Royally Screwed by Emma Chase

Royally Screwed (Royally #1)
by Emma Chase (Goodreads, Twitter, Website)
Published by EverAfter Romance on October 18th, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Humor
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Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka His Royal Hotness, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant; hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.

Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn't bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.

Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.

Dating a prince isn't what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.

There's a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they've traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces, and haven't chopped anyone's head off lately, the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.

But to Olivia, Nicholas is worth it.

Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is and, more importantly, who he wants to be: a King... or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.

I'M BACK FROM THE BLOGGING DEAD, Y'ALL! Figuratively. Hah! I'm so glad I finally got back my mojo to write reviews again and I'm really hoping this continues especially with all these awesome upcoming releases!

Emma Chase is turning into one of my favorite NA authors even though I’ve only read a few of her books. So far, Tangled is still her best yet. That book definitely set the bar real high, but Royally Screwed almost reached the top… Keyword: almost.

Emma Chase brings us a touching, swoon worthy and hilarious fairytale romance in Royally Screwed. Think modern day Cinderella. We’ve got Prince Nicholas Pembrook taking an interest in ordinary waitress Olivia Hammond who works nine to five, selling pies in her family cafĂ©. A little push and pull, witty banter and sexual tension, then bam. Hot. Steamy. Sex. And weeks of pure bliss. But there’s a catch—Prince Nicholas needs to marry a fellow blue blood after six months then produce an heir. How’s that going to work for our Prince Charming and Cinderella?

The characters, although a little over the top, are realistic and captivating. Royally Screwed is written in Nicholas and Olivia’s interchanging POVs, but I definitely loved reading from Nicholas’ POV more. Chase writes the best male POV chapters. She definitely has the conceited-asshole-but-has-a-mushy-heart hero voice on point. Despite being a prince, Nicholas is absolutely brash, arrogant and a dirty talking sex-on-a-stick hero with a British accent, especially when it comes to Olivia. He’s sweet and charming, but he’s got his crass moments. I love how relatable Olivia’s personality is. She’s sassy, kind, down to earth and absolutely independent.

The romance in Royally Screwed is straight up swoony, steamy, sexy with a little bit of angst—everything I expect in an Emma Chase novel! I enjoyed Nicholas and Olivia as their own characters but together, these two are just explosive and off the charts hot!

Let’s not forget the star of this series’ second installment, Royally Matched. We already get to know a lot about Prince Henry, the younger royal with the party boy lifestyle, but I’m certain there’s more to him than that. He’s a real hoot too, so I’m excited to read his story! The minor characters are also hilarious to read. I enjoyed Nicholas’ bodyguards and Olivia’s sister, Ellie. I’m so sure there’s going to be a book about her soon!

All in all, Royally Screwed is a hilarious and swoon-worthy read. But while I enjoyed Prince Nicholas, Drew from Tangled still takes the cake. It’s a fast-paced read and should you be going through a book slump, this book will definitely pull you back in. Recommended for fans of Lauren Blakely, Alice Clayton, and Penny Reid.

Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton & Nina Bocci - Italians do it better!

Roman Crazy (Broads Abroad #1)
by Alice Clayton (Goodreads, Twitter, Website) and Nina Bocci (Goodreads, Twitter, Website)
Published by Gallery Books on September 13th, 2016
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult, Chick Lit
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Avery Bardot steps off the plane in Rome, looking for a fresh start. She’s left behind a soon-to-be ex-husband in Boston and plans to spend the summer with her best friend Daisy, licking her wounds—and perhaps a gelato or two. But when her American-expat friend throws her a welcome party on her first night, Avery’s thrown for a loop when she sees a man she never thought she’d see again: Italian architect Marcello Bianchi.

Marcello was the man—the one who got away. And now her past is colliding with her present, a present where she should be mourning the loss of her marriage and—hey, that fettuccine is delicious! And so is Marcello…

Slipping easily into the good life of summertime in Rome, Avery spends her days exploring a city that makes art historians swoon, and her nights swooning over her unexpected what was old is new again romance. It’s heady, it’s fevered, it’s wanton, and it’s crazy. But could this really be her new life? Or is it just a temporary reprieve before returning to the land of twin-set cardigans and crustless sandwiches?

A celebration of great friendship, passionate romance, and wonderful food, Roman Crazy is a lighthearted story of second chances and living life to the fullest.


