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Book Review: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

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“If you can’t stand being with a woman who’s more successful than you, then leave her alone. She’s better off without you. If you actually love her, then know the value of that love and make it a promise. That is the only thing she needs from you.” 

Stella Lane has Asperger’s Syndrome and while she’s brilliant at her job as an econometrist, she’s struggling to handle social situations. Thus, she also doesn’t have a lot of dating experience which Stella thinks has to change in order for her to find the right man to spend the rest of her life with. And so she decides to hire Michael, a male escort who is going to teach her how to be a good girlfriend. It’s supposed to be a business relationship without any feelings involved, but just because you exclude feelings, doesn’t mean  you cannot develop them anyway.

This book was absolutely perfect and it’s definitely one of the best 2018 releases I’ve read so far. One of the most important parts of a romance book of course is the romance itself and I loved the relationship in “The Kiss Quotient”. I feel like for once this was actually a bit of a mixture of slow burn romance and insta-love. Slow burn because it took them a long time to realize they actually have feelings for each other but also a bit of insta-love because as a reader, you can tell they fall in love quite early in the book. It was a perfect mixture. The plot also had some very interesting elements and consequently, this was a pretty quick read and I think it’s a book one could also easily read in a single sitting.

As for the characters, both the main characters and the side characters were amazing and I’d protect all of them with my life. Especially Stella is someone I grew fond of quite quickly and I think it’s so important to have more representation of disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder in literature and I found it very interesting to learn more about it. Furthermore, both the autism rep and the Asian rep were own voices and Helen Hoang is also a lovely person, so GO READ THE BOOK!

Based on my review I’m sure you can already tell that this was definitely a five-star read for me. “The Kiss Quotient” is a beautifully written romance novel with important representation and I’m so obsessed with it, I can already tell I’ll probably reread it soon.

PS: This book is also being made into a movie soon and I’m so excited to see Stella and Michael on the big screen. It’s going to be amazing!

Have you already read “The Kiss Quotient” and did you enjoy it? 🙂

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ARC Review: Fling Club by Tara Brown

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*Thanks again to Skyscape for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* 

Every year Cherry spends her summer in the Hamptons and every year her summer revolves around the “Fling Club”. The point of the club is that its female members get to choose a guy for a fleeting romance each summer who will then accompany them to functions and other events of their choice. This year is supposed to be Cherry’s last summer in the club but instead of just finding a guy for a short summer romance, she’s out for revenge this time around. Revenge on the club’s founder who slept with her ex-boyfriend. Cherry has a plan but for that plan to work she still needs to find the perfect guy and Ashley, a nerd from MIT, seems like the right candidate. But what happens when after some time, Cherry and Ashley realize they’re more than just business partners and the plan unravels?

The plot of “Fling Club” unfortunately was very predictable. The first third of the novel was actually alright and I was very interested in seeing where the story would go, but then everything just started going downhill from there. All the plot twists were pretty unoriginal and none of them surprised me. Especially the last 10% after a certain bigger plot twist were incredibly boring and I had to force myself to even finish the book despite only having a few pages left to read. There was also lots of slut shaming in this book and overall, the story was just overly dramatic and too much for me. I have to say though that for the most part, this was a very quick read and I flew through the majority of the book.

As for the characters, the two MCs Cherry and Ashley were okay characters, but I have to say that neither of them left a lasting impression and I ultimately didn’t really care about them. The same goes for most of the other characters except for Cherry’s younger sister Ella, who seemed like a very interesting character and quite unlike all the other flat characters in this book. I definitely would’ve loved to still read a little more about her.

The writing style was fine and didn’t bother me too much. It was a little repetitive at times but while I’ve definitely read books from author’s whose writing style is a lot more to my liking than Brown’s, I’ve also definitely seen worse before.

Overall, this was a pretty disappointing read but I’m still giving it two out of five stars because of the promising first third of the novel and because of Ella. If you’re looking for a very dramatic revenge summer romance novel though, this is definitely a book you might enjoy a lot more than I did. But in my opinion, it was simply a very unoriginal and boring book.

 

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Top Ten Tuesday // Red, White and/or Blue Covers

I’ve seen the top ten Tuesday everywhere recently but have never participated in it so far which is going to change today. The Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, so check out her blog for more information! Today’s topic is Red, White and/or Blue covers because of July 4th coming up. As a German, I could’ve now given this a spin by choosing books with my own country’s colours, but I don’t own any yellow books and honestly can’t think of any yellow covers that are remotely pretty. So I’m instead going to give it a spin by showing you some blue, white and red books I want to read this summer, instead of some that I’ve already read!

  1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  2. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  3. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  4. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
  5. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  6. You by Caroline Kepnes
  7. All Of This Is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor
  8. Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
  9. Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
  10. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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Have you already read any of these books and what did you think about them? 🙂

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ARC Review: Dirty Exes by Rachel Van Dyken

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Synopsis

They’re serving up some red-hot revenge. A sizzling series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Rachel van Dyken.

Blaire has never quite gotten over Jessie Beckett, the ex–NFL star whose kisses were hot enough to ignite the entire Eastern Seaboard. When he chose work over her, Blaire was left brokenhearted. Why else would she have married a skeezy two-timer, just to divorce him less than a year later?

Now Blaire is getting even by becoming one half of Dirty Exes, a PI firm fully committed to humiliating cheating jerks. If only the new jerk she’s been hired to uncover wasn’t Jessie Beckett himself.

