Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Sanctuary Bay Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway


You guys, I'm really excited to be a part of this fantastic blog tour. After reading the excerpt, you'll easily see why you need to get your hands on this book (And you might if you win the giveaway). First, for those who haven't heard of SANCTUARY BAY yet...

Title: Sanctuary Bay
Authors: Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz
Published: January 19th 2016 by St. Martin's Griffin

"In this genre-bending YA thriller, will Sarah Merson's shiny new prep school change her life forever or bring it to a dark and sinister end?

When Sarah Merson receives the opportunity of a lifetime to attend the most elite prep school in the country-Sanctuary Bay Academy-it seems almost too good to be true. But, after years of bouncing from foster home to foster home, escaping to its tranquil setting, nestled deep in Swans Island, couldn't sound more appealing. Swiftly thrown into a world of privilege and secrets, Sarah quickly realizes finding herself noticed by class charmer, Nate, as well as her roommate's dangerously attentive boyfriend, Ethan, are the least of her worries. When her roommate suddenly goes missing, she finds herself in a race against time, not only to find her, but to save herself and discover the dark truth behind Sanctuary Bay's glossy reputation.

In this genre-bending YA thriller, Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz, Sarah's new school may seem like an idyllic temple of learning, but as she unearths years of terrifying history and manipulation, she discovers this "school" is something much more sinister. "

Excerpt:

Daddy pressed his finger to his lips, shushing Sarah quiet as he slid the door to the tunnel back on. She wrapped her arms tightly around her knees and pressed her cheek against her arm, trying to pretend she was back in her own room. But it didn’t smell like her room. Even the spicy smell of Daddy’s cologne had faded now that the tunnel was closed. And grayness was all around her. She was almost four, and that was too old to be scared of the dark. But it wasn’t all dark. It was just gray dark.

She tried not to think of monsters crawling toward her. Daddy said there were no monsters. But monsters liked tunnels. They liked little girls.

Sometimes when she was scared she liked to sing the Maggie song. But that was against the rules. She had to be quiet. She had to be still. She had to wait until Daddy or Mommy opened the door and got her.
Thinking about the rules helped. She could almost hear Daddy saying them, as if he was hiding in the tunnel with her. Even though he was way too big. If something bad happens, wait until the room is safe. If you leave the tunnel, put the funny slit- ted door back on. Run fast. Find a lady with kids. Tell her your name is Sarah Merson. Merson. Merson. Merson. Merson. Ask for help.

Her nose started twitching, itching from the thick air. Mak- ing her want to sneeze. But she had to be quiet.

Then she heard Mommy screaming. Mommy never screamed. Were the monsters out there and not in the tunnel?

On hands and knees she started creeping toward the slits of light, heart pounding.

“Kt85L is our property,” a man said. “You had no right!”

Out there. Mommy on her knees facing the hotel room wall. Someone’s legs. A hand reaching down. A silver bird stared at Sarah from a ring on the finger. Stared with a horrible little black eye. The finger pulled the trigger of a gun.

A bang. Her ears filling with bees. Mommy collapsing on the floor. Red spilling out.

Sarah shoved her fingers into her mouth. Quiet. The rule was be quiet.

Shouting. Daddy’s legs running by, out of the room. The bird man chasing. The door banging closed.

Something bad happening.

The room was safe. The bird man was gone. So she had to get out. Mommy was on the floor. Daddy was gone.

She shoved the door and it fell out onto the floor. Near Mommy. Near the red. But the rule was to put the funny door back on. She picked it up and shoved it over the tunnel like Daddy had shown her.
Sarah didn’t want to look at Mommy. She looked out the window instead. The window was always open and there was never a screen. Daddy’s voice came from the hallway, yelling. Screaming.

Another bang.

Sarah pressing her hands over her eyes. Not looking. Not look- ing. Something bad happening.

Daddy was quiet now. Something bad. She had to run fast.

Sarah climbed on the chair under the window. The chair al- ways went under the window. She stuck her legs through the window and jumped down. Now run fast.

She ran fast, looking for a lady with a stroller or a kid her age. A mommy would help her. She would say she was Sarah Merson.

Sarah Merson, and something bad happened.

About The Authors: Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz have written many books for teens and middle-grade readers, including the Edgar-nominated mystery series Wright and Wong and the YA novels Crave and Sacrifice. They have also written for the TV shows Roswell, 1-800-Missing, and The Dead Zone. Laura lives in New York and Melinda lives in North Carolina, but really they mostly live on email, where they do most of their work together.