I’m writing this review for the second time, because the first time I did, I managed to ~stupidly~ delete it after posting it on the blog. Yay me. So in an attempt to rewrite the whole thing—to a T—it’s taken me ages to do so. So, while it doesn’t replicate my initial words, they both share the same sentiments: I’m crazy for Roman Crazy.

Roman Crazy kicks off with our heroine, Avery, headed to Italia to stay with her best friend in an attempt to ditch her cheating ex-husband and find herself again. But to her surprise, she meets Marcello, an old flame she left behind in Barcelona years ago. While they’ve changed through the years, there’s no denying the spark between still exists.

Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci’s joint debut novel is one of the perfect romances I’ve ever read. A romantic Italian adventure--through the cobblestone streets and vibrant Roman culture that satisfied the traveler in me. A story of self-discovery and second chances, it’s got the perfect balance between swoon and angst—topped with incredible sexual tension and hilarious banter and hot Italian men. Heh.

Avery’s character is a breath of fresh air. Escaping from her life as a trophy wife is one of the strongest things a woman can do. I adored how she was able to find herself again and transform into a headstrong, sassy and colorful person. Plus, the fact that Avery is an artist is a massive check in my book! Her beau, Marcello, on the other hand, is the dream Italian book boyfriend. Sweet and tender with a dominant side (lawd, help), he sure knows how to keep a reader charmed and swooning. I love how we get to meet his lively and spirited family, adding a cheerier feel to the book.

If you’re in a book slump and in need of some saving grace, Roman Crazy is just right for you. It’s a fast paced read that's so enthralling, sure enough to make you erupt in a fit of giggles with every turn of a page. It features the classic Alice Clayton laugh-out-loud humour, matched with delicious steamy and sexy scenes that will leave you wanting more… because Italians do it better (hah!). Clayton and Bocci make a great team and I can’t wait to read more by these two!

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To Love and To Cherish by Lauren Layne + Excerpt & GIveaway!

Lauren Layne has done it again! Her new series, the Wedding Belles, is her latest knockout in the chick lit genre and I can't wait to share with you all about her latest novel, To Love and Cherish! It's been out for a few days, so don't forget to grab a copy from Amazon! I've got a review, excerpt and giveaway on the line up, so stick around!

To Love and to Cherish (The Wedding Belles #3)
by Lauren Layne
Published by Pocket Books on October 18th, 2016.
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Chick Lit



Sex and the City meets The Wedding Planner in The Wedding Belles, a contemporary and witty romance series about three high-powered New York City women who can plan any wedding—but their own.
Alexis Morgan has spent the past six years devoted to turning her tiny start-up into Manhattan’s premiere wedding planning company, The Wedding Belles. Now that her business is thriving, it’s time to turn towards her much neglected personal life, and Alexis approaches her relationships like she does everything else: with a plan. Not a part of that plan is Logan Harris, the silent partner in the Belles, and the one person who’s been there for her since the very beginning. But Alexis needs someone fun, and Logan’s all business, all the time—except when a late night at the office ends with an unexpected kiss that leaves the usually cool and together Alexis reeling.

Logan has lusted after Alexis since the day he walked into the tiny Harlem apartment that used to double as her office. But the ambitious wedding planner has always been untouchable...until now. Alexis has made it clear that she’s on the dating market—and equally clear that he’s not in the running. But when Alexis finds herself in need of a date for her sister’s last minute wedding in Florida, Logan knows it’s the perfect time to show Alexis that there’s more to him than numbers and spreadsheets—and beneath the pinstripes and glasses lies a hot-blooded heartthrob. As Florida’s sultry days turn into even hotter nights, Logan’s out to convince Alexis that the fling of a lifetime could just maybe turn into forever...

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Upon reading the Wedding Belles series, I thought the sequel, For Better or Worse, was the best yet. I loved Heather and Josh, but Alexis and Logan both have a special place in my heart--also because these two have teased readers for so long, it's about time they finally got their story! Lauren Layne’s last instalment of the Wedding Belles, To Love and To Cherish, takes on the classic friends to lovers, only riddled with a little bit of delicious angst that leaves a tender touch to the heart.

Alexis Morgan and Logan Harris have been nothing but friends for eight years, and while the chic entrepreneur’s already checked "career goals" off her to do list, Alexis is still yet to get to her main goal: fall in love and eventually walk down the aisle. She’s working on a redo in the love department, with a Tinder profile probably in the works and some help from her girlfriends to get her back in the dating game. Meanwhile, Logan Harris, accountant to the Wedding Belles, has been waiting oh, so patiently for a spot in his business partner’s heart. The question is, how much longer will he have to wait until she’s sees him more than just a friend?

