “princess type.”

The prince Ariel is paired with for homecoming court, Rhys, is the quarterback of the high school football team.

The friendship that builds between Cupcake and Rhys was super cute and (spoilers!) I loved the very slow burn to them kissing.

This was definitely a feel good YA read with lots of different representations. Absolutely an enjoyable read!

Review: When Sparks Fly

Whoo! When Sparks Fly was quite a ride! I’m glad I listened to this one as an audiobook – I was sucked in immediately.

When roomies Avery and Declan are forced to spend more time together after Avery is severely injured, feelings for each other begin to bubble to the surface.

I did find it odd how quickly Declan offered to assist (*eye waggle*) Avery with her predicament. I mean, seriously.

At the beginning it did feel a little like Stockholm Syndrome leading to the romance. I mean, Avery and Declan are stuck together all day and Avery is reliant on Declan for everything.

But, I did wind up liking the chemistry between Avery and Declan, though. The author really laid the groundwork of them as friends. And I really like Avery’s sisters and Spark House. I hope to see more of them in future books!

Review: Dial A for Aunties

If I had to explain the plot of https://bookshop.org/a/472/9780593336731Dial A for Aunties, it would sound ridiculous (believe me, I tried).

What do you get when you mix meddling family, a wedding and a dead body together? Meddy, her mom and three aunties are very close, and in fact own a wedding planning business together.

But at a high profile wedding the team is working everything goes wrong. The groomsmen are drunk out of their gourd, the tea ceremony gifts have gone missing, oh, and there’s a dead body to contend with.

I laughed so hard while reading this book. I mean, laughing with tears in my eyes, weird side-eye from people around me, type laughing.

This is a clean, second-chance romance. The romance was definitely there, but was almost secondary to the family.

After reading this, Jesse Q. Sutanto has definitely been added to my auto-buy list.

Review: A Lot Like Adios

Alexia Daria has officially become an auto buy author for me. I read You Had me at Hola last summer – it started as a Bookstagram made me do it book – but I feel in love with the Primas of Power (not to mention the steaminess between Jasmine and Ashton. 

So when A Lot Like Adios hit bookstores, I knew I had to read the next installation of the Primas of Power series. And Gabriel and Michelle’s story did not disappoint. 

I was definitely shipping Gabriel and Michelle, even if there were times I wanted to strangle him. Seriously, if he just simply communicated with the people in his life AT ALL he wouldn’t have quite as many issues in his life.

This was definitely, eye waggling-ly, steamy. And romantic. And infuriating. But I cannot wait for the third book in this series!

A Lot Like Adios is the second book in the Primas of Power series, but can absolutely be read as a stand-alone.

Review: The Love Hypothesis

This was definitely a Bookstagram made me do it book. I had read so many glowing reviews about The Love Hypothesis that I couldn’t resist making this my Book of the Month back in September. And when @beautys.library chose this as the December book club pick, I jumped in.

Granted, I didn’t read this book until January.

Olive was so relatable – so awkwardly relatable. Even though I work in communications, I could absolutely relate to the issues Olive encountered in her lab.

Fake dating might be my favorite trope. And The Love Hypothesis did not disappoint. There were the perfect awkward moments, soft and tender moments, and moments that made me laugh out loud.

I absolutely loved Adam and Olive together. I couldn’t get enough of them! And Olive’s friends made everything more awkward (if that’s possible) and ridiculous.

Honestly, I loved this book so much I read the whole thing in a day and already miss being with these characters. I can’t wait until the next book comes out in this series.