Giveaway: Thanks to the fabulous people at St. Martin's Griffin, I am giving away one copy of SANCTUARY BAY to one very lucky winner. This giveaway is only open to US participants and ends 2/29 (Leap year, heeeey). Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

The Winner's Kiss Blog Tour


Welcome, folks! Today we're going to talk about my favorite literary kiss, and all the reasons why I love it so. Okay, I'm a huge fan of kissing scenes. I love them, can't get enough of them, need more, more, more! Honestly, how am I suppose to choose? There are so many books, characters, scenes...ahh!

One of my runner-up couples happen to be Karou and Akiva in DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE. An angel and a devil really did fall in love, and sadly, it did not end well. *TEAR*

Another one I loved was Isla and Josh's wintery Parisian kiss in ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER. If you've read it, you know the one. It's so crazy sweet and has so many feelings. I can't even!

The first runner-up, though, would have to be Mia and Ansel's restroom kiss in SWEET FILTH BOY. Sweet Filthy Boy indeed!

Alas, there must be one winner (And this kiss really is my favorite kiss, even if I wasn't a part of this tour). My absolutely favorite kiss was the one Kestrel and Arin shared in the kitchen in THE WINNER'S CURSE. Is it because delicious sounding pastries were involved? That's part of it, but it's mainly because these two people, who have every reason to hate each other, somehow found a way to fall for someone's soul rather than who they are or what they mean in whatever world. It was sweet, sexy, and offered so many promises. Too many feels but also not enough. Le siiiiigh.


Now, as part of the tour, we get to send a kiss to a friend. What does this mean? Well, today I'll be picking one of my friends to receive a copy of THE WINNER'S CURSE. It pains me that she hasn't read this book yet, but she had a baby and is busy, so I guess I have to be more understanding. Anywho, that person is my super awesome friend, whom I've known for years and adore, Karen S. from Karen's Addictions! KISSES TO YOU!!!

Be sure to check out the rest of the tour and the line-up, and definitely preorder THE WINNER'S KISS. I've already read it twice, and it left me with the absolute best book hangover ever. This is the last book in the trilogy, so there will be spoilers in the summary below.

STOP READING NOW IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE WINNER'S CURSE OR THE WINNER'S CRIME! SPOILERS AHEAD!

"War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it, with the East as his ally and the empire as his enemy. He’s finally managed to dismiss the memory of Kestrel, even if he can’t quite forget her. Kestrel turned into someone he could no longer recognize: someone who cared more for the empire than for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she cared for him. At least, that’s what he thinks.

But far north lies a work camp where Kestrel is a prisoner. Can she manage to escape before she loses herself? As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover unexpected roles in battle, terrible secrets, and a fragile hope. The world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and Kestrel and Arin are caught between. In a game like this, can anybody really win?"



Marie Rutkoski is the author of The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of Wonders and The Celestial Globe. The Cabinet of Wonders, her debut novel, was named an Indie Next Kids’ List Great Read and a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, among other honors. Rutkoski grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), as the oldest of four children. She attended the University of Iowa, where she took Writers’ Workshop classes and studied with Pulitzer Prize-winner James Alan McPherson. After graduating, she lived in Moscow and Prague. Upon receiving her Ph.D. from Harvard University, she held dual appointments as a lecturer there in both English and American Literature and Language, and History and Literature. Rutkoski is currently a professor at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance Drama, children’s literature and creative writing. She lives in New York City with her husband and cat.



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Friday, January 29, 2016

Review: The Coincidence of Coconut Cake

Title: The Coincidence of Coconut Cake
Author: Amy E. Reichert
Published: July 21st 2015 by Gallery Books
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"YOU'VE GOT MAIL meets HOW TO EAT A CUPCAKE in this delightful novel about a talented chef and the food critic who brings down her restaurant—whose chance meeting turns into a delectable romance of mistaken identities.

In downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Lou works tirelessly to build her beloved yet struggling French restaurant, Luella’s, into a success. She cheerfully balances her demanding business and even more demanding fiancé…until the morning she discovers him in the buff—with an intern.

Witty yet gruff British transplant Al is keeping himself employed and entertained by writing scathing reviews of local restaurants in the Milwaukee newspaper under a pseudonym. When an anonymous tip sends him to Luella’s, little does he know he’s arrived on the worst day of the chef’s life. The review practically writes itself: underdone fish, scorched sauce, distracted service—he unleashes his worst.