It’s not everyday I get to read a romance where the hero has been pining for the heroine for a long time, and it’s definitely a refreshing take on the friends to lovers trope. Lauren Layne never disappoints in creating delightful characters with scorching chemistry, as friends and lovers. And of course, you definitely won’t miss out on steamy scenes and witty banter.

“Logan. I don’t understand you like this. I don’t get what you want from me.”
He stared into her eyes. “Yes. You do.”
I loved Alexis’ character; strong, sassy and takes no crap from anyone, but behind her cool and calm facade, she's a vulnerable person after being previously burned in love. Our beau, on the other hand, is definitely a one in a million. I mean, seriously, where do you find a guy so patient and willing to wait for so long? Logan is the absolute book boyfriend! Not only is he a sexy Adonis with a knack for numbers; he’s also English! (Because accents turns me into jelly).

In a short span of time, this series has made a special mark in my heart… and I’m not ready for it to end. I absolutely adored reading The Wedding Belles (though I still have yet to post my review for the rest of the books) and I just can’t get enough. Definitely adding this duo to my list of romances featuring power couples, because #goals. It’s fast paced and a very captivating read, that will keep you wanting for more and can each be read as a standalone! If you’re a chick lit romance fan and love books by Rachel Gibson, Jill Shalvis, Jessica Lemmon, Jennifer Probst or Jaci Burton, this series is definitely for you!

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“Hello.”

The sexy British accented startled Alexis out of her thoughts, and she glanced up, both alarmed and intrigued to find that the face that awaited her was every bit as appealing as the voice.

The man was about her age—early, maybe midtwenties—and ridiculously cute. His hair was dark and maybe just a touch too long, as though he intended to get a haircut but kept forgetting. The eyes were brown and friendly, accented by trendy black-framed glasses.

The chunky cable-knit sweater with elbow patches—for real—bordered on dorky, but then, Alexis had always had a soft spot for dorky. He had a bit of the Clark Kent thing going on, which had always been far more her type than the overrated Superman.

“Hi,” she replied quickly, realizing that she’d been staring.

His smile grew wider as he extended a hand. “Logan Harris.”

Darn. Even the name was good.

“Alexis,” she said.

“Does that come with a last name?” he teased, lowering himself to the vacant barstool beside her.

“Not to strange men,” she retorted.

“I could buy you a drink. Get rid of the ‘strange’ part.”

Alexis’s smile slipped as she remembered that romance, even flirting, wasn’t part of her plan. She’d learned the hard way that she could have one or the other—her own business or a boyfriend—not both. And even if she wanted the latter, the latter didn’t want her back.

“No thanks; I’m fine,” she said, letting the slightest amount of chill enter her voice. The ice-princess treatment, Roxanne called it.

Logan shrugged, undeterred. “All right then. May I borrow your menu?”

She nodded, and he picked it up, perusing it for several moments and paying her no attention.

It was both a relief and also a bit of an insult, if she was being entirely honest, to be given up on so easily.

Alexis tried to turn her attention back to her laptop but watched out of the corner of her eye as he finally shut the menu, waiting patiently to catch the bartender’s eye.

“Hi there,” he said, when the bartender ambled back over. “I’d like a Stella, and a maybe bite to eat?”

Alexis didn’t miss the once-over that the bartender gave Logan before the curvy redhead leaned over the bar, displaying perky boobs as she clicked her pen and pulled a notepad out of her back pocket.

“Shoot,” the bartender said flirtatiously, looking a good deal friendlier than she had when she’d spoken to Alexis.

Not that Alexis blamed her. A cute Brit could do that to a girl.

“All right then,” Logan said. “I’d like the burger, medium, with Swiss. Fish and chips, extra tartar, and . . . how’s your chicken club?”

The bartender blinked. “It’s good. But you want all that?”

“I do. Thank you.”

“Suit yourself,” she said, scribbling Logan’s order on the pad.

“Hungry?” Alexis couldn’t resist asking after the bartender moved away.

Logan gave a sheepish smile. “I’m a recovering student. I sometimes get so wrapped up in my day that I forget to eat.”

“A recovering student. What does that mean?”

He turned slightly toward her. “Someone’s showing plenty of interest in a strange man.”

She bit her lip. “I’m sorry if I was rude before. I’m just not really in the market for . . . you know.”

He gave her an easy smile. “Everyone’s in the market for a friend, Alexis.”