Exposing Jessie isn’t going to be easy, especially when she still daydreams about his sexy smile. Further complicating matters is Colin, Jessie’s best friend. He’s gorgeous, a little bit cunning, and willing to help Blaire get the inside scoop on Jessie—for a price.

Now caught between two men—one totally right and the other totally wrong—Blaire will need to decide just how much she’s willing to risk…and whom she’s willing to risk it for.

My Review

*Thanks again to Skyscape for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* 

When Blaire finds out that her husband cheated on her with her best friend, she’s devasted. By chance, she meets Isla who’s also just found out she has a cheating husband. They become friends and decide to start a company called “Dirty Exes Private Investigation”. On behalf of wary wifes and husbands they investigate their partners and try to catch them cheating or try to seduce them themselves. But then they get a new request which turns out to be a lot more complicated for Blaire than she thought at first. The husband accused of cheating is none other than the guy she calls ‘the one that got away’.

“Dirty Exes” was an amazing book and I really enjoyed reading it. It was so much fun and overall, the story was super entertaining. I pretty much flew through the first half of the novel in one sitting and then through the second half in another one. In fact, it’s been several months since I’ve last read through a book in such a short period of time, so this definitely speaks in the book’s favor.

I also really liked the characters in this book; especially Colin was amazing and so much fun to read about. Furthermore, I even enjoyed the love triangle in “Dirty Exes” even though I’m not the biggest fan of them. But this love triangle was really well done and for a long time I wasn’t really sure which of the guys I wanted Blaire to choose which only made the book even more interesting to me.

So all in all, I really loved this novel and just need to give it five out of five stars. I also feel like Rachel van Dyken is slowly becoming one of my favorite authors. So far, I’ve really enjoyed most of her novels I’ve read and I already can’t wait to read “Dangerous Exes”, the sequel to “Dirty Exes”, which will come out in October of this year.

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ARC Review: Nowhere Else But Here by Rachel Cotton

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Synopsis

“He was reckless. He was exciting. He was Theo.
And he was a breath of fresh air in my otherwise extremely dull life”

What if the missing person is your missing piece?

Rose has always played by the rules – now it’s time to break them.

Life’s easier when you stay away from other people. Rose Valentine knows that. But some people are impossible to ignore. Take Theo Lockhart. He’s handsome, funny and beyond intriguing. He’s a mystery; one that Rose dreams of solving.

Then one night the mystery deepens. Theo turns up on Rose’s doorstep, desperate to hide out at her house. He’s keeping secrets, and Rose has a million questions. Not least – why did he choose to run to her?

If Rose lets him in, she’ll be going against everything she holds true. It’s reckless, risky – and definitely not in the rulebook. But Theo makes Rose long to break the rules After a whirlwind week of brat-pack movies, midnight snacks and non-stop chat, where do Rose and Theo go from here? 

My Review

*Thanks again to Ink Road for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* 

“Nowhere Else But Here” tells the story of Rose and Theo, two students from England. The book starts shortly after Theo has run away from home and shortly before he turns up at Rose’s house, asking her to help him which she decides to do. And so she keeps him hidden in her room while everyone else keeps searching for him but they both know he can’t stay hidden forever. 

First, I want to get everything that bothered me about this book out of the way. As I’ve said, Theo has already run away from home prior to the start of this book but I felt like the beginning was a little abrupt. I would’ve liked it better if the story had started a few days earlier and we would’ve still experienced Theo in school and had gotten to know him through his own actions. Since he had already disappeared by the time the story began, you only get to know him through descriptions from Rose’s point of view and thus I didn’t really have any interest in him at first and didn’t really feel bad about him having run away from home.  

Another thing that happened very early in the book and bothered me was the fact that Rose mentions how she actually never really had a lot to do with Theo and they didn’t even talk to each other except when they were in Chemistry class since they were lap partners. But despite all of that, she very quickly agreed to help him and just let him stay in her room and that decision felt very random to me back then.

Furthermore, it took me more than half of the book to begin liking the Rose. I don’t think she’s a bad character or anything, I just felt like she was acting way too juvenile during the first half of the novel. Her age is never specifically stated but since they’re living in the UK and she’s already driving her own car, I’m guessing she must’ve been at least 17 years old. But especially at the beginning of the book she was often acting like a 13-year-old. There’s one scene in which Theo says that he actually prefers sleeping in his boxers when she offers him tracksuit bottoms and she pretty much freaks out about it. And then there’s a scene in which her brother uses the word “freaking” and she literally starts scolding him for using “bad language”. There were a few other scenes similar to those and I have to admit that it began annoying me after some time but thankfully, she mostly started acting her age during the second half of the novel and I began liking her a little better.

But even though there were a few things I didn’t like about the beginning of “Nowhere Else But Here”, I didn’t lose interest in the book and ended up enjoying it even though it definitely wasn’t a book I would ever give full stars to. It was a cute story and once I’d warmed up to the characters and had gotten into the book, I pretty much flew through it. I also think the book was quite well written, especially considering it’s the debut novel of a 17-year-old writer. Her first book wasn’t perfect but I’m sure she’ll improve with each book she’s going to write in the future and is headed in the right direction. 

So overall, this was a cute and quick read which also dealt with some heavier topics like domestic abuse or what it feels like when parents constantly choose work over their children. It was an okay novel that had its flaws but nevertheless, I mostly enjoyed it which is why I decided to give it a three out of five stars.