Saturday, January 25, 2020

This Is What It Feels Like By: Rebecca Barrow

This Is What It Feels Like
Author: Rebecca Barrow
Published: November 2018
Publisher: Harper Teen (HCC Frenzy)
Format: Paperback ARC
Pages: 400
Rating: 4/5
It doesn’t matter what the prize for the Sun City Originals contest is this year.

Who cares that’s it’s fifteen grand? Who cares about a gig opening for one of the greatest bands to ever play this town?

Not Dia, that’s for sure. Because Dia knows that without a band, she hasn’t got a shot at winning Sun City. Because ever since Hanna’s drinking took over her life, Dia and Jules haven’t been in it. And ever since Hanna left — well, there hasn’t been a band.

It used to be the three of them, Dia, Jules, and Hanna, messing around and making music and planning for the future. But that was then, and this is now — and now means a baby, a failed relationship, a stint in rehab, all kinds of off beats that have interrupted the rhythm of their friendship. No contest can change that. Right?

But like the lyrics of a song you used to play on repeat, there’s no forgetting a best friend. And for Dia, Jules, and Hanna, this impossible challenge — to ignore the past, in order to jumpstart the future — will only become possible if they finally make peace with the girls they once were, and the girls they are finally letting themselves be.

Rebecca Barrow’s tender story of friendship, music, and ferocious love asks — what will you fight for, if not yourself?

Saturday, January 18, 2020

The Dare By: Cate Sexton

The Dare (First Love Series #5)
Author: Cate Sexton
Published: July 2018
Publisher: Summerfield Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pages: 82
Rating: 1.5/5
Litzy Graham is eighteen. She has earned everything she has, including her recently accepted application to the medical faculty in Harvard University. Now, she also feels she deserves to do what other students have been long able to do, indulge in a wild holiday abroad. Her foster care has finished, so Litzy is free to do what she wants. 
Saving and making money came naturally to Litzy, who even though she was in foster care since she was four was always good with money. She saved every penny she ever got spare, and she earned the rest. She now had enough for at least two years of college if she is thrifty. 
But for now, Litzy was going to have one hell of a holiday in Hawaii with the girls she met in the pre-med program for Harvard as one of them won 135 million dollars in the State lottery and is bringing them all with her. The girls are fun-loving and a lot more relaxed than Litzy when it comes to men, who she is shy around. 
So, Macy, the girl who won the lottery, dares Litzy to ask out the next guy she meets and sleep with him while they are there, for a prize of one million dollars. 

But what if the dare gets Litzy more than she’s bargained for? 

Sunday, January 5, 2020

The Hero By: Cate Sexton

The Hero (First Love Series #4)
Author: Cate Sexton
Published: June 2018
Publisher: Summerfield Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pages: 77
Rating: 1.5/5
Montana Burke needs a hero. 
Life has slipped her by, so at forty, Montana becomes her own hero. 
She’s upping sticks in rural Ireland for a dream she once had years ago but was too afraid to take. 
Now tired of being the maiden free-babysitter aunt 
and enduring a boring job, Montana is giving it all up to follow that dream. 
She has secured a job in an exclusive law office in Manhattan. 
But before she goes, Montana goes on a night out in Killarney 
and spends a night of passion with a stranger. 
In another life-time he would be the man of her dreams, 
but it’s too late for Montana to indulge in those types of dreams… 

But maybe a hero in love is exactly what Montana needs? 

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