She opened her mouth and then shut it as she realized he was right. She could use a friend. She’d spent her entire life in Boston and knew almost nobody in New York. This guy seemed nice and nonthreatening enough—what would be the harm in a little conversation over dinner? It had been too long since she’d had somebody to share a meal with.

Logan seemed to know the moment she capitulated, because he turned more fully toward her. “A recovering student, Alexis, is a recent graduate. One who hasn’t quite absorbed that there will be no more finals, no more requisite all-nighters, and no more dorm sex.”

Alexis laughed. “Undergrad, then?”

He gave her a wry look. “How young do I look, darling? MBA from Columbia. Just finished up end of last year.”

She felt a little stab of relief that he wasn’t twenty-two.

He leaned toward her slightly. “Twenty-five next month, just in case you were wondering. As a friend.”

She tried to hide her smile and failed. “Columbia, huh? You’re a long way from home.”

“Noticed that, did ya?” He winked. “I came out here for undergrad, also Columbia. Always figured I’d go back to London and maybe someday I will, but . . .” He shrugged. “Seems I have stuff to do here first.”

“Such as?” She took a sip of her wine, dismayed to see that it was half-empty.

“Well, this will probably shock you, given my vast amount of brawn, but I’m an accountant. Or at least I will be, once I get my business up and running.”

Alexis was impressed. “Your own business?”

Most twentysomethings, even those with an entrepreneurial bent, opted to get a few years of work under their belts for someone else before branching out on their own.

He nodded. “I’m working out of my flat for now, but I’m hoping to lease some office space soon, get some legitimacy. If nothing else to get my father off my back.”

“He’s not a fan of your plan?” Alexis asked.

Logan’s shoulder lifted, and for the first time he seemed a little sad. “Both parents have had it in their head that I’d come home. Run the family business in London.”

“Which is . . . ?”

He spun his beer glass idly. “Financial consulting firm. My father’s the CEO, Mum’s the COO.”

“Wow, that’s . . .”

“Scary?” Logan supplied.

“I was going to say impressive. That they work together—without killing each other, I mean.”

“They’re in love. It’s atrocious,” he said with a wink. “What about your folks?”

Alexis laughed. “Not in love. They divorced when I was in high school. Dad’s remarried and happy now, I think. Mom not so much.”

“And you?” he said. “Are you happy, Alexis?”

She pursed her lips, surprised and yet not entirely unsettled by the personal question. “It’s been a while since anyone asked me that. Since I even thought about it, really.”

“Think it out. I’ll wait,” he said with a wink.

She didn’t have to think that long. “I’m almost happy.”

“You sound quite confident on that.”

She shrugged. “Let’s just say that I need a few things to fall into place in my professional life, but once that happens . . . yeah. I’ll be happy.”

She’d make sure of it.

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Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne is the USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen romantic comedies. She lives in New York City with her husband (who was her high school sweetheart--cute, right?!) and plus-sized Pomeranian.

In 2011, she ditched her corporate career in Seattle to pursue a full-time writing career in Manhattan, and never looked back.

In her ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.

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Bite-sized Romances Feat. Veronica Larsen

You and Me
by Veronica Larsen (Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook)
Self published on June 27th, 2016
Genres: New AdultRomance, Contemporary, Novella
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Just in time for summer: A Bite-Sized Romance! Everything you crave--banter, steam, romance--all in one quick, fun, and delectable standalone.

It all started in the pouring rain. His wet shirt plastered to his hard body. My drenched hair strewn across my face. We bantered. He held the door. I found out his name. And for a half a second, I fell hard. Then the record stopped. Forget his quick wit, those biceps, and insanely disarming clear blue eyes. The sexy sonofabitch proved he’d be just another mistake. But Jackson won’t give up that easily. He's determined to show me that opposites can not only attract, they can ignite. Can he and I become an us? Or did any chance we had at a future already get washed away?

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This has got to be the most favourite novella I've ever read. It's sweet, sassy and sexy--everything I look for in a romance! Veronica Larsen never disappoints.

You and Me follows Samantha as she moves in her sister's apartment... and funnily enough, gets drenched under the rain before she could even fully move in. Leave it to fate to make her day worse by bringing in a totally good looking guy while looking her worst. Although, I don't think Jackson wouldn't mind a wet T-shirt show, hah!

I absolutely enjoyed reading about Samantha. She's sassy and savvy and works as a midwife (which is totally not something I expected). Jackson is hilarious! A total charmer who would do anything to get what he wants. And he wants Samantha, even after he pissed her off when he unintentionally took a hit at her career. Jackson and Samantha are a hoot together--their banter is absolutely entertaining, with equally steamy scenes to match.