The day that Al’s mean-spirited review of Luella’s runs, the two cross paths in a pub: Lou drowning her sorrows, and Al celebrating his latest publication. As they chat, Al playfully challenges Lou to show him the best of Milwaukee and she’s game—but only if they never discuss work, which Al readily agrees to. As they explore the city’s local delicacies and their mutual attraction, Lou’s restaurant faces closure, while Al’s column gains popularity. It’s only a matter of time before the two fall in love…but when the truth comes out, can Lou overlook the past to chase her future?

Set in the lovely, quirky heart of Wisconsin, THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE is a charming love story of misunderstandings, mistaken identity, and the power of food to bring two people together."



Thoughts: Food and books go hand in hand, right? Why not pair the two together and create a story based around a struggling chef and a food critic? Well, let me tell you, what's inside this novel is as delicious as how that coconut cake cover looks. THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE completely took me by surprised and sent me on this quirky, fun journey that had me craving food for days. Have you heard of cheese curds before? I haven't, and the name sounds gross, but now I can't help but want some. Thanks a lot, Amy E. Reichert!


One cup of drama.
The story starts off with Lou who owns a French restaurant named after her loving grandmother. This restaurant is her dream, and for the most part things are going well, until start taking a downward turn. It's bad enough Delvin, her fiance, doesn't want her spending so much time at Luella's (aka her restaurant), but then she ends up catching him with an intern at his office. Yikes. To top if off, Lou ends up creating the worst dish of her life which ends up being served to the nastiest food critic in town.

Al works in Wisconsin and hates it. He's a food critic and even though he has a huge following, he can't help but want to be somewhere else, life somewhere else, do something else. It's not until he meets this lovely lady with the heavenly smelling coconut cake till he starts to realize maybe he's where he should be.

There's just the problem of him being the one who wrote the vicious, possibly career ruining review of Luella's to deal with.

A Tablespoon of hope.
One of the things I adored about this book is how the two characters meet and what develops between them. It really is a YOU'VE GOT MAIL-esque novel, because as the reader, you know what's going on. You see it all through each of their point of views, and while you just want to scream HEY, OPEN UP YOUR EYES AND SEE, you can't. You just have to sit back and see what unfolds.

A teaspoon of romance.
The novel definitely focuses more on the characters and their lives rather than romance. There's friendship first, as well as the possibility for more, but there's also the inner struggle of what they want to do with their lives. Even if they know, where will it take them? Now, I will say that the little bit of romance that's there is fantastic, and the novel wouldn't have been the same without it. I loved that the story focused more about Lou and Al getting to know each other, visiting all the best places in Wisconsin, and not a "let's grab a can of whipped cream, bring it back to my place, and see where it goes" type of story.

THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE is a light-hearted, entertaining, feel good read that shouldn't be missed. Be sure to have plenty of snacks around the house and possibly some beer or cider. You're going to need it. Oh, and did I mention there's a recipe at the end of the novel? Exactly.





Rating:

4 Stars






Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It features each bloggers most anticipated books. This week my pick is 738 Days by Stacey Kade.



"At fifteen, Amanda Grace was abducted on her way home from school. 738 days later, she escaped. Her 20/20 interview is what everyone remembers—Amanda describing the room where she was kept, the torn poster of TV heartthrob Chase Henry on the wall. It reminded her of home and gave her the strength to keep fighting.

Now, years later, Amanda is struggling to live normally. Her friends have gone on to college, while she battles PTSD. She’s not getting any better, and she fears that if something doesn’t change soon she never will.

Six years ago, Chase Henry defied astronomical odds, won a coveted role on a new TV show, and was elevated to super-stardom. With it, came drugs, alcohol, arrests, and crazy spending sprees. Now he's sober and a Hollywood pariah, washed up at twenty-four.

To revamp his image, Chase’s publicist comes up with a plan: surprise Amanda Grace with the chance to meet her hero, followed by a visit to the set of Chase’s new movie. The meeting is a disaster, but out of mutual desperation, Amanda and Chase strike a deal. What starts as a simple arrangement, though, rapidly becomes more complicated when they realize they need each other in more ways than one. But when the past resurfaces in a new threat, will they stand together or fall apart?

With charm and heart, Stacey Kade takes readers on a journey of redemption and love."