You and Me is such a fun read and I enjoyed every bit! Every turn of a page will leave you in giggles!


Him Or Me
by Veronica Larsen (Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook)
Self published on July 19th, 2106


There’s the boyfriend and there’s the friend. I’m the friend. The guy she leans on, laughs with, and complains to. The guy that gets all of her jokes and sees her at her worst. The guy with his hands shoved deep in his pockets to keep from touching her. The guy so good at hiding his feelings she’s never once suspected. Until the day I tip her hand and everything changes. Until the day I give her the choice that's been right in front of her this whole time. Him or me?

A bite-sized romance. Everything you crave in one delectable little standalone.

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Veronica Larsen's second bite-sized romance features Jackson's brother, Heath, who is madly in love with his best friend, Grace. The only catch is, she's not single. But her boyfriend, William, is a total douche.

I knew there was just something more between Grace and Heath when I first met them in You and Me, and I was so excited to read about them! Although I didn't expect an unrequited type of romance between the duo. But don't fret, it's not totally unrequited, because Grace obviously has some feelings for Heath as well.

While I enjoyed reading about Samantha and Jackson in You and Me, the fluff in Him or Me made me love it to bits! Grace and Heath are so adorable together and very much ship-worthy! Hearts all over! I loved reading about their friendship and how Heath continued to pine for Grace. Their banter is incredibly hilarious and I love how they try to catch each other off guard with random outbursts that are totally absurd and ridiculous. The ending is also the cutest thing I've ever read!

I totally recommend reading these bite-sized romances. Read it on the way to work, during your lunch break, or wherever! They're short, sweet and absolutely delicious, you'd want more! (Maybe a sequel-novella perhaps of both couples?)


Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon - "You're not living if you're not regretting."

Everything, Everything
by Nicola Yoon (Goodreads, Twitter, Website)
Published by Delacorte Press on September 1st, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
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My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

I'm a very picky reader, and it's not everyday I come across a book I absolutely adore... and if I do, I celebrate it. Stumbling upon Everything Everything was unexpected. It was a boring day, waiting in line to catch a ride to get home. I've got to say, boredom has its perks sometimes...and it lead me to my new favourite novel.


Everything's a risk. Not doing anything is a risk. It's up to you.

An Unexpected Gem. 


Nicola Yoon's striking YA novel is an emotional roller coaster which focuses on weighing wants and needs—in a critical ordeal. Everything, Everything follows teenager Madeline 'Maddy', holed up in a very well protected home with a rare disease called SCID (thank you, Google), which makes her allergic to practically everything. She's grown up homeschooled, with a private nurse and completely unaware of the outside world. It's like a modern tale of Rapunzel, only our princess is struck with a severe disease.

Madeline just turned 18 and for the first time, she's struck with cupid's deadly teenage crush; her new next door neighbour, Olly. The more she sees him through the window from her room, the more she wants to get to know him. But she can't leave the house and strict measures are to be followed before anyone gets to enter her sterilised home. Soon, she's breaking the rules just to have a glimpse of what if feels like to be a teenager in love and alive.

It's all about the #YOLO


Nicola Yoon takes the meaning of 'selfishness' to a whole different level, especially with Maddy. Her wants are not materialistic. All she wants is to live. She wants to fall in love, see the world, go to school, make friends. Maddy lives in an unfair life and there's nothing she can do about it. Yoon's ingenuity makes you relate to Maddy through a variety of things. There's always going to be an intangible want in your soul for something you feel you can never have.

For the first time in a long time, I want more than I have.
I applaud Yoon for writing a very realistic character in Maddy. She's a strong and courageous person, in spite of her illness, which made me feel empathetic towards her at the very beginning. She made the worst decisions, just for the sake of living. Also, fun fact: Maddy's half African-American and Japanese! How cool is that? And let's not forget the boy she falls in love with: Olly. Good lord, what a charmer. Although, there's more to him than just the cute boy next door who's a total daredevil. He's got his own issues, but with Maddy, it's like they never existed.

Maddy and Olly are just so precious together. Yoon is definitely in my good books for writing a beautiful romance in this powerful novel. Also, can I just say how much I love Yoon for bravely incorporating sex into this beautiful novel. MASSIVE APPLAUSE. Don't be irked, it's nothing explicit. Really.

The plot is very fast-paced with intriguing chapters. A few of Yoon's chapters are written in a combination of Maddy's diary entries, illustrations, as well as cute and flirty texts between her and Olly. Her illness wasn't the focal point of the story, as this is a romance story and there is a concrete reason behind why it wasn't entirely explained in the novel.

Wait, a MOVIE?!


YES! Everything, Everything is being turned into a movie by MGM! But of course, you guys should've known about this already. Except for me. The upcoming teen YA novel adaption is set to be directed by Stella Meghie, starring Hunger Games' Amandla Stenberg and The 5th Wave's Nick Robinson as Maddy and Olly! Filming just began last week, so this movie is probably going to hit the theatres by 2017!

Movie updates can be found on Nicola Yoon's instagram! Go give her a follow!

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I'm really excited for this movie. This book turned my cold heart (hah!) into mush. Nicola Yoon is a genius, and I definitely can't wait to check out her new novel, The Sun Is Also a Star!

Read this book already? Let me know your thoughts! If you haven't, this book is highly recommended! (Take it from a picky YA reader *wink*)

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The Billionaire Bachelor by Jessica Lemmon — 'You may kiss the 'fake' bride'.

The Billionaire Bachelor (Billionaire Bad Boys #1) by Jessica Lemmon (Goodreads, Twitter, Website)
Published by Forever on June 28th, 2016
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Chick Lit
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Manwhore. That's what the board of directors-and the tabloids-thinks of billionaire bachelor Reese Crane. Ordinarily he couldn't care less, but his playboy past is preventing the board from naming him CEO of Crane Hotels. Nothing-and no one-will keep him from his life's legacy. They want a settled man to lead the company? Then that's exactly what he'll give them.

Merina Van Heusen will do anything to get her parents' funky boutique hotel back-even marry cold-as-ice-but-sexy-as-hell Reese Crane. It's a simple business contract-six months of marriage, absolute secrecy, and the Van Heusen is all hers again. But when sparks fly between them, their passion quickly moves from the boardroom to the bedroom. And soon Merina is living her worst nightmare: falling in love with her husband...

I'm back, my lovely fellow mischievous readers! Excuse my current review style, I'm a little out of my element. I haven't been back on the blog for three months, so I'm currently struggling with creative writing. I've been writing news summaries all day at work, so I'm going to need to work on lengthy descriptions once again.

When did I ever doubt Jessica Lemmon? NEVER. I can absolutely vouch her writing gets better and better with every release.

Whenever I'm in need of a book with the perfect balance of swoon and ache, Jessica Lemmon is the key.

The Second Chance series author brings the bad boys back in motion; billionaire bachelor edition. Brooding billionaire (think Oliver Queen!) meets passionate and tough as nails heroine and go through one of the best romance tropes ever: fake relationships or in this case, marriage. Reese Crane needs to be CEO, but his manwhore reputation isn't exactly the x-factor his father's company board is looking for. Enter Merina Van Heusen--hurt after her parents sold their beloved Van Heusen hotel to the multi-millionaire hotelier Cranes without her knowledge. Reese has a plan, but he'll need Merina's full co-operation if she wants her family hotel back.

Oh gosh. Lemmon's writing is outstanding as ever—characters, plot and all. I adore Reese's brooding yet flirtatious persona. Strong, and stoic, but a broken hero—a perfect complement to Merina's spirited nature, which I commend the most. Merina is a character who wears her heart on her sleeve but in the typical naive manner, a Lemmon trademark. But don't be fooled. This isn't the rich guy falls for poor girl romance. Merina is a confident, no holds barred business woman—sassy, sexy and passionate. Everything I look for in a heroine.

JL's characters complemented each other, bouncing from flawed to flawlessly perfect when together. I can absolutely argue Reese and Merina are the best couple she's ever written. It's a unique frenemies to lovers romance, featuring hilarious banters and a sh*t ton of eye f*cking. Their romance is incredibly spicy, steamy and oozing with the perfect chemistry. Their relationship—extremely flawed, stemming from a business agreement all for the sake of convenience, but blooms into something raw and tender as past secrets begin exposure. The pacing? Just right. It's the perfect balance of a slow burn and an explosive romance.

Let's not forget how this romance author inserts the most perfect supporting characters aka the Cranes brothers, the next in the Billionaire Bad Boys series. I'm stoked, I tell ya! Lemmon's works are addicting, I always fall in love with every single couple. I'm excited for the next thing this series will bring. Tag Crane, I'm coming for you next.