Why I Can't Wait: THAT SUMMARY! Holy cow, this book just sounds like something I could easily fall in love with and finish in one sitting. It kind of reminds me of a grittier version of JESSE'S GIRL (which I loved), but with slightly older characters. Also, I adore Stacey Kade. She's such an incredible storyteller, and I would pretty much read her grocery list if she'd let.


Expected publication
: June 28th 2016 by Forge Books
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Monday, January 18, 2016

Firsts Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway


Welcome, welcome, to the next stop in the FIRSTS Blog Tour. I'm your host for today, and boy, do I have a lot of fun things planned today. First off, let's get to know FIRSTS a bit more, shall we?


"Seventeen-year-old Mercedes Ayres has an open-door policy when it comes to her bedroom, but only if the guy fulfills a specific criteria: he has to be a virgin. Mercedes lets the boys get their awkward, fumbling first times over with, and all she asks in return is that they give their girlfriends the perfect first time- the kind Mercedes never had herself.

Keeping what goes on in her bedroom a secret has been easy- so far. Her absentee mother isn’t home nearly enough to know about Mercedes’ extracurricular activities, and her uber-religious best friend, Angela, won’t even say the word “sex” until she gets married. But Mercedes doesn’t bank on Angela’s boyfriend finding out about her services and wanting a turn- or on Zach, who likes her for who she is instead of what she can do in bed.

When Mercedes’ perfect system falls apart, she has to find a way to salvage her reputation and figure out where her heart really belongs in the process. Funny, smart, and true-to-life, FIRSTS is a one-of-a-kind young adult novel about growing up. "

FIRSTS: A Novel
By Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Thomas Dunne Books
Publication Date: January 5, 2015
Hardcover: 9781250075963 / $18.99
eBook: 9781466887329 / $9.99

Now, time for an excerpt!

Tonight, I’m doing Evan Brown’s girlfriend a favor. An awkward, sweaty, fumbling favor. Melanie, or whatever her name is, owes me big time.
Except she’ll never know it.

***


“You’re not staying over,” I say, fastening the robe around my waist. “You’ll get there. Girls care less about that than you think. Especially in the beginning. You can work up to it together.”
He grins. He looks different, more handsome somehow. In the softer light, his pimples aren’t as evident and his jawline seems more pronounced. One day, I think Evan Brown could even be a heartbreaker.
But that day isn’t today.

I glance at the clock on my nightstand. Eleven p.m. on a Tues- day. “It’s a school night, Evan. Time for you to go. Your mother will wonder where you are.” Or I assume she would. Most mothers do. Not mine, of course.
His grin turns into a frown. “Do I, you know, owe you some- thing? I don’t know how this works . . .” His voice trails off.

“You don’t owe me anything. Just be good to her, okay? Re- member everything we talked about.”

I know he will. He even took notes. Open her car door for her. Bring her flowers, not something generic like roses but her actual favorite flowers. Have dinner reservations in advance, not necessarily somewhere fancy but somewhere meaningful, like where you had your first kiss or where you realized you loved her. Kiss her, not just on her lips but in unexpected places. On the nape of her neck. On her forehead. On her wrist. Push her hair behind her ears gently. Take a picture. She’ll want to remember the night.

I swallow against a lump that has risen up suddenly in my throat. It’s not that Evan is different—he’s a nice guy, a kid who loves his girlfriend and wants to please her. Maybe I’m the one who’s different. Maybe this speech is starting to feel too familiar. I told myself five favors for five deserving virgins. Five was the line I drew in the sand, and I trampled over it like it wasn’t even there. Evan is the tenth, and ten is a line I can’t just trample past.

But I’m certainly not going to get into this with Evan, so I put on a fake smile. I gesture around the room at the chaise lounge and walk-in closet and floor-to-ceiling shoe rack. “Besides, I really don’t need your money. Spend it on Melody.”

He pulls his boxers and pants back on. His movements are more measured, not the bumbling, terrified movements of the Evan Brown who entered my bedroom an hour ago. Even his voice seems deeper, like he came here a boy and is leaving as a man. I suppose that’s not far from the truth. I allow myself a little smile, a real one this time. It’s easy to reaffirm what I do. What happened to Evan in my bedroom will change him, make him into a more consider- ate lover, even a better boyfriend. Moments like these are what made that line in the sand so easy to obliterate.

Moments like these, I could see an eleventh, even though I promised myself that’s not going to happen. I’m starting the second half of senior year with all of my good karma already under my belt.
“I don’t know where you came from, but you saved my life, Mercy. I mean, Mercedes. I don’t know what I would’ve done with- out you.”

“You would’ve ripped five condoms by accident, and you might’ve drowned the girl in saliva. But now, you’re going to nail it. Literally.”

He tugs his shirt over his head. “When Gus told me how you helped him, I didn’t believe it. But he was right—you’re an angel.” He pauses. “But can I ask you—”

I cut him off midsentence. “No, you can’t. Don’t spoil it.” “But you didn’t even let me finish,” he protests.

“Oh, I let you finish,” I say. “The one thing you can do for me is not ask me any questions.”

He nods. “Fair enough.” “Goodnight, Evan,” I say.

“Goodnight, Mercy. Uh, Mercedes.” He gets to my bedroom door and pauses with his hand on the doorknob.

“This won’t be awkward at school tomorrow, will it?” he says, looking back at me.

“Of course not,” I say, folding my arms over my chest. “It’s not going to be awkward at all, because what happened in this room becomes just a figment of your imagination the second you walk out that door.”

He gives me a tight-lipped smile and pulls the door shut after him. I can see his shoes underneath, can tell he’s lingering there, wondering if he said too much or not enough, not entirely convinced that his secret is safe with me.

But he has nothing to worry about. His secret, like those of nine of his fellow seniors, is safe with me. At Milton High, I’m my own statistic. People fail to see the great equalizer, the one thing the band geeks, the drama nerds, the jocks, and the preppies all have in common.

Me—Mercedes Ayres.

The girl who took their virginity.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Laurie Elizabeth Flynn went to school for journalism and later worked as a model, a job that took her overseas to Tokyo, Athens, and Paris. She lives in London, Ontario, with her husband and her Chihuahua.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Come Back To Me Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway (It's INT!)


Welcome, welcome to the next stop in the Come Back To Me Blog Tour. I'm your host Lena, and I will be walking you through my journey with this fantastic novel. First up, a little background information.


Come Back to Me by Mila Gray
(Come Back to Me, #1)
Published by: Simon Pulse
Publication date: December 8th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Source: eARC courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review
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"In this heart-wrenching tale of love and loss, a young Marine and his best friend’s sister plunge into a forbidden love affair while he’s home on leave.

When a Marine Chaplain knocks on her door, Jessa’s heart breaks—someone she loves is dead. Killed in action, but is it Riley or Kit? Her brother or her boyfriend…

Three months earlier, Marine Kit Ryan finds himself back home on leave and dangerously drawn to his best friend Riley’s sister, Jessa—the one girl he can’t have. Exhausted from fighting his feelings, Kit finally gives in, and Jessa isn’t strong enough to resist diving headfirst into a passionate relationship.

But what was just supposed to be a summer romance develops into something far greater than either of them expected. Jessa’s finally found the man of her dreams and Kit’s finally discovered there’s someone he’d sacrifice everything for.

When it’s time for Kit to redeploy, neither one is ready to say goodbye. Jessa vows to wait for him and Kit promises to come home to her. No matter what.

But as Jessa stands waiting for the Marine Chaplain to break her heart, she can’t help but feel that Kit has broken his promise…

Riley or Kit? Kit or Riley? Her brother or her boyfriend? Who’s coming home to her?"

Thoughts: You guys, I cannot tell you enough how much I absolutely adored this novel. It has everything I look for in a New Adult novel- raw emotions, romance, realism, and yes, the undeniable heartache that comes with any kind of Marine-PTSD novel. I swooned, I cried, I got angry, I cried some more. All in all, it was an incredibly emotional journey, one I'd highly recommend taking.

Jessa and Kit have known each other for practically their whole lives. Kit is actually Riley (Jessa's older brother)'s best friend, and the three spent a great deal of time together. It's only natural that Kit started developing feelings for Jessa, but how is that suppose to work out? She's his best friend's little sister, and on top of that, their father pretty much hates him. Even alienates him at times. Yikes.

Kit and Riley eventually decide to join the Marines. What Jessa wasn't expecting is how much she ends up missing Kit. It's only until he's home on leave that things start to become something more. The only catch is, like with everyone that serves our country, his time home is limited. It has an expiration date, and what are the two suppose to do once he leaves again?

I absolutely loved watching Jessa and Kit's relationship grow into something I can only describe as beautiful yet real. The novel is told through both of their points of views, so you get to see their affections and feelings at every angle. Really, when it comes to NA books, I truly think this is usually the best path to take. Of the two, I have to admit I probably liked Jessa's POV more. She's just the type of girl you'd want to know, the kind that would have your back. She's also the kind of girl who has a totally swoon-worthy brother, one that's both protective yet still has a lightness to him. Can you tell that I adored these three characters? Probably because I did. I fell in love with each of them and kept praying that please, please let all of this end well.

What I found interesting in this novel is how different the fathers were. I really liked Kit's father. He's the type of guy anyone would be honored to call dad. Then you have Jessa and Riley's dad who, let's just say has a lot of issues and doesn't deal with them well. Towards the end, I found myself understanding why he is the way he is and why he treats people, especially his own children, the way he does, but I honestly didn't think it justified his actions.

Overall, I recommend this novel to fans of IN HONOR and SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL. I've had my eye on this book for a while and am glad it was finally released in the states. Definitely worth the wait!


Rating:

5 Stars




About The Author:

Mila Gray is the pen name for Sarah Alderson, author of Hunting Lila, Losing Lila, The Sound, Fated and Out of Control. Originally from London she has lived in Bali for the last four years with her husband and daughter. As well as writing young adult fiction under the name Sarah Alderson and adult fiction under the name Mila Gray, she also writes screenplays. You can find out more at www.milagray.com and on facebook: www.facebook.com/sarahjalderson

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Review: How To Lose a Bachelor


Title: How To Lose A Bachelor
Author: Anna Banks
Published: November 9th 2015 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Bliss)
Source: eARC courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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"When Rochelle Ransom auditioned for the dating show Luring Love, she had big plans for winning the prize money to help her favorite charity–and if she won the hot bachelor's heart, even better. But at the last minute she finds out the hot bachelor is her ex-boyfriend, Grant Drake. Desperate to keep her distance from him, she'll do anything–and everything–to get voted off.

Years ago, Rochelle broke Grant’s heart, and he's out for revenge. There's no way he'll vote her off.

After all, vengeance is a dish best served red-hot...and on live television.

When her hilarious antics to get kicked off the show escalate, Grant’s reminded why he fell in love with her the first time. Now he isn't sure which might be more fun... Seeing how far Rochelle is willing to go to get away or how far he will to keep her forever."

Thoughts: If you're looking for a boring, blah read, this is definitely NOT the book for you. Now, if you're looking for a fun, clever, and addicting novel, HOW TO LOSE A BACHELOR is the one. I can't say it took me by surprise, since I adore the author and her previous books. What I can say is, if you follow Anna on Twitter then you know how funny and witty she is, and HOW TO LOSE A BACHELOR further proves this.

After reading the summary, this novel sounded like a funny version of UnReal (GREAT show!). Guess what? That's exactly what it is! Rochelle (Don't call her Chelle) is a prestigious lawyer who decided to be a contestant on Luring Love (which is basically The Bachelor) in the hopes of winning the prize money for her charity, Helping Hands. What she wasn't expect was her ex, the guy who completely shattered her heart into a million pieces, to be the bachelor on the show. Though she wants to just quit and call it a loss, she can't help but think of all the good that prize money will do.

Then you have Grant. He is equally as crushed to see Rochelle there. After all, it wasn't just her heart that was broken all those years ago. Also, he can't help but question why she's on this show to begin with, Is there a chance for them to get back together? I guess we shall see!

The novel is told from both of their point of views. I swear, I'm not sure which is more comical: Rochelle living these humiliating moments or Grant recapping them and vice versa. Their chemistry is off the charts, but Rochelle is still so mad at Grant. They both playout these little revenge situations that end up blowing up in both of their faces. I almost cried from laughing so hard and picturing all of this in my head! It's clear they're meant to be together, but you still wonder if they're both willing to let go of the past in order to start a new future together.

There's also some interesting characters outside the main two. You have Maya, one of the other contestants on the show, who is just so easy to love. Had Rochelle and Grant not have been a match made for each other, I would've rooted for Maya. The other girls, with the exception of Ellie, are just off the charts, and not in a good way. They're so outrageous, and you can't help but love to hate them. Then you have Chris, the host and Grant's kind of friend friend from college. What are his real motives? Does he care about these two or is he mainly in it for the ratings? If you watched UnReal, Chris is kind of like a Rachel and Ricki (the producer) is very much like Julia. There's fun, there's adventure, there's TONS of drama, and of course, there's romance.

I know I've gone on and on about this novel, but it's only because I truly loved it and had such a blast reading it. More? Please?



Rating:

5 Stars